East Carolina University announces Summer Theatre Schedule

NEW BERN, N.C.–East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance has announced the schedule for the 2012 ECU/Loessen Summer Theatre.  The annual Summer Theatre program kicks off tomorrow, July 3rd with performances of “Our Town”, “”Seven in One Blow”, and “Collision Course–A 60’s Retro.”  The performances will be held from Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 7th.  They will be held at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall.

“Our Town” follows the Gibbs family and Webb family throughout their lives.  It all begins in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire in 1901.  The play will be performed July 3rd and July 5th at 7:30pm.  It will also be performed Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th at 2pm.

“Seven in One Blow” is based on the production developed by Randy Sharp and the Axis Theatre Company of New York.  It’s based on the classic Grimm Brothers story of a boy who swatted seven flies in one blow, and led everyone to believe he was a great giant killer.  Of course, there are some new additions to the tale that kids and parents alike will enjoy.  The play will be held July 3rd and 5th at 2pm and July 7th at 11am.

“Collision Course–A 60’s Retro” is the third of this year’s performances held by the ECU/Loessen Summer Theatre.”  It is comprised of a series of short plays written by some of the biggest playwrights of the 1960’s.  Each play runs anywhere from ten minutes to fifteen minutes in length.  Fans of the classic 1960’s sound will love the soundtrack to these plays, too.  “Collision Course–A 60’s Retro” does contain some adult themes.  Parental guidance is suggested for this performance.  “Collision Course–A 60’s Retro” will be performed July 6th and 7th at 8pm.

Tickets for this year’s peformances are on sale now.  They can be purchased online now at http://www.ecuarts.com or by phone toll free at 1-800-328-2787 and 252-328-6829.  The performances are part of the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series.  Public Radio East and the Sun Journal serve as media sponsors for the performances.

More information on Tryon Palace is available online at http://www.tryonpalace.org and by phone toll free at 1-800-767-1500 and 252-639-3500.  

Craven Co. groups present “Little Women” update

NEW BERN, N.C.–The New Bern Civic Theatre’s Saax Bradbury Players and the Roaty Club of New Bern are pleased to announce the upcoming performance of “Little Women.”  The performance will be held July 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st.  Each performance will begin at 8pm.  There will also be a special afternoon performance on July 15th at 2pm.

The upcoming performance is a modern take on the classic novel by author Louisa May Alcott.  It follows the March sisters as they face the rough waters of adolesence while their father is serving in the Iraq/Afghanistan war.  The play was adapted by Marisha Chamberlain, Directed by Jordan Daughtey, and produced by Jacob Fisher.  Krissy Boccia served as teen mentor for the production. 

Guests can purchases tickets to the play online at http://www.newberncivictheater.com and by phone at 252-633-0567.  Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 at the door, and $10 for students and active military personnel with ID. 

Audiences and fans can follow all the latest from the New Bern Civic Theatre online at http://www.nerberncivictheatre.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newberncivictheatre, and by phone at 252-634-9057.