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Penn State Centre State season opens

May 27, 2012
By JACK FELIX - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State Centre Stage will celebrate 10 years of producing theater in the Downtown Theater Center by reprising two of its most popular musical hits to kick off the 2012-13 season.

Penn State's Artistic Director Dan Carter announced the six-show season lineup, which will use the on-campus Pavilon Theater and The Playhouse, in addition to the Downtown Theater Center in State College.

"Beehive" (June 6 to 23) - First produced in 2001 at The Playhouse, the high-energy revue will return to The Playhouse stage with a mixture of undergraduate Music Theatre Program students and professional vocalists - all sporting the swept-up beehive hairdo - to rock 'n' roll the audience with hits from female singing groups of yesteryear.

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“Sweeney Todd”?will be featured as a part of Penn State Centre Stage’s new season. The production will be performed from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2.

"I Love You, You're Perfect. Now Change." (July 18 to Aug. 4) - With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, this contemporary revue explores the humorous joys and sorrows of mating and dating.

Two New York veterans and two recent bachelor's of fine arts music graduats join forces with Cary Libkin, who directed the vastly popular 2003 production, returning to the director's chair.

"From Up Here" (Sept. 25 to Oct. 5) - The Fall season opens with Liz Flahive's uproarious comedy about the highs and lows of family life to be staged in the Downtown Theatre Center.

"Sweeney Todd" (Oct. 16 to Nov. 2) - The likely top attraction of the 2012-13 season, Stephen Sondhaim's bloody tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street will mete out his vengeance in the Pavilion. Penn State's Susan H. Schulman, who directed the Broadway revival of "Sweeney Todd" at the circle at the square and received a Tony Award nomination, will direct this Halloween treat.

"In the Red and Brown Water" (Nov. 7 to 15) - Tarell Alvin McCraney's biting look at how tragedy is sometimes only a matter of bad timing will be performed at The Playhouse.

"Loves's Labour's Lost" (Feb. 12 to 23) - Shakespeare will beckon theatergoers to The Pavilion for his distinctive wordplay, taken to the fullest. in one of the Bard's most impressive comedies. This production will be Centre Stage's season finale.

For tickets or more information, call 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or visit



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