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Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Announces Its 31st Season

Posted May 21, 2002

HOLLAND -- Hope Summer Repertory Theatre opens a 31st season of professional theatre filled with dancing, laughter, drama, and one very scary show.

The productions will be offered in three terrific settings. Main stage shows are presented in the DeWitt Center theatre on the campus of Hope College, corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. A second stage which offers an intimate setting is Snow Auditorium in the Nykerk Hall of Music at Hope College. And the ever-popular cabaret shows will be presented at the Alpen Rose Restaurant in downtown Holland.

The main stage excitement begins on Friday, June 14, with Footloose, created from the blockbuster movie. It will be followed by the farce the farce, Charley's Aunt, the haunting thriller, The Woman In Black, and conclude with the delightful musical, Honk.

The Snow Auditorium show will be Becky Mode's comedy, Fully Committed, and the cabaret returns with Hooray for Hollywood.

Footloose, a stage adaptation, by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, of the successful high-energy film includes all the great songs from the movie, such as "Holding Out For A Hero," "Let's Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise," and the title song, "Footloose." Foottloose opens at 8 p.m. on June 14.

Charley's Aunt, by Brandon Thomas, is a fascinating farce; two turn-of-the-century collegians bamboozle an upper-crust classmate into impersonating their wacky aunt from Brazil. When HSRT actor Dana Snyder (Irma Vep, Rumors) impersonates the aunt, audiences know that hysterical laughter is the only possible result. This great comedy opens at 8 p.m. on June 21.

The Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill, is a haunting drama that has captivated millions of audience members since its 1989 debut. The play tells the story of a lawyer obsessed by a curse he believes hangs over his family, and features HSRT veteran and artistic director, David Colacci (Billy Bishop Goes to War, Rumors). The Woman in Black opens at 8 p.m. on July 19.

The main stage season concludes with the charming musical Honk. Honk, with music by George Stiles, and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's legendary tale, The Ugly Duckling. Although this musical was written with adults in mind, it is a show every child is bound to enjoy. Honk opens at 8 p.m. on July 26, and promises to be an enchanting experience for the entire family.

Fully Committed is the one-woman show by Becky Mode. It is a whirlwind comedy which finds the struggling actress Sam, played by HSRT favorite Susan Ericksen, in what may be the worst job in a snooty Manhattan eatery. She is a reservationist, working out of a rat-infested mess of a basement to field a daily barrage of pleading, snobbish, threatening and clueless phone requests for tables from the not-so-humble and lowly. Fully Committed opens at 8 p.m. on June 28 in Snow Auditorium on the Hope College Campus.

Hooray for Hollywood is the theme for HSRT's cabaret show, returning for its fifth year. Hooray for Hollywood is a refreshing trip down memory lane of Hollywood's greatest movie songs, in the wonderful atmosphere, opening at 8:30 p.m. on July 5.

The DeWitt Theatre box office opens for season subscriptions on May 23, and single ticket sales begin May 28. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. On performance dates, the box office will be open through intermission. The box office is located in DeWitt Cultural Center at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. For tickets or information call the box office at 616-395-7890.

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