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`BIG RIVER’ EXTENDED

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One of the more dramatic elements in the musical production "Big River," which Pioneer Theatre Company just opened this past week on the Lees Main Stage at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, is when the Mississippi River floods, causing Huck Finn and runaway slave Jim to maneuver their raft through treacherous waters.

The PTC box office is having its own flood. It's been inundated with requests for tickets for the regional production of the Tony Award-winning show.According to PTC Artistic Director Charles Morey, who directed "Big River," the show is shaping up to be the company's biggest ever, with advance sales doubling all previous records.

To accommodate the heavy demand, PTC is adding six performances - 8 p.m. nightly Monday, May 21, through Saturday, May 26. (There will be no Saturday matinee on the 26th.) The six extra performances mean that 6,000 more tickets are now available to theatergoers.

For ticket information call 581-6961.

"Big River" runs Mondays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. through May 26, with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on May 12 and 19.