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Logan’s Old Lyric Repertory Company announces ’97 season

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The Old Lyric Repertory Company (OLRC) has announced its 31st season of live summer theater.

"We have a nicely balanced season," said artistic director Sid Perkes, "with a British farce, a classic, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a musical comedy. We're looking forward to a great summer."This summer's productions begin June 26 and continue in rotation in true repertory style through Aug. 23. The lineup includes the farce "All for Mary," Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winner "Lost in Yonkers," the "divine" musical comedy "Monky Business," and Moliere's classic, "The Miser."

OLRC is an advanced summer performance program operated by the Theatre Arts Department at Utah State University and is the educational capstone for many of USU's highly talented theater students, Perkes said.

"In addition to hiring professionals from across the country, we encourage our graduate students to pursue professional summer work and internships through the Old Lyric. This year many of them will work in design and technical capacities," he stated.

For 30 years the company, housed in the historic Lyric Theatre (28 W. Center, Logan) has enjoyed a reputation for producing high quality, entertaining and affordable theatre for patrons from around the region.

"We're still the best ticket price in town," said Perkes. Patrons can see all four productions for as little as $36.

Season subscribers enjoy a savings of 25 percent over regular ticket prices, said Perkes. Season subscriptions (one ticket to each play) are $36 for adults, $30 for seniors, youth and USU faculty and staff and $24 for USU students.

Season samplers (eight "anytime" coupons exchangeable for tickets) save patrons 10-15 percent over single ticket prices and range from $60 to $80. Single tickets are $8, $10, and $12.

A matinee subscription (one ticket to each Saturday matinee) is available to all groups for $24.

Tickets are available at the USU Spectrum ticket office (797-0305) during business hours, at the USU Taggert Student Center Information Desk between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or at the Lyric box office (28 W. Center) on performance evenings. Tickets available at the Lyric box office are only for that night's production.

All evening performances begin at 8 p.m. and Saturday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Many familiar faces will be returning for the 1997 season.

"We have some old favorites, professional Equity actors, as well as former students, in the company," Perkes said. The selection process this year included interviews and auditions of more than of 500 applicants throughout the western states.

Equity artist Fred Willecke returns for the 1997 season. A perennial favorite at the Lyric, his credits include "The Foreigner," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Heiress," and "I'm Not Rappaport," and others. Also returning is USU faculty member Kevin Doyle who is remembered for "Diamond Studs" and "Forever Plaid," among others. Pam Adams, who appeared in "Lend Me A Tenor," "Lettice and Lovage," and "The Unexpected Guest" returns as well.

An overview of the 19897 season includes:

- "All for Mary," a fast-paced physical comedy filled with misunderstandings and mistaken identities, being directed by OLRC founder W. Vosco Call.

- "Monky Business," a "heavenly" musical comedy about a group of monks trying save their monastery from becoming a gambling casino by launching a "radio-thon." Perkes is directing a cast that includes former OLRC performers Leigh Selting and Lee Daily.

- "Lost in Yonkers," Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning play dealing with the unpredictability of human relationships. , said Perkes. Roger Held will direct.

- "The Miser," Moliere's timeless classic about a miserly widower and father who allows his miserliness to rule his actions. It's being directed by Lynda Linford.

- THE SEASON AT A GLANCE

Plays and dates are:

"All for Mary," June 26-28, July 11, 12, 24, Aug. 2, 5, and 15. Saturday matinee Aug. 2.

"Lost in Yonkers," July 3-5, 9, 10, 19, 23 and Aug. 6, and 16. Saturday matinee, Aug. 16.

"Monky Business," July 16-18, 25, 26 and Aug. 9, 12, 19, 20, and 22. Saturday matinee Aug. 9.

"The Miser," July 30 & 31 and Aug. 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 21, and 23. Saturday matinee Aug. 23.

Time and place: All evening performances begin at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees, 2 p.m., at the Lyric Theatre, 28 West Center Street, Logan.

Tickets: Spectrum Ticket Office, business hours (801) 797-0305. Lyric Theatre Box Office, (tickets available for show playing that night only) performance nights, (801) 752-1500.

To receive a brochure detailing plays and ticket packages for the season, or for more information, call (801) 797-1500.