Prairie Rep Theatre announces season

Prairie Rep Theatre announces season Prairie Repertory Theatre offers patrons 39 performances of four productions, including two musicals, a comedy and a children's play.

My Fair Lady, Nunsense II, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Peter Pan are the featured attractions for the 1999 season.

Thirty-three students, 10 staff members, and 10 musicians will comprise this year's Prairie Repertory Company. "This year's company also includes guest actor Tom Becker," according to James L. Johnson, professor of communication studies and theatre and administrative head for Prairie Repertory Theatre. Becker completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting at the University of South Carolina. He toured with the California Shakespeare Repertory Theatre for several years before starting his teaching career in Omaha, NE. Becker will play the roles of Jack in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

"Our visiting artist program has been quite successful since we started it in 1997," Johnson said, "and the theatre staff wanted to continue it again this year." Becker will also provide acting workshops for members of the theatre company.

My Fair Lady opens the performances at South Dakota State University June 9-12. The musical will also perform at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison on July 8, 9, 10 and July 25, 29 and 30.

Nunsense II, The Second Coming, will open June 16-19 in Brookings. The musical will also perform at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison on July 11,15, 16 and July 22, 23 and 31.

Brighton Beach Memoirs performs June 23-26 on the South Dakota State University campus. The play performs in Madison July 17, 18, 22 and again on August 1.

Season tickets for the four plays will go on sale on Wednesday, May 19, in the South Dakota State University Theatre office and at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse. Tickets for the general public will be available after June 1. Additional information can be obtained by calling 688-6131 in Brookings.

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