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Utah State University's Old Lyric Repertory Company Kicks Off 2013 Season

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

promotional poster graphic for the 2013 OLRC season

The Old Lyric Repertory Company presents five productions as part of its 2013 summer season. The company also celebrates the 100th birthday of the Lyric Theatre, now the Caine Lyric Theatre.

Utah State University’s Old Lyric Repertory Company (OLRC) is back in action this summer with five productions to hit the century-old Caine Lyric Theatre stage.

“This is a monumental year,” said Dennis Hassan, artistic director of the OLRC and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts. “This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the Caine Lyric Theatre, and we have a planned a season to honor that achievement.”

The season opens with Nunsense, a musical comedy about the Sisters of Hoboken. Their cook, Sister Julia, child of God (bless her heart), accidentally poisoned most of the convent and the surviving sisters are putting on a variety show to raise money to bury the last four frozen nuns of the 52 dead. Get in the habit June 6-8, 20, 22, July 6, 23, 30 and Aug. 5.

Opening June 13 is The Odd Couple, a comedy by Neil Simon about two friends. A neurotic clean freak is thrown out by his wife and forced to move in with his friend the slob. See the sparks fly in this comedy June 13-15, 21, July 5, 13, 24, Aug. 2 and 9.

The third show of the season is The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a comedy. When a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite 1928 cast album on his turntable, the musical comes to life in an energetic tale of flappers, gangsters, divas and Latin lovers. Experience the Roaring Twenties June 27-29, July 4, 20, 25, 26, 31 and Aug. 10.

“This is one of the funniest, family-friendly shows to come off of Broadway, with the old-fashioned music, dancing and singing,” said Hassan.

The OLRC is the first to produce The Drowsy Chaperone in Cache Valley.

James and the Giant Peach comes to the Lyric as the family-friendly show of the season. This is the story of James, a lonely young boy forced to work like a slave for the most revolting aunts in England, who one day is given a bag of magic. When he accidentally spills the magic near the old peach tree, incredible things begin to happen. Watch James’ extraordinary adventure July 10-12, 22, Aug. 3 and 8.

The power and intensity of live theater, combined with a cinematic quality inspired by film noirs, are experienced in The Woman in Black, one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theater events with 23 years on London’s West End. This is the story of Arthur Kipps and his experiences in a small town with a dark secret. Witness the terrifying intensity July 17-19, 27, Aug. 1 and 6.

Nunsense is rated Intermediate for mild content; The Odd Couple is rated Intermediate for mild language, alcohol and smoking; The Drowsy Chaperone is rated Intermediate for mild language; James and the Giant Peach is rated E for everyone; and The Woman in Black is rated Intermediate for intensity of content. For more information on the ratings is available at the Caine College of the Arts Production Services website (

The Caine Lyric Theatre opened as a theater in 1913. Owned and operated by the Thatcher family of Logan, it was opened after the Thatcher Opera House was destroyed by fire on the same day as the sinking of the Titanic. Following World War II, the theatre fell on hard times and was closed and became dilapidated, falling into disrepair. It was briefly considered for demolition before W. Vosco Call, a faculty member at USU, and others saved the Lyric Theatre, restoring it to glory and reopening it with the founding of the Old Lyric Repertory Company. The original Lyric Theatre became the Caine Lyric Theatre in 2001 following an expansion project. The new name acknowledged contributions of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, longtime supporters of the OLRC.

“A special celebration of the theater will be held at the end of the 2013 season featuring vaudeville-like productions where top performers from companies past and present will perform favorite scenes,” said Hassan.

The OLRC was founded in 1967 by W. Vosco Call and is one of the only remaining regional theater companies producing shows in repertory through June, July and August. The company is a professional theater group and provides educational opportunities to USU students.

Tickets for the 2013 season are on sale now, featuring a season Punch Pass as well as individual shows. For more information or tickets contact the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU Logan campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the Production Services website.

Related links:

Old Lyric Repertory Company 

USU Department of Theatre Arts

Caine College of the Arts Box Office

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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