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Old Lyric Repertory Company 2013 Season Opens June 6

Thursday, May. 23, 2013

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Utah State University's Old Lyric Repertory Company is gearing up for its 2013 season. Tickets are now on sale and the season opens June 6 with "Nunsense."

The Old Lyric Repertory Company (OLRC) at Utah State University is celebrating the 100th birthday of its home, the Caine Lyric Theatre, with five shows and a special anniversary performance.

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

Opening this year’s season is Nunsense, the habit-forming musical comedy by Dan Goggin. The sisters of Hoboken have lost most of the convent to accidental food poisoning by their cook, sister Julia, child of God (bless her heart). The survivors are putting on a variety show to raise money to bury the last four frozen nuns of the 52 dead. Support the sisters June 6-8, 20, 22, July 6, 23, 30 and Aug. 5. Nunsense is rated intermediate for mild content.

Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple opens June 13. Thrown out by his wife, neurotic clean freak Felix Ungar is forced to move in with his friend the slob. See the sparks fly between these two opposites June 13-15, 21, July 5, 13, 24, Aug. 2 and 9. The Odd Couple is rated intermediate for mild language, alcohol and smoking.

For the first time in Cache Valley, The Drowsy Chaperone is coming to the stage. A musical within a comedy, everything begins when a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite cast album and the musical bursts into life in his living room. From flappers to gangsters to divas and Latin lovers, experience the Roaring Twenties June 27-29, July 4, 20, 25, 26, 31 and Aug. 10. The Drowsy Chaperone is rated intermediate for mild language.

The fourth show of the season is James and the Giant Peach, based on the novel by Roald Dahl. James is a lonely young boy working like a slave for the most revolting aunts in all of England. One day he is given a bag of magic and when he accidentally spills it near the old peach tree, incredible things begin to happen. Follow James on his extraordinary adventure July 10-12, 22, Aug. 3 and 8. James and the Giant Peach is rated E for everyone.

One of the most exciting, gripping and successful theater events comes to the Lyric as the final show of the season, The Woman in Black. The power and intensity of live theater combine with a cinematic quality inspired by film noir to bring 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. The Woman in Black is rated intermediate for intensity of content.

Owned and operated by the Thatcher family after the Thatcher Opera House fire, the Lyric Theatre opened in Logan in 1913. After World War II, the theater was closed and fell into disrepair. While under brief consideration for demolition, the theater was saved by W. Vosco Call and others at Utah State University who restored the building and it reopened as a new performance venue for the theater arts department at the university. Several years after its reopening, Call founded the Old Lyric Repertory Company and the theater has been the company’s summer home since. The theater was renamed the Caine Lyric Theatre in 2000 after a second renovation and expansion.

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Caine Lyric Theatre, the OLRC will present a special performance July 29 featuring a vaudeville-like production with performers from companies past and present.

Founded in 1967 by Call, the OLRC is one of the only remaining regional theater companies producing shows in repertory June through August. The company is a professional theater group and provides educational opportunities to USU students. High school students receive training through its High School Apprentice and Intern program sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

Tickets for the 2013 season are on sale, featuring season tickets and a Punch Pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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