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Celebrate History at the Caine Lyric Theatre

Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

Cast members for the OLRC production of

OLRC company members join the celebration of the Caine Lyric Theatre's 100th anniversary. Seen here are cast members from "James and The Giant Peach." (l to r) MarKaye Hassan, W. Lee Daily, Lance Rasmussen, Camille Van Wagoner and Lego Louis.

Cast members from the OLRC production of

Among the 2013 season's popular productions is "The Drowsy Chaperone" with (l to r) Camille Van Wagoner as the Drowsy Chaperone, W. Lee Daily as The Man in Chair, Casey Elliott as Robert Martin and Ashley Gardner Carlson as Janet Van De Graaff.

The Old Lyric Repertory Company, part of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University and based in the Theatre Arts Department, is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Caine Lyric Theatre with a special performance Monday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.

“We are celebrating this monumental achievement with the top performers of past and present OLRC companies,” said Dennis Hassan, artistic director of the OLRC and assistant professor in the CCA. “Favorite scenes from throughout the Lyric’s history will be performed in an evening of song and dance.”

The original Lyric Theatre was opened in 1913 in Logan by the Thatcher family after the Thatcher Opera House fire — the top news story in Cache Valley on the same day as the sinking of the Titanic. After World War II the theater was closed and fell into disrepair. Under brief consideration for demolition to make way for a bowling alley, W. Vosco Call and others at USU worked to save the theater and guided its restoration. The theater reopened in the spring of 1961 with a production of “Hamlet” with Call in the title role. The Lyric Theatre became the home of the Old Lyric Repertory Company at its founding by Call in 1967. It was placed on the Utah State Register of Historical Sites in 1971. 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.

The 100-year celebration performance is July 29 at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center Street, Logan, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating is reserved and tickets are required, but have no charge. A donation of $50 per patron is suggested for the event to support the Cache Valley landmark in the years to come.

For more information or to reserve seats, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon,  call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website. Tickets are also available at the Caine Lyric Theatre Box Office open Monday through Friday 1-4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain on show nights.

The complete OLRC summer schedule is available online.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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