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Opening of 'A Catered Affair' Delayed at USU

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

poster graphic for USU theater production of 'A Catered Affair'

The opening for the Theatre Arts Department production of "A Catered Affair" has been delayed. The musical now hits the boards at the Caine Lyric Theatre Nov. 1, with additional performances Nov. 2-5.

The opening of the Utah State University theater presentation of A Catered Affair has been delayed several days due to a medical issue facing one of the performers. Originally scheduled to open Tuesday, Oct. 29, the production will now open Friday, Nov. 1, at the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan.

The delay was announced by production director and USU Theatre Arts Department Head Ken Risch. Production dates are now Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Nov. 2. An additional matinee is Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. There is no evening performance Nov. 3.

Tickets purchased for any of the original dates can be exchanged in person at the Caine College of the Arts Box Office, room 139-B in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU Logan campus.

Risch said the musical introduces both students and audiences to the work of composer John Bucchino.

“His subtle and deeply personal style pairs well with this delicate piece about a family needing to embrace change forced upon it by the death of a son who was killed while serving in Korea,” Risch said.

The musical tells the story of a Bronx mother’s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had and the wedding her daughter never asked for.

A Catered Affair is based on the book by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Bucchino.

Risch said the cast feels strongly that although the play is set in 1953, the issues confronting it are universal and highly relevant.

“It’s touching, very human and takes the audience on a journey that is often heartbreaking but ultimately heartwarming,” said Risch.

The musical has a unique mother-daughter relationship that the actors hope is relatable for the audience.

“The relationship between the mother and daughter could be a reflection of any relationship that has been distanced because one preferred someone else,” said Katie Marsh, who plays the daughter. “Since we all relate to each other differently there is going to be another love that transpires between each new and old relationship.”

Marsh hopes people are able to make a connection in their own lives when they see this musical and embrace any experience they’re going through.

“This is a love story, plain and not so simple,” said Sydnee Fullmer who plays the mother. “Old and tired love, new and hopeful love, the love between a brother and sister, love that is lost, the love between a parent and child and the healthy love of oneself.”

Part of the theme of the 2013-14 theater season at USU is “To create something new, you must first love what is old.” Fullmer believes this musical fits perfectly with the theme.

Tickets for A Catered Affair are $18 adults, $15 seniors and youth, $10 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. 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 USU’s Logan campus, call 435-797-8022, or see the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Theatre Arts Department

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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