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Tune in to the Old Lyric Repertory Company with 'Greater Tuna'

Laughs are promised by the Old Lyric Repertory Company’s next production, Greater Tuna, opening July 17 at the Caine Lyric Theatre in Logan. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

The Old Lyric Repertory Company is a summer theater program based in the Department of Theatre and the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.

“This show is a hilarious look at small-town life in rural Texas,” said Dennis Hassan, artistic director of the OLRC and professor in the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “Two great actors portray a number of characters from the town, ranging from teenage hoodlums to elderly church ladies. Between Lee Daily and Stefan Espinosa, this lively show will leave you breathless.”

The show welcomes everyone to radio station OKKK, broadcasting from Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. Tuna is where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. This satire on rural American life introduces audiences to more than 20 wonderfully wacky characters.

Playing all the roles are Espinosa, an OLRC audience favorite this season as Huck Finn in the OLRC’s Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Daily, a long-time OLRC actor making his only appearance of the summer in Greater Tuna.

The OLRC also presents Steel Magnolias, Private Lives, Lend Me a Tenor and Charlotte’s Web this season. Each show runs on selected dates June through August and is performed in the Caine Lyric Theater located at 28 West Center Street.

After its July 17 opening, Greater Tuna can be seen in a matinee and evening performance July 21, then in repertory with the other productions. A complete performance calendar is online at the OLRC website.

Tickets for OLRC productions can be purchased by visiting the Caine College of the Arts Box Office at Utah State University in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center open 9 a.m.­-noon, Monday through Friday, by calling 435-797-8022 or online at the Caine College of the Arts website. Tickets are also available at the Caine Lyric Theatre, from noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and an hour prior to curtain on show nights. Individual ticket prices range from $18-$25 for adults, $15-$21 for seniors and USU faculty and staff and $12-$18 for USU students and youth.

More information on the OLRC’s 2012 season is at its website.

Related links:

Caine College of the Arts Box Office

USU Theatre Arts Department

Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

actors Lee Daily and Stefan Espinosa from the OLRC production of 'Greater Tuna'

The actors in "Greater Tuna" play all roles, both male and female, as Lee Dailey appears as grandmother with her just out of jail grandson played by Stefan Espinosa. (Photo courtesy OLRC)

actor Stefan Espinosa from 'Greater Tuna'

Stefan Espinosa from the OLRC production of "Greater Tuna" opening July 17 at the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan. (Photo courtesy OLRC)

actor Lee Daily from the OLRC production of 'Greater Tuna'

Lee Daily keeps an eye on things in Tuna, Texas, as he appears as one of multiple characters in the OLRC production of "Greater Tuna." (Photo courtesy OLRC)

actors Stefan Espinosa and Lee Daily from 'Greater Tuna'

Stefan Espinosa and Lee Daily in another scene from the OLRC summer offering of "Greater Tuna" at the Caine Lyric Theatre in Logan. (Photo courtesy OLRC)


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