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Summer means musical theater in the Hill Country

June 26, 2014

By Donna Gable Hatch, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas



June 26--Fredericksburg Theater Company's production of "Les Miserables" continues through July 6, and ushers in a summer of musical theater.

"I haven't been able to get to Fredericksburg for 'Les Miz,' but we surely admire and congratulate Kerry Goff and all the folks at Fredericksburg Theater Company for taking on a piece of the sheer size and impact of this one," said Jeffrey Brown, executive director of Playhouse 2000 and the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts, 910 Main St.

Brown has been busy with his own productions, including Playhouse 2000's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 2 at the Cailloux Theater.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

The Bible-based musical, which comes from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a musical parable about Joseph, his father's favorite son, who is blessed with prophet dreams. The musical, based on the Old Testament, features a cornucopia of musical styles, from calypso and rock 'n' roll to country.

Tickets range from $10 to $25.

"We're excited to be working on a family-friendly product like 'Joseph,' partly because it's just so much fun, but it's not just mindless entertainment," Brown said.

"We believe in the power of theater to tell the stories that make a difference in people's lives, and there is no more historical story than that of Jacob and Joseph, and the events which led to the people of Israel living in Egypt," he said. "This story appears in the Koran and the Torah, as well as in the Bible's book of Genesis, and it relates how all things work together for good."

The Hill Country Arts Foundation'sPoint Theatre on July 10 will raise the curtain on its production of "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein," from the legendary Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

The musical comedy is a parody of Mary Shelley's classic horror Frankenstein and is set in the town of Transylvania Heights in the year 1934.

Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 20 at the outdoor Point Theatre, 120 Point Theatre Road, Ingram.

Tickets for the show range from $12 to $20 per person,

In August, the Point will offer Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams' "Red White & Tuna," which reunites the fictional folks from Tuna, Texas, who gather for the 4th of July Tuna High School class reunion. The show opens Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 16.

On July 21, tickets go on sale for the Fredericksburg Theater Company's kid-friendly production of "Jungle Book Kids," the culmination of the company's Freddyburg Summer Camp. The musical is specially adapted from Disney's classic "Jungle Book" and includes favorite tunes, such as "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wan'na Be Like You."

Summertime has always been a popular time for companies across the country to present musicals, and the Hill Country is no different," Brown said.

"With the wealth of talent and several active groups in our area, summer has often offered a wide variety of great products to enjoy -- many of them musicals."

This year's selection allows lovers of the American Musical Theater multiple opportunities from June to August, he said, "and we certainly hope that folks will take advantage of all of them."

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