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'Red, White & Tuna,' 'Sound of Music' to be Part of TheatreFest! 2014

Posted on Friday, June 06, 2014 [6:10 PM]

TheatreFest 2014

COLUMBIA, Ky. --
Area residents can visit the third smallest town in Texas and the Austrian Alps this summer at Lindsey Wilson College.

TheatreFest! 2014 will present the comedy Red, White and Tuna and the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music.

Red, White and Tuna will be performed June 20-21 and June 26-28. The Sound of Music will be performed July 11-12 and July 17-19. All performances will be at 7 p.m. CT at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St.

Red, White and Tuna is the third installment in a series of comedic plays by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. Set in Tuna, Texas, the so-called third-smallest town in the state, Red, White and Tuna centers around the town's high school reunion during a Fourth of July celebration.

"They are absolutely hilarious plays," said LWC Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, who is TheatreFest! artistic director. "Every time I have produced one of these plays, they've been very well-received by the audience."

Red, White and Tuna features more than 20 characters, all of whom are played by two male actors, who in the TheatreFest! production will be Brock and LWC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns.

"This is Southern comedy at its absolute best. If you like blue-collar comedy, you will love this," Burns said.

Brock said the Tuna plays are popular because they respect the South while also finding humor in its everyday life.

"People like the Tuna stories so much because they do not make fun of the South or the people of the South, rather they appreciate them," he said. "But the plays also appreciate what's quirky about the South and Southerners -- what's funny and eccentric. We look at these plays and say, 'These are people in my family.' Some of them might be me actually."

This will be the first time Brock, who is a 30-year theater veteran, has directed The Sound of Music. The final collaboration between Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music is an adaptation of Maria von Trapp's memoirs, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Since it debuted on Broadway in 1959, The Sound of Music has been among the more popular and most frequently produced American musicals.

"The story is wonderful, the music is wonderful and so is the dialogue," Brock said. "And we have an wonderful cast to present this American classic for the first time in Southcentral Kentucky."

TheatreFest! 2014 will present Red, White and Tuna June 20-21 and June 26-28 and The Sound of Music July 11-12 and July 17-19. All performances will be at 7 p.m. CT at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. For more information, contact Brock at brockr@lindsey.edu or 270-590-4803.

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