Monday, May 01, 2006

Fairmont State's Town & Gown Players will present three shows for the 2006 season "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," "Always"Patsy Cline" and "The Sound of Music."

Reservations for the plays may be made by calling the Fairmont State Box Office at (304) 367-4240.

One of Off-Broadway's longest running musicals comes to the area as "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" opens the season.

The show will be performed in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the campus of Fairmont State on June 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and June 11 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $6 for students with ID. Because of the adult nature of some of the material, parental discretion is advised.

Described by critics as "Sex and the City" meets "Seinfeld," the show takes a humorous, and often touching, look at love, romance and marriage. First dates, backseat drivers and ugly bridesmaid gowns are just a few of the targets of the Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts musical.

Director Jason Young has assembled a cast that includes Town & Gown veterans Jeffrey Carder and John Fallon, along with newcomers Linda O'Connor and Liz Rossi. According to Young, the show is a series of 20 vignettes, filled with moments that evoke extreme emotions.

"It's a brilliantly funny show, making you laugh until it hurts," Young said, "yet there are also scenes that will move you to tears. It's so human and so real, but so funny."

Starring Stephanie Adlington as the late country singer Patsy Cline and Cathy O'Dell as Louise, a fan, "Always" Patsy Cline" revolves around the music of Patsy Cline. The character Louise, a fan of the singer, acts as the narrator of the events presented for the audience. The central feature of "Always" Patsy Cline" consists of 27 Cline songs, performed by Adlington.

Performances are June 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and June 25 at 2 p.m. at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students with ID.

The final production is "The Sound of Music," with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

Performances are planned for July 14-16 and 21-23 at the Prickett's Fort amphitheatre. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students with ID.

Troy Snyder will direct; Valarie Huffman will be the musical director. Cast members include Dani Brake (Maria); Shawn Dunn (Georg von Trapp); Jatanna Bolyard (Liesl); Jason Noland (Friedrich); Heaven Satterfield (Louisa); Brady Dunn (Kurt); Julia Paladino (Brigetta); Madison Moyer (Marta); Bailee Tucker (Gretl); John Fallon (Max Detweiller); Joanne Peterson (Baronness Von Schrader); Patrick Sibbett (Rolf Gruber); Dave Shaver (Franz, the butler); John Piscitelli (Herr Zeller); Clayton Dunn (Nazi Lieutenant); Linda O'Connor (Mother Abbess); Kathy Dunn (Sister Margaretta); Anne Patterson (Sister Berthe); and Susan Woods (Sister Sophia).