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Show Serves Up Hearty and Hilarious Slice of Small Town American Pie;
Tickets Currently On Sale At Culbreth Box Office or Online at www.uvahtf.org 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – June 23, 2009 – Are you looking for directions to a perfectly delicious (and perfectly convenient) summer road trip this year? Just head on down Highway 57 and stop between Frog Level and Smyrna to meet up with the Pump Boys and Dinettes.  Or better yet, just go to the Helms Theatre, where the popular All-American country musical is set to take the stage starting June 30th.

Pump Boys and Dinettes is a rollicking, down home visit to small-town America at its very best.  It’s a chance to pull off the information superhighway and onto a highway of a whole different kind…where an adjoining gas station and diner combo provides all the entertainment you could possibly need.  That entertainment comes courtesy of the “Pump Boys,” a quartet of petrol-pumping, song swapping good ol’ boys and their friendly neighboring Double Cupp diner.  The diner is run by the feisty and flirtatious Cupp sisters, who serve up their particular brand of southern comfort food with smiles and plenty of songs.

Speaking of songs, the score of this award-winning musical is chock full of original country tunes highlighting the unique and simple pleasures of country life, from fisherman’s prayers to sisterhood to “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine” and much more.

Pump Boys and Dinettes will be presented at the Helms Theatre on June 30; July 1-4 and July 6-11.  Performances will begin at 8PM and there will be a special post-show “Talk-Back” with cast members on July 7. Tickets for the show are $27 for adults, $23 for seniors (60+) and U.Va. faculty and $15 for students.  Season and single show tickets are available at the Heritage Box Office, online at www.uvahtf.org or by calling 434-924-3376.

Pump Boys and Dinettes will be directed by Heritage veteran Renee Dobson, whose HTF resume includes hit productions of Forever Plaid and Nunsense.  She was particularly drawn to this show, she said, by its celebration of simple, small town American life – especially in the context of today’s world. 

“This is a down-home, All-American, feel good show.  It’s like comfort food for the soul,  a throwback to a much simpler era and a chance for the audience to come in and escape the incredibly hectic world we all live in.” 

Dobson said she finds the messages in the simple lives of the show’s characters particularly interesting today.  “There is something very comfortable about spending a couple of hours with these characters. They lead simple lives…they are not interested in the global economy or the kind of hectic way we all seem to live.  Plus, I feel like this whole small town notion is coming back.  They are all about neighbors helping neighbors, about family…all those things that seem to get lost so easily in our lives now.”

Thanks in part to the intimate setting of the Helms, Heritage audience will not only get a chance to witness this small town world, but to actually be part of it too.  “I love the intimacy of the Helms because it gives us a chance to really get the audience involved, and this is a show that really engages the audience.  We have a raffle that they join in, and the Pump Boys and Dinettes address audience members in different ways throughout the show.”

The 2009 Heritage Theatre Festival season continues at the Culbreth Theatre on July 9 with Moonlight and Magnolias.  This fabulous farce is a behind-the-scenes, fictional look at the making of Gone With the Wind.  With only five days to go before filming, legendary producer David O. Selznick has a terrible script. So he hires the best screenwriter and director of the day and locks himself in a room with them for five straight days – fueled by a diet consisting of peanuts and bananas. The result is pure madcap, off-the-wall fun.

The HTF production of Oliver! continues its run at the Culbreth Theatre through July 3.

Moonlight and Magnolias comes to the Culbreth Theatre from July 9-11, July 28, July 31 and August 5.

The season, presented once again in rotating repertory, will continue with the timeless classic tale of On Golden Pond (opening July 16 at the Culbreth Theatre); the uproarious Texas-sized laughs of Red, White & Tuna (opening July 21 at the Helms Theatre) and the plant-eats-man mania of Little Shop of Horrors (opening July 23 at the Culbreth Theatre).

For complete ticket and schedule information or to order your tickets today, visit www.uvahtf.org or call the box office at 34-924-3376.

Press photos are available at http://www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/pressCenter.htm

Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist-
John Kelly
John Kelly PR

Last Updated on June 25, 2009