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"Same Time Next Year" Opens at Heritage Repertory Theatre; Silent Auction Begins for Carousel Horse

July 10, 2000 --The Heritage Repertory Theatre will present the third production in its summer season of plays and musicals, the romantic comedy "Same Time Next Year" by Bernard Slade. Directed by Douglas Sprigg ("The Miracle Worker," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Picnic"), "Same Time Next Year" will initially run July 13, 14, 15 & 17 at 8 p.m., and then return in rotating repertory for performances on July 26, 29, and Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 5.

"Same Time Next Year" tells the story of George and Doris, both happily married to other people, who meet by chance at a seaside inn and impulsively spend the night together. What might have been a one-night stand becomes a yearly rendezvous as George and Doris continue to meet for one weekend a year over the twenty-five years which the play spans. The social changes of this period, as the conservative 50's give way to the tumultuous 60's, are reflected by George and Doris as they grow up and grow older together one weekend per year.

Michael Perilstein, who also performs in Picnic this summer, plays George; he appeared at U.Va. in Suddenly Last Summer and Into the Woods, and at LiveArts in Human Interest. Just before beginning rehearsals for HRT, he completed a run in the world premiere of Radium Girls at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Robbie Berry, who plays Doris, is a Heritage veteran having appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird and You Cant Take It With You, as well as the U.Va. Drama Dept. productions of Arcadia and Suddenly Last Summer. Since leaving Charlottesville, Robbie has performed the one-woman play Science Fair in New York and Los Angeles.

Following "Same Time Next Year," HRT will open two shows in one week: "Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown" based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts opens Tuesday July 18; and the Fats Waller musical "Aint Misbehavin" opens Thursday July 20.

Tickets are available at the HRT box office. Individual tickets are $25, with student/child tickets at $14 and senior citizens (60+) at $21. Reduced season tickets to all four remaining HRT productions are available for $75, with discounts for students/children and seniors. The box office, located in the Drama Building on Culbreth Road, may be reached Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (804) 924-3376.

Now that its first production Carousel has closed, the Heritage Repertory Theatre is hoping to find a good home for an important member of that productionthe carousel horse! HRT will be holding a silent auction in the lobby of the theatre, where the horse will be on display. Patrons may place their bids (starting at $1,000) from now until Aug. 5, the closing night of the 2000 season.

The horse is a hand-carved reproduction of a horse created by M.C. Illions, who was considered to be a master carver of carousel horses and the creator of the Coney Island style. HRTs set designer, Tom Bloom, bought the partially carved replica from a company in Ohio. Carousel Magic sells carving kits in one of four stages, with stage one being almost a plain block of wood and stage four being a finished horse, said Bloom. We bought a stage two, which is partially carved but unfinished and unpainted. Our properties crew completed the finely detailed carving and applied all the paint and decorations.

The horse cost more than half of the entire props budget for the summer, but we couldnt do Carousel without a horse, said HRTs Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel. Through this auction, we hope to recover some of our costs, plus give a patron the chance to have their own piece of the show.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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