Heritage Repertory Theatre Prepares for 2000 Season
19, 2000 -- With opening night of the Heritage
Repertory Theatre on June 22, the Drama Building at the University
of Virginia is abuzz with activity. Now in its 27th year, HRT's
professional company of over 100 actors and technicians are busy
working on this summer's season of five plays and musicals.
season opens on June 22 with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel."
Named by Time magazine as the "Best Musical of the 20th Century",
this show was the personal favorite of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Nancy Snow (Maria in last summer's West Side Story) returns to play
Julie Jordan, and Metropolitan Opera Guild Regional Finalist Harold
Mortimer is in from New York to play Billy Bigelow in a production
directed by Robert Chapel (West Side Story, A Chorus Line).
Pulitzer-prize winning drama Picnic by William Inge opens on July
7. The story of a young drifter's impact on the women of a sleepy
Kansas town will be directed by Douglas Sprigg, who directed such
popular HRT productions as "The Miracle Worker" and "To
Kill a Mockingbird." Sprigg will also direct "Same Time
Next Year" by Bernard Slade, opening on July 13. This two-character
romantic comedy will feature two returning U.Va. alums, Michael
Perilstein and Robbie Berry who have been working professionally
in New York and Los Angeles since receiving their M.F.A.'s.
Rep. will open two shows in one week in mid-July, with "You're
a Good Man, Charlie Brown" opening July 18, followed two days
later by the Fats Waller musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" opening
July 20. "Charlie Brown," which will also be directed
by Robert Chapel, features Charles Schulz's beloved "Peanuts" characters
in the "new" version of this classic musical that played on Broadway
last year. "in't Misbehavin'" will feature Tim Cain from
last summer's hit "The All Night Strut," and will be directed
and choreographed by Mike Malone whose work has been seen at the
Kennedy Center and on Broadway.
HRT Box Office is now open for in-person and phone sales. Individual
tickets are on sale for $25, with student/child tickets at $14 and
senior citizens at $21. Season tickets to all five productions are
available for $100, with discounts for students/children and seniors.
The box office, located in the Drama Building on Culbreth Road,
may be reached Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (804)