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What’s on tap for Valley Performing Arts’ 42nd season

By Daybreak Staff 3:32 PM June 15, 2017

The Valley Performing Arts is getting ready for its 42nd season, which starts in September. Along with seven new shows, VPA is offering lower priced tickets and a perk for season ticket holders.

Garry Forrester, the theatre’s executive director, said if a season ticket holder signs a friend up for season tickets, the person who referred the friend will get two free tickets to any production. Forrester added that’s a good way to engage people in community theatre.

The seven shows begin in late summer, and range from dramas to comedies.

Going from Sept. 8 – Oct. 1 is the play “The Tin Woman.” Forrester says this production is about a woman who receives a heart transplant and then meets the family of the donor.

Running Oct. 20 – Nov. 5 is “Arsenic and Old Lace.” This show is a comedy about a wacky family. Forrester likened it to old black and white television shows.

Then from Nov. 24 – Dec. 17 is “A Christmas Carol,” the classic tale is told by a who represents himself asCharles Dickens. He gets involved with the story as well, according to Forrester.

At the start of 2018 and running from Jan. 12 – Jan. 28 will be “The Odd Couple.” This play will be different from what most people are familiar with. Forrester said instead of Felix and Oscar, it’s Olive and Floe. The production will be the female version. This will be a dinner theatre production at Evangelo’s Restaurant in Wasilla.

Following that and going from Feb. 16 – March 4, is “Our Town.” Forrester says it’s a classic story with all the elements of good drama: comedy, family relationships and dealing with death, as told by two families in a small town.

After that, beginning March 30, and going until April 22 is the classic Disney musical “Mary Poppins.” DJ Rotach, the theatre’s artistic director says this will be their big musical of the year. It will be at the Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer.

Finally, running from May 4 – 20 is the comedy “Noises Off.” According to Rotach, this is about 10 traveling actors doing a show. They are under prepared in the first act and just sort of goofing off. Then, Rotach said, the show shifts to what people behind the stage are up to during the performance. And in the third act, the show is performed for a third time under different circumstances. This is where Rotach says the people just hate each other.

To get tickets or learn more about the Valley Performing Arts, head to their website.

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