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Geyer announces 2014 season shows

| Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale recently announced its 2014 season which includes a mix of old favorites and some of the newest musical theater offerings as well as some popular plays.

GPAC along with its resident theater company Actors and Artists of Fayette County, have planned a year of shows that they feel will delight audiences.

“I think that we have another exciting upcoming season for 2014. We have a wonderful mixture of musicals and plays and a great broad range of shows that will please every theater patron from young to old featuring some great talent from all over the area,” said AAFC board President Marilyn Forbes.

GPAC board President Brad Geyer said the theme for this year's musicals is “At the Movies.”

“All our musicals have great counterparts in film. So not only those hardcore theater lovers will enjoy, but those who enjoy the movies will find something they like,” Geyer said.

Geyer said attendance at the theater has steadily grown over the past several years with the 2013 season being one of the largest ever for the theater.

Forbes said AAFC is looking forward to another great year and feels the 2014 season will build upon the success of 2013.

“Over the past year, the theater has welcomed many new faces and enjoyed the return of some of our most talented veteran actors. We have also had the pleasure of watching the productions of new directors who have joined the theater family, and we feel that we can only continue to grow in a positive manner, offering a fun and entertaining experience for those who wish to appear on stage as well as for those who choose to fill our seats,” she said.

The 2014 season will kick off on Feb. 6-9, with a musical that Geyer said has delighted audiences at the theater in the past, “Oliver,” directed by Ernest Watson. That show will be followed by the well known play “Up The Down Staircase” on March 13-16.

AAFC first offering for 2014 will be April 10-13 with a fan favorite, “You Can't Take it With You,” directed by Ron Bronson.

On June 5-6 GPAC will bring the musical “South Pacific” to the stage for the first time under the direction of Bill Dreucci and Martha Oliver.

“Anything Goes,” directed by Tracy Kelly, will be brought to the theater's stage once again by AAFC on July 10-13 which will be followed up with a brand new show, “Shrek the Musical,” directed by Jon Rohlf on Aug. 14-17.

AAFC will bring the comedy “A Family Reunion to Die For” to the Geyer stage for the first time. The play directed by John Cunnard will run Sept. 11-14.

On Oct. 16-19 Watson will direct the musical version of Mel Brooks' classic movie “Young Frankenstein for GPAC.

“Young Frankenstein has just been released and so we will be one of the first theaters in the area to bring this classic movie to life,” Geyer said.

AAFC will kick off the holiday season with “Bah Humbug” directed by John Wisilosky on Nov. 20-23.

The season will wrap up Dec. 11-14 with GPAC's production of “The Nutcracker.”

Forbes said AAFC allows directors to select their own shows which are then board approved.

“We as a board strive to choose shows that we feel will not only please our audiences, but will be great experiences and creative outlets for those actors who choose to volunteer their time to do our shows. Many do not realize what a huge time commitment performing in a show can be, and we want each show to be a positive one for our actors-if they are having fun then it reflects on their performance so in other words, if they enjoy doing the show, then our audiences will enjoy watching the show,” she said.

GPAC will for the first time offer season tickets to its patrons.

“We have had many people ask us for a season ticket package for the last few years. Until recently, we never planned the season early enough to have offered a ticket package,” Geyer said.

He said AAFC and GPAC have worked hard this year to get everything planned and a season scheduled in order to make the season tickets possible. Season tickets are $50 for a book of five tickets good for any show and are available by contacting the theater.

“This adds up to a nice savings on all our musical shows, but we want you to come to all of the performances we offer. There is really good theater happening in Scottdale, comedies and dramas, musicals, plays, and ballets,” Geyer said.

For more information on the 2014 season, visit the theater's website, or call the theater at 724-887-0887.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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