New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre Announces 26th Anniversary Season

NEW PALTZ, NY — Each summer residents and visitors to the Hudson Valley attend the plays, musicals, and classics produced by New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre on the campus of SUNY New Paltz. The 2000 season includes the musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors,” the American theatre classic “Death of a Salesman,” and “The Taming of the Shrew,” performed outdoors, under the stars. The Saturdays Are For Kids series offers live children’s theatre and puppet shows. The company is comprised of dedicated and talented performers from throughout the region.

Attend the performances of New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre’s 26th anniversary season and discover why the Poughkeepsie Journal call New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre, “quite clearly the best summer theatre in the Valley.”

Little Shop of Horrors Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman; Music by Alan Menken June 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 1 Parker Theatre, 8pm Tickets: $15 general admission / $13 seniors

For years, “Little Shop of Horrors” made New York audiences scream-with laughter. Thrill to the excitement as Seymour, lowly assistant to florist Mrs. Mushnik, desperately tries to satisfy the voracious craving for human flesh of the unearthly plant which seems to grow before our eyes, singing and dancing its way into our hearts-literally. Sigh as Seymour tries to win the love of Audrey, whose sadomasochistic dentist boyfriend becomes quite a tasty meal for the plant, but not its last! Suspense! Laughter! Chills! Music! Drama! And a 60s girl-group chorus!

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller July 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Parker Theatre, 8pm Tickets: $12 general admission / $10 seniors

This American classic is known worldwide and tells of the last days of a failing salesman who seeks to discover, through a tragic series of soul-searching revelations, just where and how he failed to win success and happiness. This powerful work of deep and revealing beauty won the Tony Award for best play in 1949.

Shakespeare Under the Stars: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare July 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Performed on the banks of the Pond, 8pm Tickets: $10 general admission / $8 seniors and children

Known as Shakespeare’s version of the “battle of the sexes,” The Taming of the Shrew contrasts the swashbuckling Petruchio and the beautiful, shrewish Kate. The story revolves around Petruchio’s desire to find a wife. The beautiful, but stubborn Kate, proves to be the perfect challenge to Petruchio’s charm and wit. From the moment they first met, Petruchio is determined to marry Kate. Unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual. Kate wants nothing to do with marriage, particularly to Petruchio. He spends the rest of the play pursuing her and teaching her to become an obedient wife. Despite her resistance, Kate finally gives in and is ready to swear that the sun is the moon if Petruchio says it is so. The madcap adventures that lead to Kate’s change of heart are hilarious.

Saturdays Are For Kids:

Jack And The Beanstalk Vane & Company Puppets July 1 McKenna Theatre, 11am Tickets: $5 all seats

Rumpelstiltskin Vane & Company Puppets July 8 McKenna Theatre, 11am Tickets: $5 all seats

Is Alice in Wonderland? A participation play with music for children July 22, 29 McKenna Theatre, 11am Tickets: $5 all seats

Box Office 914 / 257-3880 Box Office opens June 7, 2000

Parker Box Office is open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm, and one hour before performances. Tickets may be purchased by phone with MasterCard or VISA, or at the box office with cash, check, or credit card. A handling fee of $1 will be added to all credit card orders. Please Note: All sales are final. No refunds. No exchanges. We do not accept unpaid reservations and we do not hold tickets with a credit card for payment on the night of show.

Parker and McKenna Theatres are wheelchair-accessible. Please notify the box office when placing your order.