Downtown Country, River City Players Begin Rehearsals

Alyson Howell

Alyson Howell is spending another summer entertaining audiences in Downtown Country, part of the NSU Stars in the Summer Series.

TAHLEQUAH – The stars in Tahlequah are shining bright this summer at Northeastern State University’s Stars in the Summer Series featuring Downtown Country and the River City Players. Performers for the two summer shows began rehearsals this week in preparation for their June 19 debut.

“Our line up this year features some great hits for both country and old-time rock fans,” said Megan White, director of the Sequoyah Institute. “With the extraordinary talent of our performers and musicians, this season will showcase the greatest hits of both genres. Audiences will find something to love in every performance.”

The 2008 Stars in the Summer Series runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from June 19 to Aug. 9.

Grab a bucket of popcorn and a good seat as Downtown Country performs “Rhinestone Country,” a country-style tribute to the glitz and glam of Tinseltown. The Downtown Country performers will perform some of the greatest movie hits to celebrate the magic of Hollywood.

Embrace your “Country Roots,” when Downtown Country journeys to beginnings of country music. Downtown Country will perform songs from legendary artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family and Bob Wills.

“Rhinestone Country” runs Thursday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and “Country Roots” plays Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. All Downtown Country performances are at the NSU Playhouse, located on the corner of Downing Street and Muskogee Avenue.

The River City Players will “Twist and Shout” this summer to the sounds of the 1960s. From the slick sounds of Motown to the craze of the British Invasion, River City will perform the top songs from this legendary era.

Travel even further back in time to the sounds of the 1950s with the River City Players in “Rock Around the Clock.” Bop to the beat of Elvis, sway to the sounds of the Shirelles, and dream, dream, dream along with the Everly Brothers.

“Twist and Shout” runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and “Rock Around the Clock” plays Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. River City Players will perform at the Shawnee Street Theater, located on the corner of Downing Street and College Avenue.

The 2008 Stars in the Summer Series is sponsored by the Tahlequah Area Tourism Council. Tickets for the shows are $12 for adults, $10 for NSU alumni and employees, $8 for seniors and groups of 20 or more, and $6 for students and children. In June, the Early Bird Discount of $1 off will be offered for all tickets booked for June performances. To reserve seats, call (918) 458-2075.

For more information on the NSU Stars in the Summer Series, visit www.nsuok.edu/si.

5/29/2008

 
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