Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 1, 2013

PSST! opens today

- — Following Saturday evening’s opening-night reception, Peach State Summer Theatre opens its 2013 season to the public this afternoon with the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.”

In the coming weeks, two additional musicals follow: the 1950s and ’60s song revue of the “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (opens June 14) and Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” (opens June 21).

PSST! believes these shows will continue the growing tradition of the musical theatre programs which opened in 2005 in Valdosta with “The Tuesday Afternoon Regulars,” “Seussical,” and “Chicago,” continued in 2006 with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Fantasticks,” and “Gypsy,” in 2007 with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and “Cabaret,” 2008 with “Singin’ In The Rain,” Disney’s “Aladdin,” and “Ragtime,” 2009 with “Big River,” “Once Upon This Island” and “The Producers,” 2010 with “White Christmas,” Disney’s “Mulan,” and “The Secret Garden,” 2011 with “Carousel,” Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and “Hairspray,” and last year with “Legally Blonde,” “Go, Dog. Go!” and “The Light in the Piazza.”

As more people discover the magic of Peach State, audience attendance has grown.

Possibly with help from the popularity of “The Sound of Music,” advance sale of season tickets experienced a significant bump before the rising of the first curtain this year.

The attraction also comes from Peach State being professional musical theatre built on the national reputation of Valdosta State University’s theatre program.

Peach State is a professional repertory company that hires working actors and technical staff during auditions throughout the Southeast while giving professional experience to many of VSU Theatre & Dance’s talented students.

The 2013 season will build upon past successes which have included the General Assembly designating Peach State as the official musical theatre of the State of Georgia. And while audiences enjoy the shows of this season, Peach State is already preparing for the 2014 season.  

Peach State believes in the prospect that Valdosta is no longer a stop-over on the way to Florida, or a place for travelers to refuel, eat, and be on their way. But rather, in making Valdosta its home, PSST! took a leap of faith that Valdosta is becoming a destination for travelers.

The Valdosta Daily Times believes in that possibility, too, and has signed on again as a corporate sponsor of Peach State Summer Theatre. On with the shows!

For more on Peach State Summer Theatre, call 259-7770; or visit the website www.valdosta.edu/psst.

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