This weekend, Peach State Summer Theatre! opens its third season with a live production of the “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a 21st century show set in the Roaring 1920s with the feel of a big musical from the 1950s.

In the coming weeks, two additional musicals follow: “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on the beloved children’s books; and “Cabaret,” the successful Broadway show set in a 1930s Berlin club during the rise of the Nazis.

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” and continued last summer with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “The Fantasticks,” and “Gypsy.”

As more people discover the magic of PSST!, audience attendance has grown. That magic is professional musical theatre built on the national reputation of Valdosta State University’s theatre program. Peach State is a professional repertoire company that hires working actors and technical staff during auditions throughout the Southeast while giving professional experience to many of VSU Theatre’s talented students.

The 2007 season will build upon the successes of last season which saw 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 promoting the 2008 season of “Singing in the Rain,” “Disney’s Aladdin,” and “Ragtime” as a destination for bus tours and other travelers.

This advance interest underscores what PSST! can mean for Valdosta.

Peach State believes in the prospect that Valdosta is no longer a stop-over on the way to Florida, or a place for travelers merely to gas and eat and be on their way. But rather, in making Valdosta its home, PSST! has taken 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 as a corporate sponsor of Peach State Summer Theatre.

“PSST!” is also “thoroughly modern” entertainment and a great way to spend a summer evening or afternoon.

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