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Central Missouri Repertory Announces 30th Summer Season

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 20, 2011) - Central Missouri Repertory, the University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre's summer repertory theatre program, will celebrate its 30th summer season with the presentation of the musical, The All Night Strut, and a touring children’s show, Thumbelina: The Story of a Brave Little Girl.

The curtain will rise for The All Night Strut at 7:30 p.m. on June 16-18 and 23-25 in the James L. Highlander Theatre on the UCM campus.

Thumbelina will be on tour with free public performances on

The performance in Clinton starts at 9:30 a.m., with all other performances starting at 10 a.m.

The Highlander Theatre box office opens June 1, with tickets for The All Night Strut available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be reserved by visiting the box office in the Highlander Theatre lobby or by calling 660-543-8811.Children under the age of five will not be admitted to the performances. Tickets prices are $12 for the general public, $10 for UCM faculty, staff and seniors citizens, and $7 for students.

The All Night Strut, originally conceived, directed, and choreographed by Fran Charnas, is a celebration of the classic musical standards of the 1930’s and 1940’s, including the popular sounds of legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins. The audience will be invited onstage to enjoy an evening of drinks, dancing and nonstop fun.

The touring children’s show, Thumbelina: the Story of a Brave Little Girl, directed by graduate student Troy Battle, is adapted by Liza Lentin and based upon the story by Hans Christian Andersen. In this play, a mother’s wish for a child is granted when a rosebud opens and “Thumbelina” emerges. Named for her tiny size, the character embarks upon a journey that has her using all of her wits, and a little help from her audience “to overcome her pitfalls.” Incorporating original interpretations of classic songs by the legendary and widely influential band, The Beatles, the show explores themes of friendship, bravery, and self determination.