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Jerry's Girls is non-stop song and dance entertainment

Nov. 25, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- University Theatre at Western Michigan University presents four performances Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 5-8, of "Jerry's Girls," featuring the familiar show tunes of Broadway musical composer Jerry Herman.

The show is a compilation of Herman's music, who is famous for musicals such as "La Cage Aux Folles," "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame." At its debut in 1985, "Jerry's Girls" showcased Herman's life works featuring actresses Carol Channing, Andrea McArdle, and Chita Rivera. The show is filled with non-stop song and dance, featuring familiar songs from Herman's most memorable musicals.

Performances in the Multiform Theatre of the Gilmore Theatre Complex are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8.

General admission is $16. Admission for senior citizens and for WMU faculty and staff $12. Admission is $7 for all students. Tickets are available through the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office at (269) 387-6222. Office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. Tickets may also be purchased at the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo or by phone at (269) 387-0402.

An opening night reception sponsored by the University Theatre Guild will follow the Dec. 5 performance. There will be a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team following the Dec. 8 matinee.

"Jerry's Girls" is directed and choreographed by Dee Dee Sandt, whose choreography was last seen in the University Theatre production of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" earlier this season. Sandt has also flexed her creative muscles in New York with choreography credits including "My Fair Lady," "Carousel" and "The Rink."

The musical director is guest artist and WMU alumnus Glenn Wheaton, who has worked both in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He has served as a conductor and music director for shows at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Mich., and at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. A seven-piece orchestra will complement the performance.

The cast includes seniors Sarah Ball and Katie Kerrins; juniors Altamiece Ballard, Katrina Phillip, and Erin Rinke; sophomores Kristyn Hemingway, Nicole Horton, and Jackie Sizemore; and freshmen Kristie Kelley and Ellana Kelter.

The University Theatre production of "Jerry's Girls" is presented in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Art Hearron of Kalamazoo for their generous support of the theatre program at WMU.

Media contact: Shauna Thieman, 269 387-6222, shauna.thieman@wmich.edu

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