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FSU Cultural Events Series to Present "Big River" Musical
01/11/2002

The award-winning musical, "Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," will be presented at Frostburg State University's Performing Arts Center in the Drama Theater on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Based on Mark Twain's literary classic, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," the show sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck and his friend, Jim, a runaway slave, escape to freedom. Their hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming adventures feature a motley crew of unforgettable characters ranging from the virtuous to the villainous.

Time Magazine describes "Big River" as "a classic American musical with the most fetching score of the decade," composed by country songwriter Roger Miller and performed by a live pit orchestra. Miller skillfully interweaves the distinctly American musical styles of country, blues, gospel and jazz into America's favorite form of entertainment, the Broadway musical. The result is a celebration of the American spirit.

"Big River" was the big winner of the 1985 Tony awards, with a clean sweep of seven awards, including "Best Musical." Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for Under 17. Discounted tickets are available for FSU staff and students.

Dinner theatre specials are available prior to the performance at the following dinner theatre partner restaurants: Fratelli's Italian Restaurant; Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant; JB's Steak Cellar; Leone's Italian Restaurant and Oxford House. Each special includes a uniquely designed meal with non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Dinner theatre specials can be purchased through the CES Box Office.

For information and ticket purchases, and for dinner-theatre menu selections and reservation purchases, contact the FSU CES Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Order requests can also be faxed to (301) 687-7049 or emailed to CES@frostburg.edu. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office one hour prior to the performance.

For information and ticket availability on the day of the show, call (301) 687-4411. All patrons must have a ticket, and all ticket sales are final.

This tour of "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is presented in collaboration with Winwood Theatricals and FSU's Division of Performing Arts. The Cultural Events Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional information can be obtained by visiting Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series website at www.frostburg.edu/events/ces.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu