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Mesa Repertory Theatre back for 2013 in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Tickets are on sale now for Mesa Repertory Theatre's second summer theatre season. Colorado Mesa University revived its repertory theatre program last year after it had been discontinued during the 1990s, Artistic Director Jeremy Franklin said."This university was doing repertory theatre for decades. That program did amazing work. It brought in actors from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in London," as well as well-known playwright Sheldon Harnick, who collaborated on the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," he said.Repertory theatre is the semi-professional arm to the college's theatre department - actors are paid for their work. Also, over the course of three weeks, theatergoers can see three different shows on consecutive nights.This year's program includes "The Complete History of America (abridged)," a comedy directed and produced by CMU Theatre Department head Tim Pinnow.The all-female cast performs America's history from the time before Columbus to events occurring in the past couple of years, Franklin said.Additionally, Franklin will direct the off-Broadway musical "Altar Boyz," a comedy about a Catholic five-member boy band."It's one of the funniest musicals I've ever seen," Franklin said. "It's a good, clean show, for everyone."A children's show is being added this year, thanks in part to a Colorado Creative Industries grant."Wiley and the Hairy Man," directed by CMU technical director Jerry Ditter, is based on an Alabama folk tale and is about a young boy who is haunted by his worst fear, the hairy man."His mommy teaches him how to overcome his fears," Franklin said.The children's play will run in the afternoons, while the other play and musical will take place during the evenings. All shows will be performed in the Moss Performing Arts Center's Mesa Experimental Theatre. "We hope parents with kids on summer break will bring their children in the afternoons for an enriching and entertaining experience," Franklin said. As the repertory theatre program grows, "we hope, in the future, to bring in more professionals, nationally and from abroad," Franklin said.Franklin has created a video podcast series where he talks about each show, available on You Tube/Mesa Repertory Theatre at and on Facebook. The podcasts will eventually include interviews with the cast and directors closer to the date of the performances.For tickets, call the box office at 970-248-1604 or visit - prices range from $6 to $18, except for the children's play, in which tickets are $5 each.

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