Heartland Festival to open June 7

May 30, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The first production of the 2013 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Heartland Festival will be, “Frankly Scarlett, You’re Dead!” The curtain will rise Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

In this comedy set in the antebellum south, Colonel Ashford Andrew Simpson tries to find suitable matches for his daughters, Scarlett and Melody. Little does he know that marrying off his daughters could be deadly.

The colonel is delighted about the impending nuptials, and will be even happier when he actually finds two young men willing to marry the girls. After all, eligible young men were scarce in those days. War was looming on the horizon, and Yankee spies were everywhere. The only single gentlemen around seem to be the odd Pinkney boys. There was also Brett Rutgers, a gambler of vague origins, and questionable repute. These gentlemen may not be a perfect match for the girls, but, in these trying times, who can wait for perfect?

The opening night performance will include a dinner, with a post-show reception sponsored by Platteville Dairy Queen. The menu for each performance includes Carolina corn chowder, Southern summer salad, New Orleans wine-sauced chicken, summer vegetable blend, creole rice and bourbon bread pudding.

"These dinner theatre shows are always great fun, and the food is always fantastic,” said Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, co-artistic director of this year’s festival. “The ‘Gone with the Wind’ inspiration allows for some wonderful humor, and I think the audiences will really enjoy themselves."

A special performance is also scheduled for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16. That day’s show will begin at noon.

The UW-Platteville Center for the Arts lobby was subject to a major renovation project last summer, resulting in a one-year hiatus for the festival. “We are looking forward to this season. I think the shows we have picked will provide many opportunities for both actors and audiences,” said Farrelly. “We really missed being a part of the Platteville community last summer, and we look forward to coming back better than ever.”

“Frankly Scarlett, You’re Dead!” will run through July 20. “Nunsense” will be on stage from June 14-30 and “Fiddler on the Roof” will run from July 6-21.

Dinner theatre tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for current UW-Platteville students and $18 for those under 18.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre will include performances of “Pinocchio” on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. and July 13 at 11 a.m., as well as “Princess and the Pea” on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and June 15 at 11 a.m.

Cabaret Night is scheduled for July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will include festival performers singing songs from Broadway favorites.

Performance times and prices can be found at http://www.theheartlandfestival.com.

Contact: Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, co-artistic director, (608) 342-6045, farrellya@uwplatt.edu; Dr. David Schuler, co-artistic director, (608) 342-1198, schulerd@uwplatt.edu; Michael J. Breitner, managing director, (608) 342-2787, breitnerm@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu


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