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Prairie Arts Council's first show will be 'Greater Tuna'

Prairie Arts Council's first show of the season will be "Greater Tuna." The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Prairie Arts Council, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton.

"Greater Tuna" is a comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna, Texas' third-smallest town. The wacky inhabitants — men, women, children and animals — all are played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at a rather breakneck speed and use inventive voicework.

The people who play 10 characters each are Gary Talsky, of Spring Valley, and David Gray, of Princeton.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 815-875-2787 and leaving a message. Online ticket sales open Tuesday, Jan. 15, and can be ordered at prairiearts.org. Reserved seats are $15 per person. Tickets can be picked up at the door on the night of each performance.

Director Dixie Schroeder is excited about presenting this unique show. "I think that folks will recognize a lot of the small town characters in their neighbors and friends. Both Talsky and Gray are doing a tremendous job with characterization and very quick costume changes.”

“Another unique aspect of the production is Logan Junior High School art club is assisting,” Schroeder said. “Under the direction of Sara Scott and Christie Lucas, the club will be designing and painting the set and some set pieces."

The production staff of “Greater Tuna” is rounded out by production manager Ken Schroeder; costumer Jill Marti; light designer Matt Boehm; student director Lauren Frost; sound operator Maddie Devert; and light operators Riley Lucas and Matthew Lucas.

The balance of the 2019 season will include Neil Simon’s "Plaza Suite"; "Deathtrap" by Ira Levine; and the annual children’s Christmas show. Watch prairiearts.org for audition dates and information on each show. Volunteers are always welcome for all parts of the productions. Prairie Arts Council programming is funded in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and OmniArts.

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