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Greater Tuna Opening at Stage 9

Jul 18, 2016


Hutchinson, Kan. –  Stage 9 announces the triumphant return of one its most beloved productions, Greater Tuna, for a one-weekend-only fundraising event, August 4 – August 7. Stage 9 board members Stephen Mills and Denny Vick will be reprising their roles in the hilarious comedy, Greater Tuna, sponsored by longtime supporters Mert Sellers and Ron and Anne Sellers.Mills and Vick first performed in this show 25 years ago for the Hutchinson Theatre Guild, now known as Stage 9. Performances of Greater Tuna are a special fundraiser for Stage 9.

Co-authors Jatson Williams, Jo Sears, and Ed Howard take an affectionate and often searing look at country life in Texas’ third smallest town, Tuna, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Originally produced in 1981, much of the fun ensues as the two actors play 22 separate characters who all claim Tuna, Texas as their home.

Greater Tuna is directed by Denny Vick. Other production and crew members include Charles Johnston (lighting designer), Bob Callahan (light board operator), Marci McKinnell (sound technician), Peggy Livingston and Mel Twineham (dressers), Ellen McCarley (costume and properties designer), Tom McAuley (sound engineer), and Archer Jarrett of Archer & Co. (wig designer).  Denny Vick, Stephen Mills, and Bob Callahan collaborated on the production’s scenery.

Greater Tuna will be performed for one weekend only, August 4 – August 6 at 7:30 p.m. and August 7 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Patrons must be eight years old to attend Stage 9 productions. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at stage9hutch.com as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson three weeks prior to opening. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door one hour prior to a performance. Greater Tuna is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7:00 p.m. for evening performances and at 1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To check performance availability, please contact Stage 9 by email at info@stage9hutch.com or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529). 

For more information about Greater Tuna or to schedule interviews with the director, contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353 or charles@stage9hutch.com.  You may also contact Johnston for information about program advertising or sponsorship for Stage 9’s 2016 Season.

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Stage 9’s mission is to produce and offer to the public community-based theatrical productions and to educate and promote interest and enjoyment of the dramatic arts in Hutchinson, Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression for all Hutchinson community members, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.  At home at 9 S. Main in downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9’s 100th Anniversary 2016 Season features Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of The Trojan Women, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], Long, Singer and Winfield’s hysterical comedy romp, Menken and Ashman’s off-Broadway smash Little Shop of Horrors, Stage 9’s popular hit Greater Tuna by Howard, Williams and Sears, the crowd pleasing Nunsense! the musical  by Dan Goggin, Stage 9’s annual fundraiser Talking Tombstones and Sarah Ruhl’s quirky comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone.