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Theatre Arts Department invited to KCACTF: Will Perform “Pump Boys and Dinettes”

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Theatre Arts Department invited to KCACTF: Will Perform “Pump Boys and Dinettes”

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Thatcher, AZ—After sold out performances and standing ovations in November, Eastern Arizona College’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” received another great accolade: the invitation to perform at this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for Region VIII in St. George, Utah.

Each year, the Kennedy Center sponsors a festival as an initiative to connect colleges and universities from across the nation in sharing and showcasing their outstanding work in the theatre arts. In January and February, each of the nation’s eight regions host festivals in which the most distinguished productions from their area are invited to perform. “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will be one of only seven shows to perform in St. George from the Southwestern region, which includes Arizona, Utah, Southern Nevada, Southern California, and Hawaii.

“It is such an honor for this show to be chosen to perform at the KCACTF Festival, and we are so proud of our amazing students, artists, faculty, and staff in the Theatre Arts Department,” noted Steven Higginbotham, EAC’s drama director.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region VIII Festival will be held from February 10 – 14, 2015, on the campus of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

As local audiences will remember, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” is a charming musical revue packed with entertaining country music, including hits like “Highway 57,” “Serve Yourself,” “Be Good or Be Gone,” and “Farmer Tan.” The show features book, music, and lyrics by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann. With stage direction and choreography by Higginbotham, musical direction by Patricia Jordahl, set design by William H. Nidiffer, costume designs by Timilee McNair, lighting and sound designs by Don Eller, and stage management by Kylie-Jo Soto, this dynamic production boasts a talented cast of student performers. Jordan McGrath, Zachary McGrath, Joseph Norton, and Ryan Watson offer “auto service with a smile” as the charming Pump Boys, and Delaney Ewing and Kylie Webster warm your hearts as the delightful Dinettes.

The rockin’ band includes Ted Oberg (bass), Paul Roberts (percussion), Jason Spencer (guitar), and Jordan Squires (piano).

Local audiences will be happy to learn that two, last-minute performances of Pump Boys will be offered on the Fine Arts Center stage before the show hits the road.

The performances are scheduled for Friday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Admission is $3/person and tickets are available at the EAC Ticket Office at 928-428-8228 and will be available at the door.