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HAYS, KS -- Tickets are on sale now for "Something Wonderful: Richard Rodgers' Centennial of Song," which is being presented at 8 p.m. on June 8 in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in conjunction with Fort Hays State University's Centennial birthday celebration.
General admission tickets for the concert are $6, with the remainder of the cost underwritten by the university. Tickets are available at both Dillons locations in Hays, as well as at the Memorial Union office on the FHSU campus. The Memorial Union office, located on the second floor, is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Friday.
Rodgers, an American composer, is best known for his collaborations with Oscar Hammerstein II on several musicals in the 1940s and '50s, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. Earlier in his career he collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on several other well-known musicals, including The Girl Friend, A Connecticut Yankee, Babes in Arms and Pal Joey.
The "Centennial of Song" production will include selections from these musicals, as well as a few other songs for which Rodgers wrote the lyrics as well as the music. The songs will be performed by four New York cabaret stars: Heather MacRae, who most recently appeared in the award-winning "Songs for My Father"; Mark Nadler and KT Sullivan, who co-wrote and starred in the off-Broadway Gershwin revue American Rhapsody; and Craig Rubano, best known for his starring role in the Broadway production of Les Miserables.
"Something Wonderful: Richard Rodgers' Centennial of Song" is a particularly appropriate choice for FHSU's Centennial birthday celebration because 2002 would mark Rodgers' own 100th birthday if he was still alive. The concert will wrap up day-long festivities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first classes held on the FHSU campus.
Immediately before the concert from 6-7:30 p.m., the official birthday will be celebrated with a party on the campus quad. The party will feature musical entertainment by the Blue Healers; free cake and ice cream will be provided by the local
Dillons stores. Friends from near and far are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and
blankets and join in the celebration. Free Tiger balloons will be presented to all children, and everyone present will be eligible to win door prizes in a drawing at 7:15 p.m.
The day's festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the dedication of a new sign at the Highway 183 by-pass entrance to the campus, next to Gross Memorial Coliseum. A time capsule, to be opened in 25 years, will be buried at this site, accompanied by a brief informational ceremony about the capsule's contents. One item in the capsule will be a scroll signed by members of the university and community at previous Centennial events; those who still wish to sign the scroll may do so between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. that day. Everyone is invited to participate in the day's events.