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March 28, 2011/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    
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The All-School Musical Opens April 28


WINSTON-SALEM The Associates and the Giannini Society of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present a behind-the-scenes look at the school’s upcoming production of Oklahoma! on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roger L. Stevens Center at 405 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem.

Admission is free, but patrons are asked to RSVP to uncsa.associates@gmail.com or call 336-631-1227 to reserve a seat.

At the behind-the-scenes event, audience members will learn about creating this faithful restaging of the original 1943 Broadway production from several members of the UNCSA Oklahoma! Design & Production team. Participants include Frank Lombardi, Director of the Stage Management program; Christine Turbitt, Director of the Costume Design and Technology Program; Howard Jones, Director of the Scenic Art Program and Bland Wade, Director of the Stage Properties Program. In addition, this is the first load-in night for the scenery, and attendees will have the opportunity to observe this process.

Photo by Donald Dietz

Painting a backdrop for Oklahoma!

The presentation will be followed by a dessert and lemonade reception in the Stevens Center lobby immediately following the program.  

The behind-the-scenes event is coordinated by The Associates, UNCSA’s volunteer organization, and the Giannini Society, a group of dedicated donors who provide annual support, with assistance from the School of Design & Production.

UNCSA’s production of Oklahoma! will open on April 28, 2011, and will continue through May 8. The full performance schedule is:  April 28, 8 p.m.; April 29, 7:30 p.m.; April 30, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 1, 2 p.m.; May 4-6, 8 p.m.; May 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and May 8, 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the UNCSA Box Office by calling 336.721.1945, or online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Ticket prices are: Prime Orchestra, $100; Orchestra Center, $63 for adults and $49 for children 13 and under; Orchestra Sides and Front Balcony, $54 for adults and $40 for children 13 and under; Rear Orchestra and Rear Balcony, $43 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under. For the best deal in town take advantage of the great prices on Oklahoma! “Family Four Pack” (2 adults and 2 children) for the evening performances on Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, only: $150 for Orchestra Side/Front Balcony and $110 for Rear Balcony. Please note that the ARTSCARD cannot be used for Oklahoma! Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on every full-priced ticket. The 10% discount for groups may not be combined with any other offer.

The April 29 gala is almost sold out, but you can still get tickets to the hottest party in down: the Downtown Hoedown (the gala after-party)! For ticket information, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 , or visit us online at www.uncsa.edu/hoedown.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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