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Centennial Singers Return for Final Production Friday, May 22

May 18, 2009
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Into the Woods -- Centennial Singers members Kayla O'Keefe and Lauren Shultz perform a scene from "Into the Woods," showing Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts Center main stage. (Don Turner Photo)

After a complete season of tours and travel, the University of Wyoming Centennial Singers return for their final performance Friday, May 22, at the University of Wyoming.

The Centennial Singers, UW's music ambassadors, will perform "Into the Woods" at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts main stage. Tickets are available at the door and online through the Fine Arts box office, Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and children and $25 for the family pack (two adults and up to three children).

"We have performed to more people this year than in the three previous years combined," says Patrick Newell, Centennial Singers director. "The success of ‘Into the Woods' this year has created a renewed interest in the group among students, setting us up for a good season next year."

Newell in the fall will hold auditions for the 2009-2010 production of the musical "Urinetown." He plans to continue the full-length musical format in future years for Centennial Singers. Incoming freshmen are encouraged to audition, he adds.

"I believe that switching from a review format to producing complete musicals was clearly the path that Centennial Singers needed to take at this point in the life of the group," Newell says. "I am pleased with the success of ‘Into the Woods' and look forward to our future productions."

He adds that those who are already familiar with last fall's production of "Into the Woods," expect some surprises for the final performance.

"A few of the characters have been taken on by different actors within the group, who promise to light up the stage in a whole new way," Newell says.

For more information about Friday's show, visit the Centennial Singers Web site at or call Newell at (307) 766-3076.

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009

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