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Route 66 musical rolls through Pulaski

The Pulaski Theatre will be taking a trip down Route 66 on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Hopefully, area residents will go along for the ride.
Route 66, a new musical comedy by Roger Bean, will be the first professional play to be put on at the theatre since it reopened in November of 2008.
"It tugs at the heart of those who traveled Route 66," says Judy Ison, Director of the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley.
"In fact, the first tickets that we sold were to people that traveled on Route 66."
Often called “America’s Main Street”, in its heyday the highway boasted such landmarks as the Spooklight in Quapaw, Okla., the giant Jackalope in Fort Worth, Texas, Meteor Crater in Leeup, Ariz., the Wigwam Village in Holbrook, Ariz., El Sombrero Restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., the Regal Reptile Ranch in Alanreed, Texas, the Chain of the Rocks Bridge near St. Louis, Mo., the giant Rocketman in Wilmington, Ill. and the Iceberg Café in Albuquerque, N.M.
In the 1940’s and ’50’s, hundreds of fancifully-designed motels, motor lodges and motor courts sprung up along the great highway, many of which are still in operation today.
A rambunctious new musical comedy, Route 66, leads the audience along the great “Mother Road” in a nostalgic celebration of music and whimsical highway fun.
The success of the musical comedy, which is currently on a 60-city national tour produced by the Georgia-based Springer Theatricals, could determine whether or not other national tours put the Pulaski Theatre on their schedules.
"The more the public supports shows such as this, the more that can be done here in the future," says Ison.
"The proceeds from this show will be divided between the theatre and the Fine Arts Center, and the proceeds could allow the theatre to purchase some much-needed equipment and make upgrades."
Ison is also working with the community to make the showing an affair to remember, as the Fine Arts Center will be holding a free children’s art class from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the day of the show.
"We are also working with the Beans and Rice program to bring 25 students to the show as a reward. The students will be recognized at the show," Ison added.
Ticket holders are invited to a reception prior to the Route 66 performance at the Fine Arts Center For The New River Valley from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
The Star City PT Cruiser Car Club of Virginia and North Carolina, co-founded by Carrol Emerson and Mary Likens, will be bringing PT Cruisers to be parked on the left side of Main Street starting at the Pulaski Theatre. Highlighting this event is a Route 66 PT Cruiser owned by Doug and Jenny Mullins of Troutville. Ronnie Coake of Pulaski has also coordinated vintage vechicles to be parked on the right side of Main Street starting at Pulaski Technology.
Tickets are available online at www.pulaskitheatre.org until 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 and tickets will be held at the door. Advance adult tickets are $15, advance children’s tickets are $5 (under 12).
Tickets at the door will be $18 for adults and $8 for children (under 12).
Tickets are also available at the following locations thru Monday: The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, Martin’s Pharmacy, Coffee Buy the Book, and the Town of Pulaski (2nd floor Reception Office).
For more information please contact the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 980-7363 or email info@facnrv.org.

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Route 66 musical rolls through Pulaski

The Pulaski Theatre will be taking a trip down Route 66 on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Hopefully, area residents will go along for the ride.
Route 66, a new musical comedy by Roger Bean, will be the first professional play to be put on at the theatre since it reopened in November of 2008.
"It tugs at the heart of those who traveled Route 66," says Judy Ison, Director of the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley.
"In fact, the first tickets that we sold were to people that traveled on Route 66."
Often called “America’s Main Street”, in its heyday the highway boasted such landmarks as the Spooklight in Quapaw, Okla., the giant Jackalope in Fort Worth, Texas, Meteor Crater in Leeup, Ariz., the Wigwam Village in Holbrook, Ariz., El Sombrero Restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., the Regal Reptile Ranch in Alanreed, Texas, the Chain of the Rocks Bridge near St. Louis, Mo., the giant Rocketman in Wilmington, Ill. and the Iceberg Café in Albuquerque, N.M.
In the 1940’s and ’50’s, hundreds of fancifully-designed motels, motor lodges and motor courts sprung up along the great highway, many of which are still in operation today.
A rambunctious new musical comedy, Route 66, leads the audience along the great “Mother Road” in a nostalgic celebration of music and whimsical highway fun.
The success of the musical comedy, which is currently on a 60-city national tour produced by the Georgia-based Springer Theatricals, could determine whether or not other national tours put the Pulaski Theatre on their schedules.
"The more the public supports shows such as this, the more that can be done here in the future," says Ison.
"The proceeds from this show will be divided between the theatre and the Fine Arts Center, and the proceeds could allow the theatre to purchase some much-needed equipment and make upgrades."
Ison is also working with the community to make the showing an affair to remember, as the Fine Arts Center will be holding a free children’s art class from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the day of the show.
"We are also working with the Beans and Rice program to bring 25 students to the show as a reward. The students will be recognized at the show," Ison added.
Ticket holders are invited to a reception prior to the Route 66 performance at the Fine Arts Center For The New River Valley from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
The Star City PT Cruiser Car Club of Virginia and North Carolina, co-founded by Carrol Emerson and Mary Likens, will be bringing PT Cruisers to be parked on the left side of Main Street starting at the Pulaski Theatre. Highlighting this event is a Route 66 PT Cruiser owned by Doug and Jenny Mullins of Troutville. Ronnie Coake of Pulaski has also coordinated vintage vechicles to be parked on the right side of Main Street starting at Pulaski Technology.
Tickets are available online at www.pulaskitheatre.org until 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 and tickets will be held at the door. Advance adult tickets are $15, advance children’s tickets are $5 (under 12).
Tickets at the door will be $18 for adults and $8 for children (under 12).
Tickets are also available at the following locations thru Monday: The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, Martin’s Pharmacy, Coffee Buy the Book, and the Town of Pulaski (2nd floor Reception Office).
For more information please contact the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 980-7363 or email info@facnrv.org.

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