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“California Dreaming” to play at Pulaski Theatre

California Dream Production ShotBy CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwesttimes.com

 

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and the Pulaski Theatre will present the national tour of “California Dreaming” on Thursday, Feb. 13.

According to a news release from the Fine Arts center for the New River Valley, California Dreaming celebrates that brief time between the mid- 60s and early 70s. It focuses on the American youth who migrated to California by the millions, and transformed pop culture forever.

“California Dreaming” features the music of groups like the Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, The 5th Dimension, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. It features songs like “What a Day for a Daydream,” “I Get Around,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “ Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Our House,” “Little GTO,” and “California Dreamin’.”

According to the release, the show is a tribute to and filled with music that defined an era and introduced the world to the good vibrations of love, peace and summertime fun.

The show is produced by Springer Theatricals, the national touring arm of the Springer Opera House, a 143-year-old National Historic Landmark theatre in Columbus, Ga. The Springer is also the State Theatre of Georgia and produces a year-round schedule of plays and musicals.

It is home to the Springer Theatre Academy, the largest program for the training of young actors in the Southeast. Springer Theatricals also has one of the nation’s busiest touring schedules, performing in more than 60 cities every year.

The Springer has been a revered Southern cultural institution with the world’s most celebrated artists making pilgrimages to perform in the Edwardian elegance of its main stage theatre since Reconstruction.

Actors such as Edwin Booth, Lilly Langtry, George M. Cohan, Ethel Barrymore and Irving Berlin have appeared in Springer productions in the old days. More modern appearances have included by Mary Martin, Truman Capote, Hal Holbrook, Burt Reynolds, Marvin Hamlisch and Garrison Keillor.

According to the release, the Springer has been a centerpiece for the performing arts in the South since 1871.

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and the Pulaski Theatre have partnered to present four shows through Springer Theatricals. The shows were Route 66, Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels and the Marvelous Wonderettes.

“California Dreaming” will be performed at the Pulaski Theatre on Feb. 13.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets for the show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are on sale now.

To purchase tickets, call the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 980-7363.

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