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Sunday in the Park with George: Music, love and art on the big stage

The following press release was issued by the Rozsa Center:

credit Gisele Ulep. Pictured, left to right are: (foreground) Wade Schulz, Scott Murphy, and the lead, Jonah Schulte; (background) Matt Koss, Ally Southgate, Griffin Pepin

HOUGHTON, MI, Thursday, April 4, 2019 – The Rozsa Center, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Tech Theatre Company are proud to present the 25th Anniversary Season theatre finale, Sunday in the Park with George, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts Thursday – Saturday, April 11 – 13, 7:30 PM.

Starring Michigan Tech’s Jonah Schulte, third-year Computer Science major, as “George One” and “George Two,” and Katy Gula, third-year Environmental Engineering major, as Dot, Sunday in the Park with George is a fully staged musical with live orchestra.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s lyrical celebration of art, love, and children merges image, music, and performance to explore the depths of human understanding. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and staged around the world, Sunday in the Park with George explains the simple essence of life we can all understand.

credit Makenzi Wentela, of, left to right (foreground) Katy Gula and Jonah Schulte

According to Jared Anderson, Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department, “Welcome to the Tech Theatre Production of Sunday in the Park with George, one of the final events in the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s 25th Anniversary Season. When considering what to program as the musical theatre offering this year, Sunday in the Park with George kept coming to my mind as a work that represents the department in special ways–a musical about two artists, separated through many years, but intimately connected by their desires to connect through art and to create something new.”

Sunday in the Park with George Director, Roger Held, Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, describes the play in terms of an intersection and relations between parents, children, and art: “Steven Sondheim and James Lapine suggest that, in the end, life comes down to children and art. They mean this, I think, in the broadest sense. In Sunday in the Park, you’ll meet two Georges who are artists trying to understand the nature of light in aesthetic experiences.”

Tickets are on sale now, $19 for adults, $6 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at mtu.edu/rozsa, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or the night of the show at the Rozsa Center box office, which opens two hours prior to performances.

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