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LCC’s ‘Summer Stage Under the Stars’ will include four performances

LCC’s ‘Summer Stage Under the Stars’ will include four performances
Nikki Nicolaou

Shelby Schueller
Freelance Writer

The LCC Performing Arts Department has exciting plans for the upcoming summer semester. The “Summer Stage Under the Stars” festival will be an event the whole family can enjoy.

This year, the annual event offers four different performances on campus in June and July, according to Melissa Kaplan, fine and performing arts coordinator at LCC.

Most all of the shows will be held in the outdoor amphitheater on Washington Mall between the Gannon Building and Dart Auditorium. All performances are free and will begin at 7 p.m.

Fools, the first performance, will be held June 25 to 29 in the amphitheater. The story follows the humorous plight of a young man who lands his first teaching job in a town under a 200-year curse that inflicts all of its residents with “chronic stupidity.” The teacher has 24 hours to break the curse before he also becomes stupid.

Mary Matzke, the director of Fools, described it as “a feel good, laugh out loud comedy with an underlying important message.”

On July 9, the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet takes the amphitheater stage. This performance will feature Dennis Therrian, Jon Gewirtz, Ed Fedewa and Mike Daniels, as well as guest performers from the LCC Music Program.

Then, from July 23 to 27, the festival will take a supernatural turn with In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories, which contains four humorous, wistful and surprising tales that reveal the history of a town that suddenly disappeared. That show will also be in the amphitheater.

Last, but certainly not least, will be The Community Dance Project, from July 29 to 31. This is the only performance that will be held exclusively in Dart Auditorium. It features three nights of new choreography presented by Happendance and LCC Dance.

The performers in all four shows are busy preparing for the summer season.

“It’s great (to perform at LCC),” said Patrick Foster, who plays the role of Leon Tolchinsky in Fools. “The community is so open and everyone is so inviting. Everyone’s always nice and I love it.”

All scheduled outdoor performances will move to in Dart Auditorium in the case of rain. Free parking will be available on the streets near LCC on weekdays and in the Gannon Ramp on weekends. For more information, call Melissa Kaplan at 517-483-1488.

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