PRINCETON — The Prairie Arts Council announces “Greater Tuna” as the first show of its 2019 season. The show will run Feb. 22-24. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 24. All performances are at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton.
“Greater Tuna” is a comedy about the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, third smallest town in the state. The wacky residents of Tuna — men, women, children and animals — are all played by two skillful actors who must quickly change parts using creative voice work. “Greater Tuna” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Theater veteran Gary Talsky of Spring Valley and newcomer David Gray of Princeton each bring to life 10 different characters. Both Talsky and Gray recreate characters that are universal to all small towns.
Tickets are $15 per person. Online ticket sales begin on Sunday, Jan. 13, at www.prairiearts.org. For phone sales, call 815-875-2787 and leave a message. Walk-in tickets will also be available at the door.
Director Dixie Schroeder is excited about presenting this unique show. “I think that folks will recognize a lot of the small town characters in their neighbors and friends. Both Gary (Talsky) and David (Gray) are doing a tremendous job with characterization and very quick costume changes.”
“Another unique aspect of the production is that the Logan Junior High School art club is assisting us,” Schroeder said. “Under the direction of Sara Scott and Christie Lucas, the club will be designing and painting the set and some set pieces. We are excited to have them joining us.”
Additional production staff includes: production manager Ken Schroeder, costumer Jill Marti, lighting designer Matt Boehm, student assistant Lauren Frost, sound operator Maddie Devert, and light operators Riley Lucas and Matthew Lucas.
Other shows in the PAC’s 2019 line up include Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” in late April, “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin during Homestead weekend, and the annual children’s Christmas show. Prairie Arts Council programming is funded in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and OmniArts.
Anyone interested in participating in the theater program are encouraged to watch the PAC website, prairiearts.org, for tryout dates and information on each show. Volunteers are always welcome for all parts of the productions.