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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU to Host 'Fabulous 4th' Celebration

Festivities Include the Musical Comedy 'The 1940’s Radio Hour,' Family Activities, Concert and Fireworks

BOCA RATON, FL (June 3, 2011) – In collaboration with the City of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University will host a “Fabulous 4th” celebration on Monday, July 4. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a special staging of the musical comedy “The 1940’s Radio Hour” in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. This will be followed at 6 p.m. with various family activities and games in the fields just east of the University Theatre. At 7:30 p.m., the Florida Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott, will present a patriotic, hand-clapping musical tribute. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Community members are urged to bring blankets and chairs.

“The 1940’s Radio Hour,” which is presented by the department of theatre and dance in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, will be performed by professional actors alongside FAU graduate students. Tickets for the play are $20, and admission to the other events is free. There will be food vendors on site. All parking is free, and there will be directions to parking areas from the Glades Road entrances to campus. FAU’s Boca Raton campus is located at 777 Glades Road, ½ mile east of I-95.

Radio Hour is one of two shows in FAU’s Festival Repertory Theatre 2011. The other show is the music review “Hooray for Hollywood: A Tribute to the Best Movie Musicals of All Time.” The plays will run June 24 through July 24, in the 500-seat University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. There will also be three additional showings of Hooray for Hollywood at the Mos’ Art Theatre in Lake Park on July 29 and 30. A full schedule of plays can be found at www.fauevents.com or by calling 1-800-564-9539.

The two plays are on a rotating schedule with afternoon and evening performances through the summer. The musical review, which was created by Bruce Linser, will include performances from music in the films “West Side Story,” “Funny Girl,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cabaret,” “A Star is Born,” “Chicago,” “All That Jazz,” “Grease,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moulin Rouge” and others.

“The 1940s Radio Hour” takes place during Christmas 1942 behind the scenes of a New York City radio station. The station plays all the songs of the era, during a time when U.S. troops were in far off countries defending liberty. The play gives a ‘backstage’ look at the radio entertainers. Music includes “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Strike up the Band” and more. Radio Hour is directed by Jean Louis Baldet.

Festival Rep is now in its 13th year with graduate student actors acting alongside professional actors. This year’s equity actors are Terry Hardcastle, Bruce Linser and Laura Wayth. Hardcastle has performed off-Broadway in “Mary Tudor,” “Desperation City,” and “Festival of the Shameless.” He has also performed at the Actor’s Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre, Florida Stage and elsewhere. Linser has performed locally at the Caldwell Theatre, Gable Stage, the Maltz Theatre and the New Theatre. He has also worked off-Broadway and has been in many national tours. Wayth received her MFA from American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard and has taught extensively. She has also performed locally at the Caldwell Theatre and the University of Miami.

For more information on “The 1940’s Radio Hour” or FAU’s other summer productions, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com. For more information on the fireworks or other festivities, visit http://ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/specialevents, call 561- 393-7806, selection #2, or 561- 393-7827.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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