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NSU, Sequoyah Institute present the 35th season of River City Players

(Tahlequah, Oklahoma) -- Tickets for Northeastern State University’s River City Player’s 2017 season are now available for purchase. “60s Retro Jukebox,” “70s Country Radio” and “80s Movie Soundtrack” will feature as the 2017 summer season’s shows, beginning June 15 and running through Aug. 5.

Performances will take place in the NSU Playhouse and tickets cost $13 for adults, $11 for NSU alumni and employees, $10 for seniors and groups and $7 for children.

“60s Retro Jukebox” promises to transport the audience back to the days of diners, classic cars and rock and roll legends. The River City Players will bring you chart topping hits like “My Girl,” “Proud Mary,” “Dock of the Bay” and “Respect” as the performers and audience browse through the jukebox filled with the music of iconic artists including Elvis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, Dusty Springfield and many more. “60s Retro Jukebox” will be on Saturdays at 2 p.m. with a special Friday matinee on July 14 and July 21.

Audiences of “70s Country Radio” will tune into their favorite country music hits from the 1970s. The radio dial will roll through a collection of quintessential artists and songs that make up the eight-track era of country music. The River City Players will perform hits from Mickey Gilley, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and more. “70s Country Radio” will be Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

“80s Movie Soundtrack” will take the audience on a flashback to favorite films of the 1980s to enjoy the iconic hits that made up those blockbuster soundtracks. Performers will revisit the music of “Footloose,” “Ghostbusters,” “Flashdance” and “Pretty in Pink.” This performance will be filled with magic movie moments from the dynamic 80s decade when music and film came together and made history. “80s Movie Soundtrack” will be Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

History of River City Players

Created in 1983 by C.H. Parker, now-retired NSU instructor of speech and theater, and the late Joe Davis, NSU jazz studies director, the first show was named Ferlin’s Folly.

“In 1985, RCP shifted to two music-driven productions showcasing popular music and Broadway show tunes,” Dr. Robyn Pursley, chair of Art and Drama, said. “The country show was added to the mix in 1995 at the Jazz Lab but River City was also still producing at the Playhouse.”

In 1999, the Sizzlin Summer Showcase was created and included “River City,” “The Downtown Hoedown” and “Melodrama.” After that season, the collection of shows became known as Stars in the Summer and featured River City at the Shawnee Street Theatre and Downtown Country at the Playhouse.

“In 2012, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the summer shows, we moved everything back to the playhouse and started producing it all under the name River City Players,” Pursley said.

Through the years, the show eventually evolved into what is now the 35th season of River City Players featuring both country and rock and roll shows.

For more information about the River City Players or to purchase tickets, call 918-458-2075 or visit www.nsuok.edu/si.

Published: 5/15/2017 4:16:43 PM

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