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Several productions to be staged in area

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 10:14 a.m. CDT

SANDWICH, Ill. — PR Productions, a local theatrical production company based out of the Fox Valley area, announces several upcoming productions to be produced in the local area.

The popular “Improv Comedy Night,” which debuted last November, will return at 8 p.m. Saturday night at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville.

Tickets are $12 for the 90-minute show.

A mirror image of the former television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” the PR Improv Team takes suggestions from the audience to create completely improvised theatre with no scripts.

Complete with improvised music to accompany each scene, the production is family friendly and guaranteed to entertain.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the door.

PR Productions also an- nounces open registration for their upcoming “Youth Theatre Series,” an 8-week musical theatre education experience designed for today’s youth.

Beginning July 30, students ages 8 to 18 will meet at the Somonauk Library three times each week for two hours. Throughout the daily sessions, students will garner the essential skills needed to improve as on-stage performers.

Cost of the eight-week program is only $55 and registration forms may be found online at www.wewantpr.com or at the Somonauk Public Library.

The session will conclude with a grand finale performance of “Willy Wonka,” scheduled for Sept. 20-22 at the historic Sandwich Opera House.

At the end of July, PR Productions will present the stage play “Driving Miss Daisy,” one of modern American Theatre’s most touching and irresistible stories.

Performances are July 26-28 at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville. This Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning comedy-drama is sure to warm your heart with its message of friendship, understanding and hope.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, with a 2 p.m. matinee scheduled for Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.riversedgetheatre.com or at the door prior to the show.

A treat for all audiences ages 10 to 110, “Driving Miss Daisy” is a moving story of friendship told with humor, warmth and beauty. This family comedy is set in Atlanta, Ga., from 1948 to 1973.

Daisy Werthan (Jacquie Weirich, Oswego), an independent, aging Jewish widow – disagreeable, and set in her ways – reluctantly surrenders the driver’s seat to Hoke Coleburn (Darren Jones, Evanston), a proud, soft-spoken black man.

At first, Daisy’s stubbornness and cultural prejudices cause much friction, but over the course of 25 years, Hoke becomes not only her chauffeur, but against all odds, her best friend.

The Washington Post once called this play “[a story] marked with unaffected grace and generosity of spirit, medium-sized miracles and changed minds.”

Written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 as a tribute to his Atlanta-based family, the play went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

A 1989 movie version starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Tandy.

For more information on upcoming theatrical opportunities from PR Productions, visit its website at www.wewantpr.com or find PR Productions on Facebook.

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