Lyric Repertory Company celebrating 50th anniversary this year

The Lyric Repertory Company’s summer schedule of four plays opens in mid-June at the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan, an event that will also serve as the kickoff to USU’s 2017-18 “Year of the Arts.”

Dennis Hassan, co-artistic director of the Lyric Rep, said it’s the start of a celebration that will last more than a year.

“They are bringing in special guest artists and special events. A lot of time has gone into this and we’re proud that the big kickoff is June 16 with opening night of our first production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).”

This is the 50th Anniversary Season for the Lyric Rep, founded by W. Vosco Call in 1967. Hassan said there will be a two-day event, a Golden Anniversary Bash July 21-22, as many Lyric Rep alums return to perform musical numbers from the Lyric’s greatest hits.

“We are bringing in some people from broadway and from across the country. Of course, our current company members come from all over the country. We’ve produced a lot of musicals over the years and we’re picking out some of the best numbers for them to perform.”

Afterwards there will be a catered reception in the Caine Lyric Theatre, then Center Street in front of the Lyric will be closed off and a party will proceed well into the night with food, dancing, a DJ from Los Angeles and a one-of-a-kind light show.

The Lyric Rep schedule, running through the summer in repertory, starts with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Wait Until Dark and The Foreigner.

The Lyric Rep will also offer four dates for Dinner & Discussion, a meal with the actors, directors and designers by the river at The Riverwoods Conference Center, prior to curtain. Individual dinners are $30 a person.

All dinners start at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now with information online at <a href=”http://www.lyricrep.org” target=”_blank”>lyricrep.org</a>.

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