(November 18, 2013)

Alumni to present musical comedy at New Orleans Fringe Festival

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary alumni are taking their musical comedy, Rush to Die, on the road this month, with upcoming showings at the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Rush to Die invites audiences to set sail with Byron and Chris, two boys who scheme to solve their debt problems by capturing author Salman Rushdie.

Rush to Die
Rush to Die will be performed at the New Orleans Fringe Festival this weekend.

"Original musical theater is often under-represented (at the New Orleans Fringe Festival) because of the difficulty in writing, casting, funding and performing," said Costas Dafnis, former Centenary music student, who is the Musical Director of the production and contributed music and lyrics. "Having gone through the process from start to finish...I'm happy to report that our cast and crew have worked tirelessly to make that difficult task not only a reality but also a joy."

With hilariously irreverent dialogue and unforgettable songs, this multimedia musical comedy promises to be a sharp and wonderfully performed offering about fame, friendship, and the nature of debt.

Several Centenary alumni in addition to Dafnis are contributing their time and talents to the production:

Katie Baker '11 media and projections
Chelsi Hefner '13 stage manager
Amanda Hock '13 violin
Tamara Mayer '11 choreography
Chris Morgan '10 drums
William Parsons '92 lead role
Austin Price '11 playwright
Mary Thoma '82 director

Multiple performances are scheduled at the Dryades Theater (1230 O.C. Haley Boulevard, News Orleans, LA): Friday, November 22, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 23, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online.

The New Orleans Fringe Festival nurtures new and established artists by presenting affordable theater to the community and creating ties between artists, audiences, and local organizations.

Rush to Die
premiered at Shreveport's UNSCENE!, a Shreveport Regional Arts Council monthly series featuring transformational interactive arts activities. For more information on Rush to Die, visit facebook.com/rushtodie.