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Niagara University Theatre to present free musical ‘True Story of The Three Little Pigs’

LEWISTON – If you’ve never thought of the Three Little Pigs as a musical, think again. And in this new version, “hamming it up” is required.

Niagara University Theatre will present its next theater for young audiences production for the whole family, called “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs,” presented by The Friends of Niagara University Theatre in Niagara University’s Leary Theatre, Thursday to Aug. 1.

Steven Braddock, director of Niagara University Theatre, said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present ‘The True Story of The Three Little Pigs,’ a free theatrical production for the whole family. This children’s musical is based on the popular book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The tale centers on a trial for the Big Bad Wolf, and children and their parents get to participate as the jury, discovering who really is to blame. It’s a thrilling courtroom ‘dramedy’ with music … and ham.”

The show, which features catchy rockabilly tunes, will be directed by Braddock and Terri Filips Vaughan, associate professor, dance and choreographer in Niagara’s Department of Theatre and Fine Arts. Music direction is by Nathanial W.C. Higgins, a recent graduate of the university’s theater performance program.

Actors in the production include Niagara theater performance students from across New York state: Heather Casseri, Matt Dell’Olio, Matt DiVita, Shelby Ehrenreich, Sabrina Kahwaty, Clarissa Maloy, Matthew Myers and Alexander Utz.

Behind the scenes are theater design/ technology majors Marissa Allen (stage manager) and Nicholas Seres and Anna Krempholtz, (set and lighting designers) .Associate professor Marilyn Deighton will provide costumes.

No reservations are required for this free production.

“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” will be performed in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and next Friday.

Matinees will be at 1 p.m. July 28 and 31. Early morning productions also will be offered at 10 a.m. July 29 and Aug. 1.

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