‘Cows Don’t Fly’ Opens Theatre Season; School Tour Follows

COLUMBUS, Ga. - CSU Theatre will open its 2008-2009 season with Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts from Sept. 11-14 at CSU Theatre on the Park, Mainstage.

Curtain times for this first of two CSU Family Series productions are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The production also will reach tens of thousands of children, and their teachers, primarily through a three-month tour of schools around Georgia and Alabama.

CSU Theatre Education Professor Brenda May Ito will direct a CSU-student cast of four actors playing 19 roles in an adaptation of three children’s stories by author Paul Brett Johnson: “The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down,” “The Pig Who Ran a Red Light” and “The Goose Who Went Off in a Huff.”

The hour-long play involves audience participation and captures Johnson’s vision of a world “where extraordinary things happen on a regular basis,” said May.

The setting is Miss Rosemary’s (freshman Melora Slotnick) farm, where the animals include a flying cow named Gertude (sophomore Richard Frazier), a pickup truck-driving pig named George (sophomore Kyle Phillips) and Magnolia (freshman Garrett Gray), a goose who runs away and befriends Bobo, a lost baby elephant.

The cast will give a sneak preview in a Barnes and Noble Booksellers’ Family Fun Night programat 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Columbus Park Crossing store.

During the production’s run at Theatre on the Park, “we’ll also do four morning shows (9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday) for home-schoolers, day care centers and smaller schools that won’t be included in the upcoming tour,” May said.

The Sept. 16-Dec. 11 tour, coordinated by CSU senior Katie Truett (also stage manager), will target elementary schools with twice-weekly performances.

Tickets for the Sept. 11-14 performances on CSU’s RiverPark are on sale from the theatre box office. Prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, children, active military personnel and CSU alumni, and free (limit two) with CSU ID. For more information, including details on season ticket packages, call 706-507-8400 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/productions.asp.