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FIRE announces 2012-2013 season

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It looks like it'll be worth taking that short drive to Fountain Inn this year as Fountain Inn Repertory Experience (FIRE) pulls out the classics for their fifth season.

October opens with perhaps the world's most beloved musical, The Sound of Music. Packed with songs and moments that everyone knows, it's a real treasure and always worth seeing again.

Next up, will be a musical telling of Pinocchio, with a full Disney twist. Then another beloved movie comes to life with Miracle on 34th Street. Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park follows, then another Disney-fied musical, Alice in Wonderland.

The season wraps up next spring with Gypsy, another classic of American musical theatre.

Your faithful reporter has not had a chance to see a show in Fountain Inn yet, but maybe this year that will change. This weekend they're opening Schoolhouse Rock and next month they'll be staging Bye Bye Birdie. The company has a great reputation and here's wishing them full houses for what sounds like a great selection of shows.

Here's the full press release.

Fountain Inn will be alive with the “Sound of Music” and more as FIRE (the Fountain Inn Repertory Experience) announces its fifth season of Broadway entertainment.

The theatre will come alive with “The Sound of Music” running from October 5 through October 14, this classic and endearing musical is based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. It features an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Every Mountain.”

Christmas will begin in November when FIRE brings you the new musical Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by David Stern. This classic tale of an aging toymaker and his puppet, Pinocchio, with new music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz and including the songs you know “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “I’ve Got No Strings.” Join the Blue Fairy & Stromboli as Geppetto journeys beyond the Toy Shop to discover what makes the perfect child. This upstate premiere will run from November 16 through November 18 with a special school matinee on Friday, November 16 at 10:00 AM.

FIRE will bring you two non-musicals as part of their fifth season. America’s favorite holiday movie, "Miracle on 34th Street," first shown in 1947, garnering four Oscars, is brought to life on our stage December 7 through 16. Director Zachary Pelicano claims "the production will remain true to its original premise and yet updated to December 24, 2011." At the Macy’s Department Store Kris Kringle claims to actually be Santa Claus. Ms. Walker, head of Macy’s PR Department, has cynically rained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. Yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice that there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant and commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways. This show will truly set our hearts in motion for Christmas.

After last year’s successful Neil Simon play, “The Odd Couple, female version,” FIRE decided to bring you another. “Barefoot in the Park” is one of Simon's earliest and most popular comedies, this light-hearted romance between a straight-laced lawyer and an impetuous free spirit begins where most romantic comedies end, bringing reality and humor to the life that happens after two people fall in love and get married. Set in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, Barefoot in the Park opens with newlyweds Paul Bratter and Corie Bratter moving into their fifth-floor walkup apartment. Adjusting to married life soon becomes complicated by a leaking skylight and their eccentric neighbor Victor Velasco, who must go through their apartment in order to get to his own. When Corie hatches a plot to get Victor together with her mother Ethel, the dinner party goes awry with hilarious results. Running February 15 through February 24 it is sure to warm up everyone on a cold winter night.

In March, join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters as FIRE presents “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Two special school performances will be offered on March 21 & 22 and the show will run for the general public March 22 – 24.

Its back and all new! FIRE closes its fifth Broadway musical series with GYPSY. The multi award winning Broadway classic GYPSY runs April 19 through April 28. "LikeFountain Inn Repertory Experience, Gypsy is a classic! With its masterful storytelling, beautiful music, and dazzling costumes, the audiences are sure to be entertained and excited!" said Van Broad. Gypsy, the 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents, is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Momma Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." Gypsy follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including "Small World," Everything's Coming up Roses, "You'll Never Get Away from Me," and "Let Me Entertain You."

FIRE will hold open call auditions for new members on March 19 and 21 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM. All interested auditionees must schedule an appointment by completing the on-line form by calling (864) 409-1050 . F.I.R.E. Resident company auditions are held once per year and casting is done for the entire season.

The Fountain Inn Center for Visual and Performing Arts also hosts events in the summer and this year is no different. Summer INN the City will feature four separate camps for children and teens. Pop Rockstar/Diva Camp June 4 - 15, Disney’s Jungle Book Kids June 18 - 29, Disney’s Aladdin Kids July 9 - 20, and Honk Jr. July 23 – August 3. Each of these shows will offer campers a full experience and the opportunity to perform on our stage. Camp space is limited and they fill up quickly. Registration and additional Information is available on our website.

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