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Dudley Birder's Last Summer Music Theatre Production at St. Norbert College “The Showcase of Stars”

From St. Norbert College, June 21, 2017
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The July production, "The Showcase of Stars," will feature music theatre alumni returning to play scenes from musicals in which they appeared in over the past 55 years. It will also close the curtain on 90-year-old Dudley Birder's summer music theatre career at St. Norbert College.

"The Showcase of Stars" will play July 19-22 in the Walter Theatre on the St. Norbert College campus. It will be directed by James and Alicia Birder with Kent Paulsen serving as music director. Dudley Birder is organizing and arranging the music, in addition to serving as narrator.

Musicals represented include "Annie," "Beauty and the Beast," "Oklahoma!," "Les Misérables," "Man of La Mancha," "The King and I," "The Music Man," "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Sound of Music," "Guys and Dolls," "West Side Story," "Nunsense" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Dudley Birder founded summer music theatre at St. Norbert in 1962 and has served as producer, director and/or musical director for all of the 89 musicals presented since that time. Although stepping away from music theatre after this summer's season, he will continue to direct the Dudley Birder Chorale at St. Norbert College, which he founded in 1974. Birder turned 90 on March 23.

Summer Music Theatre will continue at St. Norbert College after Birder's run ends this summer. The college is working on how it will take shape.

Persons interested in working backstage on costumes, make-up, lighting, sets and running crew should call Dudley Birder at 403-3116.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://tickets.snc.edu. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 920-403-3950, or 800-SNC-BOXX [800-762-2699] for those outside of the Green Bay area, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.