Distributed April 7, 2003
For Immediate Release

News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis

Creative Arts Council to sponsor gala performance of Grease April 30

The University’s Creative Arts Council will host a one-night gala performance of the Broadway musical hit Grease on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. in the Providence Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Creative Arts Council programs.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Local theater-goers will have a chance to support the arts at Brown – and enjoy a trip back to the fabulous ’50s and Rydell High School – when Brown’s Creative Arts Council sponsors a one-night gala performance of the hit Broadway musical Grease on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

A pre-show reception with star Frankie Avalon is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Marquis Room of PPAC, 220 Weybosset St. Patrons who purchase tickets for both the reception and the performance will be given preferred seating and a limited edition Grease-Brown T-shirt.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Creative Arts Council’s flexible fund, which supports selected departmental, interdisciplinary and student arts projects on campus. Most recently this fund provided support for the annual Ivy Film Festival, the annual Festival of Art and Technology (“Video, Technology and Performance”), Robert Coover’s Cave Writing Workshop, the New Dance Group Anthology project, and two exhibitions at the David Winton Bell Gallery.

As part of the Council’s community outreach work, complimentary tickets to this performance of Grease will be offered to the drama clubs and departments at several middle schools and high schools.

“The goal of the CAC is to foster a supportive environment for the arts and to maximize their visibility within the University and throughout the community,” said Richard Fishman, chairman of the CAC and the Department of Visual Art. “The Council serves as a catalyst for innovative collaboration across disciplines.”

The Creative Arts Council represents the departments of Modern Culture and Media; Music; Theatre, Speech and Dance; and Visual Art, as well as the program in Creative Writing, the David Winton Bell Gallery and Rites and Reason Theatre. The Council provides a forum for communication between all members of the campus arts community, for securing funds for curricular and extracurricular collaborations and for arts outreach to the general public. It is comprised of the heads of each creative arts unit, faculty, students and University administrators. The Council is aided by the Creative Arts Advisory Board, an organization of Brown alumni, parents and friends in the arts, and the Undergraduate Council on the Creative Arts.

Tickets are $150 per person for both the reception and show; tickets for the show only are $45 per person and $15 for students with a college ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling (401) 863-1362 or by e-mailing creativearts@brown.edu. They will also be available April 15-17 and April 22-24 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Brown Post Office, located in the lower level of Faunce House, 75 Waterman St. For more information, call (401) 863-1362.