Valdosta Scene June 2022 | Page 8

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On with the Show !

PSST ! returns with three shows , new direction

by DEAN POLING photos submitted

Ayoung girl who meets Prince Charming . A musical glimpse of the Harlem renaissance . A woman hiding in a convent gets her act together .

Peach State Summer Theatre is scheduled to return in June with its tradition of three musicals for the first time in three years while setting off in a new direction .
The shows are Rodgers & Hammerstein ’ s “ Cinderella ,” “ Ain ’ t Misbehavin ’” featuring the music of “ Fats ” Waller and the Broadway musical production of “ Sister Act ,” said Hank Rion with PSST !. Rion is the new PSST ! artistic director . He joins H . Duke Guthrie , long-time Peach State managing director , in preparing the first full season of professional summer musicals since the 2019 season prior to the pandemic . The 2020 season was canceled . The 2021 season presented only one musical . Jacque Wheeler , who had served many years as artistic director for PSST ! and its predecessor on Jekyll Island , retired in late 2020 .
Rion is no stranger to PSST ! or Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance .
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