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'The Bikinis' makes regional premiere at Actors' Summit in Akron

Published: June 16, 2013 12:00 AM
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"The Bikinis," a juke box musical about a 60's girls group reunited to save a trailer park, will wrap up Actors' Summit's 2012-13 season.

The musical will have a preview performance on June 20 and a formal opening on June 21. The show will run for four weeks, closing on July 21. There will be no performances July 4 through 7. The June 28 performance is dedicated to the theater's annual gala.

All performances take place at Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. The show is appropriate for families.

Back together after 20 years, The Bikinis stage a comeback concert to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort so that they won't be forced to accept a million dollars apiece by the evil real estate developer.

"The Bikinis," or "The Jersey Girls," relive their heyday and beyond, beginning the summer of 1964, the night these four inseparable friends got their name, winning the Belmar Beach Talent Contest, wearing just their bikinis. It's now 1999 and although the bikinis won't fit, the voices are still spectacular. The show is a nonstop celebration of song filled with hits like It's In His Kiss, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Heat Wave, Under The Boardwalk, These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Incense And Peppermints, Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma, When Will I Be Loved, I'm Every Woman, I Will Survive, It's Raining Men, and 20 more.

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The four-member ensemble includes:

Paula Kline-Messner, who returns to Actors' Summit for her seventh role with the company and her second this season. Kline-Messner is a four time Television Emmy Award Winner. She toured nationally with Menopause the Musical and Respect, and she can be heard on a number of national radio commercials.

Mary Anne Prevost, who is making her Actors' Summit debut. Prevost attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She performed Off-Broadway with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, with Joe Namath in Bells Are Ringing and as a back-up singer for Eddy Arnold. Last summer she played Meg Boyd in "Damn Yankees" at Porthouse Theatre. Later this summer, Mary Anne will join the cast of "Tuning In" at E.J. Thomas Hall.

June Lang, who is also making her Actors' Summit debut. She performed the role of Earth Mother in "Menopause, the Musical" both in the Cleveland production and across the United States. Lang was also the Mother of the bride in "Tony & Tina's Wedding," Cleveland's longest running show.

Chanda Porter, who is joining Actors' Summit for the first time. Her stage credits include "The Marvelous Wonderettes," "The Drowsy Chaperone," "City of Angels," "I Do! I Do!," "The Rocky Horror," "Cabaret," and "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

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On June 28, Actors' Summit will host its second annual gala fundraising event. Beginning at 5 with a beach party across the street from the theater, the evening includes a silent and an oral auction, food, drinks, a full performance of "The Bikinis," dancing and dessert. Tickets are $100 per person. Season subscribers receive a discount. Call 330-374-7568 for information, invitations, and reservations.

Ticket Information

Individual ticket prices are $19 at the preview on June 20 and the Saturday matinee on June 29. On Thursdays and Sundays, adults are $28 and seniors older than 65 are $25. Opening Night on June 21 and all Saturdays are $30. Fridays are $28. Full time students with ID under the age of 30 can attend any performance for $9. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.actorssummit.org or by phone at 330-374-7568.

The theater is on the sixth floor of historic Greystone Hall, 103 High St. in downtown Akron.

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