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"The Producers" opens Aug. 6, starring students, local actors

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Mel Brooks’ comedic masterpiece “The Producers" takes the Pfeiffer Hall stage this weekend, featuring some 80 community and student actors with direction by Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. The story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be a success. The 1968 film of the same name earned Brooks an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. With its adaptation into a Broadway musical in 2001, “The Producers” went on to win a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Several North Central students perform principal roles: Garrett Lutz ’13 and Curtis Stelter ’11 are double cast as Leo, Dave Musselman ’12 and Sean Hanson ’12 are double cast as Roger, Adrion Rivera ’11 is Carmen, Alyssa Digges ’10 is Ulla, Sal Alatriste ’12 is Kevin, and Grace Heimerl ’13 is Shirley. Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 8 and 15. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. The show's humor will appeal to a wide range of audiences; however, due to some strong language and adult situations, the show is not recommended for younger audience members. Photo: The conniving producers played by Chris Oechsel (Max Bialystock) and Garrett Lutz ’13 (Leo Bloom)