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Stetson University is presenting the one-act musical comedy [title of show], directed by Dr. Julie Schmitt, director of the university’s theater-arts program. The production takes place Feb. 14-24 at Stetson’s Second Stage Theatre, inside the Museum of Art – DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd.

The musical focuses on Jeff (played by Danny Mejia) and Hunter (Joseph Dallas), two guys who are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical. With music by Stetson University alumnus Jeff Bowen and the book by Hunter Bell, this Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning musical is sure to please audiences from beginning to end.

The musical contains mature subject matter and language, and may not be suitable for all ages.

Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks. No worries, though. They’ll just write a musical about writing a musical.

Early on in the process, they realize that they’ll need the help of their good friends Heidi and Susan to create a truly successful original musical.

The roles of Heidi and Susan have been double-cast, meaning that Caitlyn Carey and Liza Tananbaum will be performing Feb. 14, 16, 22 and 24, and Shanellie Figueroa and Caroline “Reed” Barkowitz will be performing Feb. 15, 17, 21 and 23.

Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity.

“Working on this musical has been a fantastic experience so far,” expressed Schmitt. “The actors are really finding their voice, both musically and creatively, and are making real connections with these characters, and it is a joy to watch.”

“I think this has been extra special for all of us, since Jeff Bowen is a graduate of Stetson University,” said Schmitt. “I think the students feel an even deeper connection with the material, and are greatly looking forward to the opportunity of meeting with the creator of this musical and discussing his work.”

Experience the comedic escapades of these four friends as they embark on a creative journey to present an unforgettable musical.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 14 and 21, Fridays, Feb. 15 and 22, and Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and non-Stetson students, and are free for Stetson faculty, staff and students with a valid ID.

Tickets will be available at the door, and reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. The box office will be open one hour before curtain. Call the box office at 386-822-8700.

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