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Curtain rises Wednesday night on Sunday Rock

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COLTON - The project of a lifetime (for some, at least) opens on stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School.

Evelyn Riehl’s musical about ladies and lumberjacks, painters and sketchers, young and old loves and trout and turbulence—with great toe-tapping tunes—opens after a 20-year hiatus. Three additional performances are on July 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday —all before and after Colton Country Day on Saturday hosted by the Colton Historical Society, one of the show’s producing organizations.

A set designed by Director Karen Wells, an orchestra of area pros built by George Cox will be led by the author’s son Bill, a sea of technical help led by Nick Rycroft and an enthusiastic cast headed by Megan Leger and Bruce Hanson will be rising to this occasion. They all hope to encounter standing room only crowds for this north country event.

The story told through Sunday Rock—The Folk Musical is all wrapped up in lore about the north country and the Raquette River as well as the people who made our history in the earliest days of the 20th century. The project of producing this show has revealed a historical treasure trove of information about our region in the “good old days.” No bed of roses for “Les hommes des bois” or for the women, nonetheless there was richness in the culture that we can celebrate today. The program for the show is also a historical guide which show goers will want to study and keep.

Tickets are priced at $10 for general admission and $5 for students and are available at four locations: Colton Information Center at Stone Valley, 95 Main St. (Museum) in Colton; Raquette River Information Center on State Highway 56 in South Colton (across from the Post Office); The TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton; and Northern Music & Video, 29 Market St., Potsdam.

Tickets also can be requested and held at the box office by e-mailing: sundayrock@localnet.com. On show days tickets for that day will be available at the door.

Bill Riehl, executive producer of the show, said, “The history of the show and the area as well as the commitment of the producing organizations to continue working together seems to have inspired many individuals, families, organizations and businesses to support the production.”

The lengthy list of contributors, on the Sunday Rock website (http://sundayrock.com) under The Musical, includes the production’s six major sponsors—Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.; Buck Funeral Home; Colton Citizens Committee; JC Merriman, Inc.; North Country Savings Bank; and town of Colton Tourism and Beautification Committee.

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