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Heartwarming children's book Henry and Mudge comes to life in this family musical adaptation at the Luhrs Center

October 6, 2011


(Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011)



Mark Bodenhorn

Director of Marketing & Administrative Services

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

at Shippensburg University

Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297








The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 6, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents HENRY AND MUDGE, October 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  This musical is produced by Theatreworks USA.  Reserved tickets are $15 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at 

Henry and Mudge, is TheatreworksUSA’s new musical based on the best-selling children’s books about a boy and his great big canine buddy written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson.

Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry. He misses Annie, his cousin and best friend, and can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood.  Luckily Mom and Dad buy him a great, big, slobbery dog – Mudge – with whom he can share all kinds of adventures. It looks like Henry and Mudge will be best friends forever, until Annie arrives for a visit. Will Annie come between a boy and his dog? Can a kid have two best friends?

Henry and Mudge was adapted by bookwriter/lyricist Kait Kerrigan and composer/lyricist Brian Lowdermilk (The Woman Upstairs, Jonathan Larson Award-winners) and is based on the best-selling books by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Suçie Stevenson. The production is directed by Peter Flynn (Broadway concerts of On the Twentieth Century, Chess, Funny Girl) and the Lortel-nominated choreography is by Devavand Janki (Lortel Awardwinner for Zanna Don’t, nominee for Theatreworks USA’s Junie B. Jones). Flynn and Janki recently collaborated on TheatreworksUSA’s hit production of Junie B. Jones. Scenic design is by Paul C. Weimer and costume design is by Rob Bevenger. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 4 and older.

A link to a study guide for teachers to use as instructional resource for their classrooms is located on the Henry and Mudge event page of the Luhrs Center website at

For additional information about this performance or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at 

About Theatreworks USA

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field.  TheatreworksUSA is America's largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, TheatreworksUSA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually.  Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), TheatreworksUSA is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind. It is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.




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