Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: Through August 10th, 2014
 
Hannibal, MO, Historic Bank Building to Become the New Home of Bluff City Theater

 

 

 

Hannibal, Missouri, July 14th, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) -  A 1910 neo-classical masterpiece in downtown Hannibal is set to become the country's newest professional theater.  Bluff City Theater has announced that it acquired the building as part of its plans to bring a professional summer theater to the city, beginning this summer.
 
“We looked at a lot of potential theater locations in downtown Hannibal, but the search ended when we saw this one,” said Bluff City Theater's executive director Joe Anderson.  “The building has had a lot of other uses since it ceased operating as a bank in the mid-70's, but it has retained all of its iconic charm and character making it perfect for our plans.  It even bears the distinction of having been robbed by John Dillinger in the 1930's.
 
Anderson expects the performance space, an intimate 100 seats, to be ready in a year or so after a fund-raising campaign and renovations needed to bring it up to modern code.  In the meantime, it will house the theater box office and youth programs.
 
This summer, Bluff City Theater will be presenting Darrell Dennis' Tales of an Urban Indian on a moving transit bus as it drives around the city.  “It's a way for us to introduce our brand of professional theater to the public even though we don't have a permanent home ready,” explains Anderson. “Over time we want this building to be a home for all the performing arts in Hannibal, not just live theater.”

 

Anderson says, "Tales of an Urban Indian is a wonderfully thought-provoking play that represents the kind of innovation we hope to bring to everything we do.”
 
Initially staged on a moving bus in 2009, Tales of an Urban Indian became a smash hit and ran for 70 performances.  It is the story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary Native male born on a reserve in British Columbia and raised both on the reserve and in the city of Vancouver, Canada.  Simon's friends on the reserve, his mother, grandmother, girlfriends and every other character are portrayed through Simon's mimicry. Tales of an Urban Indian is an emotional, funny and uplifting experience that leaves audiences spellbound. 

 

An initial block of tickets are now on sale through August 10th.  Tickets $24.75 each. Show times are Wednesday to Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Event location is 212 Broadway, Hannibal MO.

 

Visit www.bluffcitytheater.com for more information.

 

Tales of an Urban Indian is performed on a moving transit bus as it drives around Hannibal.

 

Darrell Dennis

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Joe Anderson

Email: janderson@bluffcitytheater.com

Phone: 573-795-3326

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Bluff City Theater

212 Broadway Ave., Hannibal, Missouri, 63401

Web: www.bluffcitytheater.com

 

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Missouri, Hannibal, Event Date: Through August 10th, 2014

Hannibal, MO, Historic Bank Building to Become the New Home of Bluff City Theater

A 1910 neo-classical masterpiece in downtown Hannibal is set to become the country's newest professional theater.  Bluff City Theater has announced that it acquired the building as part of its plans to bring a professional summer theater to the city, beginning this summer.  “We looked at a lot of potential theater locations in downtown Hannibal, but the search ended when we saw this one,” said Bluff City Theater's executive director Joe Anderson. “The building has had a lot of other uses since it ceased operating as a bank in the mid-70's, but it has retained all of its iconic charm and character making it perfect for our plans.  It even bears the distinction of having been robbed by John Dillinger in the 1930's.  Anderson expects the performance space, an intimate 100 seats, to be ready in a year or so after a fund-raising campaign and renovations needed to bring it up to modern code.  In the meantime, it will house the theater box office and youth programs. This summer, Bluff City Theater will be presenting Darrell Dennis'  Tales of an Urban Indian on a moving transit bus as it drives around the city.  “It's a way for us to introduce our brand of professional theater to the public even though we don't have a permanent home ready,” explains Anderson. An initial block of tickets are on sale through August 10th.  Tickets $24.75 each. Show times are Wednesday to Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Event location is 212 Broadway, Hannibal MO.  Visit www.bluffcitytheater.com for more information.

 

 

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