Erika Pealstrom came to IUP three years ago looking for a dynamic musical theater program that would give her creative and academic opportunities. She might have been dreaming of performing a big, juicy title role. This week, that dream becomes a reality when the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity opens on the Fisher Auditorium stage Thursday night, February 25, 2010, at 8:00.
Erika performs the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, a “dance hall hostess” looking for love in a series of misadventures through which she finds out that she’s “the bravest individual I have ever known.”
One of the first to enroll in IUP’s new Musical Theater degree program, headed by professor Rob Gretta, Erika leads a growing number of students who have discovered the strength of an academic program that shares the resources of two strong departments at IUP. Unique in the region, IUP’s program is not a conservatory training program that tracks a student into a narrow regime of classes. The liberal arts approach is gaining popularity with students, with five freshmen entering this year, and six already accepted through the audition process for next year.
The musical comedy Sweet Charity will be performed at the IUP Performing Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. General admission tickets for Sweet Charity are available online, or at the door. For more information about the production itself, visit the College of Fine Arts Lively Arts page.