CUTC plans bus trip to Chicago to see 'Dirty Dancing' on stage

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will sponsor a bus trip on Oct. 4 to Chicago to see "Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story On Stage" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

The cost, which covers the play and transportation only, is $135 for CUTC members and $150 for nonmembers for Dress Circle theater seats, $90 for CUTC members and $105 for nonmembers for balcony seating.

The bus will depart the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign at 9 a.m. The trip will include time for lunch and shopping in downtown Chicago. The matinee performance begins at 2 p.m. The bus will return to Champaign around 8:30 p.m., with a stop for dinner en route.

"Dirty Dancing" is a coming-of-age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman. During her family's summer vacation at the popular Kellerman Resort, Baby, a doctor's daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. They fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way.

The original story of "Dirty Dancing" has been expanded for the stage. While hewing to the 1987 film, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, on stage Baby and Johnny's relationship is developed further, and the stage show features more dancing and more music, such as the Academy Award-winning "The Time of My Life" as well as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey, Baby" and "Do You Love Me?"

CUTC will also sponsor a Chicago trip in May 2009 to see "Mary Poppins."

For reservations or questions, call 356-0632, or e-mail CUTCShows@aol.com.

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