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March 25, 2001


"The Seem-To-Be Songbook" will feature 20 original and traditional songs sung by the Players during its 27-year existence.

The majority of the songs are penned by Ric Averill, artistic director of the professional children's theater company. Other songs are penned by his wife, Jeanne Averill, a Lawrence actress and teacher.

The musical revue will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St. The songs are being compiled into a book and recorded; the songbooks and tapes will be sold at the concert.

Ric Averill said the idea for the show originated a few years ago with Susanna Pitzer, a former Seem-To-Be Player now living in New York City. Pitzer ended up illustrating the songbook, and is coming back to perform at the revue.

Other former Seem-To-Be Players appearing at the show include Jeanne Averill, Laurie McLane-Higginson, Jennifer Glenn, Becky (Ford) O'Keefe, Chris Waugh and Chris Johnson. Ric Averill will act as emcee.

"Over the years, we've had 80 to 100 people performing (with us)," he said. "We've had six or seven waves of steady players for three or four years at a time."

The performers will sing and dance, act out skits and encourage the audience to participate in the hour-long show. Averill cited some of most popular songs: "Hunting Tigers," the jazz-themed "Forest Animals," "The Pirate Song," and a tune about water recycling.

"We'll be wearing crazy clothes and using live instruments -- the five-string banjo, a grand piano," he said. "They're wacko, fun songs that are also educational."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $15 for a family pass for three. Tickets are available at the door or at the arts center, 843-2787.

-- Features-arts editor Jan Biles can be reached at 832-7146.

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