LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - THE MUSICAL
and HABITAT FOR HUMANITY partner to raise awareness
of the need for affordable housing in Sacramento
National tour starring Melissa Gilbert as Ma
opens at the Community Center Theater
on Wednesday, April 14, for two-week run
Cast members to aid completion of North Sacramento home on Friday
Company members of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL arriving at The Sacramento Community Center Theatre on April 14, 2010 will help build a house at a Habitat for Humanity Sacramento build on April 16 at 10:00 a.m. on Mahogany Street in Del Paso Heights. This build is part of a nationwide effort between Habitat for Humanity International and Little House on the Prairie to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing. The tour, presented by California Musical Theatre's Broadway Sacramento series stars Melissa Gilbert as Ma.
"We are excited to work with Little House on the Prairie, the Musical," said Christine Roybal, Fund Development Officer for the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity Chapter. "We appreciate the cast and crew for helping us raise awareness of the need for more affordable housing and their generous commitment to helping to eliminate poverty housing."
Throughout its 34-week, 26 city tour, Little House on the Prairie will make a minimum donation of $1,500 per market to the work of Habitat for Humanity through June 2010. In addition, the cast and crew will help local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build homes in each location.
"Habitat for Humanity is truly one of the most important, most wonderful organizations in this country and around the world," said Ms. Gilbert. "An enduring message of Little House on the Prairie- the importance above all of a home and a strong family -- is exactly the mission of Habitat. There couldn't be a more perfect match between a show and an organization. As we travel across the country during the next year, we are looking forward to getting involved in a variety of ways in each city to do our part to aid in Habitat's mission to bring affordable housing to those in need."
Melissa Gilbert, who played the lead role of Laura Ingalls in the hit television series based on the beloved children's books by the same name, continues her legacy on the prairie and will now be playing the role of Ma Ingalls.
"We are extremely grateful to Melissa Gilbert, the cast and producers of Little House on the Prairie for supporting our mission and engaging audiences across the country to build greater awareness of the need for affordable housing," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "The Ingalls family's struggles in difficult conditions parallel the challenges many families face today in trying to secure better futures for themselves and their children. It's our hope this new interpretation of an ageless classic will remind fans both young and old of the importance of a safe, simple and decent home."
Little House on the Prairie has remained a celebration of early Americana for nearly 75 years. The musical premiered at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in a developmental production in August 2008.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.
ABOUT LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL
Little House on the Prairie, a new musical based on the beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder series of classic American books is the uplifting story of an American family forging a new life amidst the mighty challenges, heartbreaks, joys and triumphs that face them in the newly-settled heartland. Melissa Gilbert, who rose to fame as a child playing 'Laura' in the hugely successful NBC television series "Little House on the Prairie" during the 1970's, now continues her legacy 'on the prairie' by taking on the role of Ma. This celebration of the pioneering spirit and the core values on which this country was founded will travel throughout the U.S. on a 26 city tour which culminates in spring 2010.
Tickets for the Sacramento engagement of Little House on the Prairie are on sale now. Advance tickets for Little House on the Prairie are available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, by phone at (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181 or online at Tickets.com. Tickets are also available at the Community Center Theatre box office at 1301 L Street. Tickets are $18-$65. Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more by calling (916) 557-1198. To learn more about Little House on the Prairie and other shows coming to Sacramento, please visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com. Visit the official Little House on the Prairie website at www.littlehousethemusical.com.
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pmThursday matinees are at 2:00 pmSaturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm
Sunday evening, April 18th is at 7:30 pm