Sixth Annual and#8216;Broadway Bitsand#8217; spans 20 shows |

Sixth Annual and#8216;Broadway Bitsand#8217; spans 20 shows

Special to the Sun

RENO, Nev. and#8212; More than 40 actors return to the stage for the 6th annual production of and#8220;Broadway Bitsand#8221; by the Sierra School of Performing Arts, including performers from the Truckee Tahoe area.

Incorporating an underlying theme of Sing Happy, the thespians, singers and actors will showcase more than 20 of Broadwayand#8217;s greatest songs originating from the 50s through contemporary musicals.

Songstress Cindy Sabatini will play Elpheba from and#8220;Wickedand#8221; and expands her role with and#8220;Broadway Bitsand#8221; as vocal director. Other favorites include Rick Haney and Marti Creveling who both just finished roles in and#8220;Annieand#8221; and who appeared in and#8220;Broadway Bitsand#8221; last year.

The show runs Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. with matinees Feb. 4 12 at 2 p.m. and#8220;Broadway Bitsand#8221; returns to the Redfield Proscenium Theater on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno.

The production is under the direction of Artistic Director and SSPA Board Member, Janet Lazarus. Judy Davis Rounds and Denise Norton return as Co-Production Managers. Music is under the direction of Bill Quinby, choreography by Padma Rothchild with Nora Beauchamp assisting.

SPPA will sponsor two special matinees on Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. and noon for students and educators. Tickets cost $5 and can be secured by contacting, subject StudentMatineeTickets.

and#8220;Broadway Bitsand#8221; is made possible in part by public funding for the arts through the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Reno. This program is also supported by the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation.

Sierra School of the Performing Arts is a Nevada-based 501c(3) non-profit organization which aims to provide all aspects of the performing arts to the widest possible audiences through productions, camps, workshops and volunteer opportunities. The Board of Directors of SSPA is composed of volunteers from the arts, public safety, medical, business and media professions.

The production is licensed by ASCAP/BMI. Sierra School of Performing Arts, Reno, Nev., 775-852-7740.