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LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE – THE MUSICAL AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PARTNER TO RAISE AWARENESS

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE – THE MUSICAL
WITH MELISSA GILBERT AS MA

AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

PARTNER TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN RALEIGH

Company members of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL arriving at Memorial Auditorium on March 16 will help build a house at a Habitat for Humanity – Raleigh build on Wednesday, March 17, 10 a.m. at 203 Seawell Avenue in Raleigh.  This build is part of a nationwide effort between Habitat for Humanity International and LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing.

“We are excited to work with Little House on the Prairie, the  Musical,” said Frank Westmeyer, Interim Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.  “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, THE MUSICAL 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, THE MUSICAL 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 LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL range in price from $30  to $70 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayseriessouth.com, through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 982-ARTS, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and at the Memorial Auditorium Theatre Box Office, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Groups of 10 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at (919) 857-4565.  To learn more about LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL and other shows coming to Raleigh, please visit (www.broadwayseriessouth.com) or visit the official LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL website at www.littlehousethemusical.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

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