THE INCOMPARABLE IDA ZECCO BRINGS NEW SHOW THANKS FOR THE MAMMARIES! TO OCEAN STATE THEATRE

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Ida ZeccoBack by popular demand! International recording and performing artist and native Rhode Islander Ida Zecco, returns to Ocean State Theatre with her new, one-woman show filled with comedy, music and inappropriate banter. Thanks for the Mammaries! will be presented for one show only on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm.

With her comedic timing, soaring vocals and dynamic acting, this performance is storytelling at its best! It is an evening of laughter, joy and gratitude of a life well lived — the good, the bad and the beautiful. Prepare for an entertaining ride! Bring your fun bags!

Described as a “Gourmet meal in a world of fast food,” Ida Zecco is a one-woman performance artist who combines music, theatre and stand-up comedy, which entertains, enlightens, and inspires. Her unique storytelling offers down-home humor with heart-felt narrative. Thanks for the Mammaries!, which contains adult content and situational humor, will appeal to discerning, mature audiences.

Rhode Island’s Ida Zecco has performed in theaters all over the world! She earned her Bachelors of Music in voice/cello at the Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria, and completed a Masters in Music Therapy at the Orff Institute. She later acquired a Masters in Fine Arts in acting and directing at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Ida has studied at the Actor’s Studio, NYU and with Uta Hagen at HB Studio in New York City.

A professional actress and member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), Boston audiences will recognize her from her roles as Barbara DeMarco, Mrs. Shubert, and Sgt. Mikey Thomas in Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse. Other local performance venues include Jordan Hall, Regattabar, Scullers Jazz Club, Stoneham Theatre, Providence Performing Arts Center, Columbus Theatre, and in NYC: Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Danny’s Skylight Room, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, Town Hall, and numerous stages and opera houses throughout the world, particularly in Europe and Asia.

Ms. Zecco will be accompanied by musical director, Jim Rice of New York, who is an accomplished and diverse music director, arranger, and pianist of many styles. Jim has performed in hundreds of theaters and concert halls throughout Europe and in every state except Hawaii. Abroad, Jim has been the musical conductor for the European-Broadway tour of Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera, as well as pianist for the Broadway production of Grease in Zurich. He has also toured nationally with Man of La Mancha and Camelot.

The proceeds from Ms. Zecco’s appearance will benefit Ocean State Theatre Company’s Live Music Initiative. Although many theatres across the country have replaced their musicians with recordings in order to cut costs, OSTC firmly believes that live musicians enhance the audience’s experience, when attending a musical production. Ocean State Theatre Company established its Live Music Initiative in 2008 in order to support the $80,000 annual cost of continuing the tradition of professional musicians playing live during all musical theatre performances. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the initiative.

Thanks for the Mammaries!, starring Ida Zecco, will be presented at Ocean State Theatre on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $39. OSTC 2016-17 Season Subscribers qualify for a $5 discount for each ticket ordered at the box office or over the phone. (Discount not available online.) Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon – 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at  HYPERLINK “http://www.OceanStateTheatre.org” www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800. Additional donations to OSTC’s Live Music Initiative are always welcome.

Note: Rush tickets are not available for OSTC fundraising events.

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Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) is a professional not-for-profit regional theatre whose mission is to preserve and pass on the tradition of live, professional theatre – including the American musical – and to pursue avenues of enrichment and education for the benefit of the state of Rhode Island and the surrounding region through the theatre arts. OSTC, which re-opened and ran the historic Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, RI from 2007-2012 and began producing shows in Warwick, RI in 2012, is an IRS designated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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