WCU welcomes the Water Coolers

Comedy group fueled by workplace foibles to perform Jan. 27
Jan 11, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo The Water Coolers, who perform workplace-inspired comedy, are coming to Western Carolina University Jan. 27 as par of the Galaxy of Stars series.

CULLOWHEE — Music and comedy group the Water Coolers will take the stage at Western Carolina University on Sunday, Jan. 27, to celebrate — and skewer — work and life and balancing the two.

The group will present its unique blend of comedy, original songs and parody at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center beginning at 3 p.m. The event is part of WCU’s 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series.

Mining the workplace for laughs, the Water Coolers satirically celebrate everyday water cooler chatter – work, spouses, kids, vacations and more. From pretending you understand what the IT guy is saying to fending off parents hawking things for their children’s schools to the inflated inner dialogue of the office hottie, the Water Coolers reveal the underpinnings of workplace life in humorous and insightful songs and sketches performed by Broadway veterans.

“The performances are top-notch and their observations are on the money,” said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center. “We’re excited about bringing them to Western Carolina University.” An Associated Press review described a Water Coolers show as a “breezy, satirical ‘Dilbert’-like musical revue that tickles the ears and funny bones.”

Based in New York and co-founded in 2000 by Thomas Michael Allen, one of the creators of the long-running New York theater hit “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” the Water Coolers’ observations are drawn from the real-life experiences of the creators, cast and crew, whose performance credits include “Rock of Ages,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Spamalot,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “In the Heights,” “Les Misérables,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Grease.”

The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization. Next up is virtuoso guitarist Frank Vignola on Friday, Feb. 15.

Tickets for the Water Coolers cost $20 for adults, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children. For tickets or more information about Galaxy of Stars events, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

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