We have a star! RIT President Destler Answers Curtain Call at Geva Theatre

There’s more ‘Trouble in River City’ as celebrities raise funds for educational programs

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RIT President Bill Destler is one of the stars in Trouble in River City, a Geva Theatre production that raises funds for Geva’s education and outreach endeavors.

Can he sing? Can he dance? Can he act?

When Geva Theatre Center raises the curtain on June 3 for the 11th annual Summer Curtain Call, RIT President Bill Destler will be there—on stage!

He will be one of the stars in Trouble in River City, a musical spoof of The Music Man, written and directed by Geva’s artistic director Mark Cuddy.

The gala event raises funds for Geva’s education and outreach endeavors—which serve more than 20,000 children and youth each year—including in-school teaching curriculum, teacher workshops and other programs designed to cultivate theater education in the Rochester community.

“Since RIT is upstream of Rochester, I’ve seen this trouble coming for quite awhile,” says Destler about his new venture into the acting arena.

Destler will join a host of notable celebrities such as WHAM-AM (1180)’s Joe Lomonaco, Essie Calhoun of United Way of Rochester, Tony Infantino of WRMM-FM (101.3), Jennifer Johnson of WHAM-TV (channel 13), Carlos Carballada of the city of Rochester, Arunas Chesonis of PAETEC, state Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, state Sen. James Alesi, Rufus and Thomas Judson of the Pike Co., Geva’s Executive Director Tom Parrish and more.

Geva’s Summer Curtain Call is one of the most anticipated events in the theater’s calendar. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. under the festival marquee on Woodbury Boulevard, followed by the performance at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage.

If you want to see Destler’s acting debut before he heads off to Broadway, tickets are $150 per person for general admission and can be purchased online at Geva or by calling 585-232-1366, extension 3011.