Archives for April 2017

The Charlie Daniels Band

Charlie DanielsSeptember 28, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 80, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

How I Became a Pirate

How I Became a Pirate book cover

How I Became a Pirate book cover

October 11, 2017

STUDENT MATINEES – 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Grade recommendation: K – 5th

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AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map!

Based off the popular book, the production includes terrific songs like “A Good One to Boot”, “Green Teeth”, “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy”, “Talk Like a Pirate”, “Soccer by the Rules”, “Pirates Dot Arrgh”, and more… It’s a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

This project is generously funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

 

 

 

 

Book Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Based on the book “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long with Illustrations by David Shannon
Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater from Dallas, Texas

Mooseltoe

Mooseltoefront5December 8, 2017

STUDENT MATINEES: 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

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Mooseltoe, the Moose with a Dream, and his friends come to life in this colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale. Follow our hero as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream of being a North Pole reindeer, while learning many valuable lessons along the way. Eight original, memorable and melodic songs accompany this hour-long odyssey to self-discovery. Al Roker narrates this wonderful family presentation, along with other celebrity voices from TV and movies, set design by Kelly Tighe, and costume design by Broadway designer Randy Carafagno of The Lion King.

Book & Lyrics by Jim Semmelman
Music by George Kramer

 

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders logo_FINALJanuary 23, 2018

STUDENT MATINEES: 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Grade recommendation: 3rd – 9th

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Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era and American history.

Play by Jeff Hooper. Music by Bob Lucas.

Cirque Zuma Zuma

MOTHER AFRICA - Winston Ruddles Circus der Sinne - Food Juggling Director: Winston Ruddle, Choreographer: Cynthia Akanga, C-Producer: Hubert Schober Foto Andreas Hartmann, Luisenstrasse 13, 31141 Hildesheim - fotoaha@aol.com

February 21, 2018

10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Grade Recommendation: Pre-K – 9th

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Audiences and critics agree – Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show’s live musical score. Like Cirque, our talent pool of 120 loyal performers has a family business kind of feel.

Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features which keep audiences on the edges of their seats.

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The show includes performances of all different types of African culture, including:

  • South African female vocalist
  • South African gumboot dancers
  • Amazing pole acts
  • Zuma Zuma Acrobats
  • Chairs handstand balance from Tanzania
  • Gabonese tumblers
  • Contortionists from Ethiopia
  • The Africa Africa Lion dance
  • Percussionists from Zimbabwe
  • Club juggling
  • Ethiopian foot table juggling