Wynonna & The Big Noise

Wynonna JuddSeptember 18, 2015
7:30 p.m.

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A five-time Grammy® winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna’s career has always revolved around telling stories. Whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down for a bold, sincere television appearance, Wynonna always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life. In her latest venture, 30 year music veteran Wynonna has created an entirely new high energy show with her band, The Big Noise. Wynonna will perform her biggest hits along with a rockin’ selection of her favorite covers.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

JosephSeptember 28, 2015
7:30 p.m.
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One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

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Bill Nye

Bill NyeOctober 6, 2015
7:30 p.m.

In the UCA Farris Center.

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Bill Nye – scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

Nye has always been fascinated with how things work and this led him to Cornell University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he moved to Seattle and worked as an engineer at Boeing. He then combined his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won a Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and stand-up comic by night.

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The National Circus & Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

China National Circus and AcrobatsOctober 8, 2015
7:30 p.m.

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Direct from Beijing! One of China’s most celebrated circus troupes will present Peking Dreams, a program filled with extraordinary acrobatic grace. The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been performing in its unique style for over sixty years, influencing circuses the world over, including Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Since the company’s inception in 1951, more than 200 of its artists have won gold and silver medals at national and international competitions.

The group is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance with Bowls and many other outstanding acts.

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The Midtown Men

Midtown MenOctober 13, 2015
7:30 p.m.

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This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. The Midtown Men are bringing their magic to audiences everywhere, singing their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, Motown, The Four Seasons and more! Don’t miss this electrifying and soulful new production with its top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry.

 

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Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldOctober 29, 2015
7:30 p.m.

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Rick Springfield is an accomplished actor, best-selling author and award winning musician. He states that his first love has always been music, a passion he’s harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia. His commitment to music has paid off with 25 million records sold, 17 top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “An Affair of the Heart” and “I’ve Done Everything for You”, as well as a 1981 Grammy® for Best Male Rock Vocal for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl”.

The solo, acoustic “Stripped Down” tour was created to bring an intimate yet still lively performance to fans. Rick will incorporate personal stories about his music and life into the show and even adds a question and answer segment as a way to truly connect with his audiences.

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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

School matinee performances: 10 a.m. (SOLD OUT, NOT ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS) and 12:30 p.m.DOWNLOAD A RESERVATION FORM

Public performance: 6:00 p.m. – Children $5, Adults $10BUY TICKETS

Grade Recommendation: Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd

Study: Literature, Music, Communication, Language Arts and Math

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fancy nancyWhat could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh lal la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

In this merriest of stories from best-selling author and illustrator team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

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The Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of AlabamaDecember 6, 2015
3:00 p.m.

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The Blind Boys “Talkin’ Christmas!” Tour

“A breath of fresh winter air.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Blind Boys of Alabama are an American treasure.  Known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, including songs by writers such as Prince and Tom Waits, the band was recently called “a superweapon of roots-music uplift” by Rolling Stone magazine.

This holiday season, the Blind Boys are touring in support of their latest Christmas album, “Talkin’ Christmas!” on Sony Masterworks.  It features blues legend Taj Mahal and includes several original holiday songs.   This special concert will feature songs from the “Talkin’ Christmas!” album as well as the band’s previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” along with Blind Boys’ Gospel classics.

After touring in the gospel caravans of the 1940’s and 50’s, the Blind Boys have since enjoyed accolades and awards from all parts of the music world, including a remarkable five Grammy Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Blind Boys have appeared on recordings with Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Susan Tedeschi, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and many other great artists.  The band has also been featured on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and were co-stars in the Broadway musical The Gospel At Colonus with Morgan Freeman.

The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Tour will showcase the band performing selections from “Talkin’ Christmas!” along with Christmas classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.

 

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Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

School matinee performances: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m DOWNLOAD A RESERVATION FORM

Grade Recommendation: Grades 5-9

Study: History, Music, Social Studies and Literature

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Walk On

The tremors of an earthquake were rumbling across America. A new kind of music was making its first appearance on the radio and parents were outraged. While rhythms of rock and roll were shaking the social fabric of the country, deep down an even more important transformation was about to take a place. In Montgomery, Alabama, a determined activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The resulting uproar launched the Civil Rights movement and changed our country forever.

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.” The play dispels myths about Parks and her protest and it paints a portrait of a complex woman who had to find reconciliation within herself to become an effective Civil Rights leader. Exciting and inspirational, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States.

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Monterey Jazz Festival – On Tour!

January 22, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world, continues to expand the boundaries of live jazz presentation. A “who’s-who” of top artists will be showcased in the performance.

Leading the group is trumpeter and New Orleans brass wizard NICHOLAS PAYTON. The Chicago Tribune, in describing Payton’s music, states that his “clarion trumpet, as well as his genre-defying solos…[are] as brashly original as they [are] technically imposing.” The group also features RAVI COLTRANE on tenor and soprano saxophones, with Musical Director and pianist GERALD CLAYTON and his trio featuring bassist JOE SANDERS and drummer GREGORY HUTCHINSON. Finalizing the group is the addition of vocalist-guitarist RAUL MIDON. The New York Times wrote he is “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.”

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Elvis Lives!

Elvis Lives!January 28, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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Take a musical journey through the life of Elvis Presley during this multi-media concert extravaganza that pays homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Elvis Lives features three talented artists who have been finalists and champions from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest that is held annually in Memphis. Each entertainer portrays Elvis during various stages of his professional stage career. They are joined onstage by a live band, backup singers, dancers and an Ann-Margret performer, as well as iconic imagery made available from the Graceland archives. If you love Elvis, you must see this show!

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Doktor Kaboom in Live Wire

The Electricity Tour!

Friday, February 5, 2016

School matinee performances: 10 a.m. (SOLD OUT, NOT ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS) and 12:30 p.m.DOWNLOAD A RESERVATION FORM

Public performance: 6:00 p.m – Children $5, Adults $10 BUY TICKETS

Grade Recommendation: 3-5

Study: Science, Math and Fine Arts

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Doktor Kaboom Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter.

Doktor Kaboom will explore then fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century mankind first harnesses the power of electricity, the world changed and the journey still continues.

Topis covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magentic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors.

This play was co-commissioned by Doktor Kaboom, LLC and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first presented at the Kennedy center with the world premiere during the 2014-2015 season.

 

 

 

An Evening with Sinbad

SinbadFebruary 12, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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For nearly 30 years, Sinbad has been amusing audiences on TV (The Sinbad Show, A Different World) and in film (The Coneheads, Houseguest and Jingle All the Way). He is also a master at live comedy and his witty stand-up circuit has audiences laughing in the aisles all night long!

Claiming he doesn’t know any jokes, Sinbad is ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time; and his comedy is profound without being profane. He has built a loyal following by finding laugher in the trials and tribulations of everyday life and attributes his knowledge of comedy to what he learned from playing basketball. As a one-time standout athlete for the University of Denver, Sinbad believes “the competitive aspect of sports teaches you to never give up.”

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MAMMA MIA!

MonMM!USTourCast2015_08day February 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. – Only a few tickets left

Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. – Seats still available

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A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.
And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!  Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

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