Performance Series 2017-2018

Artrageous!
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Artrageous!

Imagine watching an artist creating a six foot masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments, while a band plays classic rock n’ roll and dancers perform their amazing choreography. Artrageous is part cover band, part dance party, part art exhibition, and 100% original one-of-a-kind entertainment.

With a palette that mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction - Artrageous takes you on a unique audio-visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun!

The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience!

The signature of an Artrageous performance is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show!

“You have to see it to believe it!” - The Washington Post
“Artrageous lives up to its name.” - Norfolk Daily News
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Lisa Rock in Close to you: The Music of the Carpenters
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Lisa Rock in Close to you: The Music of the Carpenters

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Lisa and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and of course “Close to You.”

“When she hits the lower range of her marvelous voice, if you close your eyes, you can see Karen Carpenter’s face.” - Alan Bresloff, Chicago Arts Critic
“Lisa Rock... sang with such sincerity and clarity, she did justice to Carpenter’s lush, melodic hits. Her crisp delivery was flawless. The love of Karen’s music rang out in her voice.” - Northwest Herald
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American Midwest Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM
American Midwest Ballet presents The Nutcracker

American Midwest Ballet’s always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining production of the Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition. American Midwest Ballet’s careful attention to clear storytelling and masterful balance of reality and fantasy effortlessly transports the audience into the enchanting world of a child’s beautiful dreams. Even the youngest theatergoer will identify with the young heroine, Clara, and follow eagerly as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the hair-raising Rat Queen, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier... and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince!

Christmas with Dailey and Vincent
Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Christmas with Dailey and Vincent

Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV,” Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. After a decade spent performing together and with over 1,000 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE - In Concert,” their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Their most recent live CD, “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks.
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Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Friday, February 08, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

It’s a Mardi Gras party at the Arts Center! For nearly 30 years, multiple GRAMMY award winning artist and 8th generation Louisiana Creole Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries, and performed on film and television soundtracks during their eventful career.

“Simien is a Zydeco Master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.” - Rolling Stone
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Gegory Popvich's Comedy Pet Theater
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Gegory Popvich's Comedy Pet Theater

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), white doves and mice.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has a rich performance history, presenting thousands of shows in more than 20 countries and is currently in its 6th season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas.
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Church Basement Ladies - Rise Up O Men
Saturday, March 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Church Basement Ladies - Rise Up O Men

The sixth and newest episode in the Church Basement Ladies series, Rise Up O Men is a brand new musical comedy featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement ladies who serve them. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and benefits of welding vs. soldering, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster into the henhouse.
Originally produced by Troupe America Inc, the original musical comedy, “The Church Basement Ladies”, opened at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis September 2005 to a response so enthusiastic that its initial run lasted two-and-a half years. Five sequels have expanded the universe of these familiar and beloved “Steel Magnolias of the Prairie,” making The Church Basement Ladies the most successful show in Troupe America’s 30-year history.

"Charming, funn - simply entertaining." - St Paul Pioneer Press
"...as comfortable as a pair of well-worn shoes." - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Church Basement Ladies - Rise Up O Men
Saturday, March 02, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Church Basement Ladies - Rise Up O Men

The sixth and newest episode in the Church Basement Ladies series, Rise Up O Men is a brand new musical comedy featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement ladies who serve them. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and benefits of welding vs. soldering, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster into the henhouse.
Originally produced by Troupe America Inc, the original musical comedy, “The Church Basement Ladies”, opened at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis September 2005 to a response so enthusiastic that its initial run lasted two-and-a half years. Five sequels have expanded the universe of these familiar and beloved “Steel Magnolias of the Prairie,” making The Church Basement Ladies the most successful show in Troupe America’s 30-year history.

"Charming, funn - simply entertaining." - St Paul Pioneer Press
"...as comfortable as a pair of well-worn shoes." - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Friday, April 05, 2019 - 7:30 PM
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Glenn Miller Orchestra makes their highly anticipated return to the Arts Center! The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance band leaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilions, built and sustained the momentum of popularity. When World War II reared its head, Glenn Miller went off to serve overseas and formed the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band.

Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

Just as it was in Glenn’s time, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is the most sought after big band in the world.
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