The Fort Hays State University Encore Series for 2005-2006 will feature two Broadway musicals, a symphony and other world-class music and dance. All performances are in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
The season will begin Oct. 18 with "Mame," the story of the indestructible, irrepressible Auntie Mame. "Mame" has been described as one of the liveliest, happiest musicals of Broadway’s golden age. The curtain will go up at 8 pm.
Next up, at 8 p.m. Nov. 9, is River North Chicago Dance Company, one of the country's most dynamic jazz/contemporary dance companies. River North tours extensively and is appealing to watching dance for the first as well as for seasoned dance fans.
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan will bring its national touring production of "A Christmas Carol" to the Encore Series on Nov. 20. This holiday classic by Charles Dickens reveals the true spirit of the Christmas holiday. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Following the production, cast members will conduct a question-and-answer session with audience members.
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, "The Will Rogers Follies" comes to the Encore stage on Jan. 30, 2006. This is a dazzling theatrical spectacle that pays tribute to the man who lived the words "I never met a man I didn't like." Showtime is 8 p.m.
A unique evening of a cappella music will be presented Feb. 21 by The Bobs, a four-member group known for incredible live performances. Called "The Beatles of a cappella music" by Pulse Magazine, The Bobs will perform "Rhapsody in Bob" beginning at 8 p.m.
After an absence of 10 years, The Kansas City Symphony returns to the Encore Series on March 3. The first-class orchestra will perform Beethoven's "Symphony No. 2" and Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 5." The program begins at 8 p.m. At 7 p.m, the orchestra's conductor, Timothy Hankewich, will present Concert Comments, a pre-concert discussion about the evening's repertoire.
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and beauty, Momix will perform its stunning new work Lunar Sea on March 15 beginning at 8 p.m.
The last presentation of the 2005-2006 Encore Series will be Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio on April 24. Violinist/composer/fiddler O’Connor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America. The Appalachia Waltz Trio also features cellist Natalie Haas and violist Carol Cook. The trio will perform at 8 p.m.
Encore Series season brochures will be available in August. Contact Carol Brock -- (785) 628-5801 or firstname.lastname@example.org -- to reserve your copy or to ask about any Encore Series program. The Encore Series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2006-2007. Seats for the Silver Celebration can be reserved by subscribing in 2005-2006.
Ticket information is available by calling Memorial Union reservations at (785) 628-5308.