Encore Series 2008-2009 to begin October 6
08/29/2008

With everything from the best seller, "To Kill A Mockingbird,” to what the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) named "Entertainer of The Year" The Golden Dragon Acrobats, Fort Hays State University’s 2008-2009 Encore Series will have something for everyone. All performances will be in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus, and all begin at 7:30 p.m.

Coming to Hays all the way from Hebei, China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are leading off this year's events. They have toured 65 countries, five continents and the 50 states. They combine assorted forms into their routines such as dance and opera into their ancient acrobatics. The performance will be Monday, October 6. Reserved tickets are $20 for the public, $18 for senior citizens and children, and $16 for FHSU students. The unreserved prices are $16, $14 and $12 respectively.

On Wednesday, October 29, after performing for the last five presidents, "The Capitol Steps" will be at FHSU. As Larry King says, "They're the best. There is no one in their league." The cast uses parodies and satire to perform even the most current political situations. Reserved ticket prices will be $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets will be $21, $19 and $17 respectively.

Directed by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, the Soweto Gospel Choir will perform on Monday, November 10. Winning two Grammy awards, the choir of 26 members performs both contemporary and traditional music in six of Africa's different languages. They have been acclaimed as being inspiring, colorful and energetic. Reserved tickets will be $22 for the general public, $20 for senior citizens and children, and $18 for FHSU students. The unreserved prices are $18, $16 and $14 respectively.

Featured on PBS, BBC and CBC, the musical group Barrage will perform on Wednesday, January 21, 2009. This young cast will perform a mix of song, dance and music from modern beats and songs. The Denver Post applauded saying "Barrage is too Wow for Words!" Reserved ticket prices will be $20 for the public, $18 for senior citizens and children, and $16 for FHSU students. Unreserved ticket prices will be $16, $14 and $12 respectively.

From the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, comes the 35-year-old stage performance by the Montana Repertory Theatre. This Academy Award winning show will be on Thursday, February 26, 2009. The story covers some issues of the South in the 1930's, including prejudice and family values.  Reserved ticket prices will be $20 for the public, $18 for senior citizens and children, and $16 for FHSU students. Unreserved prices will be $16, $14 and $12 respectively.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, the Broadway sensation "Hairspray" will take the stage. Winning eight Tony awards in 2003, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, this musical is the story of Tracy Turblad, a plus-size teenager with dreams as big as her hair. Her biggest dream is to dance on the "Corny Collins Show," and another, to win over heartthrob Link Larkin. Reserved tickets will be $35 for the public, $33 for senior citizens and children, and $31 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets will be $31, $29 and $27 respectively.

National Public Radio touts the renowned Guarneri String Quartet as “among the most revered and enduring ensembles of its kind in the world." Two quartets coming together for a powerful musical performance, to form the Mendelssohn Octet, The Guarneri and the Johannes String Quartet will perform on Monday, March 23, 2009. Reserved tickets will be $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets will be $21, $19 and $17 respectively.

On Friday, April 3, 2009, "Ain't Misbehavin’," the 1978 Tony Award winning musical, will wrap up the 2008-2009 Encore Series Season. Starring American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis, this musical showcases Harlem in the 1930's. "Ain't Misbehavin’ " showcases swing music and beats of the Golden Age. Reserved tickets will be $33 for the public, $31 for seniors and children, and $29 for FHSU students. Unreserved is $29, $27 and $25 respectively.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union at (785)-628-5306 or visit http://www.fhsu.edu/perf_arts/.


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