Encore Series premiers in September
08/20/2009

Breakdancing, Alabama blind boys and giant puppets are a few of the things to be seen in the 2009-2010 Encore Series presented by the Special Events Committee at Fort Hays State University.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.

The first performance will be a double-header on Wednesday, Sept. 30, featuring America's premiere radio theatre company, LA Theatre Works. The group will perform a double bill of chills, thrills and great literature by re-creating Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" along with Arthur Conan Doyle's time-travel adventure "The Lost World." Reserved tickets are $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $21, $19 and $17, respectively.

On Monday, Oct. 19, the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center will take a trip back in time to experience the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of the 1940s. "In The Mood" takes a retro look at the life and time of a generation in America that was dancing to music that combined up-tempo big band rhythms with mellow intimate ballads. The mood was set to inspire a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. Reserved tickets are $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $21, $19 and $17, respectively.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Turtle Island Quartet and the Luna Negra Dance Theater will collaborate to present a unique living art form known as "Danzon." Called the official dance of Cuba, Danzon has never ceased to influence Cuban musicians. In partnering with the Turtle Island Quartet, former Luna Negra artistic director Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented and rejuvenated it as a modern work of art. In doing so, he is both introducing mainstream American audiences to a thriving Latino tradition and creating a milestone moment in the continuity of Latino artistic expression. Reserved tickets are $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $21, $19 and $17, respectively.

Thursday, Dec. 10, will bring the Blind Boys of Alabama to Beach/Schmidt. The Blind Boys are the iron men of the music industry. They predate Elvis, Little Richard and Al Green, yet even in their 70s, they are still at the top of the gospel charts, won an impressive four consecutive Grammy Awards from 2001 to 2004 and added a fifth in 2009. The Blind Boys are masters of bringing out the most spiritual aspects of mainstream music while at the same time bringing the music of the church straight to the roadhouse. In the past five years, they have recorded moving renditions of songs by everyone from Tom Waits to Prince side by side with their traditional material and appeared as guests on record and on stage with an equally diverse array of artists from Peter Gabriel to Ben Harper. Reserved tickets are $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $21, $19 and $17, respectively.

On Jan. 25, 2010, giant theatrical puppets will bring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" to life courtesy of Théâtre Sans Fil. This award-winning Tolkien fantasy will have a new, larger-than-life look with Théâtre Sans Fil's highly successful adaptation, which has received standing ovations throughout the world. Reserved tickets are $20 for the public, $18 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $16 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $16, $14 and $12, respectively.

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Feb. 16, the Encore Series will feature "The Drowsy Chaperone," which bursts on stage to tell the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business and get married. Her producer sets out to sabotage the nuptials. Reserved tickets are $35 for the public, $33 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $31 for FHSU students. Unreserved seats are $31, $29 and $27 respectively.

On March 4, "Groovaloo" will bring the dance styles of the street to Beach/Schmidt with jaw-dropping displays of physical ability, a vibrant musical core and powerful spoken word poetry. The show's intertwined stories chronicle the struggles, hopes and triumphs of the 14-member cast as its members discover the true meaning of family and share what it's like to be "in the circle." Based on the award-winning troupe's true-to-life experiences and told by the dancers who lived them, Groovaloo combines the authenticity of A Chorus Line with the energy of Stomp as it embarks on a journey through the diverse world of hip hop dance. Reserved tickets are $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $21, $19 and $17, respectively.

The final performance of the 2009-2010 Encore series is April 14 when the note-for-note live renditions of Beatles songs are brought to Beach/Schmidt by "The Fab Four." This stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences all over the world. Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as "Hey Jude" and "Penny Lane," among others. Reserved tickets are $25 for the public, $23 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $21, $19 and $17, respectively.

Through the presentation of varied forms of performing arts, the Special Events Committee strives to educate, inspire, invoke thought and entertain. Special hearing aids and large-print programs are available at all performances. Season tickets are available for reserved seats at $165 for the public, $145 for senior citizens and $100 for children ages 6-17. Unreserved tickets are $140, $120 and $75, respectively. For more information about the Encore Series or to purchase tickets, visit the Web-site at http://www.fhsu.edu/perf_arts, visit the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union, or call (785) 628-5308.


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