An in-depth look at the Community Arts Center’s new season
This 2013-2014 season at the Community Art Center is filled to the brim with dazzling spectacles ranging from rock concerts, classic musicals and family-friendly kids shows.
“I have to say that when I flipped through the CAC 2013-2014 brochure for the first time, I got a big grin on my face,” said Executive Director Rob Steele. “This is an amazing and eclectic season with an abundance of A-list talent.”
With acts like Styx, “Hello, Dolly,” starring Sally Struthers, and “Dinosaur Train,” there is something to suite everyone’s fancy.
This season, Steele was able to book some incredible, big-city shows, which will without a doubt bring in hundreds of patrons to the theater.
“Blue Man Group in Williamsport seems like a pretty far-fetched notion, but low and behold it is happening in January,” said Steele. “The Million Dollar Quartet is one of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas and we are absolutely thrilled to have this amazing Broadway production on our historic stage.”
Though many of these shows have a good possibility of selling out, there are other shows that may be overlooked by the big named musicians and performers.
” ‘The Broadway Dolls’ is certainly the ‘sleeper’ show in our line-up that Broadway fans might pass over and that would be a mistake. This is a high-energy, highly-talented cast that will light up the stage,” he said.
There are so many excellent productions coming to town that there is no reason to not see at least one. With a lineup like this, one does not have to travel to Broadway in order to see a quality performance.
Beach Boys: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27.
As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history.
The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. The band has had a string of chart-topping songs and albums that spans their career and includes “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “I Get Around.”
“Menopause: The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8.
Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have audiences cheering and dancing in the aisles!
“Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild LIVE,” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11.
Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Hanna has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as “Good Morning America,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” “Jungle Jack” took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating two of his own nationally syndicated television programs: “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” and, most recently, “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.”
“An Evening with the Styx,” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18.
Styx was the first rock ‘n’ roll band to release four consecutive albums that went multi-platinum, beginning with “The Grand Illusion,” followed by “Pieces of Eight,” “Cornerstone” and “Paradise Theatre.” It was the power ballad, “Lady,” from the album “Styx II,” that was their breakout hit and got the ball rolling. On the heels of that hit song, Styx released “Equinox” in 1975, selling well and yielding the rock anthem “Suite Madame Blue,” which gained the band considerable recognition and airplay. When Tommy Shaw signed on, it proved to be the missing piece in the puzzle and the rest was history, spawning such classic rock radio standards as “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.”
Doc Severinsen and his Big Band, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23
The ever vibrant Grammy-winning trumpeter and former “Tonight Show” band leader, Doc Severinsen, is back on tour bringing his “Big Band” on the road for the first time in almost five years, along with his sparkling personality and outrageous outfits, in “Once More with Feeling.”
The Big Band show includes some of the best musicians from “The Tonight Show” era and will cover classics from Count Basie to Duke Ellington.
“All Hands on Deck!” 3 p.m., Nov. 3.
Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour to the troops in the field, “All Hands on Deck!” is a new, two- act revue performed by four charismatic singer, dancer, comics and a 9-piece orchestra, featuring the songs, dances and classic humor that America has loved since the ’40s.
“Hello, Dolly!” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8.
Winner of ten Tony Awards including, Best Musical, “Hello, Dolly!” is one of the most enduring Broadway classics. Emmy-award winning Sally Struthers (“All In the Family,” “Gilmore Girls”) stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, N.Y. to find a match for the ornery “well-known, unmarried, half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder.
Mannheim Steamroller, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years. Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller, along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.
Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the No. 1 Christmas music artist in history.
Loretta Lynn, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15.
Loretta Lynn is one of the classic country singers, racking up over 70 hits as a solo artist and duet partner. This Grammy-winner has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon.
John Pinette, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16.
The ‘big man’ of stand-up, John Pinette brings audiences to the brink of tears with his comedy. Pinette is best-known for his current comedy specials “I’m Starvin'” and “Show Me the Buffet.” The show takes the nation’s culinary passions in a direction never seen before. No recipes, no exotic locations – just the complete history, technology and process behind every single bite of food we take. From factories and farmlands, to restaurants and retail, this is the story of how what we eat ends up in our mouths.
“Branson on the Road – Christmas Style,” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5.
“Branson On The Road – Christmas Style,” is the holiday show from the popular touring group Branson On The Road direct from the live music capital of the world, Branson, Missouri. Not only can you expect great Christmas music, old country favorites and amazing instrumental abilities at this show, but also plenty of hilarious comedy every step of the way – in a holiday, Branson-style for the entire family.
A Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17.
This celebrated adaptation by Charles Jones of “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” (presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan) is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Featuring a cast of 24 live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, this timeless classic will put fans in the holiday spirit.
Blue Man Group, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 7.
Dinosaur Train LIVE, 7 p.m., Jan. 22.
The Nureyev State Ballet Theatre presents Cinderella, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31.
Starship with Mickey Thomas, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1.
The Sicilian Tenors, 7:30 p.m., March 1.
Lightwire…The Show, 7:30 p.m., March 6.
The Broadway Dolls, 7:30 p.m., March 8.
The Irish Rovers, 7:30 p.m., March 15.
The Fantasticks, 7:30 p.m., March 30.
Todd Oliver and Friends, 7:30 p.m., April 4.
Sid the Science Kid LIVE, 7 p.m., April 8.
Get the Led Out, 7:30 p.m., April 26.
Celtic Women, 7:30 p.m., May 20.