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By Donna B. Stinnett firstname.lastname@example.org
The “new queen of bluegrass,” one of the all-time favorite groups to perform at Henderson Fine Arts Center, three performers in letter sweaters and “a lunatic musical” will be among the events in the 20th anniversary season announced by theHenderson Area Arts Alliance at a sneak preview on Thursday.
The new season, which opens in August, will once again also include a three-event family series.
Here’s what’s coming in the Main Series:
Aug. 8 — Rhonda Vincent, 7 p.m.: A top draw in bluegrass music and beyond, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage have more than 80 awards to their credit. Among Vincent’s honors are Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Sept. 27 — Rockapella, 7 p.m.: They have become one of the world’s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal groups. Rockapella, which has performed here previously including for the 10th anniversary season, has a full-band sound with nothing but five guys with microphones.
Nov. 9 — “The Addams Family Musical”, 8 p.m.: The smash-hit comedy brings the dark world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to the stage. The macabre new musical comedy is created by “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
Dec. 5 — Jim Brickman’s “Magic of Christmas”, 7 p.m.: Brickman, along with special guest performers, will perform holiday favorites along with the hits that have made him the best-selling solo pianist of our time. The entertainer has been offering this show for 17 years.
Jan. 24 — The Letterman, 7 p.m.: Over the years they’ve filled more than 50 albums with such familiar hits as “When I Fall in Love” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” Once described as “the best thing that happened to romance since moonlight,” an evening with The Lettermen’s sweet harmonies proves their smooth and romantic sound simply never goes out of style.
March 18 — Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy”, 7 p.m.: Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Era, playwright Alfred Uhry’s play tells the story of Miss Daisy and her newly hired chauffeur Hoke. Although Miss Daisy lives a life of privilege while Hoke lives the life of an African-American man in the days of Jim Crow, they discover they have much in common. Their relationship, spanning a 25-year period, is a reflection of critical changes in American society.
April 12 — “Park Ridge Road”, 7 p.m.: This Bob Park production is the story of a people trying mightily to bring one of their own back into the fold although they are stymied at every turn by his behavior, while also dealing with a threat to the old home place. Featuring different characters and not part of Park’s “Taffy” series, the production features original music by Matthew D. Vanover.
And here’s the Family Series:
Sept. 21 — Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “The Secret Garden”, 11 a.m.: This story of hope depicts Mistress Mary Quite Contrary on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England. Making new friends and a generous does of caring finds the entire household enjoying the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended.
Dec. 15 — Children’s Center for Dance Education’s production of “A Children’s Nutcracker”, 3 p.m.: The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King, and then goes on a magical journey through a wonderful land with the prince.
Feb. 1 — Doktor Kaboom presents “It’s Just Rocket Science”, 11 a.m.: An interactive one-man science variety show, Doktor Kaboom! creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration.
Ticket information is available at the Henderson Fine Arts Center box office, 831-9800.