(Mountain Home) – Beginning late August, the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Performing Arts Series will return with its second season, with a new line-up of shows and performers who are sure to gratify the audience.
The Performing Arts Series is a series consisting of four shows. Adults are $100, ASUMH students and children ages 6-18 are $50 plus fees. Children five and younger are free. Individual show tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 plus fees for students. Season tickets go on sale Monday, July 9. For ticket information, call the ASUMH Box Office at 870-508-6280.
The Performing Arts Series 2012-2013 season includes: The Capitol Steps, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, and As You Like It. All performances will take place in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at The Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.
The Capitol Steps will perform on August 24, 2012. The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums. Their music and political satire has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS.
Roller Funeral Home presents Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on November 30, 2012 for a holiday show. Philip Mann (recently recognized as Arkansas Business 40 under 40) will direct ASO as they bring the best of classical and pops music to Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.
First National Bank & Trust presents Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway on March 4, 2013. Neil Berg is the creator and co-producer of Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, which is now the number one Broadway touring concert in the U.S., playing in over 120 cities in 2010 and 2011. Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway recreates the biggest moments from the finest Broadway shows of the century featuring the actual stars of such shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, and Wicked.
As You Like It is scheduled for April 13, 2013. As You Like It is the classical theatre production of William Shakespeare by the Tony Award-winning troupe The Acting Company. When Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, they are unable to act on their feelings. Forced to flee for their lives into the Forest of Arden, they find themselves entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity in one of Shakespeare’s great comedies. This adaptation of As You Like It is directed by Dan Rothenberg.
A new series package, “5 for $50” is presented as an add-on for season ticket holders, or separate ticketed series of five shows for $50 ($15 per show when purchased individually). Students will receive a half price discount. These outstanding performances will be spread throughout the year and will feature Vaudeville, ragtime, boogie woogie piano, Flamenco guitar, and country performers.
The “5 for $50” add-on package includes Ronald Radford, Mimi Blais, LaDonna Gatlin, Jason D. Williams, and The Dik & Mitzi Anniversary Show. All performances will take place in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center in The Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.
Ronald Radford, the American Flamenco guitarist with illuminating narration of the heartbeat of Spain, will perform on September 13, 2012. He is a protégé of Carlos Montoya, and has studied classical guitar with Andrés Segovia. For over 30 years, Radford has received consistent rave reviews for his concerts, school programs, and concert-keynotes.
Mimi Blais will perform on October 16, 2012. Blais is a French Canadian pianist, composer, writer, singer, and comedian with a special interest in ragtime music. Her passion for ragtime music has led her to travel the U.S., Canada, Belgium, and Hungary, where she received one standing ovation after another. As a musical performer, Mimi Blais is in high demand because of her tremendous talent and joyful personality.
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the entertaining Gatlin Brothers, will perform on November 9, 2012. She is a pop, gospel, country, and patriotic vocalist. LaDonna Gatlin is an optimist; supplying audience members with motivation, encouragement, and inspiration that will resonate.
Rock and roll entertainer Jason D. Williams will perform on February 8, 2013. Jason D. has the same musical innovation and on-the-edge attitude as Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. He has appeared on such shows as MTV’s “News at Night,” MTV’s “The Week in Rock,” “Pat Sajak Show,” “LIVE! On ABC,” “Regis and Kathie Lee Show,” VH1’s “This is Country,” “Crook & Chase,” “Nashville Now,” “Music City Tonight,” and “Entertainment Tonight.” He has spent a lifetime behind the piano connecting with country and rock ‘n’ roll greats while creating a persona that’s 100-percent original.
The Dik & Mitzi Anniversary Show will perform on April 26, 2013. Dik & Mitzi are classic Vaudeville entertainers who present a dazzling musical romance that follows a show business love relationship through time. An American professional entertainer falls in love with a French Canadian barmaid in this great show!
The Arvest Concert Series and Gaston Lecture Series are presented each year free of charge to the community.
Arvest Concert Series presents Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers on September 25, 2012. They were one of the pioneers of rock and roll and traveled with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Billy Lee Riley, and many more. In 2002, the group was inducted into the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee. The Pacers marked their 50th year in the music business in 2005, and the Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis features a section on the Pacers.
Blue Fiddle Band will perform at the Arvest Concert Series on March 14, 2013. Formed in 2004, the Arkansas-based acoustic trio forges a new direction in Irish/American music. Influenced by the traditionalism of the Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners, Blue Fiddle is fueled by the band members’ longtime friendship and powered by extraordinary musical talent.
Gaston Lecture Series presents Peter Giuliano on October 9, 2012. Giuliano will share experiences and insights gained in a long career in film and television. His resume includes films such as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Ghostbusters I,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Bugsy,” “Dracula,” “Disclosure,” and “Collateral;” and in TV, six seasons of “Law & Order” and currently the STARZ original hit series “BOSS.”
The Full Season Ticket Package includes all nine Performing Arts Series shows (both the Performing Arts Series and “5 for $50” series). The full package is available for purchase at $150 plus fees. Adults are $150 (a savings of $65). Students are $75 (a savings of $37.50). ASUMH students and children ages 6 to 18 receive the student discount of half price shows. Children five and below are free.
Support the ASUMH Performing Arts by becoming an ASUMH Performing Arts Patron. ASUMH Performing Arts Patrons enjoy excellent benefits such as: early purchase of season tickets, pre-performance patron receptions, recognition in every program, reserved seating for the Arvest Concert Series and Gaston Lecture Series, and more. Participation is important to bring the finest performances to the Twin Lakes Area. To view a full list of benefits, visit The Vada Sheid Community Development Center Web site at www.thesheid.com. Patron payments may be made by check or credit card online at www.supportASUMH.com or mail to: ASUMH Office of Development, 1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653. For more information about becoming a patron, please call 870-508-6105.
Performing Arts Series season tickets go on sale Monday, July 9. For ticket information, call the ASUMH Box Office at 870-508-6280, or visit www.thesheid.com.