Performing Arts Series Announces New Season
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 06/21/2007- Season tickets now are available for the 19th exciting season of performances offered by the University of Central Missouri's Performing Arts Series.
Celebrating the King of Rock and Roll
Matt Lewis as the
The season kicks off with a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Sept. 14, that brings the legacy of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, to UCM's Hendricks Hall. Matt Lewis: Long Live the King pays tribute to the American music legend with an amazing performance that brings to life the magic of Elvis Presley's stage presence. Lewis also harnesses the amazing sounds of pre-recorded music to bring the sound of a 20-piece orchestra onto the stage with him.
An after-party for the Friends of the Performing Arts Series will follow the performance. Matt Lewis: Long Live the King is sponsored by 1450 KOKO/98.5 MIKE-FM radio in Warrensburg.
Classical Fare with Elegance
The Ahn Trio
The Ahn Trio features the skilled artistry of three talented sisters at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Hendricks Hall. Born in Seoul, South Korea and educated at Juilliard in New York City, the Ahn sisters – Maria, Lucia and Angella – offer a program of classical fare featuring piano and strings. Their performances have been described as breathing new life into the standard piano-trio literature with a simple, yet classic and elegant stage presence combined with remarkable talent.
The Ahn Trio will conduct an Oct. 17 master class with UCM music students at a time and location to be announced. The public also is invited to attend.
A reception is planned at Warrensburg's White Rose Pavilion prior to the performance by The Ahn Trio, presented in partnership with Heroes Restaurant and the UCM Office of Alumni Relations and Development. The appearance by The Ahn Trio is sponsored by UCM Meeting and Conference Services.
Something for the Younger Audience
A Karagoz Play
The Performing Arts Series annually teams up with the UCM Department of Theatre to present a very special production for children, and Shadow Gets a Black Eye: a Karagoz Play will delight audiences of young and old alike. An evening performance with reserved seating is planned for Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m., with daytime performances at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 1, Friday, Nov. 2; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, all in Hendricks Hall.
The play by Enver Sayan follows the adventures of Sam and Maysa, two American tourists in Turkey, as they encounter a variety of interesting characters. Under the direction of Julie Rae Pratt, associate professor of theatre, the modern interpretation of the traditional Turkish Karagoz puppet play offers positive messages about self-image, respect for other cultures and the importance of friendship.
Educators are encouraged to utilize these daytime performances as field opportunities for Pre-K through sixth grades. Groups, as well as individuals, are invited to attend all performances. The children's performance is sponsored by the UCM Department of Theatre.
A Humorous Look at a Special Time
Pat Hazell's The Wonder Bread Years is a one man show that remembers the nostalgia and humor of a special time in American culture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in Hendricks Hall. Hazell brings back memories of milk money, the kid's table, pop rocks, show and tell, lemonade stands, sugar cereals and drinking Kool-Aid from the pitcher while Mom wasn't looking.
A reception is planned prior to the event, hosted by the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, and an after party is planned for the Friends of the PAS. The Wonder Bread Years is sponsored by Sodexho and the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
The Traditions of Ireland in Music and Dance
The Magic of Ireland
The Magic of Ireland offers traditional Irish music and dance in an exhilarating performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. in Hendricks Hall. Stunning costumes and lighting add to the experience to evoke a time and place steeped in legend and enchantment. The musical production has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, performing more than 400 shows.
Area dance students are invited to experience The Magic of Ireland through a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 26. The workshop is open to beginning and advanced students. The performance is sponsored by Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, 90.9 The Bridge and KMOS-TV.
The Mystery of Illusion
The thrill and mystery of illusion wraps up the PAS season with the Thursday, March 20 performance by The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall. Kevin and Cindy Spencer combine original theatrical elements with cutting-edge illusions, audience interaction, dramatic lighting and special effects to create an evening of entertainment that exceed the boundaries of the traditional magic show.
The Friends Lounge will be open prior to the performance, during intermission and following the performance. Theatre of Illusion is sponsored by Missouri Bargains.com and 105.7 KIX County FM.
Get Your Season Tickets Now
Season tickets are available from the PAS box office in Elliott Union 213 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling 660-543-8607. Tickets for individual performances and groups will be available beginning Aug. 17. For more information about PAS performances and ticket prices, check out the PAS web site or contact the PAS box office.