Lutcher Theater kicks off 2014 season
The Lutcher Theater rings in the new year with a richly diverse line-up, and a shopping trip to the Lutcher website might just satisfy every need on holiday shoppers’ lists.
The second half of the 2013-14 Lutcher Season consists of the following events:
Four Stand-Up Dads – Jan. 3, 7:30 PM
If there was every a reason to call the sitter, this is it! Send the holiday visitors home and de-stress from the season with a “comedy for parents by parents.” Starring comedians Dan St. Paul, Time Bedore, Kelly McDonald and Milt Abel, Four Stand-Up Dads, consists of nutty observations about family life, comprised of each comics routine, infused with good-spirited humor along with a little tenderness about parents, wives and cherished but maddening children. Tickets range from $20-$35, suitable for most post-holiday budgets. This show is sponsored locally by the Service League of Orange.
The Ten Tenors on Broadway – Jan. 30, 7:30 PM
Bringing rock and classical music together, and having created a sound that is uniquely theirs, Australia’s “Rock Stars of the Opera” return offering a special treat for Broadway fans consisting of a wonderful collection of Broadway’s greatest hits.Expect the contrast of raw power and soothing beauty in this special evening of the best of Broadway presented by Australia’s hottest tenors. Tickets range from $40-$55. This show is sponsored locally by The Houseman Companies.
Million Dollar Quartet – Feb. 14, 15, 7:30, 2:00 & 7:30 PM
The perfect Christmas gift for your Valentine, Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Savor timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. Tickets range from $35-$65. This show is sponsored locally by MCT Credit Union.
The Miracle Worker – March 7, 7:30 PM
Produced by Montana Repertory Theatre, The Miracle Workertells the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities. Tickets range from $20-$35. This show is sponsored locally by John Dixon and Beverly Nance.
Parsons Dance – March 14, 7:30 PM
Savor the sexy, athleticism, exuberant personality, and joyous movement of Parsons Dance, the internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons. A company of 10 full-time dancers and maintaining a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons, Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. Tickets range from $35-$50. This show is sponsored locally by Total.
Hello Dolly starring Sally Struthers – March 26, 27, 7:30 PM
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, NY to find a match for the ornery “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Featuring an irresistible story and an unforgettable score including the title song, “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “It Only Takes A Moment,” and the show-stopping “Before the Parade Passes By,” Hello, Dolly! has been charming audiences around the world for nearly 50 years. Tickets range from $35-$65. This show is sponsored locally by Invista.
West Side Story – April 11, 12, 7:30, 2:00 & 7:30 PM
More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” Tickets range from $35-$65. This show is sponsored locally by Scott & Rita Ballard.
Jeanne Robertson – April 17, 7:30 PM
Heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channel, and recipient of every top honor in the speaking profession, in her positively hilarious style, 6’2″ humorist, Jeanne Robertson, captivates audiences with her stories of friends, family and life with her husband, “Left Brain,” as she delivers clean comedy with class that will have you rolling in the aisles. Tickets range from $20-$35. This show is sponsored locally by Stark Cultural Venues.
The second half of the 2014 Lutcher Incredible Kids Events daytime series promises diverse experiences as well. That line-up is as follows:
Stuart Little – January 24, 9:30 & 11:30 AM – $4
Romeo and Juliet – January 28, 10:00 AM – $15
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – February 6, 9:30 & 11:30 AM – $4
The Great Mountain – February 8, 7:00 PM – $10
I Am Jack – March 3, 9:30 & 11:30 AM – $4
Dino-Light – March 20, 9:30 & 11:30 AM – $4
The Snail and the Whale – April 1, 9:30 & 11:30 AM – $4
Although purposefully designed for school field trips, Lutcher Incredible Kids Events are open to the public and perfect for home school and preschool groups. To purchase tickets or for more information about these events, call the theater box office.
The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is a Stark Cultural Venue and is located at 707 Main, in Orange.