Carpenter Center sets the stage for another season
2010-05-24 · By Editor
The Carpenter Performing Arts Center has announced its 2010/11 Season which features four subscription series and more — including inspiring and celebrated performers in comedy, dance and music as well as thrilling events for the entire family.
“Our patrons will find a diverse array of artists and performances scheduled for the theatre’s 16th Season of presenting,” said Executive Director Michele Roberge. “It is difficult to pick a favorite with master violinist Joshua Bell, radio personality and humorist Garrison Keillor and dance company Pilobolus among the choices. There truly is something for everyone as our season ranges from Broadway star Susan Egan, to an appearance by the iconic Leonard Nimoy, to an imaginative stage adaptation of the children’s book Strega Nona, and more!”
The season officially opens with Garrison Keillor, who returns to share his uniquely wry anecdotes about life in America. Keillor’s appearance is part of the Wit & Wisdom Series, which also includes a stage adaptation of stories by humorist Mark Twain with The Diaries of Adam & Eve, as well as an appearance by former U.S. Poet Laureate and best-selling author, Billy Collins.
Broadway star Susan Egan kicks off the Cabaret Series, the Center’s most intimate experience where patrons enjoy table seating on the stage within feet of the performer. Egan’s Broadway credits include the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the longest running Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and she originated the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast. The Cabaret Series continues with return performances from jazz-singer Allan Harris in A Nat King Cole Christmas, and a capella doo wop group, The Mighty Echoes. The series culminates with singer/songwriter Susan Werner, called “the empress of the unexpected” by NPR Music.
The Dance Series begins with a return by Pilobolus, who will bring a powerful line-up of new and classic works as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The series continues with the Southern California premiere of Remember Me, a high-energy mix of contemporary American dance and opera music by Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company. The final performance of the series is the West Coast premiere of Prophets of Funk by David Dorfman Dance, exploring the popular and populist funk sounds of Sly and the Family Stone.
Thrill seekers of all ages will be drawn to the Spectacle Series, which opens with Jigu! Thunder Drums of China. Four-time gold medal winners at China’s National Star Awards, the 28 musicians of Jigu! perform a dynamic range of sounds and styles from villages throughout China’s Shanxi province. The series continues with veteran entertainers The Flying Karamazov Brothers, as they bring their signature brand of physical humor fresh from their Off-Broadway run. The series ends with the West Coast debut tour of The Aluminum Show. This inventive new show from Israel is a fusion of acrobatics, puppetry, and illusion created almost entirely from reclaimed aluminum.
To complete the season lineup, the Center is also presenting an entertaining mix of non-series events. First up is film and television icon Leonard Nimoy, who will discuss his portrayal of the rational and emotionally suppressed Mr. Spock as part of a diverse and remarkable career. Next is a musical stage adaptation of Strega Nona, the much-loved children’s book by Tomie dePaola.
For the holidays, patrons can enjoy the timeless tradition of big band swing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra Holiday Show. Next, the Center launches its first foray into presenting classical music performances with Grammy Award-winning master violinist Joshua Bell, followed by classical pianist Alpin Hong.
The season offers audiences a chance to rock out as well, as Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea blends bodhran, fiddle, concertina and vocal harmonies, and the cult favorite Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular returns once again—bringing multi-screen projections, state-of-the-art technology and the legendary music of Pink Floyd.
Finally, the Center ends the season with First Person: Seeing America, a journey into the events that shaped our nation, combining iconic images from The Metropolitan Museum of Art with poetry and prose from America’s finest writers, narrated by Neal Conan (host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation) and actress Lily Knight.
Patrons who subscribe to one of the four subscription series get the best seats in the house, as well as numerous benefits—from significant discounts on single tickets to free parking for all subscribed events. A 2010/11 Season advance priority subscription order form is available online on the Carpenter Performing Arts Center website.
The Wit and Wisdom Series three-event subscription is $99, the Dance Series three-event subscription is $99, the Spectacle Series three-event subscription is $75, and the Cabaret Series four-event subscription ranges from $136-$282.
Advance single tickets will be available online starting June 1 at a discount of $5 off each ticket through August 1. The Arts Ticket Office opens to the public Monday, August 2. All programs, performers, prices, dates, and times are subject to change.
Call (562) 985-7000 for more information on the Carpenter Performing Arts Center or to buy tickets online visit the Carpenter Performing Arts Center website starting June 1.