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MAPAC 2017-18 season full and exciting

WORTHINGTON -- Cultural and performing arts presentations are bountiful during the 2017-18 season at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC). MAPAC's managing director, Tammy Makram, has scheduled a diverse listing of 16 shows that ran...

WORTHINGTON - Cultural and performing arts presentations are bountiful during the 2017-18 season at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC). MAPAC’s managing director, Tammy Makram, has scheduled a diverse listing of 16 shows that range from dance to country music to jazz to classic - and contemporary - rock and roll.

 

“We have such an amazing lineup and variety of first-rate acts and shows,” attested Makram. “To be able to bring a season like this to our community is really a gift.”

 

Tickets for individual shows are currently on sale at the MAPAC box office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seats may also be reserved by calling the box office at 376-9101 or visiting www.friendsoftheauditorium.com .

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Here’s a brief rundown of the upcoming offerings:

 

  • Aug. 26, 2 p.m.: Dakota Players Children’s Theatre’s “The Bard of Ballyfiddle.” A Saturday performance caps a week of theater rehearsals and training for kids from kindergarten through ninth grade. (Youths interested in participating should call District 518 Community Education at 376-6105 to register.)
  • Sept. 2, 7 p.m.: Liverpool Legends: Tribute to the Beatles. A stunningly authentic presentation of the Beatles’ music and history shared by an award-winning foursome.
  • Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: OK Go, live in concert. This contemporary group has three MTV Video Music awards and a Grammy award to its credit, among many others.
  • Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Sweet Land, the musical. Set in southwest Minnesota, Sweet Land is a Minnesota History Theatre production that shares the history of a family farm and how a community saved it.
  • Oct. 28, 7 p.m.: Ragamala Dance: Sacred Earth. This Twin Cities-based East Indian dance troupe illustrates the importance of the earth through dance. Its professional dancers will also work with local youth.
  • Nov. 4, 7 p.m.: Billy Dean and Dan Mahar in concert. Dean is a country singer/songwriter with over 20 hit singles on the Billboard charts; Mahar is an extraordinary blues guitarist.
  • Nov. 11, 7 p.m.: Chastity Brown in concert. Brown is a blues, country, gospel and soul singer who tours nationally and internationally and recently sold out a performance at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater, among other locales.
  • Dec. 2, 7 p.m.: Close to You: A Carpenters’ Christmas. This tribute to the Carpenters will delight all fans of the Carpenters’ soothing style, with the benefit of a Christmas theme.
  • Dec. 31, 7 p.m.: Lizzy the Dreamgirl will deliver her unique comedy stage hypnosis as an entertaining New Year’s Eve show that’s appropriate for all ages.
  • Jan. 13, 7 p.m.: Rogue Valley: Americana is a five-member group that will also be in residency with local student musicians for the week. Their song “The Wolves and the Ravens” was featured in the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
  • Jan. 26, 7 p.m.: The New Standards, a stand-out, Twin Cities-based jazz ensemble, revamps old standards and delivers them in sensational new styles.
  • March 15, 7 p.m.: The Children’s Theatre Company’s Seed Folks, a sensational one-woman show celebrating community cooperation. This is for everyone, not just kids.
  • March 17, 2 and 7 p.m.: Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos offers a St. Patrick’s Day party presentation. Comedy, sing-alongs and non-stop hilarity characterize these lively shows.
  • March 24, 2 and 7 p.m.: Gone Country, featuring regional talent/entertainers and a live house band.
  • April 14, 7 p.m.: Rumours and Dreams: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. This Fleetwood Mac tribute band sells out everywhere it appears.
  • May 5, 7 p.m.: William Florian: Those Were the Days. Florian was the lead singer for the New Christy Minstrels. A revisiting of ‘60s folk music through the voice of a musician who lived it.
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