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Coming Soon2018-2019 Season
Directed by Darrell Drullinger | September 21-23 and 28-30, 2018
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Miracle on 34th Street
Directed by Carolyn Clark | November 9-11 and 16-18, 2018
Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.
Wizard of Oz
Directed by Scott Carlson | February 8-10 and 15-17, 2019
After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of Oz, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz, who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister… but are now on Dorothy’s feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.
Directed by Lori Evans | April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2019
Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever popular and iconic 60’s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”. Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore their surroundings. They discover strange hieroglyphics in a spooky cave, which speak of an ancient legend. The weather gets rough, Gilligan foils the best-laid of the castaway’s rescue plans, romance develops and the castaways have an out-of-this-world encounter.
2018-2019Town Hall Lecture Series
Now in its 35th year, the Town Hall Lecture Series has brought engaging, insightful and informative speakers from across the world to audiences in North Platte, Neb. Four lectures per season are held in the historic Neville Center for the Performing Arts, aiming to entertain, inspire and educate our members with a variety of speakers and topics to enhance the cultural life of our area. All lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. CST at the Neville Center, located at 301 East 5th Street. Luncheon with the speaker immediately follows at the Quality Inn & Suites. Attendance with advanced reservations only.
With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, Dorothy Hamill leaped into America’s heart as a 19-year-old when she took Olympic figure-skating gold in 1976. Dorothy shares her story of life in the skating world and opens up about her lifelong battle with depression, which sometimes left her contemplating suicide, and how she’s learned to manage it.
Molly Barker is an accomplished triathlete and the founder of Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization designed to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Molly shares life-changing lessons from her personal journey of self-discovery, inspiring others to recognize the power of one person to make a significant difference.
In his 20 years as an FBI special agent, Marc Ruskin successfully infiltrated a New York Mafia crime family, a Chinese Malaysian heroin organization, a Wall Street trading exchange, right-wing terrorist groups and worked on espionage cases. Marc shares his stories of undercover operations, including the procedures, the successes, the failures and the changes in the culture of the new-era FBI.
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of Country Music’s Gatlin Brothers, knows firsthand that we can’t live someone else’s dream. In order to be our absolute best, we must find our own voice and “sing our own song.” She has spent her entire career empowering people to “sing their own song” from the inside out through their words, their deeds and their actions.
2018-2019North Platte Concert Association
“Make Music Real in Your Life”
All concerts are held at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets include all four shows.
October 26, 2018
Sons of Serendip is a musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. Micah Christian, a former teacher from Randolph, Massachusetts, is the lead vocalist of the group; Cordaro Rodriguez, a former attorney from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the pianist and guitarist; Kendall Ramseur, a former cello instructor from Charlotte, NC, is the cellist and vocalist; and Mason Morton, who is a former teacher from Atlanta, GA, is the harpist for the quartet. In 2014 they came together to begin what they know will be a long beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts. They hope that their music will resonate deeply with listeners and that, in some way, it will make their lives a little better – even if just for a moment.
November 27, 2018
Frederic Chiu’s intriguing piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection. Frederic Chiu has toured in Europe and the US with the Orchestre de Bretagne and Stefan Sanderling. He has played with the Hartford Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Estonia National Symphony, China National Symphony, the FOSJE Orquesta in Ecuador, among others.
March 15, 2019
The Jersey Tenors is the newest Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics alongside such industry greats as Queen, ABBA, Journey, Elton John, and Josh Groban to name but a few. But we are also “Jersey proud!” and we do not forget where we came from as we highlight the best of our NJ brethren like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, etc. These four charming wise guys will raise the roof with their powerful voices, and will have you singing along before yous guys know it. From Frank Sinatra to Frankie Vallie to Figaro…Forgettaboutit!
April 7, 2019
There is no one else like the Doo-Wah Riders. For over 30 years they have been riding their own patch of the musical range throughout the west. They possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The Doo-Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound. They define their sound as “high energy country with a cajun twist”. Their tight musicianship and powerful
arrangements of classic, contemporary, and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go. The Doo-Wah Riders have appeared in concert with a number of notable artists, including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington, Old Dominion, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Charlie Daniels, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, among others.
2017-2018 SeasonPast Shows
Peter and the Starcatcher
Directed by Andrew Lee | September 22-24, September 29-30 & October 1
With ingenious stagecraft and boundless creativity, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the Peter Pan story and brings the legend to life. Starcatcher apprentice, Molly Aster and three orphans are hunted by cut throat pirates and their mustachioed captain as she races to protect a trunk of magical “Starstuff.”
Directed by Ritch Galvan | November 3-5 & November 10-12
What would you do if you had all eternity? Eleven year old Winnie Foster years for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but it’s not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she imagined.
Directed by Scott Carlson | February 9-11 & February 16-18
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.