SFA University Announces Performance Series
NACOGDOCHES -- Season tickets are now on sale for performances in Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts University Series, the college announced.
The series includes five touring groups and four university-produced performances, said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.
The season begins Sept. 14, with songwriter Jimmy Webb, who will share his catalog of hits including"Wichita Lineman," "MacArthur Park," "Up, Up and Away," "The Highway Man" and "Galveston."
The SFA Schools of Theatre and Music will present "Little Shop of Horrors" Oct. 9 to 13. The musical tells the story of a florist and his plant that is part Venus flytrap and part rock star.
The dancers of Ballet Folklrico de Mexico will bring their acclaimed program on Oct. 18. The group has dazzled audiences with its dance steps, music and costumes.
Dailey and Vincent, twice named Entertainers of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards, will present A Bluegrass Christmas on Dec. 14. The performance will include a blend of bluegrass-tinted holiday favorites, original songs and bluegrass classics.
On Jan. 24, pianist Anton Kuerti, whom Fanfare magazine called one of the best pianists playing, will present a repertoire that showcases his musical vision and technical skill.
Audience participation will be encouraged on Feb. 7, as the cast members of "Broadway's Next Hit Musical" gather made-up song suggestions from patrons and create a full-blown improvised musical about Nacogdoches complete with plot twists, memorable characters and witty dialogue.
Beginning Feb. 26, through Saturday, March 2, the School of Theatre will present "Stage Door," a comedy set in a boarding house for aspiring actresses longing for stardom. According to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre, the characters romances, disappointments and breakdowns provide more laughs and drama than all the Broadway plays they dream of.
The SFA A'Cappella Choir, chamber orchestra and guest soloists will present a Nacogdoches first a full performance of G.F. Handel s three-part oratorio, Messiah, on March 23, in Kennedy Auditorium.
On April 4-6, the SFA School of Music will present in English a masterpieces of operatic literature.
All of the concerts and staged productions will begin at 7:30 p.m., and all but one will be held in W.M. Turner Auditorium with reserved seating. The exception is Messiah, which will be held in Kennedy Auditorium and have general admission seating.
Tickets are now on sale through the Fine Arts Box Office. They range from $125 to $185, with discounts available for seniors, students, youth and SFA faculty and staff.