A trio of fine arts and performance series will offer the Western Carolina University community a broad spectrum of entertainment choices again during the 2015-16 academic year. The Mainstage season features dramatic and musical performances by students, while the Galaxy of Stars and the Arts and Cultural Events offerings bring professionally produced acts and films to campus venues.
Two plays and two musicals are part of the 2015-16 Mainstage season presented by WCU’s School of Stage and Screen. Season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions are on sale at the box office in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Productions in the season featuring student performances are:
“Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?,” a musical comedy mystery by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs. Thursday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee at 3 p.m. Oct. 3, Hoey Auditorium.
“Blithe Spirit,” a classic comedy by Noel Coward. Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., and a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 22, Hoey Auditorium.
“Macbeth is the New Black,” a contemporary take on Shakespeare by Linda Parsons Marion. Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., Hoey Auditorium.
“Gypsy,” a vaudeville/burlesque musical Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 17, Bardo Arts Center.
“Resident Alien,” a musical by WCU’s Katya Stanislavskya, part of the new Josefina Niggli New Works Series. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., Niggli Theatre (Stillwell Building). Free; $5 donation suggested.
A second production in the Niggli series will be announced later, scheduled for Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., Niggli Theatre. Free; $5 donation suggested.
A special event held annually, the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, featuring movies created by Film and Television Production Program students, will be held Friday, April 29, at the Bardo Arts Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Mainstage season tickets are $50 for adults; $40 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $20 for students. Musical single event tickets are $21 adults; $16 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $10 day of show or $7 in advance for students. Single event tickets for “Blithe Spirit” and “Macbeth is the New Black” are $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $10 day of show or $7 in advance for students.
For more information about the Mainstage season and special events, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491.
Arts and Cultural Events
Comedy, drama, dance and thought-provoking films highlight the offerings of the 2015-16 ACE performance series.
Events in the ACE series include:
Golden Dragon Acrobats, Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. $5 students; $10 all others.
Southern Circuit Film: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Filmmaker Mary Dore is touring with the film’s showings. Free.
Homecoming Comedy Show, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. Comedians Jose Barrientos, Iliza Shlesinger, Chloe Hilliard and Kevin Yee. $5 students; $10 general admission, going on sale Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Southern Circuit Film: “Shield and Spear,” Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.
Southern Circuit Film: “Frame by Frame,” Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.
“Mercy Killers,” performed by its author, Michael Milligan, Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. Free for students with ID; $10 general admission.
Southern Circuit Film: “Art and Craft,” Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Question-and-answer session with film’s subject, Mark Landis. Free.
Darrah Carr Dance, Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. $5 for students with ID; $10 for all others.
“MAKE!: Paint Edition,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., Fine Art Museum. $15 for one ticket or $25 for two (limit 10).
Southern Circuit Film: “Embers,” Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.
The Catamount Art Tour of Washington, D.C., will be offered March 19-25 for 30 students. Tickets are $300.
Southern Circuit Film: “Kings, Queens & In-Betweens,” Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.
Galaxy of Stars
A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck Tenors” and a performance by an American country-pop superstar top the lineup for the 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series at the Bardo Arts Center.
The performances are:
“An Evening with Groucho,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.
The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.
“3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.
Juice Newton, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.
Galumpha – Acrobatic Dance Trio, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.
“Parents Night Out,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5.
Mike Super – Magic & Illusion, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization. Season tickets are $120 for adults and $45 for students and children. Tickets for single events are $21 for adults; $16 for WCU faculty and staff; $7 students and children; and $15 per person for groups of 20 or more.
To order season subscriptions and individual tickets for any or all three series, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.
By Keith Brenton