April 27th (7:30pm) – A 90th Anniversary Music Extravaganza – Celebrate 90 years of excellence at TJC as their bands, choirs, students, and faculty perform a concert of selections from throughout history. This performance will dazzle and delight as we showcase the best of TJC music. Alumni and friends of the music and band programs are especially invited to attend. This is free to attend and will be held at the Jean Brown Theatre on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Wednesday-Sunday, April 26th-30th (Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm) – Peter and the Starcatcher will be presented at the Jean Browne Theatre. This play is based on the 2006 novel of a similar name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. The play provides a backstory for the character Peter Pan, and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s ‘Peter and Wendy.’ The Jean Browne Theatre is located on the Tyler Junior College campus. The box office opens one week prior to performances, with hours 10am-6pm, weekdays only, throughout the run of performances. For more info call (903)510-2212 or go to tjc.edu/theatre.
Saturday, April 29th (7:30pm)- East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Back to the Beginning.’ Their final concert of the season is inspired by Lee’s first concert with the orchestra in 2011. Jan Lisiecki returns for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the orchestra again performs Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. ETSO concerts are performed at the UT Tyler Cowan Center located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Subscriptions and tickets are sold through the Cowan Center Box Office, (903)566-7424. Season information is available at the orchestra’s website etso.org.
Saturday, Sunday and Friday-Sunday, April 29th, 30th, May 5th-7th – “One Song” will be presented at Cherokee Civic Theatre. Spend a month with the students and families of a small-town school who’ve been given a special assignment – to share their own stories with a toy bear that will become a gift for a terminally ill schoolmate. Funny, touching, and all so true, enjoy this World Premier musical with book & lyrics by Minette Bryant and music by Seth Lord. Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 157 W. 5th St., Rusk. For tickets or more info call (903)683-2131 or go to cherokeetheatre.net.
May 4th-5th (7:30pm) – Harmony & Understanding “Broadway Blast” – This spring production is a high-energy performance of selections from stage and screen. This is free to attend and will be held at the Jean Brown Theatre on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Friday-Sunday, May 5th-7th, Thursday-Sunday, May 11th-14th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “The Second Time Around” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair. When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep social security benefits they’d otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling even though they were never close to their deceased parent and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. For more info call (903)592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com.
Tuesday, May 16th (7:30pm) – The Celtic Woman will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Celtic Woman first rose to acclaim with an energetic stage show that shared much in common with similarly minded productions like Riverdance (whose music director, David Downes, was the driving force behind Celtic Woman’s formation in 2004). The Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com.
Friday-Sunday, June 22nd – 25th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Rock of Ages” will be on stage at Liberty Hall. Presented by the Tyler Civic Theatre, “Rock of Ages” takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. This show will be performed at Tyler’s Liberty Hall, Downtown off the square. For more info call (903)592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com.
Thursday-Sunday, July 20th-August 6th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This fabulously fun international award-winning musical is based on the adored movie. “Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! “Legally Blonde The Musical” will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine (and, of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. For more info call (903)592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com.
July & August – Texas Shakespeare Festival – The Texas Shakespeare Festival is East Texas’ only professional theater company. TSF is a summer repertory company producing, two Shakespeare plays, a non-Shakespearean classic, a musical, and a production for children during the summer. The main stage productions are produced in rotating repertory Thursday through Sunday, with matinee and evening performances each day. For more info go to texasshakespeare.com.
Thursday-Saturday, September 28th-30th (7:30pm – Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm) – “Sylvia” will be on stage at Pollard Theater Center. A play by A. R. Gurney, ‘Sylvia’ is about empty nesters Greg and Kate who have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” But life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix (played by a female), and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. Pollard Theater Center is located at Founders’ Center on Pollard UMC’s campus. Seating is limited. The Founders Center is located at 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets call (903)521-0069 or go to pollardumc.com.
Thursday-Saturday, November 30th-December 2nd (7:30pm – Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm) – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be on stage at Pollard Theater Center. The classic animated television special, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Pollard Theater Center is located at Founders’ Center on Pollard UMC’s campus. Seating is limited. The Founders Center is located at 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets call (903)521-0069 or go to pollardumc.com.