Theatre Guide: “Pippin” on stage at Cowan Center


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Tuesday, January 31st (7:30pm) – “Pippin” will be on stage at The Cowan Center and is a high-flying, death-defying, hit Broadway musical. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats, and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, “Pippin” will lift you up and leave you smiling. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $37 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or at cowancenter.org.

February 3rd-4th (Friday at 3pm, Saturday at 7pm) – Studio 103 Play Reading Series presents “The Lesson” by Eugene Ionesco, a classic member of the Theatre of The Absurd. This is free to attend and will be held in the Fine Arts Building, Room 103 on the Tyler Junior College campus. For more info go to tjc.edu/performingarts.

Friday-Sunday, February 3rd-5th, Thursday-Sunday, February 9th-12th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “45 Seconds from Broadway” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. “45 Seconds from Broadway” takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here, Broadway theatre personalities, washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooze even as they lose. 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.

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 (8pm) Jay Leno will be at the Cowan Center. Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $62 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org. Business to formal attire suggested.

February 7th and April 4th (7:30pm) – TJC Performance Series – Enjoy performances by TJC faculty and featured musicians followed by an after show reception with time to meet and greet the performers. This is free to attend and will be held at the Jean Brown Theatre on the Tyler Junior College campus. Concerts will begin at 7:30pm.

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Saturday, February 11th (7:30pm) – Colin and Brad of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take suggestions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes, just like a live version of Whose Line! Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. 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.

Tuesday, February 14th (7:30pm) – “Jim Brickman – An Evening of Romance” will be at the Cowan Center. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Jim Brickman, the award-winning songwriter, and pianist, presents his most entertaining and romantic concert of the year, “Jim Brickman – An Evening of Romance.” Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music that touches the heart. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

Friday, February 17th (10am and 12:30pm)“ArcAttack” will be at the Cowan Center. Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coil, the crew of “ArcAttack” use their high tech wizardry to generate a truly “electrifying” performance. Students will meet King Beat, the completely automated robot drummer, and witness several powerful demonstrations with magnets, electricity, and more, culminating in an epic “science experiment meets rock concert” spectacle for the eyes and ears. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are $4 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org. School groups may call the Cowan Center box office for order forms.

Tuesday, February 21st (7:30pm) – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will be at The Cowan Center In the footsteps of Shakespeare (where men played all the roles), “The Trocks” do it with exceptional technique and comedic flair. Four decades strong, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a group of ballet enthusiasts founded for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form. The inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their amusing approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces, keeps audiences laughing for the entire performance. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $32 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org. Public ticket sales begin January 23rd.

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Thursday – Sunday, February 23rd-26th (Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) – “Mary Poppins” will be presented at Wise Auditorium. The musical with music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by Julian Fellowes, is based on the book by P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Wise Auditorium 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, Sunday and Friday-Sunday, February 25th, 26th and March 3rd-5th – “The Hallelujah Girls” will be presented at Cherokee Civic Theatre. With faithless boyfriends, children with parole officers, and humdrum marriages, the Friday “regulars” at Spa-De-Dah really need their getaway. So when the owner’s conniving arch-rival tries to take over their sanctuary, things really start hopping! Obstacles are surmounted, new leaves are turned over, and even romance is back in the picture for these feisty and eccentric Southern women in this comic delight from the witty team of Jones-Hope-Wooten. 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.

Friday-Sunday, March 3rd-5th, Thursday-Sunday, March 9th-12th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “A Little Theatre” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. Shopworn director Warner DeMille is set to direct (again) the same group of over-enthusiastic and under-skilled actors (again) in what may be the world’s worst murder mystery being performed by quite possibly the world’s worst community theatre just outside of Peoria, Illinois. 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.

Thursday, March 2nd (7:30pm) – “42nd Street” will be on stage at The Cowan Center. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, “42nd Street,” is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and of course “42nd Street.” The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $37 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org. Public ticket sales begin February 6th.

March 4th – Combined Choral Concert with TJC and UTT Choirs – Through a wonderful collaboration, both choirs will combine to perform a concert showcasing each college’s excellent programs in the beautiful First Presbyterian Church sanctuary located at 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler. Previous performances have included a Haydn Mass and the Fauré Requiem. This event is free to attend.

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Thursday, March 9th (7:30pm) – “The Illusionists: Live from Broadway” will be at The Cowan Center. Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to the UT Tyler Cowan Center. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. This non-stop show is packed with a thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $37 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org. Public sales begin February 6th.

Friday, March 10th (7:30pm) – Humorist Jeanne Robertson will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. 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.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21st and 22nd (7:30pm) – “Dirty Dancing” will be on stage at The Cowan Center. This is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $52 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or cowancenter.org. Public ticket sales begin February 6th.

Saturday, March 25th (7pm) – Tyler Civic Chorale will present their Spring Masterwork Concert at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler. To purchase tickets or for more info go to tylercivicchorale.org.

Saturday, March 25th (7:30pm) The East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents “Invitation to the Dance.” The concert includes performances by ETSO principal harpist Janel Hector and dancers from Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance. The program features the music of Debussy, Ravel, and Brahms. 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.

March 30th-31st, April 1st (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) – Apache Belles Spring Show: “Love Train” – The TJC Apache Belles present the always entertaining and engrossing performance each spring. For tickets go to apachebelles.com.

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Wednesday-Saturday, April 5th-8th(7:30pm – Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm) – “The Wizard of Oz” will be on stage at Pollard Theater Center. “The Wizard of Oz” musical is based on the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” with a book adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The musical uses the Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg songs from the film and includes some new songs and additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and additional lyrics by Tim Rice. 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.

Friday, April 7th (7:30pm) – “Greater Tuna” will be on stage at The Cowan Center. Welcome back to Tuna, Texas! “Greater Tuna” is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike – are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $27 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.com. Public ticket sales begin March 6th.

Friday-Sunday, April 7th-9th, Thursday-Sunday, April 13th-April 16th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Godspell” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, “Godspell” is the first musical theatre offering from composer Stephen Schwartz who went on to write such well-known hits as “Wicked,” “Pippin,” and “Children of Eden.” The show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age through parables, games, and tomfoolery. 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, April 11th (12:30pm for Grades 5-12 and 7:30pm for the public) – “Black Violin” will be at the Cowan Center and is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing-room-only crowds. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $42 and $4 for children’s performances and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.com. Public ticket sales begin March 6th.

Saturday, April 22 (7:30pm) – Adam Trent, the Futurist will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Adam Trent has been described as “Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield.” Adam is taking the magic world by storm, blending dancing and singing to his own original pop music with innovative stage illusions, charming wit, and emotion to create an experience that is part magic show, part concert, and part stand-up comedy. 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.

April 22nd-23rd (Saturday 2pm and 7pm, Sunday 2pm) – Dancefest featuring “Snow White” on stage at TJC Wise Auditorium. For more info go to tjc.edu/dance.

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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.

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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.

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.

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