Theatre Guide: Fall Season Announced for 12 ET Theatre Companies


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Upcoming Events, Concerts & Plays

September 8th-10th, 15th-17th – (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm) – “Yankee Tavern” will be on stage. Lake Country Playhouse is located at 114 N. Johnson St., Mineola. For more info call (903)569-2300 or go to lakecountryplayhouse.com. Playhouse tickets are $15-20 depending on production.

September 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 23rd-24th (Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm) – “Leading Ladies” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. This is a comedy play by Ken Ludwig and involves two Shakespearean actors who find themselves in the Amish country of York, Pennsylvania, mounting Shakespeare plays. Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. Call (903)657-2968 or go to lakecountryplayhouse.com for more info.

September 17th (7pm) – Yo-Yo Ma – The UT Tyler Cowan Center and East Texas Symphony Orchestra join together to present acclaimed cellist “Yo-Yo Ma” in concert with the ETSO. Mr. Ma will perform Dvorák’s dramatic Cello Concerto in B Minor. The evening will also include Dvorák’s Humoresque and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. Mr. Ma has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony. Tickets are $37-$147. 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.

September 22nd-23rd(7:30pm – Matinee September 23rd -2pm) – “The Olive Press – The Gethsemane Event” will be presented by Tyler Junior College’s Theater Department. Written and Directed by Dr. David W. Crawford, TJC theater professor, “The Olive Press” is based on a sermon by 18th century theologian Charles Spurgeon and what might have happened to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Tyler Junior College’s Jean Browne Theatre is located on the TJC campus. For more information, call (903)510-2212 or visit tjc.edu.

September 22nd-24th, 29th-30th, and October 1st (Nightly 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) – “The 39 Steps” will be on stage at Lindale Community Theater. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance. In “The 39 Steps,” a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call (903)638-0402 for more info or go to lindalecommunitytheater.org. Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are available at the door or online.

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September 23rd (7:30pm) – “Letters Aloud” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. The formula is simple. Each show brings together letters to and from the famous, the infamous, and all us regular folk—making history come to life in surprising, inspiring, and hilarious ways. Being famous is sometimes a burning desire from a young age. And sometimes, it’s an accident. In either case, fame teaches you things—about yourself, about hard work, about enjoyment, about pride, and about your impact on the world and others. From humble beginnings to adoring fans to looking back on achievements and lessons learned, we chart the course of celebrity through the correspondence of luminaries like Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Emily Dickinson, Bruce Lee, Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Hanks. Get a new perspective on fame. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

September 28th-30th (7:30pm – Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm) – “Sylvia” will be presented by Pollard Theater Center. This event will be for dinner and a show. “Sylvia” is a play by A. R. Gurney, about empty nesters Greg and Kate who have moved back to Manhattan after 22 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, 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets call (903)521-0069 or go to pollardumc.com.

October 7th-8th, 13th-15th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm) – “Steel Magnolias” – The gossiping ladies at Truvy’s beauty salon serve up wit, squabbles, and truth with a heaping helping of love in this heart-warming comic drama. Friendship, family, and a few eccentricities make this the favorite story of Southern women surviving and thriving in times of tears and times of joy. 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. All tickets are reserved seats with member prices of $9 adults, $6 students, and general prices of $12 adults and $10 students. All at the door tickets are $15.

October 7th (8pm) – “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by East Texas Symphony Orchestra opens it’s season with acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker performing “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” The concert will also feature the rarely-heard Helios Overture by Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. For more info or tickets go to etso.org or call (903)526-3876. Concerts are performed at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

October 9th (7:00pm) – “The Beach Boys” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards)—Jeffrey Foskett (guitar/vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band for their 2017 Wild Honey World Tour. Feel free to sing along! Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

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October 20th-22nd, 26th-29th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm) – “Little Shop of Horrors” will be on stage at the Tyler Civic Theatre. The sci-fi musical comedy features a man-eating plant. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students.

October 25th-28th (7:30pm – Matinee October 23rd -2pm)- “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will be presented by the Tyler Junior College Theater Department. Faithful to the dreamy custom-bound world painted by Washington Irving in his story of the same name, the play mixes horror, fantasy, and romance and features an extraordinary cast of characters that dabble in the supernatural. Tyler Junior College’s Jean Browne Theatre is located on the TJC campus. For more info call (903)510-2212 or visit tjc.edu.

October 27th (7:30pm) – Rosanne Cash will be presented at The Cowan Center in “Black List River.” Rosanne Cash offers a sweeping song cycle culled from her award-winning Southern and soul trilogy of works “Black Cadillac” (2006), “The List” (2009), and “The River and The Thread” (2014). Featuring guitarist and partner John Leventhal and their band, this concert features some of the most acclaimed and beloved music of Rosanne’s career. “Black List River” celebrates the American experience and what is at the heart of Rosanne’s journey as a songwriter and singer, her devotion to her Southern roots and family lineage. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 2nd. Tickets are $52-$62. 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.

October 28th (7:30pm) – Shake, Rattle & Roll – This nationally and locally recognized ‘50s and ‘’60s group will make you stop, drop, and roll with laughter as they take you back to a time of innocence with their beautiful harmony, choreographed moves, comedy, and hula hooping skills. Tickets are $15. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call (903)638-0402 for more info or go to lindalecommunitytheater.org. Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are available at the door or online.

November 2nd (7:30pm) – “America” will be presented at The Cowan Center. When they won the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 1972, it was only the beginning. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, better known as “America,” were on their way to selling out venues across the world, while six of their albums went Platinum or Gold. Harmonizing their way to the top of the charts for the first time with their signature song “A Horse With No Name,” they became a global household name and paved the way to the impressive string of hits “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 9th. Tickets are $57-$67. 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.

November 5th (7pm) – “The Charlie Daniels Band” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 79, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

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November 11th (7:30pm) – The East Texas Men in Harmony will be in concert and is comprised of men from all over the East Texas area, representing more than 20 towns in the Greater Tyler area and as far away as Lufkin and Nacogdoches. The members come from all walks of life and represent all age groups. The love of Barbershop Harmony brings them all together to sing at civic clubs, corporate parties, awards banquets, and anywhere else people gather for an evening of musical enjoyment. Tickets are $15. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call (903)638-0402 for more info or go to lindalecommunitytheater.org. Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are available at the door or online.

November 11th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents a Veterans Day Concert that will be a tribute to those who have served. It will include a performance with East Texas Youth Orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture.” John Tyler High School ROTC Honor Guard will make a presentation during John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan.” The tribute will open with “Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture,” and there will be works by Sousa, Debussy, Elgar, and Walton. Ret. Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, vice chancellor of The University of Texas System, will serve as host. For more info or tickets go to etso.org or call (903)526-3876. Concerts are performed at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

November 14th-19th (Nightly at 7pm) – “Winnie the Pooh,” adapted from the novel by A. A. Milne will be on stage. All the well-loved characters: Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and Owl, not forgetting the Bear of Very Little Brain Himself will be here too! 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 go to tylercivictheatre.com.

November 15th-18th (7:30pm – Matinee September 18th -2pm) – “Circle Mirror Transformation” will be presented by Tyler Junior College Theater Department. This play is centered on drama classes at a community centre in Vermont. The play opened Off-Broadway in 2009 and received the Obie Award for Best New American Play. Tyler Junior College’s Jean Browne Theatre is located on the TJC campus. For more info call (903)510-2212 or visit tjc.edu.

November 30th (7:30) – “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will be presented at The Cowan Center. The Western Front, Christmas Eve, 1914. Out of the violence of the Great War’s trenches comes a silence, then a song as a young German soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. This is a remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 30th. Tickets are $37-$57. 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.

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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 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.

December 1st-3rd, 8th-10th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm) – “The Velveteen Rabbit” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. Although it is the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young boy and learns about the joys and pain of becoming “real.” Margery Williams’ classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss, and self-esteem, with music by the composer of the smash Off-Broadway revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

December 2nd (7:30pm) – “Rhythmic Circus” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the group’s dancers and founders joined forces with the Twin Cities’ heavyweight musicians. “Heatbox” the human beatbox, joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. Together, they integrated an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres to create a show that presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit. The show’s brilliance has been marked by rave reviews, sold-out engagements and numerous awards. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

December 8th (10:00am and 2:30pm) – Mr. Popper’s Penguins will be presented at The Cowan Center. Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat. Ticket orders accepted beginning August 21st. Tickets are $4. 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.

December 8th-10th, 14th-17th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Christmas Belles” – In this holiday favorite, a church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink, and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. This hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world! 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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January 11th (7:30pm) – The Doobie Brothers will be presented at The Cowan Center. When considering the ultimate classic rock bands of the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers are at the top of everyone’s list with their mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll. With more than 48 million albums sold worldwide and four GRAMMY® Awards, their numerous chart-topping hits include “Black Water,” “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” and “Long Train Running.” In all, the band has tallied-up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Their latest album, Southbound, features new recordings of the band’s iconic hits, with country music’s biggest stars. Tickets are $57-$147. 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.

January 11th-14th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm) – “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” – More than 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers, and of butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It’s her play, and it’s theirs. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported. 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.

January 18th (7:30pm) – “Cinderella” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin November 27th. Tickets are $37-$77. 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.

January 20th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents Dame Evelyn Glennie in concert. The season continues with the Dame Evelyn Glennie. Considered to be the foremost percussionist in the world, Glennie is the master of more than 1,000 percussion instruments. She will play American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. The concert will also include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. For more info or tickets go to etso.org or call (903)526-3876. Concerts are performed at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

February 2nd-4th, 8th-11th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, Saturday, February 10th is a Dessert Theatre presentation) – “I’m Not Rappaport” – The author of “A Thousand Clowns” brings another set of the particular creatures that are New Yorkers. “I’m Not Rappaport” takes place under a bridge in Central Park, where two octogenarians – one white, one black – meet regularly, determined to fight off all attempts to put them out to pasture. Nat is a cantankerous Communist whose daughter is urging him into the old folks’ home. Midge, an apartment superintendent, spends his days in the park hiding in the past and hiding from his disgruntled tenants. The February 10th performance has a dessert option. Buy the web ticket “Dessert – Theatre” or use your FLEX plus $10 (call box office). 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.

February 3rd (7:30pm) – “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical—“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder.” As one most gentlemanly NPR critics put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical!” “A Gentleman’s Guide” tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way… and be done in time for tea. This is for mature audiences. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 8th. Tickets are $42-$67. 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.

February 3rd (7:30pm) – “Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Combining forces for the first time – it’s The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. The Manhattan Transfer joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!  Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

February 12th (7:30pm) – “Million Dollar Quartet” will be presented at The Cowan Center. “Million Dollar Quartet” is the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4th, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. “Million Dollar Quartet” timeless hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 22nd. Tickets are $32-$67. 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.

February 16th-18th, 23rd-25th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Blood Brothers” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. “Blood Brothers,” by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of the times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her newborn twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

February 27th (7:30pm) – “Bach to Bowie: Complexions” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Combining the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience, “Complexions” awakens audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures. This innovative dance company is at it again with their latest creation “Bach to Bowie.” The Bowie part of the evening is entitled “Star Dust” and will feature, as you might expect, daredevil dancing, a hip soundtrack, glam rock costumes, and innovative stagecraft. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 29th. Tickets are $37-$62. 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.

February 3rd (7:30pm) – “Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Combining forces for the first time – it’s The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. The Manhattan Transfer joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!  Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

March 3rd (7:30pm) – “Cameron Carpenter” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. He regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. Cameron launched his International Touring Organ – a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world – with two Lincoln Center concerts on March 9th, the release of the Sony album If You Could Read My Mind on March 3rd, and a 31-concert tour to Europe, the USA and the UK.  Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

March 6th (7:30pm) – “Motown The Musical” will be presented at The Cowan Center. It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now a Broadway musical. “Motown The Musical” is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit “Motown The Musical!” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67. 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.

March 9th (12:30pm and 2:30pm) – “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Finally, an Alice for our time! It’s a new take on a favorite classic. This all-new production finds a precocious girl, Alice, falling into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy-turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. This breathtaking 21st-century staging uses cameras, projections, and puppets to help tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland. This is ideal for Grades 2-6. Ticket orders accepted beginning August 21st. Tickets are $4. 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.

March 9th-11th, 15th-18th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm) – “The Lucky O’Learys” – This delightful new comedy by the author of “Cooking with Gus,” will appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences. A woman needs some ready cash right away because her apartment is about to be “condoed” – the hot new verb of the 80’s. As she believes she is going to win the big lottery, she withdraws her life savings to buy tickets. Meanwhile her husband, who left her three years before, arrives back home on her birthday, the day of the lottery drawing. The woman’s sister has also bought a lot of tickets. The husband has bought one for her and one for him. The women think the husband has won with his tickets, but it turns out, the reason he is flush is that he is now financially successful. Actually, one of the women just may have the winning ticket. 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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March 24th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents “Time for Three” at the Cowan Center. This trio of classically trained musicians performed with ETSO in 2015. During the concert, they will present a blend of classical favorites and mash-ups of music by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and The Beatles. 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.

April 3rd (7:30) – Kimberly Guilfoyle will be presented at the Cowan Center. Kimberly Guilfoyle joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in 2006, hosting the one-hour crime-based program, “The Lineup.” She currently co-hosts Fox’s primetime show “The Five” — a roundtable ensemble of FOX personalities who discuss, debate, and debunk news stories, controversies, and issues of the day. Guilfoyle also appears as a legal and political analyst on “Hannity,” and is part of a rotating panel on “Outnumbered.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin March 5th. A Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception will be held, sponsored by Austin Bank. Tickets are $17-$37. 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.

April 3rd-4th (9am), April 5th-8th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm) – “Screwtape” – Screwtape, a senior devil from hell, has delegated some authority to a junior fiend, Wormwood, whose assignment is to seize the soul of a very human and lovable young man. This might be called a devilish dramatic contest with high-level meaning thrashed out in terms of brilliant low-level comedy. The rather charming Wormwood is being critically supervised in this, his first case, by that extraordinary devil, Screwtape. Advice from this old hand from hell is devastatingly perceptive of human foibles and, despite the love of a wonderful young girl, our young man is in terrible danger. It’s really a close decision and, in a dazzling resolution, the audience learns something important about hell, heaven, religion, and humanity. 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.

April 14th (7:30pm) – “The Passing Zone Saves the World” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with hilarious, award-winning performances. They have been finalists on America’s Got Talent, they have performed at the White House, and they hold 5 Guinness World Records. Their combination of comedy, dexterity, danger, and hilarity has audiences on their feet all across the globe. Imagine a show without hatred, ignorance, and bigotry! Are they superheroes? Or are they just a couple of talented guys who will make you forget your troubles and laugh ‘til your face hurts? Either way, the world becomes a better place while these guys are on stage. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to belchercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

April 21st (7:30pm) – “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented at the Cowan Center. There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz” twists its way into the Cowan Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin March 26th. Tickets are $37-$72. 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.

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April 28th (7:30pm) – East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Choral, which includes the powerful “Ode to Joy” in the last movement. The orchestra will be joined by four soloists, the ETSO Chorus, and the combined UT Tyler Chorus and Patriot Singers. Cameron Rose, director of choirs at The University of Texas at Tyler, will direct the choruses. For more info or tickets go to etso.org or call (903)526-3876. Concerts are performed at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

May 4th-6th, 10th-13th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30 for a Mother’s Day Brunch) – “The Odd Couple” – This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born. The Odd Couple was first presented on Broadway by Saint Subber at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City on March 10th, 1965. It was directed by Mike Nichols. The May 13th, Mother’s Day show offers an optional brunch. Tickets including brunch are $34/adult and $30/student. 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.

May 4th-6th, 11th-13th (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30) – “The Miracle Worker” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. “The Miracle Worker” is a three-act play by William Gibson adapted from his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. It is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life.” Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

May 10th (7:30pm) – The Celtic Women will be presented at the Cowan Center. They’ve sold more than ten million albums and three million tickets. Now, the global phenomenon known as Celtic Woman is set to embark on another world tour, which will include a stop in Tyler. It all started on a winter Dublin night in 2004. The idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin April 9th. Tickets are $42-$77. 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.

July 13th-15th, 20th-22nd (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30) – “Charlotte’s Web” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. All the enchanting characters from the book are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Henderson Civic Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

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