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January 10th (1pm and 7pm): “Silly Strings: Le Theatre de Marionette” will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. Join Le Theatre de Marionette for a fun musical variety show presenting several of their entertaining and unique handmade puppets including clowns, roller skaters, jugglers, dancing skeletons, teddy bears, Michael Jackson, and even Elvis. Plan to stay afterward to discover more about these marionettes and to catch a glimpse of how theatrical magic is made. This is recommended for all ages, but particularly families and children ages 2-15. Each show lasts approximately 25 minutes and is presented in a cabaret format. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

January 15th-20th (Nightly at 7:30pm): “The Taming of the Shrew” will be on the stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This season, this hilarious but seriously abridged version of Shakespeare’s classic “The Taming of the Shrew” will be on stage. The 45-minute play preserved the original language along with all the major plot turns, but condensed it down to a one-act play and is a perfect introduction to the Bard for participant and audience member alike. 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.

January 24th (7:30pm): “Something Rotten” will be on the stage at the Cowan Center. “Something Rotten is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten” is “The Producers plus Spamalot plus The Book of Mormon. Squared.” (New York Magazine). The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

January 26th (7:30pm): “Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. Following the tremendous success of the ETSO’s presentation of Chaplin’s “City Lights,” the orchestra turns to another of the filmmaker’s classics, “The Gold Rush.” Enjoy this silent film favorite, as the ETSO accompanies the screening with Chaplin’s own score. The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to etso.org.

January 27th (12:15pm): “Jazz Lunch” featuring the George Faber Trio will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. The unique rhythmic language of jazz encapsulates something essentially human, at once championing both the individual and the collective. Celebrate this rich musical history at the annual jazz brunch. Suggested donation of $10. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 23rd at 12 noon to reserve your seats. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

February (TBA): “Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale at First Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

February 1st (10:30am and 12:30pm): “The Ugly Duckling” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. Light Wire Theater brings their use of cutting edge technology, moving sculpture, and dance to another unforgettable theatrical experience! Hans Christian Andersen’s classic “The Ugly Duckling” has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. This classic story comes to life in this modern stage production and offers hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan. The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

February 7th-10th (Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Saturday-Sunday at 2pm): “The Girl in the White Pinafore” will be on the stage at Robert E. Lee Theatre. This play, about the New London School Explosion of 1937, is making its Regional Premier. The performance on Saturday, February 9th, will benefit the London Museum and Café in New London, Texas, which serves as a memorial to the victims and families of victims, as well as a historical record of the deadliest school disaster in the United States, claiming over 295 students and teachers. A pie and coffee reception will follow the Saturday performance. The Robert E. Lee Theatre is located in the Jan E. Jones Fine Arts Center on the Robert E. Lee campus, ESE Loop 323 in Tyler. For more info email Amy.Clemens@tylerisd.org.

February 8th-17th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “On Golden Pond” will be on the stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple has longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Presented to great critical and popular acclaim first off then on Broadway, this touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years introduced a significant playwright to our theatre. 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.

February 14th(7pm): “Love Letters” featuring The Verona Quartet will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. Hailed by “The New York Times” as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet—winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition—have quickly earned a stellar reputation as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music today for their “interpretive strength…robust characterization [and] commanding resonance.” (Calgary Herald) Concluding with Intimate Letters, Leoš Janácek’s “manifesto on love,” this performance is certain to bring the affairs of the heart into focus on this special evening. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

February 15th (7:30pm): “50 Years of Rock and Roll” will be on the stage at the Belcher Center. With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, up until MTV in the early ’80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars/groups/genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey, and others! The Belcher Center is located at 2100 S. Moberly in Longview. For more info call (866)550-5388 or go to belchercenter.com.

February 22nd-March 3rd (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be on the stage at Henderson Civic Theatre. Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success. Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice…Henderson Civic Theatre is located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. For more information call 657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

February 23rd-24th, March 1st-2nd (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “A.M.” will be on the stage at Cherokee Civic Theatre. The staff of a failing A.M. station is sure that the only way to save it is to host the biggest live on-air talent show that the country has ever seen – with unintentionally comic results. Will the station be saved? Who will be the next winning celebrity? And is washing out SOCKS really a talent? Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 157 W. 5th St. in Rusk. For more info call (903)683-2131 or go to cherokeetheatre.net.

February 26th (7:30pm): “Los Vicanos” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. Brothers from Spain ignite the stage with power, grace, virtuosity, and passion. Metallica, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen…The best hits of all-time music legends come together in Born to Dance, an impressive extravaganza created by the award-winning group Los Vivancos. Through tap dance, humor, martial arts, aerial performance, musical virtuosity, and flamenco, these six incredibly artistic and athletic performers create a spectacular stage utopia. An international sensation, Los Vivancos has received raves from audiences and critics across the globe. Of a recent performance in The Big Apple, “The New York Times” exclaimed, “Sensational! Intense! Sincere!” The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

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