News Releases 2008

LETU Announces Belcher Center Performance and Miniseries Seasons

Thu, Jul 3 2008

Season tickets are on sale for LeTourneau University’s 2008-2009 performance series and an all-new matinee miniseries in the S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center. Eight family-friendly shows will entertain a variety of tastes when the university’s second annual performance series season kicks off in mid-September. The 2008-2009 Belcher Center performance series is underwritten by Martin Midstream Partners.

Former Entertainment Tonight host and multi-talented composer and musician John Tesh will open the season on Friday, Sept. 12 performing his own style of beautiful music. The show is sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

The riotously funny musical comedy “The Pajama Game” will run Thursday, Oct. 16. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical features high-energy performance of popular hits and musical theatre standards. The show is sponsored by Longview Regional Medical Center.

Former Tonight Show bandleader and trumpeter Doc Severinsen will perform Saturday, Nov. 8, with classical guitarist Gil Gutierrez, violinist Pedro Cartas and percussionist Luis Conte in a show titled “El Ritmo de la Vida” or “The Rhythm of Life.” Show sponsors are Eastman and Merritt Tool.

A musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated show tunes titled “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” will dazzle audiences on Saturday, Nov. 22. The show features five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. Show sponsor is Southside Bank.

The first show of the New Year will feature the Harlem Gospel Choir on Friday, Feb. 6, sharing their joy of faith through music. Show sponsor is Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Modern dance troupe Parson’s Dance will perform contemporary dance moves on Thursday, March 5, with athleticism, exuberance and precise execution. The troupe includes 10 full-time dancers with a repertory of over 60 works choreographed by David Parsons. Show sponsor is Lewis, Elliott, McMorran, Vaden, Ragsdale and Woodward, Inc.

The beloved, world-famous musical “Annie” will light up the stage on Monday, April 6, on its 30th anniversary tour, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical, sponsored by Texas Bank and Trust.

The season finale will be the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China on Saturday, April 25, with a Sunday, April 26 matinee. These acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Sponsors are AEP Southwest Electric Power Company and Neiman Marcus.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m, except for the matinee show which begins at 3 p.m.

Season ticket prices for all eight shows are $324 for first orchestra Level A seating, $263 for second orchestra Level B seating, $201 for lower balcony Level C seating and $139 for upper balcony Level D seating.

Current season ticket holders have first right of refusal on renewing their current season tickets until Thursday, July 17. Season tickets will be on sale until the first show Sept. 12. Individual show ticket prices are available online at www.BelcherCenter.com and will go on sale five weeks before each performance.

“Our first season was such a success, we built on that for this season,” said Cynthia Hellen, director of the Belcher Center. “We have big names in music, dance and musical theatre, plus a few great events that may not be as familiar, but we think people will really enjoy these shows. It should be a terrific year!”

New this year is a three-show “Big Fun Miniseries” which features three weekend matinee performances to suit audiences of all ages. The Big Fun Miniseries is sponsored by Sidney and Anna Lee Allen and Edge Office Products.

The first show in the miniseries will be Sunday, Sept. 14, featuring Riders in the Sky, which has kept the Western music genre passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers alive for 30 years.

Tomáš Kubínek, who is billed as a “certified lunatic and master of the impossible,” will present his exuberant solo show as a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and irresistible charmer on Saturday, Oct. 25. The show featuring Kubinek, who plays to sold-out theatres around the world, is sponsored by Transet Company.

The final performance of the Big Fun Miniseries is the Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico on Saturday, Jan. 17, featuring 12 dancers and 12 mariachi musicians in colorful costumes presenting the fast-paced music and traditional dances from seven different regions of Mexico. The show is sponsored by the Belcher Center Guild.

All matinee shows begin at 3 p.m. Season ticket prices for the Big Fun Miniseries are $69 for first orchestra Level A seating, $55 for second orchestra Level B seating, $42 for lower balcony Level C seating and $28 for upper balcony Level D seating.

Media sponsors for both Belcher Center performance season and Big Fun Miniseries include the Longview News-Journal, KLTV Channel 7, Fox 51 KFXK, Suddenlink, KYKX/KOOI radio and KVNE/KGLY radio. Also sponsoring the performance series are CBS 19 and KETK NBC 56.