Mon, Aug 29 2011
In its fifth season of bringing world-class entertainment to East Texas, LeTourneau University’s S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center is now selling tickets to its 2011-2012 show lineup featuring eight shows. This year’s Performance Series features the music of Ricky Nelson, John Denver and Dan Fogelberg; the voices of Ruben Studdard, Clint Black and parodies of popular music by Weird Al Yankovic; and performance artistry of Cirque Dreams, Riverdance and STOMP.
This year also marks the second year of the School and Family Series, which features two programs for children of all ages with “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” and the ultra-cool sci-fi stage adaptation of the graphic novel “The Intergalactic Nemesis.” The entire 2011-2012 Belcher Center season is underwritten by Martin Midstream Partners, with each show also sponsored by other generous donors.
Back by popular demand is the “Build Your Own Season” option of getting discounts on ticket packages for five, six, seven or all eight shows. Purchasing all eight shows provides a 15% discount, which is like getting one show free. Discounts are not available online, so event package purchases must be made at the box office or by phone at 903-233-3080 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday..
2011-2012 PERFORMANCE SERIES
“Weird Al” Yankovic in concert—Sunday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m.
“Weird Al” Yankovic, the American singer-songwriter and parodist kicks off the Belcher Center’s fifth season with his comical parodies of well-known popular music. Yankovic began as an awkward, accordion-playing teenager who got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show. Now entering his fourth decade of a varied and successful career in entertainment, Yankovic has won three Grammys (with 12 nominations), racked up 31 gold and platinum albums, and won countless awards and accolades for classic parodies like "Eat It," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" and "The Saga Begins." He is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late 90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-TV specials that he's made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His 2006 album “Straight Outta Lynwood” was the highest charting of his career, spawning the Billboard Top 10 single "White & Nerdy," the video that spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 100 million hits on the Internet. Weird Al is sponsored by Pelaia Law Firm and AEP SWEPCO.
“STOMP”—Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 2, 7 p.m.
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. Back by popular demand, the international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Tuesday night’s performance of STOMP is sponsored by Southside Bank. Wednesday night’s performance is sponsored by Longview Regional Medical Center and Marge and Tom Dome.
“Country Roads: the Music of John Denver and Dan Fogelberg”—Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Songs in “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver and Dan Fogelberg” have a special association with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. In very different ways, these two troubadours epitomized the singer/songwriter movement of the 1970s that grew out of the folk scene of the previous decades. Denver’s songs are often celebrations of the natural beauty of the Rockies; Fogelberg’s more often tell complex stories of personal relationships. But the sound common to both, based on acoustic guitar and featuring a soaring tenor voice, is the sound of an era that rediscovered the romance of natural America. The concert program’s new vocal and band arrangements are rendered flawlessly by two-time Tony-nominated actor Bob Stillman and a repertory company of first-rate New York and Nashville musicians. “Country Roads” is sponsored by Eastman Chemical and Gregg Industrial Insulators.
Clint Black in concert – Date to be announced
Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs that were eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. Show sponsor for Clint Black is the Longview News-Journal.
“Riverdance”—Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, 7 p.m.
This farewell tour of “Riverdance” is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance that focuses on the evolution of Irish dance and its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures. Drawing on Irish traditions, the show combines the richness of the music with the magic of the dance. At its world premiere in February 1995 at the Point Theatre in Dublin, “Riverdance” opened to unanimous critical acclaim. To date, more than 22 million people have seen it live. Show sponsor for “Riverdance” is Texas Bank and Trust.
“Ricky Nelson Remembered” —Friday, March 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Former teen idol and late Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson is remembered in this live, multi-media event featuring his hit songs performed by his identical twin sons Matthew and Gunnar, whose rock band NELSON has had its own #1 hit on the Billboard charts. The brothers, who are grandsons of 1950s TV icons Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, put the family in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in entertainment history with three generations of #1 hit makers. The rock band NELSON has five Top 40 Billboard hits, four #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide. “Ricky Nelson Remembered” features never-before-seen big-screen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson. The show appeals to a wide audience of multiple generations and celebrates the life of one of America’s first teen idols. “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is sponsored Sidney and Anna Lee Allen.
“Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock” — Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 2012, 3 p.m.
Cirque Dreams features an international cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians who inspire crazy feats and off-the-hook beats on stage, in the air and way off the charts. Combining Broadway theatrics, American circus arts and European cirque-style performance artistry, “Pop Goes the Rock” by Cirque Dreams is a roller–coaster ride of twists and turns in a new musical full of unexpected sights and sounds that explode on stage like a Rock n’ Roll party set in a carnival fun house. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg along with world-famous Cirque Dreams entertainment, this one-of-a-kind variety show spans decades and unites generations. The show features popular and timeless tunes with a kaleidoscope of Cirque Dreams talent, extravagant costumes and theatrical mayhem. Saturday’s Cirque show is sponsored by Chick-fil-A. Sunday’s matinee show is sponsored by Richard and Carol Manley and Design Collaborative.
Ruben Studdard in concert —Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8 p.m.
The 2003 “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard made a powerful impact on the music charts with his platinum-selling first album “Soulful” which entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. The “velvet teddy bear” produced a second album, “I Need an Angel,” that topped Billboard’s gospel chart in 2004 and was named the magazine’s No. 1 gospel album of the year. His third album, “The Return,” landed him both on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts. His fourth album, “Love Is,” has been celebrated for its collection of love songs. Ruben Studdard’s concert is sponsored by Neiman Marcus and Edge Office Products.
2011-2012 SCHOOL AND FAMILY SERIES
The School and Family Series will feature two shows sure to please the child in all. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 9, unless ordered at the same time as event ticket packages for the Performance Series. Tickets for both shows are $8 for adults and $3 for children 14 and under. Schools will attend showings at 9:30 a.m. and 1p.m. The school shows of the Intergalactic Nemesis will feature a single act followed by a sound-effects workshop. Sponsor for both shows in the School and Family Series is Subway Sandwiches of East Texas.
“The Stinky Cheese Man” —Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, 7 p.m. (School performances at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Poor Jack used his wits to save himself from the terrible Giant, but a host of familiar fairytale characters keep messing up his plans. Based on the children’s book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” deconstructs the tradition of the fairy tale as characters slide in and out of tales as Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants!
“The Intergalactic Nemesis”—Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, 7 p.m. (School performances at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s presentation of “The Intergalactic Nemesis” returns to the Belcher Center with a live action graphic novel stage production complete with sound effects. Set in 1933, the story is of Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez and mysterious librarian Ben Wilcott as they face an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.
“This fifth season at the Belcher Center brings some phenomenal talent,” said Cynthia Hellen, director of the Belcher Center. “We have brought back the popular ‘Build Your Own Season’ option that provides discounts for those choosing five, six, seven or all eight shows. Season ticket holders also save on service and mailing fees.”
Package pricing for tickets will be available throughout the season. Individual show ticket prices are available online at www.BelcherCenter.com.