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LETU's Belcher Center Announces 2013-2014 Performance Series


In its seventh season of bringing world-class entertainment to East Texas, LeTourneau University's S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center announces its 2013-2014 Performance Series lineup featuring a diverse lineup of shows.
This year's Performance Series features concerts by
• 1964 the Beatles Tribute,
• the national tour of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast,"
• "The Screwtape Letters,"
• a holiday concert by the Irish Tenors,
• the Moscow Festival Ballet performing "Don Quixote,"
• a dramatic performance of "The Miracle Worker" about the life of Hellen Keller and
• The Masters of Funk tour featuring the Ohio Players, the Bar-Kays and Heatwave.
This year also marks the fourth year of the School and Family Series, featuring programs for all ages including "Beakman on the Brain," "Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells" and
"Riders In The Sky."

The entire 2013-2014 Belcher Center season is underwritten by Martin Midstream Partners. Marquee sponsors include Transet Company and Joy Global, with each show sponsored by other generous donors.

An eighth show will soon be announced and added to the season.

Season tickets are now on sale. Current season ticket holders have until July 19 to renew their current seats. Back by popular demand is the "Build Your Own Season" option of getting discounts on ticket packages for five, six, seven or eight shows. Purchasing all eight shows in the Performance Series provides a 15% discount. 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. Individual tickets will go on sale for all shows Aug. 1.

1964 The Beatles Tribute -
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Since 1984, the band known as 1964 the Tribute has been thrilling audiences globally by recreating an early 1960s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter. Rolling Stone Magazine has called the band the "Best Beatles Tribute on Earth." 1964 the Tribute takes the audience on a musical journey with songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. Over 25 years of researching and performing have made 1964 the Tribute masters of their craft. The show is sponsored by Southside Bank.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" -
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 and
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is the national tour of the Broadway. It tells the story of a handsome prince who is transformed into a hideous beast by an enchantress. To become human again, the Beast must earn the love of a beautiful, young woman, Belle, he imprisoned in his castle.
Directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" musical has become an international sensation played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. It features the animated film's Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs and music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show is sponsored by Texas Bank and Trust.

"The Screwtape Letters" -
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
Presented at two show times, "The Screwtape Letters" is a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' novel of the same name. The two-man play deals with spiritual warfare, primarily from the point of view of Satan's chief psychiatrist, Screwtape. In this universe, God is the enemy, Satan is Our Father Below, and the stakes are high as human souls are hell's primary source of food. "The Screwtape Letters" was a hit in New York where it played 309 performances at the Westside Theatre in 2010. The Chicago Tribune described "The Screwtape Letters" as the "most successful show in the history of Chicago's Mercury Theatre." It also had two engagements at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. where it played for 10 sold-out weeks. The national tour of "The Screwtape Letters" will play in over fifty major cities and performing arts venues throughout the United States. The show is sponsored by Richard and Carol Manley.

The Irish Tenors -
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
The Irish Tenors - Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan - first hit TV screens in 1999 in their debut PBS special. Thousands of concerts later, they are still making music, laughing at each other, and poking fun at the world. They were featured in one of the most successful PBS shows ever: "The Irish Tenors Live from Ellis Island." Throughout their careers, The Irish Tenors have sold out shows around the world, including Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl. The show is sponsored by Marge and Tom Dome and Sherry and Charley Peck.

Moscow Festival Ballet "Don Quixote" -
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Legendary dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989. His goal was to realize his vision of a company to bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. He formed an independent new company within the framework of Russian classical ballet.
Under Radchenko's direction, leading dancers from across Russia perform in new productions of classics, including "Don Quixote," the story of Alonso Quijano, under the name Don Quixote, who decides to revive chivalry after reading chivalric novels. His is met with themes like realism and literary representation on his journeys. The show is sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company and Gregg Industrial Insulators.

Montana Repertory Theatre "The Miracle Worker" -
7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014
"The Miracle Worker," by William Gibson, tells the story of Helen Keller who is blind and deaf since infancy. She finds knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her tutor. In this production, the Montana Repertory Theatre explores the heart of character and the mystery of courage as Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities. The show is sponsored by The Longview News-Journal.

Master's of Funk: The Ohio Players, The Bar-Kays and Heatwave -
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014
When the Masters of Funk tour hits the stage, audiences get out of their seats to stand, sing, shout and cheer for three of the funkiest bands from the 1970s and 1980s. This is one of the world's funkiest superband tours featuring the Bar-Kays ("Holy Ghost," "Freakshhow on the Dancefloor"), the Ohio Players ("Fire," "Skin Tight," "Love Rollercoaster") and Heatwave ("Boogie Nights," "Always and Forever"). These funk icons leave their egos at the door and put on a spectacular show for fans each night, with no set changes and no unplugging cords - just hit after hit after hit all night. The show is sponsored by the Pelaia Law Center and Neiman Marcus.

"Beakman on the Brain" -
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
From the Emmy Award-winning, children's science TV show, "Beakman's World," the
scientist Beakman (Paul Zaloom) tours a brand-new production, "Beakman on the Brain." The production provides audience participation, humor, and a series of visual demonstrations to illustrate how the brain works. Beakman addresses the neuroscience of the brain in a fun and wacky way for kids and adults alike. The show is sponsored by Subway Sandwiches of East Texas.

"Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells" -
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
"Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells" is a colorful, holiday-themed play based on the New York Times bestselling chapter book series, "Junie B. Jones," written by Barbara Park. When main character Junie B. Jones draws the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift, Junie B. hatches a plan to give her nemesis a lump of coal while snagging the Squeeze-a-Burp for herself. "Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells" provides a lesson about giving this holiday season. The show is sponsored by Subway Sandwiches of East Texas.

Riders In The Sky -
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
For 30 years, the western band, Riders In The Sky, has been keeper of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Riders In The Sky encourage buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way." The band has won two Grammy Awards and has performed in major motion pictures, like "Toy Story 2." While remaining true to the integrity of western music, they have themselves become icons by branding the genre with their own humor and western wit. The show is sponsored by Subway Sandwiches of East Texas.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state.
Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

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