LETU Announces Belcher Center 2018-2019 Performance Series


07-09-2018

LeTourneau University Belcher Center is celebrating its 12th season of world-class performances with its “Stars at Night” Performance Series season for 2018-2019.

The Performance Series includes:
• Broadway musical “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018
Soweto Gospel Choir at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27,
• Country music artist Josh Turner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018
• Comedian Bill Engvall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
• Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
• Singer Tony Orlando at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019
• Master pianist Jim Brickman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Special Event will feature:
• Musical “American Girl Live” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019

The School and Family Series shows include:
“Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly” on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
• “Underwater Bubble Show” on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Season ticket holder renewals begin Monday, July 16. New season ticket packages will go on sale Monday, July 23. Individual show tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 6. To purchase tickets, call the Belcher Center Box Office at (903) 233-3080 or go online at www.BelcherCenter.com.

This 12th anniversary Performance Series season is underwritten by KLTV. Marquee sponsors include Komatsu, Carol and Richard Manley, and Transet Company, with each show 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 or seven shows. Purchasing all seven shows in the Performance Series provides a 15% discount. A package of six shows provides a 13% discount. Those purchasing five shows receive an 11% discount. Season ticket packages include a pass to priority parking for those shows, plus the ability to select seats before shows go on sale to the public.

Discounts are not available online, so season ticket packages must be made at the box office or by phone at the LeTourneau University Belcher Center at 903-233-3080 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
The Broadway musical Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m., Oct. 11, is a lavish rendition of the 1938 MGM film loved by audiences young and old. The timeless musical score and breathtaking special effects makes this a show everyone will want to see. This show is sponsored by Texas Bank and Trust.

The Soweto Gospel Choir performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, will celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, drawing on the best talent from many churches around Soweto. The music shares the joy of faith through music. This show is sponsored by the Friends of the Belcher Center.

Country music artist Josh Turner will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, bringing the multi-platinum MCA Nashville artist to the Belcher Center for the first time. Turner’s rich, deep voice and distinctive style has sold more than 12 million records including his 2003 platinum-selling debut “Long Black Train,” and his other hits including “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Would You Go With Me?” and the most played country song of 2012, “Time is Love.” This show is sponsored by Eastman Chemical and Pelaia Law Center.

Comedian Bill Engvall will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec.14, and is sure to deliver great laughs. Formerly, part of the hugely successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Engvall is entertaining on stage, on the big screen or on paper. This show is sponsored by the Longview News-Journal.

The 50 Years of Rock & Roll rock music history revue will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, using fascinating stories and groundbreaking music with a cast of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals to tribute important and iconic rock stars, groups and genres from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and through the MTV years in the early 1980s. Hear the musical journey that includes dozens of artists from Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley through The Beatles, Beach Boys and Motown sound, as well as The Who, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and many more. This show is sponsored by Anna Lee and Sidney Allen.

Singer Tony Orlando will bring a warmth and energy to the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 23 from his decades-long career that includes five number one hits and million-selling records, his popular television variety show and his work on Broadway. His recording of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” This show is sponsored by Citizens National Bank and Marge and Tom Dome.

Master pianist Jim Brickman will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 27, captivating audiences with his distinctive piano style. The best-selling solo pianist of our time has earned number one albums and 32 radio singles in the Top 20 in the music industry bible, “Billboard Magazine.” The two-time Grammy nominee has revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music. This show is sponsored by ArtsView Children’s Theatre.
 
LETU will offer a Special Event this year by bringing a new musical “American Girl Live” to the Belcher Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019. The new stage production is intended to offer an unwavering believe in the positive power of girlhood and is inspired by the American Girl dolls and their stories. The show is a partnership between Mattel and Mills Entertainment. This show is sponsored by Lou Ann and Joe Bob Joyce.

The School and Family Series kicks off with two performances of “Diary of a Worm, A Spider, and A Fly” (at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) on October 4, 2018. Based on three books, Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, the show is a rock and roll romp in a bug’s world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsey of the wildly popular books. The show is produced by Dallas Children’s Theatre from Dallas. This show is sponsored by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

“Underwater Bubble Show,” a colorful, visual spectacle with a story line and lesson about friendship, will have two performances (at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. In it, seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and others carry Mr. B on an unexpected, imaginary journey in the colorful underwater world of Bubblelandia where fantasy becomes reality. This show is sponsored by Spencer Orthodontics.

LeTourneau University’s 2,000-seat S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center is the premier performance center in Longview, Texas. The Belcher Center functions as the university’s chapel for student worship and instruction by incredible Christian speakers and music groups. With world-class acoustics and staging, Belcher Center provides cultural enrichment by providing shows otherwise unable to be seen locally. For additional information, visit www.BelcherCenter.com.

LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas. For additional information, visit www.LETU.edu.


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