The 2005-2006 season of the University of Missouri-Rolla Campus Performing Arts Series will feature seven professional productions. All performances in the series will be held at Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall on the UMR campus, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
Season tickets are now on sale. They are $145 for adults and $110 for those age 18 and younger, and will be available through Friday, Sept. 2. Tickets for individual performances go on sale Monday, Sept. 12. For more information about the 2005-2006 UMR Campus Performing Arts Series, call the Leach Theatre Box Office at (573) 341-4219.
The series begins with the musical CATS at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. With its magic and mystery, as well as music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS has won seven Tony Awards since opening at the New London Theatre in 1981. In October 1991, CATS became the longest continuously touring show in American theater history.
Other performances to be featured during the 2005-2006 UMR Campus Performing Arts Series include:
Kavafian Shifrin Shub Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Individually, the three members of this chamber music trio have performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras. Together they form a talented chamber music trio.
Hubbard Street 2, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Straight from the streets of Chicago, Hubbard Street dancers are engaging, seductive and edgy. Audiences are drawn into the world of dance and encouraged to experience a spiritual journey with the dancers as they move through the choreographed narratives of each piece.
Naturally 7, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2006. Naturally 7 began as a hobby band started by seven boys who sang gospel music in church choirs. These vocal giants eventually found a way to exploit the variety of their styles, spicing their performances with thrills, wit and artistic whimsy.
Macbeth, performed by The Acting Co. at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006. This performance of Macbeth will continue The Acting Co.’s 32-year commitment to producing the work of William Shakespeare. The company has performed more than 100 plays for more than 3 million people worldwide.
Paige O’Hara: From Belle to Broadway, 8 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2006. Paige O’Hara is best known as the voice of Belle in the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, but her career has spanned Broadway, opera and concert stages and recordings. With her husband, Michael Piontek, O’Hara will perform several songs from Disney Classics and Broadway Legends during this cabaret-style show.
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2006. Now in its 125th season, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra continues to build on its reputation for musical excellence.
In addition to the above performances, singer Kathy Mattea will return to the UMR campus for a special holiday concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This performance is not included in the season ticket subscription, but season ticket holders will get the first chance to buy tickets for her concert.
Season ticket holders who renew their subscription before Friday, July 1, will receive a voucher good for one free ticket to any UMR Family Series event. Family Series performances include Snowflake on Friday, Sept. 23, Spencers: Theatre of Illusion on Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, and Cinderella on Saturday, April 29, 2006.
Additional funding for the UMR Campus Performing Arts Series is provided by the UMR Endowment for the Performing Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Heartland Arts Alliance.