The 2008-2009 season of the Missouri University of Science and Technology
Campus Performing Arts Series will feature seven professional productions. All
performances in the series will be held in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall.
Season tickets are $180 for adults and $140 for students age 18 and younger.
Tickets for individual performances go on sale Sept. 1. For more information
about the 2008-2009 Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series, call the
Leach Theatre Box Office at 573-341-4219.
The series begins with two performances by humorist Garrison Keillor at 4 p.m. and
at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Keillor, acclaimed author, storyteller, poet,
musician and radio personality, is well known for his unique delivery and
presence. He hosts the National Public Radio programs “A Prairie Home
Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac.”
Other performances to be featured during the 2008-2009 Missouri S&T
Campus Performing Arts Series include:
- Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” by the Aquila Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Aquila Theatre Company’s imaginative and exuberant
production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy will be of interest for newcomers to
Shakespeare and Bard enthusiasts alike
- An Evening with Rita Coolidge, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The two-time
Grammy winner has shared the stage with such greats as Joe Cocker, Eric
Clapton, George Harrison and Leon Russell. Her hits include ““Higher &
Higher,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” and “We’re All Alone.” Coolidge,
who was dubbed “Delta Lady” early in her career, recently released “And So Is
Love,” a collection of well-loved pop/jazz standards. This event is sponsored
in part by Andrew Garrett Inc.
- Formosa String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. Winner of the
First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the 10th London International String
Quartet Competition in 2006, the group gives performances filled with
excitement, skill and creativity.
- Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. Nationally
renowned as an eclectic, innovative dance company with a solid foundation in
classical ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has made a lasting impression with a
company of 10 versatile, energetic dancers performing a sophisticated
repertoire featuring some of the world’s foremost choreographers.
- Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2009. The legendary
Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders in the Swing era
of the 1930s and 1940s. The Miller Estate authorized the formation of the
present 19-member orchestra that plays many of the original Miller
- Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Ruben Studdard, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2009.
Ruben Studdard, the 2003 American Idol winner, joins a top-notch cast including
his American Idol cast mate Frenchie Davis and a sassy all-star band live
onstage. The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem
lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue. Still considered
one of Broadway’s best well-crafted revues, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is sometimes
sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of devastating beauty.
Leach Theatre has several special events for the fall 2008 season. Campus
Performing Arts Series season ticket holders may purchase tickets at reduced
prices for the following events:
- Cherryholmes, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Admission is $30 for adults and $25
for students. Before 1999, the dynamic family band known as Cherryholmes did
not exist, and half of its youthful members hadn’t even picked up an
instrument. In 2005, the high-energy Nashville-based band was named 2005
International Bluegrass Music Associations Entertainers of the Year.
Cherryholmes is presented in sponsorship with Arts Rolla!
- Jacques Thibaud Trio, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. Admission is $28 for
adults and $18 for students. Prizewinners in the prestigious 1999 Bonn Chamber
Music Competition, the ensemble has performed throughout Europe and Japan and
in more than 40 states in the United States, receiving tremendous acclaim from
audiences and critics alike. Calling their playing “spontaneous and
commanding,” a New York Times reviewer said this could be the first string trio
in some time to have a major career. The Jacques Thibaud Trio performance is
co-sponsored with Brewer Science.
- Reduced Shakespeare Company, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Admission is $28
for adults, $18 for youth and $8 for Missouri S&T students. This show is a
high-speed roller coaster-type condensation of the complete works of William
Shakespeare. According to The Today Show, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like
this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll LOVE this show!” The performance is
co-sponsored with the Missouri S&T Student Union Board and Bob and Susan
Additional funding for the Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series is
provided by the Missouri S&T Endowment for the Performing Arts, the
Missouri Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment
for the Arts, the Maxwell C. Weiner Endowment for the Performing Arts, and the
James and Vera Olson Fund.