The latest season of Missouri S&T’s Campus Performing Arts Series begins in September, and individual tickets will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 8. Season subscriptions are available until Sept. 4.
Seven professional productions will be held in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall.
The series will begin with a stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The tale chronicles the powerful friendship between two migrant workers as they work to find a place of their own. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for students and youth.
Other performances to be featured during the 2009-2010 Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series include:
- Cypress String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for students and youth. Widely celebrated for their exuberance and the power of their performances, the quartet has brought audiences to their feet for more than a decade.
- Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for students and youth. Travel on a musical journey spanning seven decades of American history as seen through the eyes of composer Berlin.
- Franc D’Ambrosio’s Hollywood, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for students and youth. Widely known for his six-year run as Broadway’s Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera,” D’Ambrosio brings his newest one-man show to Rolla.
- Chicago Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for students and youth. This full-length production of Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece features 16 professional dancers and numerous local children.
- Jesus Christ Superstar, with Ted Neeley, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. Admission is $40 for adults and $35 for students and youth. The first collaboration by the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Neeley also appeared as Jesus Christ in the movie version of the play.
- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 7, 2010. Admission is $40 for adults and $35 for students and youth. Founded in 1880, the internationally renowned orchestra performs a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit.
Leach Theatre also has four special events this season:
- “Jungle” Jack Hanna, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for students and youth. Host of his own syndicated television series and frequent talk show guest, zoologist Hanna shares his infectious love of animals.
- Simply Sinatra with Steve Lippia, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for students and youth. Lippia impeccably recreates the timeless music of Frank Sinatra.
- Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for students and youth. Rock to the music of the Beatles in an interactive concert experience where the audience creates the playlist for the night.
- m-pact, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for students and youth. Respected as one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world, this six-member group uses vocal acrobatics and innovative orchestrations to create their signature sound.
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.
In the event that tickets remain for these performances, Leach Theatre will offer discounted tickets through its “Back Row Club.” The seats in the last row of the theater will be sold one hour before each event for $10 each.
For more information about the 2009-2010 Campus Performing Arts Series, call the Leach Theatre Box Office at 341-4219.