Peoples Bank Theatre winter/spring lineup features ‘Annie’

From staff reports

As Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta closes out one series of shows and prepares to begin another, the historic theater in downtown Marietta has experienced several sold-out shows.

The first show of the 2018 Winter-Spring Spotlight Series featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Jan. 23 has already sold out, theater marketing director Drew Tanner said, as has the Oak Ridge Boys show on April 29.

Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours at the box office are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one to two hours prior to most performances.

Located at 222 Putnam St. in downtown Marietta, Peoples Bank Theatre is managed by the nonprofit Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association.

¯ After the opening performance by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the next show in the Spotlight Series will be Hot Peas ‘N Butter at 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

Tickets are $19, $26 and $33.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter is a multicultural children’s band that has quickly built a devoted following. It was created by Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto who have combined their talents to bring an innovative, energetic and interactive musical style on stage. Incorporating five languages (English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew) into their performances, Hot Peas ‘N Butter uses elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock.

The group’s videos have been featured on Nickelodeon and Noggin, and on Sirius Radio’s “Kids Stuff,” and XMKids.

¯ The next show will be Skipper’s Alley at 8 p.m. March 17.

Tickets are $19, $26, $33 and $66 (pit).

Skipper’s Alley is a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Seamus Ennis.

Once described as “a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains” Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann pipes, whistles, fiddle, bodhran, bouzouki, flute and harp, with occasional detours into the dark, somber melodies of the Irish song tradition.

Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents.

¯ The Chipper Experience! will be presented at 8 p.m March 24.

Tickets are $19, $26 and $33.

Chipper Lowell comes to Marietta for an evening of side-splitting comedy, magic and fun-filled surprises. He has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” The Disney Channel, “America’s Funniest People!,” “Don’t Blink” and “Masters of Illusion.”

Suitable for ages 9 and up, the show is a nonstop roller coaster of edgy comedy, original magic and even a bit of dangerous juggling stunts thrown in for good measure. He has performed all over the world.

¯ “Annie: The Musical” will be presented at 7 p.m. April 14.

Tickets are $15, $20 and $25.

Under the direction of Aurora Held-Dodd, the Theatre at Marietta College will perform the classic musical on the Peoples Bank Theatre stage.

¯ Classic rock duo America will perform at 8 p.m. May 25.

Ticket prices are $52, $62, $72 and $144 (pit).

The year 2015 marked the 45th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.”

America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first No. 1 single. Forty-plus years later, the friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

¯ Blood Sweat and Tears, another classic rock group, will perform at 8 p.m. June 8 at Peoples Bank Theatre.

Tickets are $42, $52, $62 and $124 (pit).

It’s been five decades since drummer/producer Bobby Colomby and friends assembled the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style. So successfully in fact, that the band’s second album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, topped the Billboard charts for many weeks and beat out the Beatles’ Abbey Road for the prestigious Album of the Year Grammy award. That album produced three major hit singles: “You Made me so Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “And When I Die.”

¯ The final show in the 2018 Winter-Spring Spotlight Series will feature a performance by The Texas Tenors at 8 p.m. June 23.

Tickets are $28, $38, $48 and $96 (pit).

Since their debut eight years ago on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and an enthusiastic fan base. They have performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world, including a 24-city tour in the United Kingdom, Shanghai, China and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the United States.