Events announced for Peoples Bank Theatre
Peoples Bank Theatre calendar through the beginning of May:
¯ Peoples Bank Theatre, Marietta College Theatre Department, and Artsbridge present the Second Annual Brick Street Arts Bash on Saturday, April 14, noon to 5 p.m. Activities for the whole family include live music, kids karaoke, theatrical performances, art displays, make-and-take activities, live demonstrations, food, and more. The full schedule of events is available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.
¯ The Marietta College Theatre Department presents Annie: The Musical on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. This family-friendly 1977 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which he started in the 1920s. Little orphan Annie is taken from her orphanage, and the clutches of evil Miss Hannigan, to stay at billionaire Oliver Warbuck’s mansion for the holidays. When Annie wins the hearts of Warbucks and his staff, they set out on an epic mission to find Annie’s parents. Meanwhile, Miss Hannigan, in partnership with her brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, attempt to make some money out of this unique situation. The stories become intertwined as the lovable Annie’s story hits the national spotlight. Tickets are $15-$25 and available at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.
¯ The Esbenshade Series at Marietta College presents a free concert with The Romeros on Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1958. The Quartet went through natural transformations, and today consists of the second (Celin & Pepe) and third generations (Lito & Celino). To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance, and in the realm of the classical guitar it is absolutely without precedent. With a 55-year plus history, The Romeros have built an enviable discography and their achievements have not gone unnoticed. In February of 2007, The Romeros were granted The Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award from the Grammys in honor of their artistic achievements. While the event is free, ticket reservations are recommended and may be made at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com
¯ Peoples Bank Theatre presents the Unni Boksasp Ensemble on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Unni Boksasp is a warm and imaginative singer who draws you easily into the heart of Norway. Over the years, Unni has delved into the deep traditions found across her homeland, studying music and dance with renowned singers and folk arts departments in Norway and beyond. Her fresh arrangements of folk songs and original compositions have earned wide acclaim: she was a Norwegian national champion of traditional singing in 2010 and 2011 and won a Norwegian Grammy Award and Norwegian Folk Music Award for her 2010 album, Karamello. This is the second in a series of four Arts Midwest World Fest performances at Peoples Bank Theatre. A program of Arts Midwest, the 2017-2019 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hearst Foundations, 3M, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, the Nordic Culture Fund, and the BNSF Railway Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Heritage Foundation Grants Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation for Manhu. Funding for Sofi & the Baladis is provided in part by contributions from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, and Music Port. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Tickets are $16 and available at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.
¯ Peoples Bank Theatre presents The Oak Ridge Boys on Sunday, April 29 and Friday, May 4. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album–plus one double platinum single–and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits. The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country’s truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. In 2009, they covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from Rock reviewers. In 2011, they rerecorded a thirtieth anniversary version of Elvira for a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store project. Limited tickets ($54-$78) remain for the May 4 performance and are available at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com, while they last.