Local theater seasons set to get under way at Southwest, Palmer

August 30, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

Once again the offerings of the upcoming 2001-02 seasons of El Centro's Southwest Performing Arts Theatre and the Brawley-based Palmer Performing Arts Center couldn't be more different.

However, in an effort to provide the Valley's theater-goers with a wide array of choices, the different seasons seem to be well-calculated moves.

The following is a brief description of the two centers' seasons:

Palmer Performing Arts Center (North County Coalition for the Arts)

· Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Building on the more than 2,000-year-old art of Chinese acrobatics, the Golden Dragon troupe, consisting of 20 performers, will fly, tumble and amaze local audiences. Admission is $16 and $12.

· Gospel Hummingbirds at 4 p.m. Nov. 4. Billed as the Cattle Call concert, this rhythm and blues quartet will bring what Music Magazine calls, "… a refreshingly smooth and cool blend of R&B, gospel and the blues." Admission is $15 and $10.


· "Wizard of Oz" at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 and 4 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27. The classic tale of Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion comes to the Palmer stage for three performances. Admission is $20 and $15.

· George Winston at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. This Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop pianist will perform a benefit concert for the Imperial Valley Food Bank. Admission is $18 and $14.

· "Forever Plaid" at 3 p.m. March 17. "Forever Plaid" is the story of a quartet killed in a collision with a school bus of eager teens who were on their way to see the Beatles' debut on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Through a hole in the ozone layer these nerdy crooners with angelic voices come back to do the show they never got to do in life. Admission is $25 and $20.

· Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra at 4 p.m. April 28. Featured on CBS' "Sunday Morning," the 27- to 35-member orchestra performs music from the 18th to 20th centuries. Admission is $20 and $15.

Southwest Performing Arts Center (El Centro Education Foundation)

· "Chicago" at 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Nightclub dancer Roxy Hart, who yearns to perform in vaudeville, kills her lover and convinces her husband to pay for a lawyer that turns her crime into celebrity headlines, transforming Roxy into the queen of Chicago. Admission is $25-$45.

· "Funny Girl" at 7 p.m. Nov. 20. An award-winning musical comedy, "Funny Girl" recreates the Ziegfeld Follies of the roaring 1920s and tell the story of singing comedienne Fanny Brice. Admission is $25-$45.

· Singer Rita Coolidge at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. The Grammy Award-winning songstress will bring her subtle style of rhythm & blues and light rock/pop to the Southwest stage. Admission is $24-$45.

· "My Fair Lady" at 7 p.m. March 4. Filled with songs such as "One The Street Where You Live," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face," the lyrics and music of Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe and George Bernard Shaw bring the rag-tag character of Eliza Doolittle to life. Admission is $25-$45.

· "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" at 7 p.m. March 25. The musical combined the American classic novel by Mark Twain with the American classic songs of Roger Miller to take seven Tony Awards in 1995, including best musical score, best book, best direction, best sets, best lighting and best featured actor in a musical. Admission is $25-$45.

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