CLC Performing Arts Center announces fall, winter lineup

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center recently announced the fall and winter lineup for its 2022-23 season. From now until January, the PAC will present artists of local and national renown through its Cultural Arts Series and plays with Brainerd Community Theatre.

OboeBass! will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 as part of the Central Lakes College Performing Arts Center's fall and winter lineup.
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BRAINERD — The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center recently announced the fall and winter lineup for its 2022-2023 season with a return of old favorites and some surprises.

The Performing Arts Center will present through January artists of local and national renown through its Cultural Arts Series and produce plays with Brainerd Community Theatre.

“Our mission, here, is to provide a diverse presentation of artists to the community,” said Joey Yow, director of the Performing Arts Center.

Davina and The Vagabonds kicked off the season at the college’s Chalberg Theatre in Brainerd on Sept. 1. Back by popular demand, their mix of jazz, blues and swing include influences from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits.

“We start off our season by trying to figure out what is the balance of disciplines that we want to bring out. And then from that, we also look at what does the community really respond to and what are some of the shows that we know people want to see,’ Yow said.


The Rock & Roll XMAS Spectacular is the most requested holiday show in the Performing Arts Center’s history, and it will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, at the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts in Brainerd.

“The Rock & Roll XMAS Spectacular is now becoming one of our most requested holiday shows,” Yow said. “And then we tried to look at what are some opportunities that we haven't done recently — artists that we haven't brought out ever or in recent years.”

Joey Yow
Joey Yow
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The GreatWorks Theatre Co.’s performance of “Mytholomania! at the Chalberg Theatre is one such example. A fast-paced, raucous comedy that presents the greatest hits of Greek mythology in under an hour. The family-friendly shows will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 14.

“That type of high-quality children's theater is not something that's regularly available in this area, so we're really looking forward to being able to offer shows that a lot of people will be able to see and hopefully seeing themselves in,” Yow said.

The Midtown Men will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts with stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys” on their 10th-anniversary tour singing a decade of ‘60s hits.

“Another aspect of being a presenter is working with booking agents to find shows that are going to be in the Minnesota area and trying to see if we can get them to route their way through here,” Yow said.

Yow will direct Brainerd Community Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” with nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality and the power of imagination to convey the timeless story of redemption. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13-15 in the Dryden Theatre.

He still recalls doing “A Christmas Carol” when he was a younger theatre professional for two seasons with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.


“When we look at our Brainerd Community Theatre season, we are looking at trying to find what are the shows that are not just going to be appealing to our audience in general but what shows are going to appeal to the actors who are going to make up the company,” Yow said.

Patrick Barlow, writer of the Broadway and West End hit “The 39 Steps,” retells Charles Dickens’ classic in a thrilling new adaptation that uses only five actors to bring some of Dickens' most beloved characters to life.

“It's a version of the script that is very fresh, and that is a risk to me because we're not certain that the audience is going to bet here for it,” Yow said. “I feel confident that they will be but we have no history with it.”

The ground was broken for the Mississippi Landing Trailhead Park project in Brainerd in June. The planned greenspace with trails and pathways, a community amphitheater and an outdoor classroom with steps down along East River Road was previously a Tourist Park attracting thousands.

The Brainerd Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s classic coming-of-age comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in the Chalberg Theatre at 7 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3. And OboeBass!, an instrumental duo, will perform at the Dryden Theatre at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Comedienne Paula Poundstone will be at the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. She is recognized by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time. She is a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

“We don't often bring out comedians and we don't often bring up comedians that can be so regularly heard via her podcast and on NPR as a regular contributor. … And I feel quite proud that we're able to offer artists of her experience and legacy and stature,” Yow said.

Brainerd Community Theatre will present “9 to 5 The Musical” at the Chalberg Theatre with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton that is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

“I think is a really fabulous musical and probably well known to lots of people based off of the movie that came out in the 1980s and there’s a resurgence in the musical now,” Yow said.


In the film, three female coworkers — one of which is Parton — concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24-26 and Jan. 31– Feb. 2,

“I'm really happy with the volume of events and the variety of events that we have to offer this year,” Yow said.

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