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College announces Cultural Arts Series 2017-18 season

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center has announced its Cultural Arts Series season for 2017-18, which will include rock 'n' roll, ballet, tap dance and drama.

The Continental Ballet will present ‘Coppelia’ for two performances in September during the Cultural Arts Series season for 2017-18.Submitted
The Continental Ballet will present ‘Coppelia’ for two performances in September during the Cultural Arts Series season for 2017-18. Submitted

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center has announced its Cultural Arts Series season for 2017-18, which will include rock 'n' roll, ballet, tap dance and drama.

Series producer Patrick Spradlin called it the largest, most diverse season in the series' 12-year history.

"We sought a real blend of different musical genres, different kinds of artists, and I think we put together a season that has something of interest to just about anyone," Spradlin stated in a press release. "Along with some crowd favorites from past series, we've got three different dance companies, children's theatre and a drama based on the real-life experiences of a soldier who fought in Iraq."

Kicking off the season Sept. 15 will be two shows by master entertainers Ted Manderfeld and Dave Eichholz. The first show at 2 p.m. will be "What a Wonderful World," filled with beloved musical standards, spirituals and sing-alongs liberally sprinkled with comedy, costumes and wit. This show is being made free to veterans on a first-come, first-served basis day of show. Then the 7:30 p.m. show, the duo will return with their Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos show, a mix of music and parodies ranging from classic rock and country to rap and show tunes.

• Sept. 28: The Fabulous Armadillos return with their popular "Takin' it to the Limit-the Music of the Eagles."

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• Sept. 30: The Continental Ballet will present 'Coppelia' for two performances, a matinee and a night show, in the Chalberg Theatre. The ballet tells the story of a doll-maker who tries to bring a beautiful doll to life. The villagers discover this and a live girl dresses as the doll to play a trick on the doll-maker.

• Oct. 6: Rogue Valley will perform. Known as Minneapolis' most dynamic live act, Rogue Valley is an internationally-recognized group whose music is inspired by the landscape and history of the region.

• Oct. 19: "One Night in Memphis" is a rock concert tribute to legendary Sun Records artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. More than 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950s rock 'n' roll music performed live and backed by rockabilly backup band.

• Nov. 3: Nashville bluegrass band The Hillbenders appear to perform "The Who's Tommy: a Bluegrass Opry." The show covers the original album from start to finish with audience participation, plus a set of original bluegrass tunes.

• Nov. 9 is the Chicago-based Griffin Theatre Company's 'Ghosts of War.' The play tells the story of Ryan Smithson, who joined the Army Reserve when he was 17. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. Based on Smithson's extraordinary and harrowing memoir, Smithson will attend this performance and will be available for a talk after the show.

• Dec. 15: The seasonal favorite Rock 'n Roll Christmas show will once again return to Brainerd at the Cragun's Resort Sport Centre.

• Dec. 21: Tonic Sol Fa, an a capella, award-winning ensemble, will present their Christmas show, "I Still Believe" in the Tornstrom Auditorium.

• Jan. 6, 2018: Davina and the Vagabonds return for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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• Jan. 26, 2018: Buckets and Tap Shoes is a high-energy blend of music, dance and drumming. From the streets of Minneapolis, these performers take audiences on a rhythmic journey using percussion instruments including tap shoes, found objects, drums and buckets.

• Feb. 2, 2018: Featuring sons of the late music icon Bobby Vee, "I Am, He Said: A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond" will hit the Tornstrom stage. "This is not a tribute show, but a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect," Tommy Vee said in a news release.

• Feb. 9, 2018: The Ragamala Dance Company of Minneapolis will present "Sacred Earth." Ragamala has been hailed by the The New York Times as "soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious." Ragamala shows how Indian forms provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.

• March 9, 2018: The Holy Rocka Rollaz is a Minnesota band bringing back the sound, the look, the memories and nostalgia of one of America's most treasured eras featuring the music of the classic early rock 'n' roll and rockabilly of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and more.

• March 23, 2018: The Fabulous Armadillos return with a theme show yet to be announced. Last season's "Guitar Heroes" played to a sold-out Tornstrom crowd.

• April 7, 2018: Vocal ensemble VocalEssence will perform "River Songs and Tales," featuring former WCCO anchor Don Shelby as Mark Twain. Through choral music and the spoken word, VocalEssence takes listeners on a musical journey of the past and present-choral masterpieces, favorite folksongs, traditional spirituals and Americana-all paired with the words of Mark Twain.

• April 13, 2018: The New Standards, a jazz trio have grown into a globe-spanning adventure, filling theatres and clubs around the world, spawning several CDs, videos, cartoons, dance/theatre projects and ancillary gewgaws that have charmed and delighted an ever-multiplying legion of faithful fans, Spradlin said.

• May 19, 2018: The Series will conclude when the Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis presents "Seedfolks" for a public performance at 11 a.m. The production is about "Where all her neighbors see a rat-infested vacant lot, 9-year old Kim sees a place to plant some precious beans-and, one by one, the people of her community sow seeds of hope amid the dirt and grit, tending dreams to full bloom."

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Single tickets, packages and group ticket bundles can be purchased online at www.clcmn.edu/arts or from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199.

The New Standards, a jazz trio, will perform in April of 2018 during the Cultural Arts Series season for 2017-18.Submitted
The New Standards, a jazz trio, will perform in April of 2018 during the Cultural Arts Series season for 2017-18. Submitted

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