‘Live From Lufkin’ offers drama, comedy, music

The Angelina Arts Alliance has announced its 2014-2015 season, and season tickets are on sale through June 30.
“Based on comments from the public, this season looks to be filled with shows that are in high demand. Each season approximately 75 percent of the seats are owned by subscribers, which explains why shows often sell-out quickly,”  said Kristie Bailey, Temple Theater box office manager.
The upcoming season, “Live From Lufkin,” features a variety of genres – from Broadway Blockbusters to classic favorites.
The first show of the 2014-2015 season packs a powerful vocal punch with The Texas Tenors, which offers breathtaking vocals, humor and harmony, taking the stage Saturday, Sept. 13t, at 7:30 pm at the Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus in Lufkin. Season sponsors for the 2014-2015 season are First Bank and Trust East Texas and Georgia Pacific.

The Texas Tenors
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13
Since 2009 The Texas Tenors have been wooing and wowing sold out audiences in over 600 concerts around the world. Over 100 million people tuned in to see this classical crossover trio, become “the #1 vocal group in the history of “America’s Got Talent”. Winning the hearts of millions, The Texas Tenors burst onto the national scene and never looked back. Bringing their own signature blend of breathtaking vocals, humor, harmony and lots of cowboy charm, this charismatic and talented trio – pop singer Marcus Collins, opera singer John Hagen and country music singer J C Fisher – smoothly blend great music from the worlds of country, classical, gospel and Broadway — everything from John Denver to Puccini.

Anything Goes
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and
Saturday, Oct. 25
All aboard for this saucy and splendid new production of one of the greatest musicals in Broadway history. Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Cole Porter’s classic tells the tale of the S.S. American, as it heads out to sea. Two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love aboard a hilarious ship filled with a crew of singing and dancing sailors, exotic disguises and some good old-fashioned blackmail. It also features one of musical theater’s most memorable scores, including such classics as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-lovely,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

Asleep at the Wheel
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
It’s hard to believe that the Wheel has been making great Western Swing music for over four decades! You’ll travel back in time when their new documentary film “Then and Now” opens the evening with its time-capsule look at the long-haired youth that made up the band in the early ‘70’s. Then founding member Ray Benson and the current members of the Wheel take the stage to demonstrate why they’ve earned the nickname of “the official band of Texas.”

The Nutcracker- Mejia Ballet Int’l
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Mejia Ballet International brings this beautiful rendition of the world’s most beloved Christmas tale to the Temple Theater stage. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, The Nutcracker is, by far, the most widely attended ballet in America. This production of The Nutcracker is choreographed and directed by founder of Mejia Ballet International, Paul Mejia, a well-recognized name in ballet. Mejia is a former principal dancer under the famous choreographer George Balanchine at New York City Ballet. He danced principal roles in many Balanchine ballets. Mejia’s production of The Nutcracker continues the holiday tradition of this very popular ballet for the whole family. Youth tickets are available for half-price.

In the Heat of the Night
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Take a trip back in time as L.A. Theatre Works delights its audience with a unique “live-in-performance” radio drama. The show features a first-rate cast of TV and film actors, complete with live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional dramatic play. The company transforms classic and contemporary stage works, like In the Heat of the Night, into an intimate, compelling and sound-rich “live radio-theater” style performance. While John Ball’s 1965 novel, In the Heat of the Night, takes place in the South, much of the country grappled with integration and an evolving acceptance of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1967, Sidney Poitier played Virgil Tibbs in the film In the Heat of the Night which won five Academy Awards and spawned a hugely popular television series.

The Passing Zone
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2015
Can Jon Wee and Owen Morse save the world through laughter and dangerous stunts? It can’t hurt to try, so that’s exactly what they are going to do! The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with hilarious, award-winning performances. They have been finalists on America’s Got Talent, they have performed at the White House and they hold 5 Guinness World Records. Their combination of comedy, dexterity, danger and hilarity has audiences on their feet all across the globe. Comedy, juggling and dangerous stunts make up this unforgettable and hilarious experience. So whether your favorite part will be the stun gun, the chainsaw, the superhero capes or the ping pong balls…save the date, because there’s nothing more important than saving the world!

Million Dollar Quartet
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22
Imagine Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. The year is 1956, when a twist of fate brings these legendary icons to the Sun Records storefront in Memphis, for the first and only time, to create the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam session in history. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-Winning musical based on an electrifying true story, that brings to life timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Ring of Fire”, “Hound Dog”, “Great Balls of Fire” and more. At the end of this dynamic show you’ll be standing on your feet roaring for more!