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August 29, 2015— AN EVENING WITH JIM BRICKMAN-8pm --America’s romantic piano sensation, weaves a musical tapestry that captures the timeless beauty of classical standards with the lively energy of contemporary pop music. As the most charted male adult contemporary artist to date, he has earned six Gold and Platinum albums and his lush ballads and poignantly tender songs have won the hearts of millions of fans around the world.
September 10-13—BARTLETT REPERTORY COMPANY in “A PARTY TO MURDER” (4 performances)—It’s all about murder mysteries with BPACC’s professional theatre ensemble this season. In this first installment, six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.
September 18—THE TIME JUMPERS featuring VINCE GILL, KENNY SEARS and RANGER DOUG GREEN-8pm -- We invite you to swing on in to see the band of Nashville's high-dollar studio elite that originally evolved from casual dressing room jam sessions at the Grand Ole Opry to performing on the main stage. In Nashville, they are “The” concert destination, performing at 3rd & Lindsley every Monday night. Their combination of tight arrangements, soulful singers, brilliant soloists, and an irresistible rhythm section have packed their every performance by captivating audiences with gifted improvisational Western swing.
October 3—MIKE FARRIS and THE ROSELAND RHYTHM REVUE-8pm --Out of this diminutive, self-described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful-gospel voice with a range, talent, and emotions that make him seem spellbound. He sings “blue-eyed soul” to soothe the spirit, and surrounds himself with a heavenly sound that slides effortlessly between Stax soul, New Orleans gospel and shuffling Southern blues, all of it punctuated with his smoldering vocals. Marty Stuart calls him a true soul man…way cool!
October 9—DinnerStage featuring MEMPHIS UKULELE BAND-7pm -- Tracing its origin to jam sessions at the legendary Sun Studios, The Memphis Ukulele Band is firmly planted in its rich, diverse hometown musical traditions, playing everything from rockabilly to the blues, pop and reggae. While the sound of the little uke summons up visions of tropical paradise, the MUB works in a wider landscape, featuring musicians from several generations and styles on a mission to demonstrate that the ukulele is capable of so much more.
October 16—“MUSIC AND MEMORIES: AN EVENING WITH PAT BOONE” -8pm --In this funny and often touching autobiographical one-man show, the entertainment icon sings the hits and tells the stories of his 50+ years in show business. From the early days of competing with Elvis for the number one spot on the pop music charts, to his film and television career, to an inside glimpse of his family life…Pat shows why he’s still one of the all-time greats.
October 30—BARBARA’S BLUE KITCHEN starring LORI FISCHER (2 performances) 2:30 & 8pm -- Set in a small Tennessee town, this slice-of-life comedic play with music features the proprietor, Barbara Jean, trying to figure out "When is it just plain crazy to hang on—to love." There’s a raucous cast of café customers, all played by Ms. Fischer-- Miss Morris a nurse who's planning a Pyramid prayer-time; Miss Tessie, a hilarious senior citizen; a plate-dropping waitress named Jeanette; Lombardo, a country-singing hairdresser; and Tommy Lee, who is recovering from a dog-bite. Throughout it all, the wacky DJ from WATR, the local radio station, breaks in with local news, commercials about baldness and a slew of quirky, unforgettable toe-tapping songs.
November 14—EMI SUNSHINE-8pm -- The Grand Ol’ Opry’s hottest new musical talent sings like an old-soul and sparkles at the age of 11, and is truly on the verge of a momentous career. She sits in a rhinestone-flecked shirt, her feet snug inside a pair of zebra-striped cowboy boots, and cradles the baby doll that lies on her sparkly pink bedspread. Onstage, her pigtailed presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folky. With a musical lineage that goes back three generations, performance is deep in her roots. Take my word for it. This is a MUST-SEE.
December 5—MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE in ALADDIN (2 performances) 2:30 & 7:00pm (Auditions November 30 at 3:30pm)--We have moved our popular week-long children’s theatre residency from early summer to the week after Thanksgiving. There’s no charge to participate and 50 kids will be chosen for a one-hour production.
December 12—VIVACE CHRISTMAS-8pm —Back By Popular Demand! Last Valentines our audience was stunned by the extraordinary Canadian vocal ensemble’s modern and passion-filled combination of classical and pop music performance. The powerful male voices with the emotionally driven female vocalists moved everyone to beg for their return. We have invited them back with their holiday concert that will be certain to be the highlight of your Christmas season.
January 16 —TAYLOR HICKS-8pm -- Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time. From the start, his performances on the mega-hit TV show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. More than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 “Idol” winner. Since then he secured a long-term residency in Las Vegas and appeared in “Grease” on Broadway. His trademark vocals and bluesy harmonica work has earned him a devoted fan base dubbed the “Soul Patrol”.
January 30—SARAH DARLING-8pm -- Nashville’s “Darling” recently marked her 60th appearance on the historic Ryman Auditorium stage since making her debut there singing with Brad Paisley just three years ago. Called 'a sophisticated songwriter with a crisp, powerful voice' by The New York Times, Darling pairs her uncanny knack for songwriting with her crystal clear vocals and beautiful tone to solidify the Iowa native as one of America’s newest breakout sensations.
February 5—DinnerStage featuring HUDSON & SALEEBY--7pm -- Specializing in outstanding vocals and a wide-ranging repertoire, Hudson & Saleeby are a classy, casual, fun, and interactive keyboard duo that has wowed crowds around the country for over 30 years. Playing everyone's favorite songs and taking requests, Chris and Doug love to get the audience involved.
February 13—AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO starring FRANK FERRANTE-8pm -- The award-winning actor/director/playwright recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" and the audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo.
February 27—MALPASS BROTHERS-8pm--With music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr., these guys are as authentic as stone-ground grits, country ham & red-eye gravy… and they’re every bit as good. It doesn’t matter whether you’re already a fan of classic old-time country music when you take your seat: you will be by the time you leave the hall. Take my word for it, this is another MUST-SEE.
March 4 --RAVE ON BUDDY HOLLY TRIBUTE featuring BILLY MCGUIGAN (2 performances) 2:30 & 8pm -- An electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s premiere Buddy Holly interpreter, a dead-ringer for the legendary rocker. Backed by the rockin’ Rave On Band, their incredible musicianship helps ignite the stage and breathe new life into the iconic music of hits like “Peggy Sue,” “It’s So Easy,” and “That’ll Be the Day.”
April 2—BARTLETT COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND-7pm --Our annual concert showcases soaring musical arrangements by 65 talented community musicians under the direction of Dr. Rhendle Millen.
April 7—BARRAGE-8pm -- This high-energy string ensemble returns to Bartlett for their sixth visit. They’ve entertained millions of people around the globe offering up a diverse fusion of cultures, musical styles and incredible performance vitality. The music of Barrage continues to evolve - combining contemporary world music, layered vocal arrangements and pulsating modern rhythms. The young hip cast always delivers an incredible show with amazing energy and musical virtuosity that will take your breath away.
April 21-24—BARTLETT REPERTORY COMPANY in “SNAKE IN THE GRASS” (4 performances) BPACC’s Professional theatre troupe continues this season’s murder mystery theme with Alan Ayckbourn’s classic thriller. Annabel Chester returns home to her sister after the death of their abusive father only to be confronted by a blackmail plot, which quickly escalates out of hand with grim consequences. London’s Sunday Times calls it "A creepily, scarily, eerily enjoyable evening."
May 6—PICKIN’ PICNIC-6pm -- (No Admission Fee)—We hold our free outdoor concert under the stars on the grounds next to the theatre on Appling Lake. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics or purchase food from the on-site vendors.