Alma Performing Arts Center will bring another year of high quality performances to the area for its 2017-18 season.
Arts center staff are excited about this year’s line up, said Teresa Schlabach, Alma Performing Arts Center executive director.
“There is truly something for everyone and all ages this year,” Schlabach said. “We use all of our income after expenses are paid for scholarships for local students, and I feel like everyone will be able to come out and support us while having a good time as well as helping raise monies.”
A performance by pop and country group Exile will kick off the Alma PAC’s regular performance season on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $41, $32 and $25.
Exile formed in 1963, performing in small clubs in Kentucky. In the 54 years since then, the group has managed to top both pop and country charts with 11 No. 1 hits, three gold albums and eight million records sold.
Some of Exile’s most successful hits are “Kiss You All Over,” “I Don’t Want to Be A Memory” and “Give Me One More Chance.”
On tour now are the group’s five original members, who re-formed in 2008.
Catapult, a group of dancers who were finalists on America’s Got Talent Season 8, will perform on Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $27 and $20.
Catapult dancers work behind a screen, using their bodies to create shadow silhouettes of shapes, including animals, mountains and mythical creatures.
The Wizard of Oz – The National Tour brings the classic story of Dorothy and her dog Toto on their quest to find the Wizard into the city of Alma on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Adult tickets are $41, $32 and $25, and children’s tickets are $31, $22 and $15. Call (479) 632-2129 to purchase discounted children’s tickets; children’s tickets cannot be purchased online.
A celebration of the iconic 1939 film, the national tour of The Wizard of Oz will feature musical classics “Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
On Dec. 9, sibling group the Annie Moses Band will perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35, $27 and $20.
For more than a decade, the six members and siblings of Annie Moses Band have performed a blend of folk and classical.
The group is an ensemble of songwriters, singers and musicians who combine technical skill with showmanship, and has performed on the stages of both Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
Driving Miss Daisy on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. will be the final seasonal performance. Tickets are $44, $32 and $25.
Starring Clarence Gilyard of Walker, Texas Ranger and Matlock and Sheree J. Wilson of Walker, Texas Ranger and Dallas, Driving Miss Daisy is set against a backdrop of changing world events between 1948 and 1973.
In this piece about diversity, friendship and a developed understanding of one another, a “feisty Southern widow and her proud but soft-spoken black chauffeur journey from suspicion and mistrust to respect and deep-rooted affection.”
Several bonus shows also will take the stage at the Alma PAC this year.
How I Became a Pirate, set for Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m., is an educational musical play recommended for ages 5-11. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, with school discounts available.
Young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure.
While Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map.
Alma High School Performing Arts will present Emma - A Pop Musical on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma, this new musical features high school matchmaker Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep.
Emma is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year - but her sharp focus on others may get in the way of her own happiness.
Included in the show are songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry.
Alma School District dancers with members in grades 7-12 will present an end-of-year show on April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
With one of the largest dance programs in Arkansas, the three-peat state champions will show off their skills with a mix of dance, theater and acrobatics.
Alma High School choir and band also will have Christmas and spring concerts at the performing arts center. These concerts are free and open to the public, and no tickets are necessary.
AHS Band Christmas concert is Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and the AHS Choir Christmas concert is Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Spring concerts are May 7 at 7 p.m. for the band and May 8 at 7 pm. for the choir.
All non-student performances are presented by the Alma Education and Arts Foundation.
Tickets for shows can be purchased through the box office at (479) 632-2129, and student tickets must be purchased through the box office.