Monday, September 08, 2008
Start marking those calendars and make plans for the most exciting season ever at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Stay close to home and still enjoy high quality entertainment as the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary with an unprecedented 12 shows.
The 2008-09 season at the University of West Georgia will blend a variety of genres from dramatic theatre to holiday extravaganzas that promise to thrill and charm audiences of all ages.
The Alley Cats open this year’s theatre season on Saturday, Sept. 13, with “At the Hop,” a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing in a ‘50s-themed concert the entire family will enjoy. The talented quartet has a history of crowd-pleasing performances from the White House to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to a Chubby Checker concert, and now they invite the community to travel with them back in time to the age of poodle skirts, big cars and slick hair.
Sponsored by the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc., the quartet mixes an a cappella Doo Wop sound all their own with hilarious comedy and audience participation that will make kids dance and Mom and Dad sing. Presenting a slice of Americana, the foursome brings their own contemporary style and a good old hometown feeling to the stage.
To add to the fun, an antique car exhibit in the TCPA parking lot will precede the opening show at 6 p.m. The fun will continue with a pre-show party complete with prizes, refreshments and a ‘50s and ‘60s costume contest in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. “At the Hop” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.
Robert Jennings, artistic director of the Townsend Center, radiated enthusiasm for the 2008-09 season.
“More shows, more stars, more workshops, more outreach,” said Jennings. “This is our 20th Anniversary, so we are going all out.”
This year, the Townsend Center’s range of exhilarating performances will include “The Not So Scary Fairy Tales: A Not So Haunted House” and The Spencers in “Theatre of Illusion.” The Carroll Symphony Orchestra will also present two concerts with its annual “Discover Music” performance and a special “Christmas with the CSO.”
Season ticket packages of three or more shows are available at a significant discount than individual ticket purchases. Last year most of the performances sold out, and fans are encouraged to subscribe early.
Throughout the season, the TCPA offers a variety of community outreach programs with Destination University, Artists in Residence, Inspiration Station and Art in Education Series. Many of the performers from the season will participate with in-school performances and leading workshops. Through these programs, Jennings hopes the community outreach to area youth will help develop a love of learning through the arts and sciences.
Last year, the Townsend Center featured seven sold out shows and Jennings expects the same success for this diverse group of performances.
“It’s bigger and better,” said Jennings. “Buy early and come often.”
Tickets can be purchased at the Townsend Center’s Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the season opener “At the Hop” are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children and $7 for UWG students.
For more information, call 678-839-4722 or go to http://www.townsendcenter.org/.