Ballet Memphis Comes to Townsend Center

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

An air of cultural arts excitement continues to grow at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts as it prepares for 2008 and the spring semester. A special engagement, Ballet Memphis, scheduled in January, and the Broadway sensation, Seussical the Musical, opening in March, will continue the tradition of bringing high caliber productions to Carrollton.

An air of cultural arts excitement continues to grow at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts as it prepares for 2008 and the spring semester. A special engagement, Ballet Memphis, scheduled in January, and the Broadway sensation, Seussical the Musical, opening in March, will continue the tradition of bringing high caliber productions to Carrollton.These events were made possible by community sponsors and that has made all the difference, said P.J. Younglove Hovey, co-director of the new community event, Live Art at the Townsend Center and a sponsor of the Ballet Memphis event.

“Community support was the initial goal,” said Hovey. “For me, a lifelong supporter of live theater and dance, the most exciting thing about this venture is bringing in many new faces as well as our lifelong Carrolltonians. We have a vibrant mix of people in our midst these days, and the bar has been raised for quality cultural arts experiences. We have more than 30 Producing Sponsors and great interest in, not only this first event in January, but in the idea of creating ongoing ‘seasons’ at the Townsend Center.”

Founded in 1986, Ballet Memphis explores classical and contemporary dance forms with groundbreaking innovative presentations set to the music of Memphis-area recording artists such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Ballet Memphis has performed in Paris, New York, Houston and Quebec, and the event offers a rare opportunity to enjoy an outstanding ballet in Carrollton.

The event is the first in what supporters hope becomes an annual community event, Live Art at the Townsend Center. The Live Art ballet production is scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each.

Seussical the Musical weaves a fun tale of mischief set in the Jungle of Nool with 14 classic Seuss characters. The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and many others sing and dance their way through the Broadway sensation to thrill and entertain in one of the most outlandish celebrations of an endearing children’s literature treasure.

The show is made possible by the Alliance Theatre for Youth Audiences and an extensive collaboration between UWG and the Carrollton community.

“The Alliance Theatre is so excited about the opportunity to present Seussical the Musical to the community of Carrollton,” said Monica Boerckel, administrative director of Theatre for Youth at the Alliance Theatre. “Theatre is a collaborative effort and this is our opportunity to present and share that collaboration with the community in Carroll County.”

Tickets for Seussical the Musical are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children. Tickets for both events are selling fast. To order tickets or for more information, call 678-839-4722.

Ticket subscription packages are available at a discounted price for three or more shows and special discounts are also available for groups of 12 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the Townsend Center Box Office Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the second half of the season at the Townsend Center, go to www.townsendcenter.org.