NINE Fabulous Shows Are Sure to Thrill!
LUFKIN, TX. The Angelina Arts Alliance announced its upcoming 2019-2020 Temple Theater Performing Arts Series to the public today at 12 noon at the Lufkin/Angelina county Chamber of Commerce First Friday luncheon at Crown Colony Country Club.
The Angelina Arts Alliance is celebrating its 19th year of presenting world-renowned performing arts in Lufkin. In conjunction with the 2019-2020 season announcement, the Arts Alliance will begin accepting requests for season ticket subscriptions. Becoming a season ticket holder means having the same seat – guaranteed – for all eight performances within the Temple Theater Performing Arts Series, and never having to wait in line hoping to get tickets only to discover the show is sold out.
Each new season the Angelina Arts Alliance seems to raise the bar in terms of exceptional programming, and the 2019-2020 Season does just that. The new season line-up will literally bring the best performing arts from around the world right here in Lufkin, Texas. The new season represents a diverse array of performing arts genres and represents the community where we live.
“We are incredibly proud to present another amazing season full of high-quality, diverse performing arts from around the world. There is something for everyone in the 2019-2020 Season and we expect to sell-out every show. Get your tickets as soon as possible,” said Jennifer Allen, Angelina Arts Alliance Executive Director.
THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND – Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 80, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.
With more than 20 million albums sold, Charlie Daniels is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Musicians Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame. Charlie Daniels is best known for his many top ten hits, including “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” and, of course, his signature song , “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979.
TAJ EXPRESS: A BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL REVUE – Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES – Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Ray Charles, a Georgia native son, was an American treasure. He transcended racism, cultural upheavals, and spread his music based on Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country around the world… he was a genius! Boasting iconic tunes from the catalogue of the genius himself, the artists make each song a winning part of the tapestry that is Ray Charles’ music. Ray won every major award, from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame… from the Kennedy Honors to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This show celebrates Ray’s music with an all-star cast of award-winning performers including:
• Emmy Award Winner and Grammy Nominee – Clint Holmes
• 10-time Grammy Award Winner, 10-time Dove Award Winner, Soul Train Award Winner, 2-time NAACP Image Award nominated, & Gospel Music Hall of Fame – Take 6
• 6-time Grammy nominated vocalist – Nnenna Freelon
• Grammy Award Winner and recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence, including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and winner of two Stellar Awards, Gospel music’s highest honor – Kirk Whalum
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL – Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
(Season Option – Add On Performance)
Standard Version with Credits: The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.
THE FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, FEATURING LUFKIN NATIVE HANNAH
ROBERTS HOLIDAY CONCERT – Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is deeply committed to uniting its community through performance, education and outreach, reaching an audience of more than 200,000 annually. Since its beginnings in 1912, the FWSO has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts. Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, now in his 19th season at the artistic helm of the FWSO, has led the orchestra into the 21st century to new levels of excellence. Under his leadership, the FWSO has performed at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As the principal resident company of the acoustically superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a full season of concerts featuring internationally-acclaimed guest artists and works by living composers. The FWSO keeps exceptional musical experiences at the heart of its community. After all—life is better with music!
Lufkin native Hannah Roberts is thrilled to return to the Angelina Arts Alliance. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Eastman School of Music, Hannah resides in Houston, where she has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the Houston-based chamber choir Cantare, and Christ Church Cathedral. She received the Encouragement Award at the Houston-district Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a finalist in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. Hannah last appeared for the Angelina Arts Alliance in 2016 with the Mercury Chamber Orchestra, performing two Mozart concert arias. She is thrilled to return to sing with the world-class Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Hannah is the daughter of Dr. Sid Roberts of Lufkin.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO – Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
For over 50 years, South Africa’s four-time Grammy Award winner, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming
onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is
ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Since the world discovered their powerful a
cappella vocals from Paul Simon’s Graceland album, the original members have welcomed a younger
generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading a message of peace, love,
and harmony to millions of people the world over. The younger members, led by the four sons of group founder
Joseph Shabalala, who joined the group almost twenty-five years ago, have infused the group with a youthful
energy and the promise of a bright future. It was Nelson Mandela who anointed the group “South Africa’s
cultural ambassadors to the world,” a designation the members carry with them with the highest honor.
THE CHOIR OF MAN – Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known
across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable
joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub (free beer anyone?!?) that
combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The
multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to
roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend!
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
ROMANCE! ADVENTURE! GERSHWIN! WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE! In post-war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret -and realizes he is not her only suitor. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite production features your favorite Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.” Don’t miss this touring Broadway musical!
MOMIX – VIVA MOMIX – Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Combining illusion, beauty, magic, fun and inventiveness, VIVA MOMIX features everything MOMIX is known for. Recognized internationally for presenting work of exceptional innovation and physical artistry, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. VIVA MOMIX includes a collection of the most iconic pieces from the company’s illustrious repertoire. Surreal, wondrous and massively creative, there’s nothing like MOMIX!
The Angelina Arts Alliance continues its commitment to fun and educational family programming for all ages
with its 2019-2020 DISCOVERY SERIES. The new season brings four (4) outstanding performance. Tickets for most performances are $5 for youth and $10 for adults, with the exception of American Girl Live!
DINO-LIGHT – Sunday, September 22, 2019, 2 p.m.
DINO-LIGHT, formerly known as Darwin the Dinosaur, was the recipient of the prestigious Jim Henson
Foundation Grant and first feature-length theatrical production created and performed by creators Ian Carney
and Corbin Popp.
In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the
dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness
and help him find the true meaning of love.
This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing and has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry,
technology and dance by audiences all over the world.
JUNGLE BOOK – Sunday, November 24, 2019, 2 p.m.
From the creators of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea comes a new theatrical adaptation of Rudyard
Kipling’s Jungle Book, re-imagining the classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the
world’s jungles. Using a rich sound-scape and immersive multimedia, Jungle Book will feature your favourite
characters like you’ve never seen before, and will delve deep into the original themes of the story, and our
relationship to the animal kingdom.
POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER – Sunday, January 5, 2020, 2 p.m.
Voted Best Family Show in Vegas! The most beloved family show in the world, featuring European-style circus
extravaganza including physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs
and even house cats! All our pets are trained using positive reinforcement techniques and enhancing their
Popovich, a fifth generation circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals,
has rescued a majority of his performers from shelters all over the country, and has transformed them into Las
Vegas stars. He is a gold medal winner in Paris France and a special award winner in Monte Carlo. Gregory and
his pets were finalists on "America's Got Talent", were guests on TV shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman,
Craig Ferguson, was a feature on Animal Planet and many many more. Do not miss this opportunity to see this
unique family-friendly show featuring this legendary circus entertainer and his furry friends.
AMERICAN GIRL – LIVE! – Sunday, March 8, 2020, 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20/adults and $10/youth. VIP Tickets are $30/Adults and $20/youth
Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to a city near you! American Girl Live is a premiere
stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. During an exciting summer
away at sleepover camp, bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life for some new friends, iconic
American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. American Girl Live features iconic American Girl
characters and brand-new original camper characters as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and
learn the power of friendship.
American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., a creations company
that inspires the wonder of childhood. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring
world of dolls, content, and experiences that nourish a girl's spirit and help develop her strength of character.
Best-selling lines include Truly Me™, Girl of the Year™, Bitty Baby™, WellieWishers™, and American Girl's
classic historical characters. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on
americangirl.com, in its proprietary U.S. experiential retail stores, as well as at specialty retailers nationwide.
By inspiring girls to be their best, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of
parents and educators.
Season subscriptions will be available beginning in June at the Temple Theater box office weekdays, 11 am - 5 pm, or call 936-633-5454 for more information. Remaining single tickets for every show will go on sale August 5, 2019 at 11 am. For more information, about the upcoming 2019-2020 Temple Theater Performing Arts Series visit the Angelina Arts Alliance website at www.angelinaarts.org and follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news and ticket giveaways.
The Angelina Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the community by presenting a diverse array of performing arts and educational opportunities.