Peoples Bank Theatre Announces Inaugural Spotlight Series

With its January grand opening weekend nearly sold-out, the Peoples Bank Theatre, in downtown Marietta, is announcing its inaugural series of concerts in the newly-restored historic hall.

The Winter-Spring 2016 Spotlight Series features 10 performances, encompassing a mix of music, comedy and dance. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 1.

The Spotlight Series kicks off with the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete History of Comedy on January 23 at 8 p.m.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has created ten world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The company’s itinerary has included stops off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, and Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival.

From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.

On February 4, the nationally touring production of Saturday Night Fever takes center stage at 8 p.m. The original production in London was nominated for Best New Musical and then enjoyed a run of more than 500 performances when it was later staged on Broadway.

This brand new production of Saturday Night Fever is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love?

Set in 1976 in Brooklyn, New York, the musical follows the story of Tony Manero, a young man with a dead end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life – To Become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn and they decide to train together for a dance competition, their lives begin to change forever.

Standup comedian and NPR personality Paula Poundstone steps up to the microphone on February 13 at 8 p.m. Poundstone appears as regular panelist on NPR’s number-one show, the weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. This year she was also part of the talented cast in Pixar’s critically acclaimed movie, INSIDE OUT, and she tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country.

On March 12 at 8 p.m. Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley meet as old friends and welcome the audience in the Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, as well as a sprinkling of brand new
material, all reinterpreted for the duo format.

The Johnny Clegg Band follows with a high-energy world music concert on March 25 at 8 p.m. Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country. In France, where he enjoys a massive following, he is fondly called Le Zulu Blanc – the white Zulu.

On March 26 at 8 p.m. Rhythm in the Night, the Irish Dance Spectacular, reimagines traditional Irish dance to take the audience on an exciting journey of a fallen hero and his rise to redemption for an unforgettable experience the entire family will enjoy.

The McCartney Years, on April 16 at 8 p.m., brings to Peoples Bank Theatre a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid-1970s Paul McCartney concert, spanning more than 20 hit albums. The group was praised by the late Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein – the man who brought the original Beatles to North America – as “the best on the scene today.”

On May 7, Ballet Folklorico brings a celebration of Mexican dance to the stage, with a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 8 p.m. The Ballet Follkorico was created to preserve Mexican folk dances and to provide others with the opportunity to appreciate diversity among cultures.

Peoples Bank Theatre welcomes The Glenn Miller Orchestra on May 14 at 8 p.m., celebrating the Swing Era of the 1930s and 40s. Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the Army Air Force Band libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

The first Spotlight Season of 2016 concludes with a spell-binding
performance by The Cashore Marionettes on June 15 at 8 p.m. The internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others.

The program, Simple Gifts, is a series of touching portrayals and
poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such
composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical
illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in
Simple Gifts provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing. The marionettes are engineering marvels with a quality of movement that is extraordinary.

Beginning December 1, tickets for Spotlight Series performances may be ordered online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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