CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Country legend Kenny Rogers headlines the Clay Center's 2013 spring season.
On Tuesday, the arts and sciences center announced the season, which they called a continuation of the "Bright Lights and Big Stars" theme it had in the fall. As with the Clay Center's previous announcement, what is considered "big" might be relative, but the lineup is certainly diverse.
"I see what we're doing as a continuation of our mission," said Rob Rosano, the Clay Center's director of theater and sales. "We really are trying to put together a schedule with something that appeals to everyone."
The season opens Feb. 17 with the return of the Walnut Street Theatre. The Philadelphia company will perform Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days."
On March 6, the Clay Center welcomes Grammy Award winner and occasional actor Kenny Rogers. The 74-year-old singer's career spans almost 60 years and has included a slew of memorable hits including "The Gambler," "Lady" and "Buy Me A Rose."
Jazz bassist Ben Williams and Sound Effect perform March 23. Williams is a versatile musician who combines jazz, R&B, hip-hop and classical genres. He is considered a musician to watch and was recently featured on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concerts."
On April 17, the Capitol Steps return with more political satire and comedy. The troupe's slogan is "We put the MOCK in democracy!"
Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild -- Live!" comes to the Clay Center April 19. Rosano said the well-known Columbus, Ohio, zookeeper will be bringing a bunch of animals for people to see. He expects some stage cleanup will be needed afterward.