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2013-14 Kanawha Valley arts calendar

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Here is a listing for the upcoming season of entertainment and more for the Kanawha Valley and surrounding area.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

All symphonic and pops concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Clay Center Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series:

Season ticket packages are $112, $162, $262 and $327. Individual symphonic tickets are $27.50, $40.50, $56.50 and $68.50.

"Tchaikovsky V": Sept. 20 and 21. Cellist Jolyon Pegis and violinist Maria Schleuning join the orchestra to perform Rozsa's Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello and orchestra Op. 29; also: Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

"Copland: Appalachian Spring": Oct. 18 and 19. Trumpeters Vince DiMartino and Rex Richardson join the WVSO in a performance of Paulus' Concerto for Two Trumpets and Orchestra; also: Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," Grant Cooper's "Appalachian Autumn" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring."

"Rach 2": Nov. 15 and 16. Lola Astanova performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 18 with the orchestra. Also: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Overture to Tsar's Bride" and "Scheherazade" as well as Barber's "School for Scandal Overture."

"Brahms No. 1": Jan. 24 and 25. Valentina Lisitsa performs Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15. The WVSO also performs Sibelius' Symphony No. 1.

"Beethoven Violin Concerto": Feb. 28 and March 1. The Mary Price Ratrie Legacy Concert. Astral Artists violinist Korbinian Altenberger joins the WVSO for Beethoven's Violin Concerto; also on the program is Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica").

"Carmina Burana": May 2 and 3. "Carmina Burana" will be performed by soprano Janet Brown, tenor Gerald T. Gray, baritone Paul Kreider, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and the West Virginia University Chorus.

ZMM Orchestra Pops Series:

Season ticket packages are $82, $117, $177, and $222. Individual concert tickets are $27.50, $40.50, $56.50, and $68.50.

"Home for the Holidays": Dec. 6 and 7. Favorite holiday music with special touches and unique arrangements by Maestro Cooper.

"Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show": Feb. 7 and 8. The orchestra joins with the internationally acclaimed touring cast and production crew honoring the Rolling Stones.

"The John Williams Experience": March 14 and  15. The orchestra performs movie soundtrack hits from "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "E.T."

"Wicked Divas": April 11 and 12. Concert features diva showstoppers from Broadway, opera and popular music. It includes selections from the Tony Award-winning musicals "Wicked," "Gypsy," "Ragtime," "Titanic" and opera selections from Bizet's "Carmen."

City National Bank Family Discovery Series:

Concerts begin at 11 a.m. in the Clay Center Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Season tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for children. Individual concert tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

"Happy Birthday, West Virginia!": Oct. 19.

"A Celebration of Your Self": March 15. With special guest Slim Goodbody.

"The Music of Harry Potter": April 12.

Co-productions:

"Home for Christmas -- The Symphony Tour": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The all-female musical quartet Celtic Woman will perform with the orchestra in a holiday performance co-presented with the Clay Center. Tickets: $45, $65, $79, $89.

"The Nutcracker": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tchaikovsky's holiday classic is presented with the Charleston Ballet. Tickets are $24 to $54 for adults, $12 to $34 for children.

Clay Center Presents

All shows are in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

The Beach Boys: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. With a laidback, Southern California vibe, they created legendary hits like "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't it be Nice" and "Surfin' USA." Tickets $45, $58, $68, $75.

"Mountain Stage": 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason and Red Baraat are the perfect blend of indie, soul, rock and jazz music as each takes a turn bringing their own unique style to the stage. Tickets $30.

Dennis DeYoung: 8 p.m. Oct. 11. "Come Sail Away" with decades of top-10 hits performed by one of the founding members of Styx, a legendary musician with a phenomenal voice that helped rocket the rock band to fame. Tickets $30, $40, $50.

Doobie Brothers: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Hear new hits from their latest album, "World Gone Crazy," and American classics like "Black Water" and "Listen to the Music." Tickets $45, $55, $65.

Diana Krall: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The award-winning artist will play tracks from her new album, "Glad Rag Doll," along with favorites from her vast and distinguished career. Tickets $40, $60, $75, $89.

Jonas Brothers with Bonnie McKee: 7 p.m. Oct 25. The pop sensations and former Disney stars will perform such hits as "Hold On," "Tonight" and "Paranoid." Tickets $45, $65, $85 and $125.

"Les Miserables": 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. Co-presented with the Charleston Light Opera Guild. The popular musical is an epic tale of passion, sacrifice and redemption. Tickets $25.

Celtic Woman: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Co-presented with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The angelic vocalists and mesmerizing violinist celebrate Christmas with a wondrous concert to be enjoyed by the entire family. Tickets $45, $65, $79, $89.

Broadway in Charleston

All shows are at the Clay Center and begin at 7:30 p.m., unless noted. Season ticket packages are $235 and $350 for six shows, $190 and $295 for five shows and $145 and $230 for four shows. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

"West Side Story": 7 p.m. Nov 24. Featuring such classics of the American musical theater as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere." Tickets $44.50 and $65.50.

"Elvis Lives": Jan. 7. An unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey across the life of Elvis Presley. Tickets $49.50 and $60.

"The Addams Family": 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Tickets $39.50 and $60.50.

"Hair": Feb. 3. An exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. Contains adult themes and material. Tickets $33.50 and $55.

"Million Dollar Quartet": March 27. Inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Tickets $44.50 and $65.50.

"Bring It On: The Musical": May 5. A high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination, with a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance and aerial stunts. Tickets $33.50 and $55.

Charleston Community Music Association

All concerts are at 3 p.m., except where noted, in Riggleman Hall, University of Charleston. Season tickets: adults $100, youths $20, college students $40. Single-show tickets are $35. Call 304-744-1400.

Back On Broadway: 7 p.m. Sept. 20. An evening of Broadway show tunes, including "The Producers," "South Pacific," "Legally Blonde" and "Avenue Q."

The Glenn Miller Orchestra: Oct. 27. Orchestra of famed bandleader, best known for songs like "In the Mood," "Moonlight Serenade," "Tuxedo Junction" and more.

The Four Freshmen: Nov. 10. Legendary vocal harmony group.

The Legends of Motown and More, starring Horizon: March 2. Finger-snapping, hand-clapping, high-energy hits of Motown.

Liverpool Legends: April 6. Popular Beatles tribute band returns.

Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance

Shows begin at 8 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater. Season tickets: adults $70, students $35. Individual tickets: adults $20, seniors $15 and students $10. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.

Liz Carroll and Daithi Sproule of Derry: Oct. 12. National Heritage Fellowship award-winning and Grammy-nominated fiddler with one of Irish music's most respected guitar accompanists.

Songs of the Civil War: Nov. 23. Features heritage music with performances by David Norris and the 97th Regimental String Band.

New Year Celebration: Jan. 4. A celebration of the music of Hank Williams, featuring performances by John Lilly, Rob McNurlin with steel guitarist Kayton Roberts, fiddler Buddy Griffin as well Roger Carroll and Ritchie Collins.

Robin Kessinger: Jan. 25. National flat pick guitar champion performs and will also receive FOOTMAD's FOOTbridge award.

Vishten: Feb. 15. Award-winning international Canadian folk trio.

Blind Boy Jerron Paxton: March 1. Multi-instrumentalist bluesman and second cousin to blues icon Robert Johnson.

The Carper Family: April 12. Bluegrass, old-time, country and swing band music.

'Mountain Stage'

Shows start at 7 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater unless otherwise noted. Advance tickets $15 and $25 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Call 800-594-8499 unless otherwise noted.

Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason and Red Baraat: Sept. 29. Clay Center, Charleston. Advance tickets $30. At the door $35. Call 304-561-3570 or www.claycenter.org.

Ashley Monroe, John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band and Bombadil: Oct. 6. WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown. Call 800-745-3000. Advance tickets $30, at the door $35.

Brett Dennan, Joy Kills Sorrow, The James Hunter Six, The Bobs, Dominique Pruitt: Oct. 13.

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Sarah Jarosz, Old Man Luedecke, The Deadly Gentlemen, ETSU Old Time Pride Band: Oct. 20. D.P. Culp University Center, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. Advance tickets $30, at the door $35.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Vieux Farka Toure, Mason Jennings, The Greencards: Oct. 27.

Del McCoury Band, The Travelin' McCourys with special guest Susan Werner, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Nov. 3.

Deer Tick, Ed Kowalczyk, The Defibulators, Luray: Nov. 10. WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown. Advance tickets $23. At the door $28.

Charleston Chamber Music Society

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Season tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for first-time members and $10 for students. Individual tickets are $20. For more information, call 304-344-5389 or visit www.charlestonchambermusic.org.

American Chamber Players: Sept. 28. Playing violin, viola, cello, flute and piano, the group returns for its third Charleston performance. Miles Hoffman is the director.

Janus Trio: Nov. 9. The all-female group on flute, violin and viola has added 30 pieces written specially for it since 2002.

Atos Trio: Feb.22. The trio (violin, cello and piano) received the BBC's Radio 3's New Generation Artists designation and has been featured by the station the past two years.

Ryan Kennedy: April 5: The Charleston guitarist is a regular on "Mountain Stage" and will play classical guitar.

Bohemian Quartet: May 17. The quartet, playing violin, viola, cello and double bass, performs music in the gypsy tradition and other Eastern European styles.

Montclaire String Quartet

Concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the Erma Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston. Season ticket packages are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Individual concert tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

"Vienna Nights": Oct. 6. Mozart's Quartet in F Major, Anton Webern's Langsamer Satz and Brahms' Quartet in B Flat Major.

"Miniatures Revisited": Nov. 24. The quartet will feature a selection of short chamber works.

"New England Patriots": Feb. 2. Charles Ives' String Quartet No. 1, Amy Beach's String Quartet in One Movement Op. 89 and George Chadwick's String Quartet No. 4.

"Lucky Seven": March 23. Haydn's String Quartet, Grant Cooper's "Octagons" and Beethoven's Septet.

WomanSong

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free. Visit www.womansongchorale.org.

Holiday concert: Dec. 14. Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Concert will feature the Con Brio Children's Choir of the Appalachian Children's Choir.

Spring concert: April 26. Location to be announced. Concert will feature American music.

West Virginia Symphony Chorus

Fall performance: 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. The chorus will feature Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and works by Bach, Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Mack Willberg. Free.

The chorus also will be featured in the West Virginia Symphony's "Home for the Holidays" (Dec. 6 and 7) and "Carmina Burana" (May 2 and 3) performances. For more information, contact David Castleberry at 304-696-2963.

West Virginia Youth Symphony

Concerts are at 3 p.m. unless noted. Call 304-561-3542 or visit www.wvyouthsymphony.org.

Winter concert: Dec. 15. Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. Tickets $10 for adults, free for children.

Chamber concert: March 16. Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors.

Spring concert: May 4. Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. Tickets $10 for adults; free for children.

Symphony Sunday concert: June 1, time to be announced. University of Charleston riverbank lawn. Free.

Appalachian Children's Chorus

For more information, visit www.wvacc.org or call 304-343-1111, except where noted.

"Night Journey" concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Clay Center. All eight ACC choirs will perform in a holiday celebration along with the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. A recorder ensemble and brass band also will play. Tickets $15. Call 304-561-3570.

Spring concert 1: 7:30 p.m. April 26, West Virginia State University, Institute. Tickets $12.

Spring concert 2: 3 p.m. April 27, Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St. Tickets $12.

Appalachian Festival of Young Voices: 7:30 p.m. June 30, Civic Center Little Theater. Free.

University of Charleston Concert Choir

Performances are free and in the Erma Byrd Gallery, Riggleman Hall, University of Charleston. Call 304-357-4903 or visit www.ucwv.edu.

Holiday gala concert: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Spring concert: 3 p.m. April 27.

Charleston Ballet

Except for "The Nutcracker," performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Little Theater, and tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors in advance, $5 more at the door. Call 304-342-6541 or visit www.thecharlestonballet.com.

"Behind Barres: Reality Ballet": Oct. 18 and 19. This mixed-bill program will be an interactive and participatory performance as the audience sees how the training of ballet dancers evolves from the classroom to the stage. Performances will feature music composed by West Virginia Symphony Maestro Grant Cooper, choreography by Christopher Fleming and guest dancers from Ballet Fleming in Philadelphia.

"The Nutcracker": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tchaikovsky's holiday classic is co-presented with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and features more than 150 performers. Tickets are $24 to $54 for adults, $12 to $34 for children. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

"La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer)": March 7 and 8. Set in exotic India, this full-length ballet features a love triangle between Nikiya, a bayadere (temple dancer); Solar, a noble warrior; and Gamzatti, the beautiful daughter of the wealthy raja. Performed with guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet of South Carolina.

River City Youth Ballet

Call 304-925-3262 or visit www.rcyb.org.

"Art in Motion": 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Culture Center. An original concept production in collaboration with West Virginia artists and choreographers, including Jeff Pierson, Newman Jackson, Harold Edwards and students from West Virginia State University. Tickets $12 adults, $8 children.

"Nutcracker in Review": 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Old Clendenin Middle School. A shortened rendition of the holiday favorite, designed for all ages. Tickets $3.

Moscow Ballet "Great Russian Nutcracker": 5 p.m. Dec. 15, Municipal Auditorium. Sixty dancers from all over the state will dance with 50 Russian dancers for this special annual production. Tickets $28 and up.

"Cinderella": 7 p.m. March 7 (date tentative), Civic Center Little Theater. The classic tale of Cinderella as told through dance. Tentatively scheduled to be performed with the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for children.

JADCO Contemporary Dance Company

Tickets $24 for adults, $18 for children through 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org. Call 304-345-5141 with questions.

"Finding Boots": 7:30 p.m. March 21, Clay Center. Original children's ballet written by January Wolfe and orchestrated by Mark Scarpelli takes place in an art museum where the main character, Boots, uses the paintings as her hiding places. Features more than 80 dancers, a full orchestra and a host of vocalists.

Charleston Light Opera Guild

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $25 unless otherwise noted. Call 304-342-9312 or visit www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.

"Les Misérables": Nov. 1-3 and 8-10. Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Maier Performance Hall, Clay Center. Co-presented with the Clay Center. Musical of epic tale set in 19th-century France focusing on the struggles and redemption of an ex-convict. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org for tickets.

"Godspell": Late January-early February. Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Ave. A series of parables on the Gospel of Matthew and set to a score by Stephen Schwartz. Presented in celebration of the guild's 65th anniversary and to honor 40 years of youth theater. Tickets $20.

"9 to 5: The Musical": May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17. Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tony- and Grammy-nominated musical based on the hit Dolly Parton movie about three female co-workers who conspire against their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss.

Kanawha Players

All shows take place at the Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St. Performances are at 8 p.m. with one 2 p.m. Sunday matinee per production.

Season packages are $96 for 10 tickets or $51 for five, available until Oct. 25. Family savings plans per show (advance purchase only) are $34 for two adults and two children and $22 for one adult and two children; additional children $10 each on both plans. Individual tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (with ID), seniors and children 18 and under. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.

"Night of the Living Dead": Oct. 18-20, 25 and 26. Stage adaptation of the classic zombie film. Presented in black and white -- except for the blood.

"Extremities": March 7-9, 14 and 15. Suspenseful drama about an attempted rape and its aftermath, as the victim turns the table on her attacker and her roommates arrive home to discover the situation.

"Forever Plaid": May 9, 10 and 16-18. Comedic 1950s musical revue about a deceased guy group revived to perform the big gig it missed out on in life.

Alban Arts Center

All shows are at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and younger; discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. Musical comedy based on and featuring the "Peanuts" gang.

"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus": Dec. 13-15 and 20-22. Based on the book by L. Frank Baum detailing Santa's magical origins.

"Dracula": Feb. 14-16 and 21-23. Adapted from Bram Stoker's classic horror story about the Transylvanian vampire.

"Antigone": April 25-27 and May 2-4. The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

"Lost in Yonkers": June 20-22 and 27-29. Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age tale.

No Pants Players

Call 877-467-7689 or visit www.nopantsplayers.com for more information on these improv comedy shows.

Sept. 19: Adults-only show. 9:30 p.m. (following an 8 p.m. open mic). Timothy's Bar, 1022 Quarrier St. (below Quarrier Diner). $10.

Oct. 24: HallowEast murder mystery dinner theater (somewhat adult-oriented). 6 p.m. Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. Ticket prices to be announced.

Oct. 25: HallowEast/FestivFALL adults-only show. 9 p.m. Clay Center art gallery. Alcohol will be served. $15.

Oct. 27: All-ages show. 2 p.m. Tamarack, Beckley. Free.

Dec. 7: "Joytacular" all-ages show (benefit for the American Heart Association). 7 p.m. Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. $12 adults, $10 children 12 and younger.

Contemporary Youth Arts Company

All performances are at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Evening shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., when offered. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Call 304-342-6522 for reservations and group rates.

"Our Town": Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 4-6. No matinees. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about life in quintessential small-town America in the early 20th century.

"Mary": Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-7. Annual performance of the Kehde/Scarpelli holiday rock opera about the months leading up to Jesus' birth through his mother's eyes.

"Lincoln": Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and Feb. 6-8. Kehde/Scarpelli musical about the president's final day.

"The Rack": April 3-5 and 10-12. No matinees. A new Dan Kehde drama about life, pressure and the need for perfection in a family where two siblings vie for the honor of being named the best child of the month by their parents.

"The Blob: The Musical": June 19-22 and 26-28. A tribute to the 1957 classic sci-fi thriller.

"The Best of Boxes": July 31-Aug. 2. No matinees. A collection of some of the most memorable monologues by Dan Kehde from 15 years of "Boxes" shows.

"Joseph, Mother of God, Pt. 1": Aug. 7-9 and 14-16. No matinees. A new dark comedy by Dan Kehde about mankind's second chance for salvation.

West Virginia State University Theater

Shows are at the Skeen Theatre in the Cole Complex at WVSU unless noted. For more information, call Susan Marrash-Minnerly at 304-766-5110.

"Maul of the Dead": 7:30 and 11 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. A darkly comedic zombie tale set in 1978 in a shopping mall. Tickets $3.

"Clybourne Park": 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-23. Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama written in response to "A Raisin in the Sun" that explores race relations and gentrification in a changing Chicago neighborhood. Adults $5, all students free.

"Little Shop of Horrors": 7:30 p.m. April 16-19. WVSU Davis Fine Arts Theater. Comedic musical about a nerdy florist who raises a man-eating plant. Adults $10, all students free.

Arts Resources for the Tri-State

All shows take place at the ARTS theater, 900 Eighth St., Huntington (old Huntington High School). Evening shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees, if offered, are at 2 p.m.

Season tickets for 2014 are $75, available through Feb. 8. Individual tickets are $15 for the show only or $30 for dinner and the show, unless noted, and dinner reservations are recommended as they sell out. Call 304-733-2787 or visit www.facebook.com/artstristate.

Remaining 2013 shows:

"Shenandoah": Oct. 11-13 and 18-20. Civil War-era musical based on the Jimmy Stewart film of the same name.

"Laughter on the 23rd Floor": Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 6 and 7. No matinees. Neil Simon comedy set backstage at a comedy/variety show in the early 1950s, loosely based on his time with Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows." Tickets $10 for show, $25 for show and dinner.

2014 season:

"12 Angry Men": Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7 and 8. No matinees. Classic drama about a jury deliberating a murder trial.

"The Pirates of Penzance": March 21-23 and 28-30. Gilbert & Sullivan's comedic opera about a young man's accidental apprenticeship with pirates.

"The Boy Friend": May 23-25 and May 30-June 1. A 1920s musical theater parody about young lovers on the French Rivera.

"Much Ado About Nothing": Aug. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. No matinees. Considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies.

"Crazy For You": Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2. A romantic comedy musical with music by the Gershwins.

"Rabbit Hole": Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. No matinees. Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family coping with the sudden death of a child.

Marshall Artists Series

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Huntington. Call 304-696-6656 or order tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Bill Burr: Sept. 18. Adult-rated stand-up comedian. Tickets $25.

Natalie Cole: Oct. 10. Nine-time Grammy Award winner best known for hits that include "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and "Unforgettable." Tickets $35, $59 and $75.

Jason Mraz: Oct. 18. Singer-songwriter responsible for hits like "I'm Yours," "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" and "I Won't Give Up." Tickets $20, $39.50 and $59.50.

Kevin Pollak: Oct. 28. An evening of comedy with actor, comedian, impressionist and writer who has appeared in 60 films, including "A Few Good Men" and "The Usual Suspects." Tickets $35 and $51.

Blue Man Group: Nov. 12 and 13. Wildly popular theatrical show that combines music, comedy and technology to produce a unique form of entertainment. Tickets $45, $50 and $58.

Blood, Sweat and Tears Holiday Celebration: Dec. 3. Grammy Award-winning pop group with 40-piece orchestra. Tickets $35, $45 and $62.50.

"Million Dollar Quartet": Jan 26. Touring show of Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about the famed recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Tickets $45, $50 and $58.

Austria's Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra: Jan 30. Conducted by Philippe Entremont and featuring piano soloist Sebastian Knauer, the orchestra will perform a repertoire of Austria's best composers. Tickets $35, $48 and $65.

"Carmen": Feb. 20. Bizet's best-known opera, presented by Teatro Lirico D'Europa, complete with a full orchestra. Tickets $25, $40 and $58.

Roslyn Kind, sister of Barbra Streisand: March 11. An evening of cabaret with music and some family storytelling. Tickets $45.

"American Idiot": 8 p.m. April 24. Groundbreaking Broadway musical, based on Green Day's Grammy award-winning album. Tickets $45, $50 and $58.

WVU University Arts Series

Shows at 7:30 p.m. at the WVU Creative Arts Center unless otherwise noted. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

"Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story": Sept. 23. Musical charting the rise of rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly. Tickets $44, $49, $52, $55 and $60.

B.B. King: Oct. 15. Blues legend with 18 Grammy wins. Tickets $55, $75, $85 and $95.

Kathy Griffin: Nov. 6. Two-time Emmy-winning comedian and author. Tickets $50.75, $70.75, $80.75, $90.75 and $100.75.

"Hello Dolly!" starring Sally Struthers: Nov. 13. Tony Award-winning Broadway favorite about the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, who travels Yonkers looking to make a match for half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. Tickets $45, $50, $52 and $56.

Kenny Rogers: 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Country and pop music legend known for many hits, including "The Gambler," "Coward of the County" and "Ruby." Tickets $50.75, $60.75, $75.75 and $78.75.

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker": Dec. 12. Moscow Ballet performs holiday favorite. Tickets $46, $59 and $69.

Bob Thompson's "Joy to the World": Dec. 14. "Mountain Stage" pianist brings his annual holiday special to Morgantown with guest vocalist Heather Masse. Tickets $28, $33 and $38.

William Shatner in "Shatner's World": Jan. 16. An evening of jokes, anecdotes and music with the larger-than-life actor and celebrity William Shatner. Tickets $46, $66, $76, $86 and $153.

"Memphis: The Musical": Jan. 19. Tony Award-winning musical about a DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer ready for her big break. Tickets $44, $49, $52, $55 and $60.

"Godspell": Jan. 25. Beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer of "Wicked." Tickets $44, $49, $52, $55 and $60.

Soweto Gospel Choir: Feb. 11. Two-time Grammy Award-winning choir. The group has collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2 and performed for Nelson Mandela and President Bill Clinton. Tickets $46, $56 and $66.

"Man of La Mancha": March 5. All-new production about the mind of Don Quixote. Tickets $44, $49, $52 and $55.

"Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles": March 17. Multimedia presentation of the music of The Beatles. Tickets $35, $38, $43, $50 and $55.

The Irish Tenors: March 23. Popular, classically trained trio who are familiar to PBS audiences and have sold millions of records around the world. Tickets $44, $49, $55 and $63.

"Menopause: The Musical": March 25. Musical parody set to the music of the 1980s. Tickets $44, $49, $55 and $60.

Amernet String Quartet: March 26. Internationally acclaimed string quartet presents classical and romantic works. Tickets $28, $33, $38.

"Bring It On: The Musical": April 7. Inspired by the film, a musical about cheerleading, friendship and forgiveness. Tickets $44, $49, $52 and $55.

"We Will Rock You": April 22 and 23. Worldwide smash hit musical featuring the music of Queen. Tickets $44, $50, $52, $60 and $80.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's "Swan Lake": 3 p.m. April 27. One of Tchaikovsky's most-famous ballets, "Swan Lake" symbolizes more than 100 years of tradition. Tickets $51, $56, $61 and $66.

"Cirque Dream Rocks": May 17 and 3 p.m. May 18. One-of-a-kind variety show, mixing aerialists, acrobats and strongmen with dancers and pop music. Tickets $39, $46, $52 and $65.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast": June 5. Broadway musical based on the Disney animated film. Tickets $47, $52, $55 and $65.

Carnegie Hall

Shows at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. Tickets $18 to $30, unless otherwise noted. Call 304-645-7917 or www.carnegiehallwv.com.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder: Sept. 20. Multiple Grammy Award-winning bluegrass player. Tickets $23 to $35.

Chris Thile: Oct. 11. Former member of Nickel Creek and leader of the Punch Brothers, Thile is a mandolin virtuoso composer and vocalist.

Catherine Russell: Nov. 15. Noted jazz and blues singer. Tickets $13 to $25.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Dec. 5. "Home for the Holidays" show.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Dec. 12. Grammy Award-winning 13-piece orchestra will perform their new holiday program, "Salsa Navidad."

Tom Hambridge and Friends: Jan. 31. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Tickets $10 to $22.

Hot Club of San Francisco: Feb. 15. Love songs and gypsy jazz from post-World War I Paris. Tickets $13 to $28.

Caladh Nua: March 7. Traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair. Tickets $13 to $25.

Southern Soul Assembly Tour: April 11. Four songwriters on stage for a night of songs and stories inspired by roots of Southern rock, gospel, funk and blues.

Dave Mason: May 9. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, songwriter and singer. Best known for "Feelin' Alright" and "We Just Disagree."

Actors Guild of Parkersburg

All shows take place at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, 724 Market St. Season ticket packages are available, ranging from a three-ticket package for $42 to a 90-ticket business package for $1,000. Call 304-485-1300 or visit www.actors-guild.com.

"Dracula": 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 28, Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6; midnight Oct. 11. Bram Stoker's iconic vampire tale. Tickets $14 adults, $12 seniors/students.

"White Christmas": 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Dec. 7; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and 8. Musical based on the beloved holiday film. Tickets $17 adults, $14 seniors/students, $7 children.

"Lombardi": 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. A play about the inspirational football coach. Tickets $14 adults, $12 seniors/students.

"Annie Jr.": 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 7 and 8; 2:30 p.m. March 8 and 9. Shortened, children's version of the adventures of an orphan. Presented by the Guild Builders youth theater program. Tickets: $7 adults/seniors, $5 students.

"Shrek: The Musical": 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17; 2:30 p.m. A song-filled stage adaptation of the popular animated film. Tickets $17 adults, $14 seniors/students.

"Grandest Canyon": 8 p.m. June 20, 21, 27 and 28; 2:30 p.m. June 22 and 29. Heartfelt comedy about two elderly sisters who set out on a cross-country road trip to fulfill their third sister's dying wish to have her ashes scattered over the Grand Canyon. Tickets $14 adults, $12 seniors/students.

"9 to 5: The Musical": 8 p.m. Aug. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17. Adapted from the film in which three female co-workers set out to turn the tables on their awful boss. Tickets $17 adults, $14 seniors/students.


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