Stiefel Theatre 2013 Winter/Spring Lineup
The Stiefel Theatre announces the 2013 Winter/Spring line-up with 14 new shows!
Tickets go on-sale to the public on Wednesday, December 5th at 9am. Tickets go on-sale to Stiefel Friend’s members (Ruby and above) Wednesday, November 28th. Buy direct from the Stiefel at 785-827-1998 and save or go to ticketmaster.com or stiefeltheatre.org to buy online.
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH MATISYAHU
Saturday, Feb 2, 8pm
When MATISYAHU released his debut album in 2004, Shake Off the Dust…Arise, his musical persona was a novelty: a Hasidic Jew with a full beard and long curls, dressed in a black suit with a broad-brimmed black hat worn over a yarmulke, who rapped in the Jamaican dancehall style. However, Matisyahu was serious about his craft, and his diverse style soon garnered Grammy nominations, gold record certifications, and a broad audience.
DON PASQUALE- THE WICHITA GRAND OPERA
Friday, February 8, 7pm
$35, $28, students $10
The Wichita Grand Opera will present Donizetti’s hilarious comedic opera, Don Pasquale, under the music direction of our very own Maestro Ken Hakoda. The title role will be sung by William Powers, a veteran of the Metropolitan Opera and virtually every other major opera house in the world. Don’t miss the first fully-staged Wichita Grand Opera production to be presented in Salina! (To be performed in English). Acclaimed director/performer John Stephens returns to Wichita Grand Opera for the company premiere of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. In Donizetti’s sparkling comedy, composed in an eleven-day burst of inspiration, the elderly bachelor Pasquale forbids his nephew Ernesto to marry the penniless Norina, but the young couple hatches a hilarious plot to change his mind
THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
Sunday, February 17, 7:30pm
$38, $47, $47
Bill Medley is a seminal figure in the history of American music. He is perhaps best known as half of the unmistakable duo, The Righteous Brothers. Their raw emotional rhythm and blues sound essentially created the genre “blue-eyed soul.” In the mid-1960s, the Righteous Brothers became a fixture on Top Forty radio with hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” “Just Once in My Life,” “Unchained Melody,” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” creating an ultra- dramatic take on Sixties pop romance. On March 10, 2003, The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction came just months before Bobby Hatfield’s unexpected death. Medley not only lost his singing partner…he had lost a close friend whom he’d known since his late-teens. After a period of mourning, Medley made the decision to continue touring as a solo artist
Opening by PIETA BROWN
Saturday, February 23, 8pm
$29, $39, $49
“Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion.” – Rolling Stone
Mavis won a 2011 GRAMMY for You Are Not Alone (produced by Jeff Tweedy) for Best Americana Album, was a 2010 GRAMMY Nominee for Live: Hope At The Hideout (Best Contemporary Blues Album) and featured on Oh Happy Day (Best Traditional Gospel Album), “Waiting For My Child To Come Home” performed with Patty Griffin. With the groundbreaking family gospel group The Staple Singers (“I’ll Take You There”, “Respect Yourself”) and on her own, Mavis is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots. Rolling Stone named Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself” among Top 500 Songs of All Time.
Wednesday, February 27, 6pm
Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! Sometimes he pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama, and sometimes he pretends to be a whale… Anything BUT a Siamese cat! His Mama sends him to his room so that he can think about behaving like the cat he really is. While bouncing on his big boy bed, Skippyjon’s wild imagination takes over again as he catches his reflection in a mirror. “Holy guacamole,” Skippyjon exclaims. “My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat – I am a CHIHUAHUA!” And not just any Chihuahua. He dons a mask, a cape, and an accent, and transforms into Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico! But when the local pack of chihuahuas is terrorized by the gigantic bee, Alfredo Buzzito El Blimpo Bublebeeto Bandito, will Skippyjon be a ‘fraidy-cat or the top dog? Based on the book by Judy Schachner, and from the creators of Theatreworks USA’s Junie B. Jones and Click, Clack, Moo, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams. (Approximately one hour in length, recommended for grades K -4)
Thursday, March 7, 8pm
$37, $46, $46
When an artist looks back on his or her own career, there are always moments he or she can point to where there was a shift to another level. Those defining moments tend to be easy to spot with the benefit of hindsight but more difficult to see without the passage of time. Yet Chris Young has a sense that something is happening. “I really do believe in timing,” says Young. “Everybody has a different point in their career when things start to come together and click, when it’s your time.” And as far as timing – Young’s career is ticking like a Swiss watch. The last three singles Chris Young has released have all hit #1 on the charts, including the smash hit “Gettin’ You Home,” a song that earned him his first‐ever Grammy nomination. “Music is why I’m here and it’s something I can’t live without,” says Young. “It’s what I’m built to do.” His self‐titled first album would go on to earn Young the title of best‐selling new male artist for 2006 and a nod for the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award.
THE CELTIC TENORS
Thursday, March 14, 7:30pm
$25, $32, $40
As a true Stiefel favorite, The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland and will come back to the Stiefel for the third time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their very own traditional Irish tradition. In 2000, following an impromptu audition at EMI in London, the Celtic Tenors were signed on the spot to an international record deal, a highly unusual event that was the talk of the music industry. The Celtic Tenors continue to re-invent the whole tenor idiom by pioneering a new style of cool never before seen on the classical stage and by breaking the traditional stuffy tenor mold.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
Tuesday, April 9, 8pm
$76, $76, $88
There’s no separating the unparalleled legacy of the Doobie Brothers from their latest release World Gone Crazy. World Gone Crazy is another chapter in one of the great American music stories, but it’s neither comeback nor nostalgia. An exhibition of aggressive and emotional performances, evocative storytelling, unapologetic attitude and world class musicianship, the collection is its own justification. Like the nation that spawned the many musical styles they’ve adopted, the Doobie Brothers’ deepest traditions are change, growth, striving and an abiding faith in the future. And so World Gone Crazy pays tribute to the Doobie Brothers legacy the most appropriate way possible … by moving resolutely forward.
Thursday, April 11, 8pm
$39, $44, $49
Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years. At 13, Judy Collins made her public debut performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival, that sparked Judy’s love of lyrics. She soon moved away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar. In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22 and began a thirty-five year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including poet/musician Leonard Cohen – and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Now 71, Judy is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.
Friday, April 12, 8pm
Lewis is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today, and returns to the Stiefel for the second time after selling out his first show here. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sold out audiences. Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
Friday, April 19, 8pm
$38, $49, $55
David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches,One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009).
Monday, April 22, 8pm
$76, $88, $88
Starting in 1967, well before all the hits started flowing, Chicago established a reputation for its powerful live show. Fueled by a passion for music, Chicago’s members exploded the conventions of what rock music could or should be. The result was a groundbreaking new form, played by extraordinarily talented musicians. Early fans like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were sufficiently impressed – they took the group out on their respective tours. Once the group began making records, fans rewarded the group with record sales of 100,000,000, 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One Singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 33 albums have been certified platinum. To date, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades – a landmark accomplishment. Of course, in 1967, success was measured in more modest terms. Each member had learned a variety of styles while playing for the many different racial and ethnic groups that populate Chicago. This musical fusion struck the lovely chord that became Chicago. Paramount for this nascent group was creating a rock ‘n roll band with horns. The band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
Tuesday, May 7, 6pm
$27, $27, $37
For the first time ever, The Jim Henson Company’s Pajanimals are packing their bags and hitting the road to bring a brand new live musical production to the Stiefel Theatre in Salina. PAJANIMALS LIVE: PAJAMA PLAYDATE (www.pajanimalslive.com) is filled with lively music, interactive dance fun and silly adventures all set in the cozy, comfy environment of the Pajanimals world. This fun and nurturing show is designed to introduce kids and families to their first theater experience. Seen in the U.S. every night on the 24-hour preschool channel Sprout and NBC Kids on Saturday mornings, Pajanimals has quickly become a favorite for preschoolers and their parents so fans of all ages are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas to the show and join in on the fun.
Friday, May 10, 8pm
$37, $46, $46
Easton Corbin knew he wanted to be a country singer well before he learned how to play guitar. “One of my earliest memories is from when I was three or four,” he remembers. “I was sitting between my parents in the car and a song came on the radio-it was Mel McDaniel’s ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’. Now those lifelong dreams are coming true. The accolades are continuing to roll in for Easton, who is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1 – “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” In a six-month period, he received 13 country music award nominations and won three country music trophies. Most recently, he received three nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards — Top New Solo Vocalist as well as Single and Song of the Year for his debut hit, “A Little More Country Than That.”
THE BEACH BOYS
Sunday, May 19, 8pm
$67, $77, $77
Nashville – As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. Since lead-singer and rock’s quintessential front man Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin’” (1961), the band has had a string of chart-topping songs and albums that spans the career and includes eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.” The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. They have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.