HOLSTEIN - The Rosemary Clausen Center for Performing Arts in Holstein has not yet opened its doors, but that has not prevented its energetic volunteer staff from booking a blockbuster season of professional entertainment for 2010-11.
There will be two distinct parts to the schedule. The six event Concert Series will be available on a season ticket basis, and that sale began June 21, 2010.
"This is the best way to see a majority of the shows," said Ken Buell, the Galva-Holstein foundation vice president and ticket director for the Center. Season tickets will feature reserved seating and a discount over single event prices.
"Essentially, it offers six events for the price of five," continued Buell, "and season ticket holders will have renewal options for future years."
Contributors of $500 and above to the Performing Arts Center project will receive ordering preference until July 9. If seats remain available, Buell said the staff will begin processing orders that have been received from the general public on July 12. Season tickets are priced at $130 for six shows, plus a small charge for postage and handling.
In addition to the Concert Series, the Clausen Center will present four matinee performances, which will be sold outside the season ticket package. Ticket orders for those events will be accepted beginning July 20, and more information regarding those shows will be released at a later time.
Rosemary Clausen Center For Performing Arts; P.O. Box 524; Holstein, Ia 50125. Ticket Office Phone 712-368-4849.
Concert Series Events:
Saturday, September 25 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Divas are Woodstock rocker Diane Pini, bluesy dynamo Janelle Lauer and cabaret queen Lynne Rothrock. Imagine Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Bette Midler all together on the same stage -- three magnificent solo artists combining forces to blow the roof off of any venue. When these three get together, there is something for everyone -- rhythm & blues, jazz, musical theater, rock & roll, country -- you name it, they will nail it!
Saturday, November 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade is a show packed with hit after hit from some of the best-loved female vocalists of all time -- Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Patti Page, Connie Francis and Peggy Lee. You'll hear fantastic music performed by an outstanding cast, Colleen Raye, Debra O'Keefe and Sophie Grimm, and you'll take a nostalgic trip back to a simpler time. If your memory doesn't go back to the days of the Hit Parade, you'll see soon enough why this great music has stood the test of time. Backed by a trio of extraordinary musicians under the direction of Norton Lawellin, the music rings with warmth and harmonies, and audiences often join in singing - and sometimes dancing - to their favorites, laughing along with the novelty tunes, and even getting a little teary-eyed during some of the familiar ballads.
An Evening With Groucho
Saturday, January 29, 2011 -- 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of the legendary comedian Groucho Marx. The two act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes, audience interaction and songs, including "Hooray for Captain Spalding" and "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Jim Furmston, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo along with Charlie Chaplin, W. C. Fields and Greta Garbo. It's a show perfect for all ages.
The Chicago Tribune called it "Nothing short of masterful," and the Seattle Times said, "Ferrante does for Groucho what Hal Holbrook does for Mark Twain."
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
From Alaska, Branson and now Nashville, the RedHead Express welcomes you to join their family for a night of outstanding entertainment and high-energy music. From hits of the 50's and 60's to country, traditional bluegrass and old time music, the RedHeads will delight with tight family harmonies and hard-driving instrumentals in their unique acoustic sound. Their song list includes, "When Will I Be Loved", "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow", "Crazy", and "Orange Blossom Special."
Tuesday, March 1 -- 7:30 p.m.
Two dear friends take the stage and bring you cabaret music at its finest. A child prodigy, Jimmy Martin debuted with the Toledo Symphony shortly after his fifth birthday and quickly established himself as one of the country's leading pianists/entertainers, having played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Minneapolis' prestigious Guthrie Theater to music halls and cabaret stages around the world. Dee Noah's rich and diverse career includes work with the Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company and many lead roles with the Chanhassen Theatres in the Twin Cities. She has also sung with the Detroit Grand Opera Association and the Toledo Symphony.
Samples from their performances include "American Bandstand", Try to Remember", "All That Jazz", "Middle-age Blues", and "Happy Together."
Friday, April 15 -- 7:30 p.m.
This may be the hottest show in Branson, and we're going to have it right here! No strangers to this area, the Duttons have earned critics' and audience praise all over the United States, Canada and Europe. Their talent combines incredible skills with a variety of instruments (violin and fiddle, guitar, bass, viola, cello, banjo, mandolin, keyboard and harmonica) as well as a unique blend of vocal harmonies. The Duttons will offer a rousing finale to our season!
For information regarding ticket sales, call 712-368-4849 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or write to the Rosemary Clausen Center for Performing Arts, P.O. Box 524, Holstein IA 51025. We do not have a full-time office manager, so if you get a recording, please leave a message for a call back.