BELLE GLADE — The 34th season of world class performances at The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (DHCAC) at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade, includes a variety of entertainment from all over the globe. Series tickets go on sale on Sept. 8.
Professional Arts Series
The Professional Arts Series kicks off with a visit from the National Dance Company of Siberia on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The frozen and spectacular Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, is the home of unique folk dance art and traditional dances and songs have been passed down over hundreds of years. The wonderfully trained professionals of the National Dance Company of Siberia will transport you to another world with their virtuoso performances, leaving a deep impression of an exotically different evening of dance. For more information, go to www.worldtouring.net.
December will bring a modern adaptation of a holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the true Spirit of Christmas with a brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. With script adaptation, direction, and a flawless performance as Scrooge, by award-winning 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance, this variation brings new life to a favorite holiday classic theatrical. The performance is filled with beloved music of the season, superb staging, haunting special effects, heartfelt sentiment, and tremendous artistry. With first-class acting, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song, dance, and a heavy dose of humor, this is the perfect family holiday event! For more information, go to www.cmientertainment.com/ChristmasCarol.html.
The new year will bring a real treat with a visit from Live from Nashville.
Live From Nashville will perform Tuesday, Jan.12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Direct from Music City comes a troupe of singers, dancers, a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and rhinestone-bedecked costumes — all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs. For more information, go to www.cmientertainment.com/NashvilleLive.html.
Also in January, Jarrod Spector will perform at the DHCAC. “Jarrod Spector: A Little Help From My Friends” is set for Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Having played “Frankie Valli” in Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” for 5 years and over 1500 performances, Jarrod’s new show traces the sound that Frankie had … from Caruso, The Beach Boys, Little Jimmy Scott, Wham, Little Richard up to Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and Queen. See www.jarrodspector.com.
DHCAC has even more to offer in February with a visit from London’s award-winning Abba Mania on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Abba Mania has been delighting audiences of all ages since 1999, touring the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish super group to their millions of fans, old and new! From “Dancing Queen” to “Waterloo” to “Fernando,” Abba Mania thrills audiences with a full spectrum of ABBA’S uplifting, “dance-inducing” and sometimes heart-breaking ballads. Abba Mania is not only for the die-hard ABBA fans, but for the new generation of fans, who never had the opportunity to see ABBA live! It’s like a concert version of Mamma Mia! For more online, go to www.abbamania.com.
A covered-dish dinner will be offered prior to Abba Mania on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 from 5:30-7 p.m. Sample all of your favorites at this traditional covered-dish dinner which will feature food prepared by the finest cooks in the Glades.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound & J. Mark McVey will present “Inspiration of Broadway” on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Broadway’s most revered songs are recreated like never before by the powerful vocal collaboration of the inspirational quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound paired with renowned Broadway sensation, J. Mark McVey from Les Miserables. Featuring these great songs: “Climb Every Mountain,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,” “Get Happy,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Bring Him Home,” “Blue Skies,” “I Got the Sun In Morning,” “Blow Gabriel Blow,” “Seasons of Love” and “Old Man River.” Broadway hit after Broadway hit will make this night an experience like no other. Performance sponsored in part by Homer and Dolly Hand www.erniehaase.com
Music and dancing will fill the stage for the production of “Saturday Night Fever” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The iconic story of Tony — the kid from Brooklyn USA — who wants to dance his way to a better life is back! And back in an all-new production that shares Tony’s love for dancing in spectacular new ways. Fueled by vintage Bee Gee hits, this contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of dancers meets a new generation of playgoers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age Disco fantasy.
Celebrate the “wearing of the green” with a visit from the Women of Ireland dance troupe on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Women of Ireland is not just another Irish dance show!
When the show takes the stage, magic takes over and this all-female lineup of Irish step dancers, singers and musicians delights the audience with outstanding dance and vocal content that is superbly augmented by vastly talented instrumentalists. Principal dancer Kelly McDonnell, a world champion, is joined by long-term lead dancers from Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, along with a number of other tantalizing female dancers who excel in other dance disciplines. They are joined by a special guest male dancer, four-time world champion Anthony Fallon, former lead dancer with Riverdance, and enchanting vocal performances featuring the perfect harmonies of talented beauties Karen Tynan, Sarah Vaughn and Una Pedreschi. For more online, see www.womenofireland.com.
The Doo Wop Project will take the stage on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand! The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.
Throughout the show DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. For more online, see www.thedoowopproject.com.
DHCAC will end the month with “The Terry Barber Trio: Around the World in 80 Minutes” on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The world’s most beloved melodies like you’ve never heard them before – in ten languages featuring songs like “Danny Boy,” “La Vie En Rose,” “Besame Mucho,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and more! Original arrangements by an Emmy-winning composer tap into the rare talent of countertenor For more online, go to www.terry-barber.com.
Barrage 8 set for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. is another musical treat.
Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage, presented at the Dolly Hand in January 2009. Utilizing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8” in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 4 violins, 2 violas, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide. For more online, go to www.barrage8.com.
Series tickets go on sale on Sept. 8. Orders for single-show tickets will be accepted any time on or after Sept. 8, but will not be processed until mid-October (after the series sale ends). Online sales will resume on Sept. 8 (for single show ticket sales only – series tickets are not available online).
A free concert by Across the Universe is planned for Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. Across the Universe is comprised of professional studio and touring musicians who bring the music of The Beatles and their solo careers to life on stage with an accuracy and attention to detail that can only be described as incredible. The show takes listeners on a musical journey through the careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr and includes selections ranging from their early careers in Hamburg, Germany through 1980 and beyond. Vendors will have food available for purchase before, during and after the concert! Weather permitting, the concert will be outdoors. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy! (No alcohol or coolers are permitted.) If the weather is questionable, the concert will be inside the theatre.
Black Violin will perform at the DHCAC on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring a drummer and ace turntable whiz DJ SPS. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing room only crowds.
Since starting Black Violin a decade ago, Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa. They have also appeared at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and at last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks.
Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.
The Dolly Hand Center address is 1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade, FL 33430 For tickets or more information, call 561 993-1160.
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