2018-08-16 / Scene

Temple Theatre announces 2018-2019 season lineup

SAGINAW – A folk music icon, political sketch comedy with a musical twist, mind-blowing magic, and much more make up The Temple Theatre’s 2018-2019 season, theatre officials announced. The season marks the theatre’s 91st year of existence.

Art Garfunkel headlines the season with his newest show, In Close-Up. Decades after receiving international acclaim as one half of Simon & Garfunkel and embarking on a successful solo career, Garfunkel’s voice still astounds.

Due to popular demand, the Temple is focusing on family programming in the form of the PJ Series, a new program that provides entertaining, educational, interactive, and affordable shows to families of all ages as part of the regular season. Four shows comprise this year’s series: Page Turner Adventures: The Mixed-Up Fairytale on Nov. 9; Theatreworks USA presents The Cat In The Hat on Feb. 15, 2019; Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders on March 15, 2019; and DuffleBag Theatre presents Robin Hood on April 28. Families can also enjoy nighttime snacks and themed activities after each performance in the Temple’s Leopard Lounge.

The Saginaw Silver Screen movie series also returns with a diverse lineup of beloved films, anchored by the Saginaw premiere of the 2017 Academy Award-nominated film “I, Tonya.” The film features Saginaw native Paul Walter Hauser in a stellar, breakout supporting role.

“As each season passes, we learn more about the community, and what they want to see,” said Executive Director Stacey Gannon. “We couldn’t be more excited to provide more family-friendly entertainment in amongst the many wonderful acts that make up this season. Add in our continued partnerships with the Summer Breeze festival, who will feature singer Tank in August, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and Saginaw Choral Society, and you’ve got a diverse, non-stop schedule of topnotch cultural programming, right here in downtown Saginaw.”

The performances comprising the Temple Theatre’s 2018-2019 show season are:

Capitol Steps – Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Capitol Steps is a mainstay on both the Washington D.C. social circuit, having performing for five U.S. presidents. Its irreverent brand of topical, musical sketch comedy is also featured frequently on NPR and PBS. Their newest show, “Orange is the New Barack,” takes an unsparing look at favorite, most reviled political figures, ripped straight from the headlines.

Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up – Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. One of the best known singers in pop and folk music history, Art Garfunkel will bring his beloved countertenor to the Temple this fall. Now an accomplished poet, actor, and musician, Garfunkel still relishes performing new and classic material for fans around the world, saying “Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital. I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job. I try to soothe, to lift. That’s my life.”

Aquila Theatre in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” – Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Two hundred years after its publication, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling - while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.

Reduced Shakespeare Company – Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p..m. Since its pass-the-hat origins in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created 10 world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. It was London’s longest-running comedy, having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre.

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” – Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. The Moscow Ballet performs the ageless “Nutcracker” ballet with signature Russian elegance, making it the premier version touring the United States. Youth dancers are encouraged to audition for a spot performing alongside the pros. Auditions will be held Aug. 25 and 26 at the Temple Theatre. More information is available at nutracker.com/ dance.

Page Turner Adventures: “The Mixed-Up Fairytale” – Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Founded by the daring duo of Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey, Page Turner Adventures combines story, circus, and steampunk in super-sized productions that redefine the meaning of audience participation. The audience runs, jumps, climbs, and interacts directly with the characters on stage, whom kids will recognize from the popular book series.

Mike Super: Magic and Illusion – Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the trick. As a top finalist on NBC’s number one-rated summer series “America’s Got Talent” and chosen to be on the season premiere episode of “Penn & Teller’s Fool Us,” Super has emerged as magic’s newest celebrity, with a legion of fans numbering in the millions.

“The Cat in The Hat” – Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” is a lively, engaging play with sound effects by Two Beans Productions and Theatreworks USA, and was originally adapted by The National Theatre. This is the first performance in the Temple Theatre PJ Series.

Rex Havens: Women and Children First – Saturday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. A former college professor who made the unusual transition to the standup comedy stage in the ‘80s, Rex Havens has entertained and educated audiences with his insightful observations about the hilarious miscommunications that populate our personal lives. In “Women & Children First,” Havens’ genderfication comedy is men and women like they’ve never been done before, from the eyes of an impartial observer without a horse in the race.

Rhythm Of The Dance – Saturday, Feb. 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, The National Dance Company of Ireland’s Rhythm of the Dance is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show.

Backtrack Vocals – Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. An acapella powerhouse straight from New York City, Backtrack was formed in 2013 and solely produced videos for YouTube. In the fall of 2015, the group members decided to take it the next level and become live performers. Audiences praise Backtrack for its unique, highenergy, interactive performances and applaud the strong musicality and skill of each member and the ensemble as a whole.

Asere! A Fiesta Cubana – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The Havana, Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. In their Asere - or Friendship - tour, the all-stars will be backed by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders – Friday, March 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. He stumped Penn and Teller on their hit TV show “Fool Us.” He has amazed and entertained audiences from all over the world. He is hailed as one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world. Now Vitaly Beckman brings his latest and most ambitious production to the stage with An Evening of Wonders, which features some of the most original illusions ever witnessed - many of which touch on tender topics such as love, loss, and growing old.

The Ultimate Queen Celebration – Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May handpicked singer Marc Martel to take on the lead vocals for their Queen tribute tour. His audition video of “Somebody to Love” garnered 13 million views on YouTube. Martel not only sounds dead-on like Freddie Mercury, but he embodies the heartand soul Mercury poured into every song that he performed. The Ultimate Queen Celebration is an evening audiences stay excited about long after the lights go down. It’s dozens of songs that Queen made famous including “Radio Gaga,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and more.

Dufflebag Theatre: Robin Hood – Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. - Since 1992, the “Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag Theatre has traveled the globe with its original adaptations of fairy tales and classic stories. DuffleBag creates theatrical magic by inviting up audience members as the stars of the show. Their adaptation of the classic tale Robin Hood is an exciting and interactive experience brimming with wit and humor.

Fan favorites will return to the Theatre in 2018-2019 as well: Cool 2 Duel’s Dueling Pianos, a raucous evening of musical combat, comes to the ballroom on Sept. 19, Nov. 21, Jan. 16, and March 20, 2019 and Moscow Ballet performs an updated version of the Great Russian Nutcracker on Nov. 4.

Lineup additions and changes will be announced as they are confirmed.

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