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GSU unveils 2013-14 Performing Arts lineup

Ailey II will bring its dance Southlaudiences Oct. 25 as part Govenors State University's Center for Performing Arts 2013-14 season.

Ailey II will bring its dance to Southland audiences on Oct. 25 as part of Govenors State University's Center for Performing Arts 2013-14 season. | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 22, 2013 6:03AM



The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University will offer a variety of entertainment for its 2013-14 season.

The musical “Hair” will be performed by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble on July 27 and 28, and Aug. 3 and 4.

The first of three “Opera Up Close” shows, “Lyric Opera Preview,” will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 22. New singers from Lyric Opera will perform selections from “La Traviata,” “Otello,” “Madama Butterfly,” “La Clemenza di Tito,” “Die Fledermaus,” “The Barber of Seville” and more.

Jim Witter will perform “The Long and Winding Road,” featuring the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, at 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

The first “One More Night” show, “Flamenco Passion — The Chiara Mangiameli Ensemble,” will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Guest singer Alfonso Cid, a Chicago flamenco dancer and world music talent, will perform. A sampling of food and wine native to the region will be offered one hour before the show, along with a discussion on the cultural history of Spanish flamenco.

Ailey II, a troupe of young dancers, will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

“Johnny Appleseed,” a family musical about the legendary folk hero who planted apple orchards throughout Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 3.

“Chicago Live!” a radio variety show format bringing reporters, newsmakers, artists and entertainers together, will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Salt Creek Ballet, returns for two shows at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

Two original works, “HAIR Crownicles” and “SUGAR Funk: Defining Images of SELF,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The works are part of “One More Night” productions.

“Love and Marriage,” the second “Opera Up Close” presentation, will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Two married couples explore the passions, tumult and ultimate joy of marriage.

GSU’s Family Fun series will present Lightwire Theater’s “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare,” at 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Mardi Gras Carnival with master trumpeter Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic will perform the music of New Orleans at 8 p.m. March 1.

“The Miracle Worker,” a portrayal of Helen Keller and her tutor, presented by Montana Repertory Theater, will be held at 8 p.m. March 21.

“An Afternoon of One Acts,” the finale in the 2013-14 “Opera Up Close” series, will be presented at 4 p.m. March 30. The radio variety show format will feature the musical “The Telephone,” by Gian Carlo Menotti; “A Hand of Bridge,” by Samuel Barber, and “The Old Maid and the Thief,” by Menotti.

Teatro Luna’s “Generation SEX,” the third “One More Night” show, a guide for finding love and satisfaction in the digital age, will be at 8 p.m. April 11.

“Dee Alexander in Concert” will be held at 8 p.m. April 26. Alexander, selected as Chicago’s Best Singer by Chicago Magazine, will be accompanied by the Evolution Ensemble Orchestra. A preshow lecture, “What is This Thing Called Jazz?” curated by the Chicago Jazz Institute, will preview its 2014 jazz festivals.

“Beauty and the Beast,” an award-winning musical from American Family Theatre, will be performed at 2 p.m. May 4.

There are discounts for groups of 10 or more and for patrons who attend at least three shows.

The box office at the school, 1 University Parkway, University Park, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and two hours prior to performances.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.centertickets.net or call (708) 235-2222.

Staff report



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