Spring is the perfect time to enjoy some of the exciting new shows at Stocker Arts Center right on Lorain County Community College’s campus. The professional performance venue is home to world class performances and is open to the public.
Explore some of our features favorites:
Behind the Musical: “Annie”
Revisit the quintessential story of orphan Annie’s adventures at the Stocker Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 with Behind the Musical: “Annie.” The show is presented by The Musical Theater Project Hoke Theatre as part of the Random Acts Series. Forty years have passed since the darling red-headed orphan debuted on Broadway, and she still stars in hearts of millions who tag along on her journeys on screen and stage. Members of the LCCC Chorale will be joining in on many of the songs as the backstory of this feel-good American classic is unveiled.
Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith in Concert
Experience diverse musical styles ranging from folk, pop and jazz to R & B at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at the Hoke Theatre. Jonathan wrote his first song in 1996, “A Place Called Home.” Since then, he won first place in The Unisong International Song Contest, has twice placed in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest, won first place in the U.S.A. Songwriting Competition in the folk category as well as the overall grand prize out of 33,000 entries, and was awarded first place in the gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and on the hit show “Felicity.” Based out of Nashville, he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording and producing. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Jonathan currently plays keyboard and steel guitar for Toad the Wet Sprocket.
A Brit of Everything
Helen Welch will light up the stage with her vibrant voice in “A Brit of Everything” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20. She will perform at the Cirigliano Studio Theatre as part of the Studio Theatre Cabarets. Take the swing of Ella, the warm alto tones of Karen Carpenter, add some soul and cheeky British humor and get entertainer, singer and song-stylist Welch. The long awaited follow up to her first two hugely popular recordings “One Dream” and “Forever for Now” will be featured at this special cabaret along with songs especially chosen by Welch and her amazing trio of musicians. Along with Joe Leaman on keyboard, Bryan Thomas on bass and Anthony Taddeo on drums, Welch will treat guests to a live performance featuring all the songs from her new CD “Spellbound,” along with some old favorites from their successful string of cabaret shows including “Both Sides Now,” “Windmills of Your Mind,” “I Put a Spell on You” and a flamenco inspired “Spain” by Chick Corea, as well as original songs composed by Welch. She is excited to share this new eclectic collection of songs with the public.
The Phat Pack: Broadway at its Best
Enjoy great singing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 May 24 in the Hoke Theatre with The Phat Pack. Bruce Ewing (Jinx in “Forever Plaid” on the National Tour and in Las Vegas), Ted Keegan (The Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and on Tour) and Randal Keith (Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and on Tour) all met at “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and became “The Phat Pack.” This show is jam-packed with great music — Broadway, American standards, Las Vegas favorites and some hilarious new original songs, along with music from their signature roles. Besides receiving rave reviews after opening in Las Vegas in the fall of 2012, “The Phat Pack” was named “Best of Vegas 2013” Best All-Around Performers by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
For more information or tickets, call the Stocker Arts Center box office at (440) 366-4040 or visit www.stockerartscenter.com.
The Stocker Arts Center is located at 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio on the campus of Lorain County Community College.