The Stocker Arts Center is thrilled to announce its 2017-2018 season. Home to the Hoke Theatre, the Cirigliano Studio Theatre and the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery, Stocker Arts Center is a staple of Lorain County Community College and the community. In 1980, the center debuted as the first arts center at a community college in Ohio and continues its tradition of high-energy entertainment in its 37th year.
“We are so pleased with this year’s lineup of diverse, uniquely captivating and local performances,” director Janet Herman Barlow said. “This season’s Performing Artists Series brings back memories of old favorites like ‘Candid Camera’ and new shows like ‘SHUFFLE,’ which recreates the experience of an iPod DJ extravaganza for the audience.”
Additionally, the intimate Studio Theatre Cabaret series has been revamped and now titled “Studio Sessions.” Some of the varied performances include: “Guys With Guitars,” SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie, “A Christmas Cabaret,” Alex Bevan, Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys doing their Patsy Cline show, Diana Chittester and Royal Wood, Anne E. DeChant and Austin Walkin’ Cane and Kristine Jackson.
As usual, the season includes the Performing Artists Series, Random Acts Series, Studio Sessions Series, Student Matinee Series and the Fall Film Series. Tickets for this season’s shows go on sale Monday, July 17 and returning six-show subscription patrons can renew their seats to Performing Artists Series shows until Friday, August 18.
This season’s Performing Artists Series features an array of favorite stories and modern novelties, including:
• Tuesdays With Morrie
Monday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
“Tuesdays With Morrie” is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. This 20th Anniversary tour stars Jamie Farr (from Toledo), Klinger from TV’s M*A*S*H as Morrie.
• SHUFFLE Concert
Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The six-member chamber ensemble, SHUFFLE Concert, is on its way to becoming an international phenomenon. A SHUFFLE concert engages the audience by allowing them to choose what music the group will play. The musical menu offers selections from baroque to Broadway and just about everything in between. With a new “mix” every time, SHUFFLE Concert captivates audiences by combining fun and adventure with the highest musical professionalism.
• Neil Berg’s Pianomen – An Intimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
Sunday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
“Pianomen” pays an intimate tribute to the compositions and songwriting of two of the most eclectic and iconic composers of the 20th Century, Billy Joel, and Elton John. Hear the crowd-pleasing popular hits and forgotten songs of the last four decades. These timeless songs light up the stage and are performed by award-winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg, a Broadway keyboardist, on piano with two incredible vocalists.
• Million Dollar Quartet
Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The show features rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.
• The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusions. Referred to as “Houdini Times Ten!” by NBC, Blagg’s show is packed with new mind-blowing illusions and his trademark off-the-cuff personality that make this show a great family event. People will float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more.
• Candid Camera – 8 Decades of Smiles with Peter Funt
Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The TV favorite comes to the stage with a multi-media show combining clips and quips and great fun. Peter Funt, host of over 200 episodes since taking over for his Dad, Allen, offers a special blend of humor and insight that makes audiences laugh while wondering what surprises will happen next. Peter is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose wry takes on human nature have pleased audiences in print, on TV and in theaters. “8 Decades of Smiles” combines the funniest clips from the “Candid Camera” library with on-stage surprises and audience participation.
Stocker Arts Center offers dinner prior to the Performing Artists Series shows. Dinners are usually held in the Norton Culinary Arts Center next to Stocker Arts Center and begin at 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. Tickets for dinner are $30 per person and tickets will be available beginning Monday, July 17.
This year’s “Random Acts” include The Queen’s Cartoonists, Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’: The Impact of “Oklahoma,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Helen Welch’s “Superstar: Celebrating the Music of the Carpenters.”
The Fall Film Series includes showings Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in September, October and November including: “The Eagle Huntress,” “The Founder,” “Howards End,” “Paris Can Wait,” “The Hero,” “The Exception,” “The Big Sick” and “Maudie.” Visit the website for specific dates.
To purchase tickets for any of the shows or to request a season calendar, call the box office at (440) 366-4040. Guests may also purchase tickets online at www.stockerartscenter.com. The box office will reopen for the 2017-2018 season on Monday, July 17. Hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. The box office is also open 90 minutes before ticketed events (60 minutes before Student Matinees). Events and dates are subject to change.
To learn more about the upcoming season, visit www.stockerartscenter.com. Stocker Arts Center is located on the campus of Lorain County Community College at 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio.