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Nobuntu
Sun., Nov. 19 at 2PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

This powerful female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to afro jazz to gospel. Their voices, energy and breath-taking performance on stage is an experience that inspires and touches people of all cultures and walks of life.
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The Elephant in Every Room I Enter
Gardiner Comfort
Tue.., Nov. 28 at 1 & 7PM

This intimate solo piece is about living with Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable physical and vocal tics (sudden movements and sounds). Using an erratic and energetic performance style, and evocative details of his week attending the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference, Gardiner Comfort shares his life as an actor with this neurological disorder and discovers, for the first time in his life, how he can be himself.
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Tim Farrell
Thu., Nov. 30 at 1 & 7PM

With so many guitarists trying to make their mark these days, it’s not easy being a trailblazer. Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell. His fingerstyle playing displays an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Come and enjoy Farrell’s melodic grace as he performs a colorful array of seasonal favorites sure to bring warmth and good cheer to your holiday season.
The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Sat., Dec. 2 at 8PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is festive, funny, physical family fun as these Three Wise Guys send-up and celebrate your favorite winter holiday traditions. Let the RSC rekindle the joy, inner child, and familial dysfunction inside us all!
Christmas with The Annie Moses Band
Sun., Dec. 3 at 4PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

The Annie Moses Band’s unique combination of chamber strings, soaring vocals, and infectious rhythms transform your favorite songs of the season into pure excitement. These virtuoso musicians combine the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Share this very special performance with your loved ones this season!
Live from WVL Radio Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life

Tue., Dec. 5 at 2PM & 7PM
Tickets: 2PM $15; 7PM $20

It’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the station afloat. This clever 1940s radio-style stage adaptation breathes new life into the poignant story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls, a tale that remains as fresh and relevant as ever.
The Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet
Fri., Dec. 8 at 4 & 8PM
Tickets: $40 & $50

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dancers have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. Beloved Russian fairytale characters add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets this Nutcracker apart.
Nutcracker Tea Party
RVCC Grand Conference Room A
Fri., Dec. 8 at 6:30PM
Tickets: $30/adults $25/children
Between performances of
Great Russian Nutcracker by Moscow Ballet!

For an extra-special Nutcracker experience, we invite you to attend our popular Nutcracker Tea Party. This unique holiday event, perfect for children and their families, will be held between performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker. It’s a wonderful way to make lasting holiday memories with your loved ones!
A Christmas Carol
Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Sun., Dec. 10 at 2PM
Tickets: $40 & $50

This celebrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and tells this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Featuring a cast of 24 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic.
A Chorus Line
Big League Productions
Sat., Jan. 20 at 8PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

The singular sensation is back!. A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. Funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest, A Chorus Line won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1975. This exciting production features the groundbreaking direction and choreography of Michael Bennett.
The Way Back Home Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Fri., January 26, 2018 at 12PM
Grades: Grades 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MU, MC, WT

Borrowing on thousands of years of Japanese Taiko tradition, this wildly entertaining group of young drummers presents a high-energy spectacle of athleticism, great superhuman coordination, and heart-pounding intensity.
Chousensha – The Challengers
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Fri., Jan. 26 at 7PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

This wildly entertaining group of energetic young Taiko drummers presents a high-energy spectacle of athleticism, superhuman coordination, and heart-pounding intensity. With drums that weigh up to half a ton, the Yamato drummers’ staggering display of physical strength and their trademark infections energy will leave you feeling totally exhilarated. Continually challenging themselves to reach greater heights, this spirited performance celebrates the strength, hope, dreams and courage in all of us. Feel the uninterrupted vibration of the beat throughout our bodies. We will never lose!
March to Freedom March to Freedom
February 1-28, 2018: Ongoing Photo Exhibition
Grades: 5+
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, SS

FREE Reservation Required
In honor of Black History Month, March to Freedom is a photo exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery marches and the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. This traveling exhibit features rare images from the collections of UT Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History, and select photos from the April 2014 Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library. March to Freedom follows a determined and undaunted group of marchers, both black and white, as they try on three different occasions to take their cause to Montgomery and the steps of the Alabama Statehouse.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sat., Feb. 3 at 8PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Established in 1954, The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. Dance maker Paul Taylor is a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.

One of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world. NEW YORK TIMES
The Mountaintop
LA TheatreWorks
Fri., Feb. 9 at 8PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagination of events that took place the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Rife with humor and political jabs, this exciting radio-theatre production features a first-rate cast and live sound effects. Contains some mature language.
It’s Dark Outside
The Last Great Hunt
Sat., Feb. 10 at 3 & 7PM
Tickets 3PM/$15, 7PM/$20

From creators of international smash-hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer comes an epic western about redemption and dementia. As the sun sets, an old man goes wandering into the night. He is swept up in a surreal western, on the run from a mysterious tracker hell-bent on hunting him down. A heartfelt exploration of dementia told through puppetry, mask, animation and live performance, this award-winning adventure tells the tale of an old man chasing his memories as they escape into the wild.
Peking Acrabats Peking Acrobats
Fri., February 16, 2018 at 12PM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, MU, S, WT

Plate spinning! Pole climbing! Chair balancing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace and artistry. Experience the epitome of a rich and ancient Chinese folk art tradition, highlighted by today’s technology that melds the traditional with modern wonders of the 21st century. Prepare to be astonished—but remember, don’t try this stuff at home!
Peking Acrobats
Fri., Feb. 16 at 7PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Plate spinning! Pole climbing! Chair balancing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace and artistry. Prepare to be astonished—but don’t try this stuff at home!
Freedom Riders Freedom Riders
Mad River Theatre Company
Tue., February 20, 2018 at 10AM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, RF, SS

In 1961, black and white Americans decided to travel together on buses that crossed segragated state lines. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to effect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.
The Gruffalo
Tall Stories
Sun., February 25 at 1PM &
3:30PM*
Ages 3+   All tickets: $10

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
The Gruffalo The Gruffalo
Tall Stories
Mon., February 26, 2018 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: Pre-K+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: LB, MU, RF

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
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Tayo Aluko
Tue., Feb. 27 at 1 & 7PM

Paul Robeson is a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. One of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance that takes audiences on a roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable, eventful life.
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Thu.., Mar. 1 at 1 & 7PM

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs, and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from
A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Keith Terry is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer who has collaborated with a host of inventive performers including Bobby McFerrin, Robin Williams, Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles, and Bill Irwin.
Voces del Sur
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Sun., Mar. 4 at 2PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Voces del Sur is a glimpse into the mysterious land of Andalucía, the Southern region of Spain known as the “cradle of flamenco” that has been the home to a diverse group of cultures. From these many “voces” (voices), Flamenco Vivo, one of America’s premier Spanish dance companies, pays tribute to the region’s rich and unique cultural traditions.
Fiesta Flamenco Fiesta Flamenco
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Mon., March 5, 2018 at 10AM
Grades: 4+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: D, MU, MC, WT

This dynamic program highlights the universal language of dance, with the rhythms and emotions of Flamenco, a dance style originating in Southern Spain. The company brings to life the essence of the different cultures -- Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic—that influenced the art form of Flamenco. Performing in friendly competition, the artists show their unique styles in how they move their arms, create rhythm with their feet, or display emotion. Accompanied by guitarra (guitar) and cante (song), the dancers add to the music with castanets and hand claps.
Shh! We have a plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Cahoots NI
Tue., March 6, 2018 at 10AM &
12:30PM*
Grades: Pre-K+ • LENGTH: 45 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, LB, MU, RF, S

Follow the delightful and surprising journey of a family adventuring in the woods. When they see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of these three madcap characters have a plan to capture it! The quest soon becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! We follow the characters’ exploits, meet an elusive and magical birdie, and discover that treating nature with respect—and perhaps freedom and kindness—are more important than getting what you want. This nonverbal tale featuring magic, music, and puppetry is based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name.
Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty
Elaine Bromka
Fri., Mar. 9 at 2 & 7PM
Tickets: $15

Tea For Three is an intimate portrait of three remarkable first ladies who suddenly found themselves in the limelight. Emmy-award-winning actress Elaine Bromka stars in this deeply moving and witty one-woman play in a performance hailed as a “subtle feat of brilliant acting.”
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Doreen Oliver
Tue., Mar. 13 at 1 & 7PM

A funny, heartfelt one-woman show about a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script. Just when Oliver feels like she’s got this parenting thing down, her hair catches fire, her mother tells her she’s doing everything wrong, and her son is diagnosed with autism. Guided by an irrepressible crew of old-school matriarchs, she does everything possible to “fix” her son — and starts to unravel when she realizes she can’t. A funny yet honest look at how we try to change the people that matter most to us, and how we cope when we realize we can’t.
Hup
Starcatchers
Thu., March 15, 2018 at 9AM & 10:30AM
Fri., March 16 at 9AM & 10:30AM
Sat., March 17 at 10am & 2:30PM
Ages: 0 - 24 months    All tickets: $10

Hup is an enchanting musical experience that combines live classical music with a heart-warming storyline in a beautiful performance specially designed for very young children.
Rhythm of the Dance
The National Dance Company of Ireland
Sat., Mar. 17 at 8PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with the thundering sound, dizzying speed and unique artistry of Irish step dance at its best! As seen on PBS in 2013, this richly costumed show includes world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the Young Irish Tenors. It’s no surprise that Rhythm of the Dance one of the most popular and successful Irish step dance shows on tour today.
Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Fri., March 23, 2018 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: PreK+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, LB, MC, RF

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mom. Both stage adaptations feature endearing animal puppets and stunning scenic effects based on Clement Hurd’s iconic illustrations, along with evocative musical accompaniment to recreate these timeless tales.
Olive & Pearl
Treehouse Shakers
Mon., April 9 at 10AM & 1:30PM & 4PM
Ages 2+ All tickets: $10

Magical, visual, stimulating, and oftentimes funny, this enchanting tale about a little girl and her grandmother takes the youngest theatregoers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise, and delight.
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Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Tue., Apr. 10 at 1 & 7PM

UnFRAMED is the emotional, powerful, and uplifting self-portrait of Iyaba Ibo Mandingo—poet, painter, playwright, husband, father. After reveling in an idyllic childhood in Antigua, Iyaba is rudely awakened when, as an eleven year-old, his family moves to the United States—where he believes the streets are paved with gold. Instead, what he meets is a world of betrayal and racism. Yet, through poetry, storytelling, song and the portrait he paints as he tells his tale, Iyaba shares his joy in the journey of finding his voice for change.
video Martin Taylor
Thu., Apr. 12 at 1 & 7PM
Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist. Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him "THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation." He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated by guitarists all over the world.
The Young King
Slingsby
Sun., April 15 at 1PM & 3:30PM
Ages 8+ All tickets: $10

This coming of age story grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The achingly beautiful language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Slingsby.
The Young King The Young King
Slingsby
Mon., April 16, 2018 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 50 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, LB, RF

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds turns out to be the heir to the kingdom. Untold treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The Young King is a coming of age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The achingly beautiful language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company Slingsby as we journey to faraway lands replete with rich rewards and challenging choices. Tickets $10; limited seating.
Air Play Air Play
Acrobuffos
Fri., April 20, 2018 at 10AM
Grades: 2+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MU, S

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future. With visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, this poetic ode to childhood will enchant and electrify the young, as well as the young at heart.
Air Play
Acrobuffos
Fri., April 20 at 7PM
Ages 7+ All tickets: $10

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, and balloons have a mind of their own.
The Polar Bears Go Up
Fish And Game/ Unicorn Theatre
Sat., April 21 at 10AM &
2:30PM*
Ages 2+ All tickets: $10

Two lovable polar bears are intrepid explorers, famous for their wild expeditions. Now, they must step up and explore unknown territory: the sky above their heads.
Machine de Cirque
Fri., Apr. 27 at 8PM
Tickets: $20 & $30

Courageous, touching and funny, the five guys of Machine de Cirque masterfully handle a teeterboard, juggling clubs, unicycles, drums, and even bath towels! Energizing and daring, Machine de Cirque will move you, dazzle you and make you laugh with its stunning feats.
Pss Pss
Compagnia Baccalà
Saturday, May 5 at 7PM
Ages 8+ All tickets: $10

Unique, funny, and very charming, two modern-day clowns sweep us up in a timeless and riveting performance brimming with comic mishaps and infectious mayhem. An hour of pure happiness!
Farfalle
Compagnia TPO
Mon., May 14, 2018 at 9, 10:30AM and 2:30PM
Tue., May 15, 2018 at 9, 10:30AM & 2:30PM
Ages 4+ All tickets: $10

Farfalle creates an innovative, magical relationship between children and performers. Wondrous, other-worldly “sensory gardens” take audiences on a magnificent interactive journey through the story of a butterfly’s life cycle.
 
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