The Brubeck Arts Center is very excited to reopen and to announce the attractions for the 2021 – 2022 Performing Arts Series. There are several world-class entertainers coming to the Brubeck this year. There are also several individuals who have offered to buy single admission tickets for WVC students if the students are accompanied by a faculty member or a host family member. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix will open the season on September 30.
For tickets, contact Donna Sigler at email@example.com or by calling 618-263-5124. Checks can be made payable to the Wabash Valley Arts Council.
2021–2022 WVAC Performing Arts Series
Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix — Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 7 p.m.
Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix is a slapstick comedy act like no other. Johnny leads a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as Johnny plays the straight man role in this wonderful show. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix have appeared in Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey as well as in Performing Arts Centers around the Country! Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live, and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, and even The White House! The show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters or pounds, like Daphne, the world’s only skateboarding Basset Hound; Squeaky, the ladder climbing Fox Terrier; Mr. Pepe, who only responds to commands in Spanish; and Sir Winston, the Pointer mix who only answers to “Sir.”
Tony Booth Country Music Legend — Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m.
Few legends from the “Golden Age of Country Music” are still traveling and performing today, but fortunately, one such hit-making legendary performer, Tony Booth, continues to bring audiences the traditional Honky-tonk and Western Swing music that was a staple of the Grand Ole Opry from the 1950s through the 2000s. With a career that began as a “Top 10” charting protégé of Buck Owens in the early 1970s with hits like “Lonesome 7-7203” and “Keys in the Mailbox” on Capitol Records, Tony went on to be nominated “Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music and became a regular guest on the famed “Hee Haw” show. Tony has since built a career as a standard-bearer of traditional Country music and has won countless awards for his work. He has spent many years tour-ing worldwide with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, RFD-TV’s Country Family Reunion, and TruCountry programs. Also, Tony daily plays on SIRIUS/XM’s “Willies Roadhouse” from his many hit recordings on Capitol Records and Heart of Texas Records. Tony will be joined in concert by National Oldtime Music Hall of Fame fiddler and vocalist Dennis Stroughmatt who has also been recently featured on RFD-TV’s “Midwest Country.”
Karen Waldrup — Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans native, Karen Waldrup, is a musician, songwriter, and recording artist known for her thrilling performances and bold style of country music. She has spent the last few years touring the world performing thousands of shows everywhere from Memphis, TN to Dublin, Ireland and is now a true viral sensation with her social media videos gaining mass appeal and more than 125 million views. Waldrup recently won 3 Nashville Independent Music Awards for Best Live Country Performer, Best Video, and Best Solo Female Country Artist, and she also landed an original song in the motion picture ‘Scales: Mermaids are Real’. The video for her 2016 song “I Got That Kind of Time” spent 5 weeks at #1 and 12 weeks in the top 5 on CMT. Her “Trashy Crashed the Party” video stayed in the top 3 for 5 weeks straight. Karen appeared on Bravo TV’s Platinum and had music featured on Bravo TV’s reality series My Fab 40.
The New Odyssey Guy — Saturday, October 30, 2021 @ 11 a.m.
Breaking into the entertainment industry at the early age of 2, Gary Todd began performing as an acrobat in his family act “The Tumbling Todds.” By the age of 13, he had already headed out on his own with his first single act, entertaining the crowds with music, comedy, and tumbling. A few years later at the age of 17, Gary joined the band “Odyssey”. For nearly 40 years, the New Odyssey brought audiences to their feet time with a mix of music, showmanship, and comedy for all ages! The New Odyssey played their last show as a group at Wabash Valley College in December 2018. The legacy continues with the man, the legend, the one-man show dynamo … Gary Todd is The New Odyssey Guy!
Christmas Belles — A Community Theatre Production
Thursday & Friday, December 9 & 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m.
A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. It’s Christmas time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters — Frankie, Twink, and Honey Raye — are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. The entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget.
All Kinds of People — A Community Theatre Production
Thursday & Friday, March 31 & April 1, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 2022 @ 1:30 p.m.
Throughout a career that spanned four decades, Oscar Hammerstein II used the theatre to promote human understanding. He continually tackled themes of racism and cultural bias, changing the very course of musical theatre in the process. All Kinds of People is a musical revue developed especially for schools that addresses the dangers of prejudice, the importance of tolerance, and the empowerment of self-esteem. These issues are considered through such songs as 'Ol' Man River' from Hammerstein's 1927 masterpiece Show Boat, 'You've Got To Be Carefully Taught' from his Pulitzer Prize-winning South Pacific, and many others from such beloved musicals as The King & I, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music and Carousel. Oscar Hammerstein believed wholeheartedly in celebrating our differences instead of fearing them, as simply and eloquently expressed in his musical Pipe Dream - 'It takes all kinds of people to make up a world.'
Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters Featuring Lisa Rock — Saturday, April 9, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.
Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters’ beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Now, singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenters classics with Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters. Lisa Rock has been performing to sold-out crowds for years. She’s written more than 15 original concerts and cabarets that have been seen across the country. Now, Rock has assembled a 6-piece band, complete with backup singers, and together they are dedicated to creating a Carpenters experience like no other. Rock’s amazing four-octave range allows her to sing the hits like “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” in their original key, keeping the songs genuine and more recognizable for the audience. “When she hits the lower range of her marvelous voice,” notes critic Alan Bresloff, “if you close your eyes, you can see Karen Carpenter’s face.”
Reza: The Edge of Illusion — Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.
Reza is recognized as one of the most highly sought-after entertainers in the touring illusion industry. Reza delivers innovation and engaging spectacular performances. Reza began making his presence felt in the world of illusion at a very young age. His focus in the art began at age seven. By the age of 14, Reza was landing significant gigs performing for resorts and large corporations across the Midwest. Reza’s unique brand of entertainment has landed him on popular reality shows across 31 countries including recent appearances on Duck Dynasty. More than a magic show, Reza infuses state-of-the-art production elements and masterful comedic timing with audience interactions.
Patron Passes – $40
Annual 100 Club Patrons – $100 (includes 2 Patron Passes)
Corporate or Family Sponsors – $250
Arts Advocates – $500
The New Odyssey Guy – $6
Christmas Belles – $6
All Kinds of People – $8
Johnny Peers & Muttville Comix – $10
Karen Waldrup – $10
Close To You – $10
Tony Booth – $10
REZA – $10