Shaun Johnson BBE Holiday Show

Subscription Series Show- Open to the Public

Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

Tis the Season! Shaun Johnson is an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter who was destined for a life of music from the very beginning. Big Band Experience fuses the pulse of the big band with the edge of contemporary pop; bringing a new evolution of the holiday classics to you. They create more than just music. They create feelings. Experiences. Suits. Edge. Colorful socks. Energy. Contemporary songs with big band punch. What a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit! ~

The Hunts

Subscription Series Show-Open to the Public

March 4, 2016 @ 7:30pm

With a harmony-laced take on alt-folk that's both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band made up of seven brothers & sisters who've been playing music together almost their entire lives. Ranging from ages 16-24, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin as little kids and spent much of their childhood performing throughout their community and now thru-out the country. ~

Zorongo Flamenco

Subscription Series Show- Open to the Public

Friday, November 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

The mission of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School is to enrich our community by drawing people close to the beauty and energy of the flamenco tradition and, by expanding on that tradition, create an innovative art form that explores the issues of contemporary life. Susana di Palma founded Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre in 1982. One of the few American Spanish dance companies that present both traditional flamenco programs as well as original theater flamenco works; the company is comprised of an ensemble of international artists, dancers and musicians who are renowned for bringing the power, passion and virtuosity of the art of flamenco to American audiences. "It was great to see a flamenco company dancing this well which also had a sense of humor and such a clear idea of theater." Doris Deither, the Villager, New York City ~ PLEASE NOTE (NEW DEVELOPMENTS): 1) We are now offering special rates for groups of students. Please call to make arrangements. 2) There will be a Flamenco Workshop at 3:30 p.m. on November 6 on the stage of the Opera House. Please join us! 3) There will be a short presentation by the members of the company in the Footlight Lounge before the show begins. 4) There will be a Question/Answer session with several company members after the show.

Nelson Illusions

2015/16 Optional Series Show- Open to the Public

Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment, and is 3 times larger than any other touring illusion show. Nelson Illusions features the largest illusion ever seen: the 21-foot-long Drill of Death which goes through a woman and lifts her 18 feet in the air. Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare & original illusions from around the world with award winning, jaw-dropping magic. The show features 4 Master Magicians, each with an exciting, engaging, original style. The show combines a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance, & comedy with some of the most beautiful & astonishing stage magic in existence today... And audience members are brought on stage to share the wonder! ~

Slippery When Wet:The Ultimate Bon Jovi Experience

Subscription Series Show-Open to the Public

Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Slippery When Wet-The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute was formed in 2003 by Jason Morey after answering many inquiries of "Are you Jon Bon Jovi?" Most notably comedian Dave Chappelle invited Jason backstage following one of his comedy shows thinking he was the New Jersey icon. It was then that Jason knew he had to take advantage of the resemblance. Their drive, musical ability, showmanship and dedication to duplicating the Bon Jovi live experience simply cannot be outdone. Having performed at Epcot in Florida, The House of Blues, for the NFL, on cruise ships and more they are an elite tribute band.

The Best of The Second City

Subscription Series Show-Open to the Public

Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from the fifty-five year history performed by The Second City Touring company. This is where it all began for Second City alums Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, John Belushi, Bill Murray and many more. WARNING: This show may contain adult content and language. The Second City is best suited for savvy teen and adult audiences. ~

Lightwire Theatre Presents: Moon Mouse:A Space Odyssey

Optional Show-Open to the Public

Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 3:00pm

Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the "cool" rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. To get away from the continuous badgering, he retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures, to be a hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns if infinite peril and awesome beauty. Life sized characters all in lights. A family friendly show that all ages will enjoy!

Annie Mack Blues

Subscription Series Show- Open to the Public

Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

What do you get when you combine blues,roots,gospel,country and soul? A powerful and eclectic mix that makes up the rich layering that is the essence of Annie Mack. With a powerful voice, strong presence and captivating storytelling ability Annie Mack is a force to be reckoned with. Following in the footsteps of the Blues Women before her, she makes a genuine connection with her audience. She upholds the tradition of "Testifyin" about the experiences of Life. Here is what she has to say about her Music. "As a little kid I fell in love with music. I realized that a lot of times, when I didn't quite know how to express myself, music was able to convey for me what I couldn't. I love entertaining and feel blessed whenever I am able to perform. I know I have been been called to a deeper purpose. I believe My mission is to encourage people through the power of music. Music is a sacred brings about healing, truth and hope. Now lets Get Lifted!" Annie Mack ~

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience

Subscription Series Show-Open to the Public

Friday, January 8, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Rave On! re-invents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s premiere Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan, who portrays the legendary rocker. Backed by the rockin’ Rave On Band, their incredible musicianship helps ignite the stage and breathe new life into the music of Buddy Holly. Audiences will experience all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined which includes such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “Raining in My Heart,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “True Love Ways,” “Oh Boy” and of course, “Rave On.” But, that’s only part of it! In a unique twist, Billy as Buddy celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to his fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. ~

FOH Subscription Series

Subscription Series 2015-16 Package- 7 shows

October - April

Purchase the full 7 show Subscription Series package for 2015-16. Lowest ticket prices when purchased as a package. You will have the same seats (of your choice) for the entire season. Performances included in the package are: Annie Mack Blues, Zorongo Flamenco, Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience Holiday show, Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience, The Best of The Second City, The Hunts, and Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Experience. Add the two optional show individually if you like and keep the same seats for those as well. Use all of the tickets yourself, split with employees, or give a pair away as a gift. The tickets are your to do with as you wish. Don't miss a minute of the 2015/16 Subscription Series! There's something for everyone!

Civic Summer Theatre 50th Anniversay Concert


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don't Miss! CST's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert on July 26 at 2:00pm. Featuring former CST Alumni Bradley Greenwald and Jayson Engquist both having gone from the CST spotlights to extraordinary careers in music and theatre! What better way to kick of Civic Summer Theatre's week long run of "Spamelot" than with this festive concert celebrating CST's 50 years of community theatre? General admission tickets $10/each. Available beginning July 6, 2015 at Hy-Vee, The Opera House office-M-F 9:00am-2:00pm, or by phone 507-238-4900