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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - 7:00pm

Event:              The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

When:              Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7 pm

Where:            The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:           $29 - $59 + applicable fees

                        $50 for family access to pre-show VIP Experience

 

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical comes to

The Mendel Center on Dec. 18

 

For the first time, The Elf on the Shelf® Scout Elves will take center stage in a new live musical debuting this holiday season. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical makes its only Michigan stop at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI, on Wednesday, December 18, at 7 pm.

 

Inspired by the beloved box set The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition, this touring stage production will give families an exclusive glimpse into the magical world of Santa’s North Pole through indelible song and dance numbers and a heartwarming tale about Christmas spirit.

 

This toe-tapping tale tells the story of one particularly impressive Scout Elf™ who must help his new, human family overcome a personal loss and remember the importance of Christmas cheer. Can this tiny elf, along with a host of North Pole pals, make Christmas joyous for his family once again? Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.

 

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical is a creative collaboration between CCA & B and Mills Entertainment. The original stage production was developed by Sara Wordsworth (Broadway’s In Transit, Disney’s Frozen JR., Disney Cruise Line’s Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) as writer and lyricist, Russ Kaplan (Broadway’s In Transit, Dear Albert Einstein) as composer, and Sam Scalamoni (Elf the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Nickelodeon’s StoryTime Live) as director.

 

Before the show, families can complete their The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical experience with an exclusive pre-show photo opportunity with a Scout Elf. Photos will take place in front of a magical North Pole backdrop featuring a Christmas tree decorated by Santa’s Scout Elves where children can leave a personalized message for Santa. As a commemorative takeaway, the VIP access badge becomes a keepsake that can be hung on the Christmas tree at home for years to come. This photo opportunity begins at 5:30 pm and costs $50 per family. The VIP ticket allows for one photo per family, taken on your camera by our staff, with the Scout Elf.  Space is limited. VIP and performance tickets sold separately.

 

Tickets for The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

 

This performance is sponsored by 97.5 Y Country

 

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About The Elf on the Shelf®

The Elf on the Shelf®, published by CCA and B and written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell, is a best-selling Christmas picture book that comes complete with one of Santa’s Scout Elves. Capturing the hearts of children everywhere, the magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his nice list by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and then report them back to Santa. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for the Scout Elf each morning. www.elfontheshelf.com

 

About Mills Entertainment

Mills Entertainment, a live entertainment content studio, and division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), collaborates with top talent and property holders to create unforgettable live experiences. With full global distribution and partnerships worldwide, our specialty is taking shows from concept to stage, serving as the complete solution in realizing the vision. Current projects include American Girl Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live and Bring It! Live. www.millsentertainment.com

 

About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Friday, 24 January 2020 - 8:00pm

Event:              ABBA Mania

When:              Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:            $27 - $57 + applicable fees

 

Take a chance on ABBA Mania and you won’t be disappointed

Tickets for The Mendel Center performance go on sale Sept. 16 at 10 am

 

ABBA Mania, the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute concert, returns to The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 8 pm

 

ABBA Mania formed in 1999 in London’s West End and the show has been selling out theatres and concert halls internationally ever since. This show has toured the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish “supergroup” to their millions of fans, old and new.

 

ABBA Mania has been seen by more than 3 million people across the globe - from Australia, France, Denmark, Belgium, and Spain to South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the UK. In 2018, ABBA Mania toured the US for the eighth time with over 30 shoes over 6 weeks including a prestigious sell out date in the Smith Centre, Las Vega.

 

Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, and Anni-Frid, collectively known as ABBA, dominated the charts for nearly ten years. At their height, they became Sweden’s highest export earners, amazingly outselling Volvo cars. Sadly, in the early ‘80s, they decided to go their separate ways, but their music lives on. ABBA Gold was continuously in the album charts throughout the ‘90s and is one of the biggest selling albums ever.

 

ABBA’s timeless songs were written to be enjoyed live and ABBA Mania gives audiences exactly that. Two hours of uplifting, dance inducing, and sometimes heartbreaking songs, fully live with fantastic staging, lighting, and effects. The show recreates ABBA’s sound perfectly and respectfully. ABBA Mania is not only for lifelong, diehard ABBA fans, but also for the new generation of fans who never had the opportunity to experience ABBA live.

 

Hits include “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper,” “Fernando,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and many more that continue to fill dance floors worldwide.

 

Polly Graham of the Sunday Mirror says, “Beware of imitations…this is the real musical tribute.”

 

Tickets for ABBA Mania go on sale Monday, September 16, at 10 am at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

 

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About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 1:00pm

Event:              Penguins

Part of the Discovery Series

When:              Sunday, March 1, 2020

1 pm – Sensory Friendly Performance

4 pm – General Audiences Performance

Where:             The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI - Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:            $14 - $18 + applicable fees

 

 

Penguins, a new show for children inspired by a true story, comes to The Mendel Center March 1

 

On Sunday, March 1, 2020, the true story of two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo comes to life at The Mendel Center in Penguins, a new theatrical performance for children. Presented by Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Prime Theatre, this nationally touring production will be live, on stage during two performances on the Mainstage at 1 and 4 pm.

 

Families will enjoy the sensory friendly 1 pm show in a safe and accepting, calmly lit environment with softened sound. While this performance is designed especially for children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities or other special needs, this performance is open to all families. The 4 pm performance is designed for general audiences.

 

Inspired by a report in The New York Times that touched hearts worldwide, Penguins tells the story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap penguins who, just like the other penguins at Central Park Zoo, walk, play, swim, and dance together. When the duo decides to try to hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real. Penguins is a captivating mix of dance, music, and storytelling that centers on themes of friendship, fun, identity, and the ever-changing meaning of family.

 

Director Paul Bosco McEneaney, who drew inspiration from this story and has adapted it for the stage, states, “I am thrilled to be sharing this heart-warming tale with our American audiences. We have created a truly unique and uplifting theater piece for young audiences and their families to enjoy. Penguins is a highly visual, non-verbal performance with beautiful music, wonderful magic, and a message of love and family that we hope will leave a lasting impression.”

 

Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra added, "I am extremely delighted to be part of such an important and heart-warming production as Penguins. I truly respect and defend director Paul Mc Eneaney's belief that children's theater can speak valuable truths and carry important messages to young audiences.”

 

Guerra further stated, “Penguins is a show that also celebrates being different and accepting each other's uniqueness through companionship. As choreographer, I'm creating the movement script for the work, which has no text. We'll have three charismatic penguins who happily dance to their own tunes, which I also hope invites children to discover their unique melodies and voices by trying dance and theater."

 

Award-winning children’s director Paul Bosco McEneaney is the artistic director of Cahoots NI – Northern Ireland’s leading children’s theatre company that produces boldly innovative work for children and their families. His previously acclaimed productions include Egg, Lights! Camera! Math!, Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries, Nivelli’s War, and Shh! We Have a Plan

 

Carlos Pons Guerra is an independent choreographer who has created work for companies including Rambert, Northern Ballet, Attakkalari (India) and ENDanza (Dominican Republic). He directs DeNada Dance Theatre, for which he has created four internationally touring productions. Nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2015 (Best Emerging Artist) & 2016 (Best Independent Company), he is currently creating a new ballet for Ballet Hispanico of New York; TORO, an original full-length production for DeNada, and Man to Monk, a duet commissioned by Sadler’s Wells. 

 

Penguinswill feature three outstanding dancers – Dom Coffey, Osian Meilir, and Olivia Van Niekerk. Set and costume design is by Sabine Dargent, lighting design by Simon Bond, and original music/sound design by Garth McConaghie.

 

This performance is recommended for family and school audiences ages 3 through grade 3. Running time is 45 mins.

 

Tickets for Penguins are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

 

This performance is presented in partnership with LOGAN Autism Learning Center of Southwest Michigan, and is made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.

 

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About the Discovery Series

Now in its seventh season, The Mendel Center’s Discovery Series provides family friendly performing arts events for audiences of all ages. The series delivers enriching experiences that introduce young people and their families to the excitement of professionally produced touring productions. The goal of the series is to inspire creativity, spark imagination, educate through the arts, and create opportunities to build cherished memories while having a lot of fun. The Discovery Series is made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.

 

About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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