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Friday, 8 June 2018 (All day)

The Twin City Players Presents
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Show Opens June 8 and runs through July 1, 2018

 

The Twin City Players (TCP) announces its final production of its 2017-2018 Mainstage Season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman.

 

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. The musical comedy features a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book and a truly fresh and vibrant score.


Tickets are $15 plus a $1 processing fee per ticket. Group rates are also available. All seats reserved. Purchase tickets online at twincityplayers.org or through the TCP box office at 269-429-0400. Rated PG-13: Adult Themes. Parents Strongly Cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

 

Performances are June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & July 1, 2018, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Performances take place at the TCP Playhouse, 600 W. Glenlord Road, St. Joseph.

 

The show is directed by Marty and Wendy Golob. The cast includes Joshua Bennett, Rebecca DePumpo, Andrew Duris, John Golob, Juliet Golob, David Goodyear, Ariel Higgins, Fran Michelini, Miranda Stepka, Jamie Bair, Mike Cooke, Lisa Cripps, Beth DeCoursey, Bill Downey, Ellen Higdon, Nina Koziuk, Marty Golob, and Scott Bradford.

 

Assisting the directors are Janine Golob (stage manager and props), Scott Bradford (tech director), and Candace Onweller (music director).

 

Opening Night Afterglow Reception
On opening night patrons are invited to join the cast and crew after the show for an Afterglow reception featuring refreshments generously provided by Afterglow partners, Lemon Creek Winery and Bit of Swiss Pastry Shoppe.

 

Twin City Players 2017-2018 Mainstage Season Sponsors are: Whirlpool Corporation, Professional Hearing Services, Meijer, The Herald Palladium, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, and TPC Technologies, Inc. Show sponsors of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are Lake Michigan Chiropractic, LLC and Peace of Mind Counseling Center.

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeis presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Tel.: (212) 541-4684, Fax: (212) 397-4684, www.MTIShows.com.

 

About Twin City Players
Formed in 1932, Twin City Players is one of the oldest, continuously operating community theaters in Michigan. It is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that strives to be recognized for organizational excellence with an abundance of resources, producing irresistible, quality performances in southwest Michigan. The TCP Playhouse is located at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, MI. New members are always welcome. For more information about TCP, call 269-429-0400or visit us at twincityplayers.org.

Friday, 8 June 2018 - 7:30pm

Event:              Decades Rewind

When:              Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:30 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

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

Tickets:            $43 | $35 | $25 plus applicable fees – on sale Monday, April 16, 10 am

 

 

Decades Rewind will transport The Mendel Center

to the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s

The theatrical production returns to The Mendel Center June 8

 

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Decades Rewind isset to perform their audience-favorite theatrical concert at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor for a special summer engagement on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 16, at 10 am through The Mendel Center Box Office and www.TheMendelCenter.com.

 

Decades Rewind is a nationally touring concert, dance party, and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show celebrating the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s – America’s most prominent decades in music history.

 

The medleys feature a wide array of legendary songs including hits by ABBA, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Chubby Checker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Prince, Bon Jovi, and many others.  The “jump out and grab you show” is accompanied by three larger-than-life screens and visuals that instantly transport viewers to each decade with images from that time’s headlines and pop culture.

 

Decades Rewind was created by the show’s keyboardist, Peter Gatti, and drummer, Mark Blinkhorn.  Gatti owns and operates Studio G, a high-end studio used by many local and national artists in the Tampa area. Studio G is also the home of DecadesRewindRadio.com, an internet-based radio station. Blinkhorn is a retired firefighter from the Sarasota, Florida, County Fire Department and now tours full time with Decades Rewind.

 

Other members of the Decades Rewind band include Music Director and vocalist Al Owen, Ashley Renee (vocals), Coya Jones (vocals), Jimmy DeLisi (guitar), Frank J. Edmondson III (vocals), Lisa Larkin (vocals), Patrick McKenzie (trumpet), Calvin Jones (vocals), Monica Cox (vocals), Ryan Redden (saxophone), Jeff Stoddard (bass guitar), Jimmy Blount Jr. (trombone), choreography by Desmond Boone, Colin Gatti, and Malita Smith (dressers). The extraordinary costumes were designed by Debra Bokelbreg of the Cirque du Soleil family. 

 

Gatti said, “Decades Rewind was created to transport our audiences back to the days of the best memories of their life. Guests always tell us that they remembered their first dance, their first kiss, their first love, during our shows. Music is so powerful and it’s really amazing to see how people are moved throughout our show.” 

 

When you come to a Decades Rewind show, you have to bring your dancing shoes!

 

With over 100 costume changes and 10 medleys featuring 60 songs, Decades Rewind is an unparalleled, interactive multimedia musical experience that will have you jumping out of your seat and singing along. This IS the story of your life.

 

Tickets for Decades Rewind go on sale Monday, April 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 Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Ticket discounts are available for Mainstage Series and Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series members, 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. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into a class reunion, birthday party, or other celebration.

 

Decades Rewind links:               https://www.youtube.com/user/DecadesRewind

                                                https://twitter.com/DecadesRewind

                                                https://www.facebook.com/DecadesRewind                                                                                         https://www.instagram.com/DecadesRewind

 

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About The Mendel Center Mainstage
The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, assistive listening devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

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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Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 7:00pm

Event:               The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus

When:               Thursday, July 5, 2018, 7 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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

Tickets:             Admission is free; tickets are required

 

Free community concert featuring the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to be held at The Mendel Center on July 5

 

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on Thursday, July 5, at 7 pm.

 

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions. The 60-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities.

 

The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently and have recently shared the stage with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. 

 

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

 

Tickets for The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are available 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 Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Tickets are free, with a limit of four per party. This performance of The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus is sponsored by Lest We Forget and News/Talk 94.9 WSJM.

 

About The Mendel Center Mainstage: The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include a new assistive listening system, free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

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. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 7:30pm

Event:              The Drifters, Cornell Gunters’s Coasters, and The Platters

When:              Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

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

Tickets:            $59 | $49 | $39

 

 

 

The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, and The Platters

coming to The Mendel Center October 25

Live in concert! “The longest running music show in Las Vegas history.”

Tickets on sale Friday, May 4, 10 a.m.

 

Three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends will be on the same stage, for one night only when The Drifters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, and The Platters come to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on October 25 at 7:30 pm.

 

With more than 94 charted records and 45 top 10 hits combined, you’ll hear favorites like “Under The Boardwalk,” “Stand By Me,” “On Broadway,” “This Magic Moment,” “Up On The Roof,” “Save The Last Dance for Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Poison Ivy,” “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Magic Touch,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and many more.

 

Tickets for this special engagement go on sale to the public this Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at www.TheMendelCenter.com, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

About the Drifters

The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, not only at its inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early '50s, but also in the decade that followed. Their place in history is as complex as their role in it, by virtue of the fact that there are two distinct phases to their music and the continuity of their membership, and their extraordinary longevity -- only the Platters could claim as great a span of years as an active recording unit.

 

About the Coasters

The Coasters were one of the few artists in rock history to successfully straddle the line between music and comedy. Their undeniably funny lyrics and on-stage antics might have suggested a simple troupe of clowns, but Coasters records were no mere novelties -- their material, supplied by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was too witty, their arrangements too well-crafted, and the group itself too musically proficient. That engaging and infectious combination made them one of the most popular early R&B/rock & roll acts, as well as one of the most consistently entertaining doo wop/vocal groups of all time.

 

About the Platters

With classics such as "The Great Pretender," "Only You," and their rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the Platters were one of the preeminent doo-wop groups of the rock & roll era. Under the guidance of manager and producer Buck Ram, the Platters churned out hit after hit during the 1950s, bridging the gap between more traditional vocal-group stylings and the popular R&B grooves of the early '50s. Their sound was unique, marked by lead singer Tony Williams' powerful vocals and the feminine touch of singer Zola Taylor.

 

 

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About The Mendel Center Mainstage
The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, assistive listening devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

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.

 

Find #TheMendelCenter online at:

●      Facebook @mendelcenter

●      Instagram @TheMendelCenter

●      Twitter @TheMendelCenter

●      www.TheMendelCenter.com



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