The McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma is celebrating their 25th Anniversary 2015-16 Season with eight nationally and internationally touring acts in their main stage series along with educational outreach and programming for area schools. The season offers a wide variety of entertainment for almost every taste and interest. Special box office hours are scheduled for June 1st and 2nd from 10 AM to 2 PM for anyone desiring preferred show seating. Season Tickets, “Four or More” Packages, and individual show tickets will all be available starting June 1st.
The season will be launched on Saturday, October 3rd with country and gospel legends Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, at 7:00 PM. If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock n’ roll. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over forty years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. Dinner packages at both Moose Inn and Silvercryst Supper Club will be available before the show. The performance is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Collision Clinic, River City Antiques, Culvers Restaurant, ACE Hardware, WDUX Radio, M.P.B. Builders and Wautoma Lions Club.
On October 17th Brass Transit, Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight “Chicago” tribute takes the stage. The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high; Brass Transit will transport the audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. The band includes veterans of Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts like The Drifters, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Del Shannon and the Mamas & The Papas. Patrons can enjoy a great Moosetoberfest outing featuring German music, beverage, and food before the show. Concert sponsors include Moose Inn, WAUH Radio, Gary & Kay Christensen, Waushara Dental Associates, Bowdie Severns, Bug Tussel Wireless, and Soundworks Systems Inc.
Pop/Rock icons Gary Puckett & the Union Gap appear in concert November 14th at 7:00 PM. One of the most successful musical groups of the sixties, Gary Puckett’s powerful and unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive Gold Records and Top 10 Billboard hits! Gary’s hits include: “Young Girl”, “Woman, Woman”, “Lady Willpower”, “This Girl is a Woman Now”, “Don’t Give In To Him”, “Keep The Customer Satisfied”, “Home”, and “Over You”. Gary delivers an incredible show and sounds just as great as ever! Dinner packages at both Silvercryst and Moose Inn will be available before the show. The concert is being sponsored by Holt’s Fine Jewelry, Bowdie Severns, WAUH Radio, Martz Insurance, Olsen’s Mill, and Lynda Parman & Kyle McReath at American Family Insurance.
A Hometown Christmas will return to celebrate the holiday season with local talent on December 12th at 7:00 pm. The production has sold out the last eight seasons. This year’s talent line-up will be announced in November. The Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a “Christmas Treats Reception” after the show. The program is being sponsored by Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, The Waushara Argus, Cooperative Care, Wautoma Rotary Club, U.S. Cellular, and Brian & Patrick Getchius at Thrivent Financial.
Dogger’s Bar & Lanes, Antique Liquor, Weekly Timber & Pulp, Grimm’s Sports Bar & Grill, Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, and Stevens Accounting will be presenting the 25th Anniversary tour of the Four Bitchin’ Babes “Best of The Babes” show on Saturday, February 13th at 7:00 PM. To honor their wildly successful touring escapades over the past two and a-half decades, The Babes, have decided to become their own tribute band by shining the spotlight back over 25 years of their most requested hit songs. Nancy Moran steps back in to join Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith and Deirdre Flint for a love-fest-look-back over the astounding catalogue of songs that celebrate all the roles that women play in this new world. It’s this enormous repertoire that has made The Babes the venerable “original girls night out” tour-de-force musical comedy theatre hit that they are today!
The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will perform at the PAC on Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 PM. Whether playing a neighbourhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam or Shanghai, the group provides a professional, sparkling and most of all, good humoured performance. They genuinely love what they do and it shines through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the haunting “Danny Boy” and exhilarating classics like “Nessun Dorma”. From The Celtic Tenors, you’ll get more than a performance by world-class artists. The show is presented by Moose Inn, Wautoma Kiwanis Club, 106.1 FM Radio, The Lodge in Mt. Morris, Mayville Engineering Company, Dick Rathjen, and Pioneer Floral & Greenhouse. A special dinner package in cooperation with Moose Inn will be an option for patrons before the concert.
On April 16th at 7:00 PM the audience will be treated to a special return engagement when “pianistic firebrand” Alpin Hong comes to Wautoma. Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. From Carnegie Hall to the White House, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet. Mr. Hong is a creative force unmatched in his vitality and charisma. Santa Barbara News Press hailed him as “…a tour de force. Mr. Hong evoked a kind of Beatlemania when he came on stage. What a showman! What a musician!” Classical for the iGeneration. Plans call for Alpin to conduct two Master Classes for area music students the previous day. The concert and Master Class are sponsored by Silvercryst Supper Club, Bosshard Surveying, LLC, and Heid Music. A Silvercryst dinner package is offered before the performance.
The 25th Anniversary Season Season main stage finale will feature Simply Sinatra Starring Steve Lippia and His Big Band on May 7th at a special 3:00 PM matinee. “Simply Sinatra”, starring Steve Lippia, has been thrilling sold-out Pops audiences across North America. In this musical celebration Steve interprets some of the most well-known and beloved Frank Sinatra hits. Steve’s singing reveals a man who truly understands a lyric, in a deeply personal way. He brings to life the music and lyrics of some of the greats such as: Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rodgers and Hart, and Stephen Sondheim. You will be wowed by great standards such as: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “My Way”, “Summer Wind”, “You Make Me Feel So Young”, “That’s Life”,” The Best Is Yet To Come”, “Luck Be A Lady”, and “Come Fly With Me”. A Silvercryst dinner package will be available after the show for this special Mother’s Day weekend treat. The production is being made possible by Silvercryst Supper Club, Brian & Patrick Getchius at Thrivent Financial, WAUH Radio, Lund’s Northwoods Auto, Culvers Restaurant, Linda & Tim Freudenthal, and Weiland Refrigerated & Trucking.
In addition to the regular season programs, the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center will also be offering a series of School Programming performances which will bring national touring companies musical versions of classic children’s books to Wautoma for performances of Curious George in November and The Lightning Thief in April. Over 1600 students from 8-10 area school districts will have an opportunity to enjoy the curriculum related performances.
2015-16 programming will conclude with a summer Children’s Theatre offering in June of 2016 to be announced at a later date. The production, in cooperation with Prairie Fire Theatre, will feature over 50 area youth.
Special season ticket rates are available through October 2nd. Patrons can purchase reserved seats for all eight main stage shows for only $200, a savings of $50, or they create their own custom package of any “Four or More” shows and receive a 10% discount.
Season and individual show tickets are available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. two weeks prior to each show as well as June 1st and 2nd, or tickets may be ordered at any time by phone at (920) 787-2189, or toll-free at (888) 987-2189. Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. Group and student discounts are available. For more information visit mccombbruchspac.com. or the PAC’s Facebook page.