2014-2015 Past Events

2014-2015 Season

Galumpha School poster for the School Outreach page

 Leach School Outreach Program:

Galumpha School Outreach

Thursday, September 11, 2014  1:00 pm and Friday, September 12, 2014  1:00 pm pm

Galumpha performs acrobatic modern dance emphasizing shape-building. The poses appear as spectacular feats of physical strength, but in fact are more reliant for their success on skeletal cantilevering than on brute strength. Mutual trust, regarding both physical and emotional safety, is paramount.  The Lecture Demonstration  allows Galumpha dancers to demonstrate excerpts

from typically longer shows, followed by a ten-minute question-and-answer session.   

Curriculum connections: Science/PE

 Leach Special Event:

Galumpha

Friday, September 12, 2014  7:30 pm

Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet.  Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O'Brien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity. Highlights include "Velcro" and "Clackers.” Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program. 

Zambezia poster

 Leach Family Film:

Adventures in Zambezia

Saturday, September 13, 2014  11:00 am

 

When a spirited young falcon named Kai learns of Zambezia, the fabulous city of birds, he goes against his father's wishes and leaves his remote country home. But when his dad is captured by an evil lizard who plans to attack the city, Kai must learn the importance of teamwork if he's to rescue his father, save his new friends and help keep Zambezia lizard free! 

A beautifully animated adventure that the entire family will enjoy, Adventures in Zambezia is a heartwarming story about finding your place in the world and learning to be a part of a community.

Campus Performing Arts Series:

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin

Saturday, October 11, 2014   7:30 pm

Hailed as "four of the best" by the British press, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has celebrated a critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world's premier string quartets with 20-plus years of international concerts and a large and diverse discography.  Founded in 1984 by the principal concertmaster and the string section leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the quartet appears regularly at the world's most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie and Wigmore, and has thrilled audiences throughout the world with their incredible artistry. The ensemble's extensive discography includes recordings of the quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Shostakovich and Reger.

Sponsored by Bott Radio and Brewer Science 

 

Funded in part by the James and Vera Olson Fund for the Arts

Home Free

 

 

Leach Special Events:

Home Free


Friday, October 17th, 2014 8:00pm

When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's “The Sing-Off” this past December, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota. Rather, it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000's, Home Free had been perfecting their live show for years prior to The Sing-Off—performing together for crowds in countless state and county fairs, on college campuses, in Fortune 500 companies, and in theaters all across the country. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a Sing-Off victory, swelling their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into a national spotlight.

 Home Free continues to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.

 

 

They continued their journey in 2014 as they took part in the 32-city, 36-show Sing-Off Tour Live! on the heels of their Columbia Records debut release, Crazy Life, followed by a full tour in support of the new release.

Tom and Jerry Halloween poster

 

Family Film Series:

Tom and Jerry Halloween

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 11:00 am

 

Happy Halloween with everyone’s  favorite Cat and Mouse Tom and Jerry.  Includes the following Tom and Jerry Halloween cartoon favorites: - Bats What I Like, Fraidy Cat Scat, Monster Con, Over The River And Boo The Woods, Spook House Mouse, Which Witch, The Flying Sorceress and Invasion Of The Body Slammers.

Leach Special Events:

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

 Saturday, October 25th, 2014 7:30 pm

 It’s time for the saucy book that caused a world sensation to get SPANKED!  SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters as they come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises!  Grab your girlfriends and don’t miss the funniest and most exciting girls’ night out of the year!

 

SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press.
Because of adult themes, this show is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

 

Sponsored by KFLW 98.9 The Fort

 

 

Campus Performing Arts Series:

Senegal St. Joseph Choir


Monday, October 27th, 2014 7:30 pm

Direct from Dakar, Senegal, the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir interprets Gospel/Negro Spirituals, traditional African Songs, and the magnificent masses composed by founder Julien Jouga. The voices – to which drums, guitar and kora are occasionally added – rise in a local polyphony invented by Mr. Jouga, testifying at the same time not only to his mastery of language, but to his profound knowledge of his country’s rhythms and music traditions.  The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir represents the humanity and the fraternity that exists within the Capital City, Dakar, and throughout the country of Senegal.

 


Sponsored by Merle's Music and Bott Radio

 

Funded in part bythe Maxwell C. Weiner Endowment

 

 

Leach Family Series:

Imago Theatre: FROGZ

 Thursday, October 31st, 2014 6:00 pm

 FROGZ! is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.  The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects like orbs and slinkys engage in silly humanistic movements.  FROGZ! is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, orbs running wild through the audience, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences worldwide.

 

Frogz School poster for the School Outreach page.

 

Leach School Outreach Program:

FROGZ School Outreach

Friday, October 31, 2014 10 am & 1 pm

Imago Theatre’s work is based on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, who influenced many artists worldwide by examining and observing the world through movement. The simplicity and the charm of the show FROGZ catapulted the production to two Broadway runs at the acclaimed New Victory Theatre. The New York times raved, “A mastery of mime, dance and acrobatics.” Students will be introduced to a variety of animals that take on human characteristics and spark their imaginations.

 

Curriculum connections: Art/Drama

The Little Mermaid poster

Family Film Series:

The Little Mermaid

Saturday, November 8, 2014 11:00 am

 

Rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

 

Campus Performing Arts Series:

Jake Shimabukuro

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 7:30 pm

Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. “The ukulele has always fascinated me because it doesn’t intimidate other people,” Jake says of his instrument.  In his young career, this ukulele wizard has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel and Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

 

 

Sponsored by KMST and Public House Brewing Company

Campus Performing Arts Series:

The Celtic Tenors

Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:30 pm

The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. Whether playing a neighborhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam or Shanghai, you are assured of a professional, sparkling and, most of all, good-humored performance. They genuinely love what they do, and you’ll see that shine 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. You’ll enjoy an evening to savor and a night with tenors who despite their incredible success don’t take themselves too seriously!

 

Sponsored by KMST, Loren and Glenda Ross, FCNB Financial, and Phelps County Bank

A Christmas Carol

Leach Family Series:

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Monday, December 8, 2014 7:00 pm

Join us this holiday for a true family event.  Experience the arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers, the "Bah Humbugs," and Scrooge's joyful discovery of life and love in a way that's more extraordinary than ever. 

A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has enchanged audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving.  Ebenezer Scrooge, a most unrepentant, miserly fellow, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own Christmases: Past, Present, and Future. 

This new adaption of Dickens' ever popular classic fills the stage with veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, music, dance, and a timeless message.  With beloved traditional carols of the season included, A Christmas Carol is an enchanting way to begin the holiday festivities, and a perfect family holiday event!

 

Sponsored by Forum Dental

Mickey's Christmas Carol poster

 Leach Family Film:

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 13

Multiple showings beginning at 11:00 and continuing till 1:30pm

Santa’s Workshop begins at 11:45 and will end at 2:00pm

 Celebrate the holidays with MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL!  Donald Duck and many more of your favorite characters join the cast in this delightfully charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is the time for kindness and generosity. So, with the guidance of some wise ghosts (with Goofy and Jiminy Cricket), and the examples set by his clerk Bob Cratchit (Mickey) and nephew Fred (Donald), Scrooge learns how to embrace the true spirit of the season.

 

 

 Campus Performing Arts Series:

The Russian National Ballet Swan Lake

Friday, January 23, 2015 7:30 pm

Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake, is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Its romance and beauty has mesmerized audiences for more than 100 years.  This classic ballet will be performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre, founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet.  In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company.  Ms. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, and she has focused the Company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia.

Sponsored by KMST, Kaleidoscope Weekly, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Comfort Suites

2014-2015 Family Films

Family Film Series:

Monsters, Inc.

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 11:00 am

 

This animated feature from the creators of Toy Story shows us the life behind the scenes of things that go bump in the night. The big, blue and fuzzy James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and his opinionated, one-eyed roommate Mike Wzowski (Billy Crystal) are two professional “scare specialists” Their job is to harness the energy created when they make little kids scream. This energy is bottled and keeps their society going. When they accidentally let a young girl named Boo into their world behind the closets and under the beds, it throws their life into chaos. Boo finds out that the monsters are more scared of her than she is of them.

 

Leach Family Series:

ArcAttack!

Friday, February 13, 2015 7:00 pm

Some say that magic is just science that we have yet to understand. Nikola Tesla, the creator of the first Tesla Coil, pushed the boundaries of discoveries from his predecessors. Now, the boundaries of his inventions have been pushed even further by the crew of ArcAttack!

 This performance will electrify and shock your senses. The six-man crew is joined by two custom-engineered Tesla coils that throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long, each one acting as an electronic instrument. A robotic drum set accompanies the spectacle, its high-power LEDs flashing with bright colors at the stroke of each mechanically actuated stick. Live instrumentals combine with drum loops and samples to produce rock, electronica and indie rhythms with a splash of punk and a dash of metal served alongside a dash of pop.

During the show, the emcee engages both the crowd and the Tesla Coils by walking through a half million volts and sparks, wearing a specially-designed suit. With ArcAttack, you get much more than just a concert--it’s an otherwordly fusion of science, technology and music that will electrify you!

 

 

Campus Performing Arts Series:

Aquila Theatre – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Friday, February 20, 2015 7:30 pm

Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest is imbued with magic, the supernatural, and a heightened sense of theatricality. Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been usurped and exiled by his own brother. He is stranded on a remote and mystical island with his daughter Miranda, who has been on the island from a very young age. Hoping to restore Miranda to her rightful place, and to seek revenge, Prospero conjures a storm to shipwreck his brother and those who conspired against him. The beautiful Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand, son of one of the conspirators, putting her relationship with Prospero to the test just as retribution is finally within reach.   The Aquila Theatre will bring its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to Shakespeare’s famous magical tale of forgiveness and enlightenment. With an ensemble of superb performers and Aquila’s exhilarating execution, this new production of The Tempest is sure to delight.

 

Sponsored by Bob and Susan Hooper, St. James Winery

Thumbelina poster

Family Film Series:

Thumbelina

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 11:00am

 She may be no bigger that your thumb but her adventures are as tall as they come. One magical night, Thumbelina meets Prince Cornelius, an enchanted fairy as tiny as herself, and is sure she's found her heart's desire. But before their romance can blossom, she is kidnapped by a family of show-business toads, waylaid by a scheming beetle and betrothed to a befuddled mole. Finding her way home proves to be an adventure. Author: Corinna Richards

Campus Performing Arts Series:

Arlo Guthrie: The Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

Friday, March 6, 2015 7:30 pm

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other. As the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher, Woody Guthrie, and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer, Arlo grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians, all of whom were significant influences on his musical career. Arlo Guthrie's career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice’s Restaurant, whose title song was a hilarious account of actual events that took place in 1965. The song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Fifty years after the historic events that launched him to reluctant celebrity, Arlo brings to the stage “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” in its entirety, along with many favorites from his catalog.

 

Sponsored by Digity Media, KXMO Radio, KMST, Baymont Inn

Leach Family Series:

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

Friday, February 20, 2015 7:30 pm

Magic is no longer merely about baffling the audience by doing something seemingly impossible. Magic these days is about spectacle, drama, danger, and personality. Kevin and Cindy Spencer are the masters of this new magic theatre.  “Spencers: Theatre of Illusion” is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality.  By blending the theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert, these artists take their audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility... and back again. Audience members don’t simply watch the show, but are also invited to participate in the magic. Entertainers come and go, but few make a lasting impression on their audience or their art. The Spencers are that rare exception!

 

Sponsored by Kaleidoscope Weekly, Comfort Suites, KCLQ 107.9 The Coyote, KFLW 98.9 The Fort

Campus Performing Arts Series:

Mamma Mia!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:30 pm

Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! 

Sponsored by KMST, Vincent and Sally Carpenter, Sunny 104.5, Phelps County Bank