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Throughout the course of our lives, we are challenged to adapt and reimagine who we are in every moment. DIAVOLO brings a full evening experience in two parts, L.O.S.T. features DIAVOLO’s newest works – “Cubicle” and “Passengers”– and boldly tackles the essence of what divides, unites and inspires us to rise.
Under the Artistic Direction of Emmy Award Winner, TRAVIS WALL, and co-created with NICK LAZZARINI, TEDDY FORANCE and KYLE ROBINSON, SHAPING SOUND is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers.
Through his Emmy Award winning work on "So You Think You Can Dance," Travis Wall has established himself as one of America's favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and SHAPING SOUND are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.
Take Me to the River - Live! features Grammy®-winners Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush and William Bell along with The Hi Rhythm Section, the Stax Academy Alumni Band, Frayser Boy & Al Kapone, plus Music Director Boo Mitchell. Following in the footsteps of the award winning 2014 documentary film of the same name, Take Me to the River is a live concert journey through the soul of American music, celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis that flourished during a time of pervasive discrimination and segregation.
“…one of the best things we saw…stunning theatricality and dynamics…gorgeous…moving.” - Rolling Stone
Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. Earlier this year, Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over 9 million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT. Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography Bill Engvall – Just A Guy. Bill recently filmed a new special entitled Just Sell Him For Parts.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and worked as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in the Showtime special, A Pair of Joker’s, hosted A&E’s Evening at the Improv and appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for “Best Male Stand-up Comedian.” He appeared in several episodes of Designing Women and co-starred in Delta and The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Bill resides in Southern California with his family.
Italy’s COMPAGNIA TPO is the world’s foremost pioneer in interactive performance media for all ages and melding astonishing digital imagery with multi- disciplinary performance techniques in the use of music, dance, art, sculpture, digital media, computer technology, lighting and sound. Their vision of accessibility in the arts is unprecedented, simultaneously allowing festivals and venues worldwide their most rewarding audience experiences while redefining them from the inside out.
Compagnia TPO’s Farfalle will feature a sensory-friendly performance. Sensory-friendly performances provide a welcoming environment for all by reducing loud noises and flashing lights, reducing crowd size, keeping theater lights on at a low level and other adjustments to accommodate those who may have sensory sensitivities or other disabilities. There will be a designated quiet area and space to move around or stand during the performance, as patrons will be free to leave their seats or talk as necessary. A social story will also be made available prior to the performance.
Patrons at both performances will be required to remove their shoes.
The Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards is an education initiative that celebrates and supports the achievements of high school musical theater programs in Northeastern Wisconsin. Experts in the field of performing arts will serve as a team of adjudicators to provide feedback and determine awards for participating schools.