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NWFSC Mattie Kelly Arts Center Season 8 National Touring Shows Include - The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, and more!

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7/7/2010 - NICEVILLE-FL --- An impressive slate of Broadway, Artist and Family Series shows is scheduled to appear for the 2010-2011 season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville - including national touring performances of the hit musical Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, the Dance Theater of Harlem, a European opera company performance of Puccini's masterpiece Turandot and much more.

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The season, dubbed "New York in Niceville" to highlight the national touring companies currently scheduled to perform, is "one of the most impressive in our 13-year history" according to Dr. Cliff Herron, executive director of the college's fine and performing arts center. "Folks will definitely want to mark their calendars," said Herron who noted that season packages will be available starting August 23 and individual tickets for all national shows will go on sale August 28 by web and August 30 by phone or in-person from the center's box office. "All the 1,650 seats in the main theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are no more than 90 feet from the stage - making every seat the best seat in the house," said Herron of the $25 million state-of-the-art performance venue located on the eastern edge of the college's Niceville campus.

The four-event Broadway Series at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is scheduled to feature national touring performances in October, January, and February. In the tradition of the Cirque shows which have appeared in prior seasons at the center, MOMIX -- an electrifying company of dancer-illusionists, will conjure up the exotic, sensual and mystifying realm of nature with their national tour of Botanica on October 10, 2010 as the first event of the college's Broadway Series. MOMIX is renowned internationally for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and debuted Botanica in Italy to sold-out houses. In this landmark production, the MOMIX dancers, with a savvy mix of flamboyant costumes, multimedia projections, puppetry and lighting will create a hypnotic and often mythical landscape that re-imagines the natural world, the rhythms of the seasons and the passage of time. Check out the MOMIX video preview!

The hilarious MGM film Legally Blonde is Broadway's new smash hit musical and is scheduled January 5, 2011 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center as part of the first national tour of Legally Blonde, The Musical! After turning Broadway hot pink, this feel-good song and dance juggernaut earned seven 2007 Tony Award nominations and a slew of other accolades. As on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray) is director and choreographer for this touring production - the second event of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's Broadway Series. Don't miss sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer, as her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious" and Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before -- Harvard Law! Check out the Legally Blonde video preview!

The Color Purple is only national show of the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center's 2010-11 season to appear in two performances, both on January 16, when patrons can enjoy a choice of either a Sunday matinee or an evening show. Based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple is a soul-stirring musical based on the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love, and a Broadway phenomenon! The show also features a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues. See The Color Purple video preview!

Teatro Lirico D' Europa, the stellar European touring company which performs worldwide, will present Puccini's operatic masterpiece, Turandot, on February 19, 2011 as part of the company's 12th national tour of the USA and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's final show of the four-event Broadway Series. Soloists appearing will come from Opera Bolshoi, Prague State Opera, the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera as well as other major opera companies. The full scale production's clever sets, lavish costumes and world-class voices beautifully evoke the royal palace pavilion of the ancient "Forbidden City" in Peking and the work's legendary Chinese characters. Love triumphs as does this production of Turandot which is a full scale opera complete with live orchestra and supertitles. Check out the Turandot video preview!

On January 27, 2011, the Artist Series at the NWF State College Mattie Kelly Arts Center comes to life with an Elvis extravaganza, All Shook Up. It's Footloose, Grease and Happy Days all rolled into one zany story and more than 24 Elvis hits. Mistaken identities, outlandish who-loves-who mix-ups, crazy love triangles and more make up this laugh-out-loud comedy that will have audiences rockin' to Elvis hits such as Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, That's All Right, Don't Be Cruel, Can't Help Fallin' in Love With You, Burning Love and many more. It's like an Elvis movie... but better according to critics who have raved about the national tour of this feel-good rock n roll musical. Check out the All Shook Up video preview!

A leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, the Dance Theatre of Harlem presents an ensemble of 16 dancers on February 7, 2011 as the second event of the Mattie Kelly Arts Centers Artist Series. This "classically American" dance company has an extraordinary four-decade legacy of creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world - including sold-out houses from China to England, Dance Theater of Harlem is well known for its audience interaction, inspirational content, and performances that expand audience awareness and involvement in classical ballet. See Dance Theater of Harlem preview!

A two-hour Celtic dance and music extravaganza, Rhythm of the Dance appears on March 11, 2011 as the final show of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center 2010-11 national touring season. With a wealth of Irish talent, Rhythm of the Dance is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. The national tour of this internationally acclaimed Irish step dance production showcases a tale deep from Irish lore. This richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient - combining traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology and a thousand-year-old story that will immerse audiences in the music and mystery of the Emerald Isle. See The Rhythm of the Dance video preview!

In addition to the Broadway and Artist Series, the college will also host the national tour of a family show, The Diary of Anne Frank on November 11, 2010. The show will be presented in daytime performances for school groups and an evening performance for the public. Relive the remarkable life of Anne Frank and the courage of this young Dutch Jewish girl, forced into hiding during the Nazi occupation of her homeland, in this production based on the famous diary that has kept Anne's words and spirit alive for generations. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will also host a series of additional Children's Series shows for school groups throughout the year which may have limited seating available for the public on a space available basis; including "Tales of Airn" on December 15, "Charlotte's Web" on January 26, "Madeline Bad Hat Day" on February 4, "Duck for President" on April 5 and "Alligator Under My Bed" on May 3.

To be sent a season brochure or to purchase tickets once sales begin, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office at (850) 729-6000 or toll free, 1-800-838-ARTS (2787) for those outside the Northwest Florida region. Season Packages will be available by phone or in-person only so that box office representatives may provide personal attention to patron requests. Online, phone or in-person ticket sales are available for individual shows. See the center's website at for additional information. Pending final approval, the Broadway Series package of four events is $175 and a seven-show Broadway/Artist combo package is $265, a discount over single ticket prices which range from $25 to $50 per show. There is a $5 per ticket discount for groups of ten or more.