Individual Tickets for All National Shows Now on Sale at Mattie Kelly Arts Center New Discounts & Family Shows

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


8/30/2010 - Individual tickets are now available for all national touring Broadway and Artist shows that will appear in the 2010-2011 season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The "New York in Niceville" season includes the hit Broadway musicals "Legally Blonde" and "The Color Purple"; the internationally renowned "Dance Theater of Harlem"; a Cirque style show straight from Italy "Momix -Botanica"; the rock 'n roll comedy "All Shook Up" with 24 Elvis hits; a Celtic music and dance extravaganza "Rhythm of the Dance"; a European opera company performance featuring Metropolitan Opera and Prague State Opera soloists in Puccini's masterpiece "Turandot"; and a family series performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank".

Tickets range from $20 to $50 each per show and may purchased by phone, through the centers website, or in-person from the box office. New this year, two national shows - "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Dance Theater of Harlem"- feature a discounted student ticket for NWF State College students and any student age 18 and younger. The center also features a $5 off per ticket discount for Broadway and Artist series shows for groups of ten or more.

The national touring season starts October 10 with a Sunday, 2:00 pm matinee by MOMIX, an electrifying company of dancer-illusionists, who will conjure up the exotic and sensual realm of nature with their national tour of "Botanica", a show which debuted in Italy to sold out houses. In the tradition of Cirque shows, the internationally renowned MOMIX dancers re-imagine the natural world, the rhythms of the seasons and the passage of time with a savvy mix of flamboyant costumes, multimedia projections, puppetry and lighting. The New York Times said "Botanica's bouquet of dance athleticism and fantasy is an herbal remedy for an ailing world . . . an event not to be missed!" Tickets are $45 each.

The national tour of "The Diary of Anne Frank" appears on November 11. The show will be presented in daytime performances for school groups and an evening show for the public. Be inspired by 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. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth and NWFSC students.

The hilarious MGM film "Legally Blonde" is Broadway's new smash hit musical and is scheduled January 5, 2011. 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. 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! The verdict? This much fun shouldnt be legal! Tickets are $50 each.

Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards "The Color Purple" is only national show of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's 2010-11 season to appear in two performances, both on January 16, 2011 - a Sunday matinee and an evening show. Based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the moving film by Steven Spielberg, "The Color Purple" is a landmark theatrical event and a Broadway phenomenon. The soul-stirring musical features a joyous GRAMMY® nominated score of jazz, gospel and blues and the inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Tickets are $50 each.

January 27, 2011, features an Elvis extravaganza, "All Shook Up" - a zany musical comedy with more than 24 Elvis hits that's been described as "Footloose", "Grease" and "Happy Days" all rolled into one! Mistaken identities, 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, Don't Be Cruel, Can't Help Fallin' in Love With You 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. Tickets are $35 each.

A leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, the "Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble" presents a troupe of 16 dancers on February 7, 2011. With an extraordinary four-decade legacy of creative expression and artistic excellence, the Dance Theater of Harlem has thrilled audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world - including sold-out houses from China to England. This performance includes a specially priced student ticket for $25 for those age 18 and younger or NWFSC students. Adult tickets are $35 each.

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. Soloists 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 of the ancient "Forbidden City" and the work's legendary Chinese characters in a full scale opera, complete with live orchestra and supertitles. Tickets are $45 each.

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 national touring season. This internationally acclaimed Irish step dance production showcases a tale deep from Irish lore in a richly costumed show that combines traditional dance and music with a thousand-year-old story - immersing audiences in the music and mystery of the Emerald Isle. Tickets are$35 each.

New this year, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center will also host the world premier of an original work for children and families on December 3 at 7:30 pm, Tales of Airn Book I, presented by the college's Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts and written by James Clinton (aka Clint Mahle), an NWFSC theater faculty member. Through narration, music, dance, puppetry, and acrobatics, Tales of Airn Book I, covers the themes of love for family, loyalty, perseverance in the face of adversity, friendship, and brains over violence. Tickets are $6 each for adults and youth of all ages.

To be sent a season brochure or to purchase tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office at (850) 729-6000 or visit the center's website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org for tickets, videos of upcoming events and updated event listings. A Broadway Series package of four events is available for $175 and a seven-show Broadway/Artist combo package is $265, a discount over single ticket prices. All 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" at the $25 million state-of-the-art performance venue located on the eastern edge of the college's Niceville campus. As the Emerald Coast's premier venue for live theater and concerts, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's "New York in Niceville" series for 2010-2011 has all the marks of another sell-out season - so purchase early for best seat selection.