THE ARTS ASSOCIATION OF EAST ALABAMA PRESENTS
The Opelika Center For The Performing Arts
Created by Pilobolus’s dancers and directors in collaboration with lead writer for the popular animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, Steven Banks,Shadowland is a universal and intimately portrayed experience that is both intensely dramatic and comedic. The story is a surreal experience of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age.
As the first theatrical event of its kind to tour the globe, Shadowland incorporates multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create an evening-length performance that merges projected images and front-of-screen choreography.
It is set to a rhythmic original score by the popular American musician, producer, and film composer David Poe, whose poetic work for Shadowlandranges from ballads to hard-driving rock numbers that lift the audience out of its seats. His songs illuminate the themes and visuals of this fascinating story and world.
Night. A small house on a modest street. A teenage girl prepares for bed. While to her parents she is still a little girl, she longs for her independence. With nowhere for her thoughts to go but into her dreams, she sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall—her shadow. Walls spin, darkness swallows the girl, and she’s off on a journey into Shadowland—searching for a way out.
Thus begins Shadowland, a signature Pilobolus performance that with the fluid logic of a dream, the grace of an acrobatic dance, the humor of a child’s cartoon diversion and the heart of a love story, celebrates the strange and wonderful power of the dark to show us who we are in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways.
Season Ticket holders will have the same seats for each performance. The Series subscription package costs much less than purchasing the shows individually.
Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 28-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner). A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences.
The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir was founded in 1932 by Jan Kühn, a distinguished singer, director and choirmaster. Originally founded for the needs of the Czech Radio in Prague, the choir gained notoriety and in 1952 became part of the Czech Philharmonic, and remained so for forty years.
SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).
THE 5 BROWNS The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.
Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.
“Damien Sneed is an ambassador for classical and gospel music who brings positivity, optimism andthoroughness to every occasion. His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, heuses his artistry to make our world a better place.”
“…a sparkling performance. This was a fine show by an excellent orchestra [Czech National Symphony Orchestra] with a conductor who coaxed the very best from his players.”
—Seen and Heard International
"Leonard is a true treasure . . . immensely talented and charismatic . . . already one of the world’s leading artists though still relatively early in her career."
—Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review - Recital at Carnegie Hall
Tine continues embarking on regular tours with her ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble, tenThing. An idea that started in 2007 as a fun and exciting project to pursue with her closest musical friends, the group have gone on to play to numerous European audiences
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).