June 27--Vince Gill, Helen Reddy, Mark Lowry, Shoji Tabuchi and the cranky "Mr. Hart" character from "9 to 5" will help form a crossroads of music, comedy and drama in Alma in the coming months.
The upcoming Alma Performing Arts Center's 2013-2014 season will help patrons make many fond memories in the center, 103 E. Main St. in Alma, said Teresa Schlabach, Alma PAC executive director.
"We are so excited to have several award-winning artists coming to grace the Alma Performing Arts Center's stage this year," she said. "Vince Gill is a winner of 20 Grammy Awards. That is more than any other country musician."
Gill will be part of the group, Time Jumpers, who will play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. The acoustic-based band also features the talents of Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears and "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky, Schlabach said. Gill joined the acclaimed, Nashville, Tenn.-based ensemble three years ago and has helped expand the Grammy-nominated group's instrumental and vocal talents, she said.
"I can't wait for this great night of country music," Schlabach said. "It's going to be amazing."
Also impressive will be the season's remaining shows, she said. "9 to 5 -- The Musical," a Tony Award-nominated musical, will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 5, while Shoji Tabuchi's Christmas-themed, Branson-style concert will incorporate musicianship, dancing and singing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
"Written by Dolly Parton, '9 to 5 -- The Musical' has Parton's humor and music all wrapped up into one show," Schlabach said. "It's sure to be a great evening, like all of the shows."
Comedian-musician Mark Lowry will have audience members laughing and crying at 8 p.m. Feb. 1, and Grammy Award-winning singer Helen Reddy will be "roaring" numerous unforgettable songs beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 22, she said.
"I am really looking forward to seeing Helen Reddy," Schlabach said. "Being able to book the queen of '70s pop was an exciting moment for me. I grew up listening to Helen Reddy's music and could frequently be found singing 'I Am Woman' at the top of my lungs."
The season's "bonus shows" will include Country Legends Featuring Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19; "Diary of a Worm: Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly" at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4; and the musical tale "Carnival" at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Other bonus performances will include "The Fourposter" at 7 p.m. Feb. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9; the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17; "Are You My Mother?" at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19; the U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters at 7 p.m. March 22; "And Then They Came For Me: A Historical Account of the Friends and Family Surrounding the Franks" at 7 p.m. April 11-12 and 2 p.m. April 13, among others, Schlabach said.
The "Country Legends" show will be a benefit for the Alma Boys and Girls Club, she added.
"We know this will be an outstanding season," Schlabach said. "There will be many great evenings with this year's lineup."
To purchase tickets or for information, call (479) 632-2129 or visit www.almapac.org.
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