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The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts opens its 2013- 14 season in Whittier [Whittier Daily News (CA)]

September 20, 2013

YellowBrix

WHITTIER >> The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts has broken the seal on another season of music, singing, dancing and acting performances.

Having presented the bilingual play, "Lorca, Child of the Moon," Thursday night, the production showed a particular type of entertainment the Shannon Center has in store for its audience.

"We are making an effort to book more Latino-flavored programming," said Shane Cadman,theatre manager.

The Shannon Center has formed a partnership with the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, which presented the Federico Garcia Lorca- inspired opera.

The Shannon Center, which is a part of Whittier College, reaches out to local high schools, giving free tickets to students.

"It's a chance for younger people to see live theatre," Cadman said.

It's not every community that is fortunate to have a state-of- the-art theatre in their own backyard, he added.

Some returning favorites include British performer Toni Morrell and he one-woman show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, as well as the popular shows by Hawaiian acts of the Aloha Series.

The first Hawaiian show is by The Lim Family Generations,at 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.

Since bringing up the curtain in 1990, the Shannon Center has earned a reputation in offering audiences an array of shows. However, Cadman acknowledged that the center's notoriety has not sparked a great interest from younger audiences.

"We're still in a discovery period with our audience," he said. "My job is to provide shows that will appeal to a wide variety of age groups."

Having already booked singer-songwriters John Doe and Suzanne Vega in recent years, Cadman is hoping to book more like artists.

"As part of an educational institution, we have a limited budget and can't meet some artists' fees," Cadman said.

Still, with 75 to 80 percent of the season's programming set, he has the flexibility to schedule more shows.

"I encourage people to keep checking our web site for updates, or sign-up to receive our newsletter," Cadman said. "If there isn't anything that peaks your interest now, something might be put on the schedule later that might."

For more information call 562-907-4203, log on to www.shannoncenter.org, or visit the box office, 6760 Painter Ave.

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