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Townsend Center: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
Cutting-edge Fiddle and Cello Explorations of Scottish and Global Music:

"...you would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." ~ Boston Globe

"Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner...A positive joy." ~ The Scotsman

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
“Genuinely funny Americana humor.” ~ World-Herald

“Mr. Hazell’s nostalgia is contagious.” ~ The Dallas Morning News

"Milk-snorting funny!" ~Jerry Seinfeld

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bullseye for audiences across the country.

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Ensemble: Wonder Bread Years
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 7:30 PM
A long time ago, the 1980’s, in a land far away, Vancouver, a troupe of misfits decided they wanted to see the world. Together, they started the “All and Everything Theater,” a non-profit children’s theater focusing on children’s entertainment, street theater and life-sized Bunraku puppetry.

In the late 1980’s on Christmas Day, their theater building, with all their props and puppets, burned to the ground. Instead of giving up, they created a new act called The Pink Flamingos. This musical troupe has performed for Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, General Colin Powell, Harrison Ford and countless other celebrities. From India to Austria and Thailand to Paris, The Pink Flamingos have performed in more than 2,000 shows across the globe.

As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community and inspiration, they have decided to go back to their roots and share their passion with the world as Artrageous. The show focuses on art, music, theater, song, dance and audience participation.

Witness the creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey through the musical genres of the American landscape.

Our troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical styles. The result is a uniquely entertaining show that culminates in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

Each show is unique, just like each audience. Be prepared to join the troupe on stage this evening, as we can’t do it without you!

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; LiveArt 2017 Family Night; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 3:00 PM
A long time ago, the 1980’s, in a land far away, Vancouver, a troupe of misfits decided they wanted to see the world. Together, they started the “All and Everything Theater,” a non-profit children’s theater focusing on children’s entertainment, street theater and life-sized Bunraku puppetry.

In the late 1980’s on Christmas Day, their theater building, with all their props and puppets, burned to the ground. Instead of giving up, they created a new act called The Pink Flamingos. This musical troupe has performed for Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, General Colin Powell, Harrison Ford and countless other celebrities. From India to Austria and Thailand to Paris, The Pink Flamingos have performed in more than 2,000 shows across the globe.

As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community and inspiration, they have decided to go back to their roots and share their passion with the world as Artrageous. The show focuses on art, music, theater, song, dance and audience participation.

Witness the creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey through the musical genres of the American landscape.

Our troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical styles. The result is a uniquely entertaining show that culminates in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

Each show is unique, just like each audience. Be prepared to join the troupe on stage this evening, as we can’t do it without you!

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; LiveArt 2017 Family Night; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 7:30 PM
"It's like Buckwheat Zydeco meets the Irish. The first time I saw them, I loved them!" ~ Pittsburgh Irish Festival

For the past decade, Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn have acted as Francophone musical ambassadors throughout the world. This Canadian trio continue to dazzle audiences with their fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals, fusing Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility and rock influence.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area and from the most remote reaches of Quebec, the windswept Magdalen Islands, twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature. Their tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion, virtuoso acoustic and electric instrumentation create an expansive sound that would be difficult to reproduce, in sheer complexity, by a quintet – let alone a trio. Vishtèn’s trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonium, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp, moog, electric guitar and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force of the traditional and contemporary.

After touring extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is now synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. In addition to releasing five albums and performing at thousands of international festivals – from the Vancouver Olympics to France’s Interceltique de Lorient – their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) and the Japanese film, Finding Anne.

“Instrumentally this is a class act. Vishtèn have all the bounce and bravado of Quebec music, plus the soulful melodies of the Acadian tradition.” ~ The Living Tradition

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 7:00 PM
Doug Berky’s approach to storytelling is one that believes that stories should be seen as well as heard. Each story lends itself to a manner of revelation. With the tools of improvisation, mime, masks, voice, and puppetry, Doug works with the story to let it express itself. The result is a visual feast filled with fanciful characters, dramatic and comic twists and turns, and “Gems” of wisdom passed down to us from many peoples around the world.

Some of the current stories you might experience:

The Lion and the Mouse: A classic Aeosop fable from Greece
The Lame Man and the Blind Man: A Sufi tale from the Middle East
The Drip Nose Boy: A Native American Tale
The Boy who cried Wolf: A classic Aesop fable from Greece

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 27 January 2017 - 7:30 PM
For one night only, Friday, January 27th, LiveArt 2017 proudly presents Take 6 with special guest Nnenna Freelon. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” this legendary group has produced sixteen albums, with three becoming Gold. Known as the most awarded vocal a cappella group in history, Take 6 has received ten Grammy awards, ten Dove Awards and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Their 2016 album “Believe” debuted on six Billboard charts simultaneously this past summer.

Take 6 is comprised of Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley. Their musical genius unites virtuosic voices in crystal clear harmony against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms and innovative arrangements that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe and collaborated with countless artists.

What’s behind Take 6’s success? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. From their exceptional Christmas Show, to their innovative Symphony shows, to their new album Believe these qualities are at the heart of the Take 6 phenomenon.


Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; LiveArt 2017 Gala; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 4:00 PM
Montgomery: The Musical

Inspired by the rich history of the Civil Rights era, Montgomery: The Musical tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta. Experience their journey from their home in Atlanta to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama amidst growing racial tensions. Throughout constant turmoil and social upheaval, the King Family is steadfast in their faith and undying love for one another.

Presenters: Blackmon Entertainment; In Association with Gena-Mae Productions
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 14 January 2017 - 7:00 PM
Montgomery: The Musical

Inspired by the rich history of the Civil Rights era, Montgomery: The Musical tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta. Experience their journey from their home in Atlanta to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama amidst growing racial tensions. Throughout constant turmoil and social upheaval, the King Family is steadfast in their faith and undying love for one another.

Presenters: Blackmon Entertainment; In Association with Gena-Mae Productions
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
“As engaging, if not more so, than multimillion dollar Hollywood extravaganzas.” ~ Mountain Xpress

This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra’s film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard’s doom. A heartwarming, uplifting gift for audiences – with a custom localized radio commercial included per venue.

Immediate Theatre Project tells stories that illuminate our experience of living here and now. Through professional productions, public readings and other forms of engagement, they bring new life to American classics, expose audiences to the best of contemporary drama, and develop new work with an eye to the future.

In 2009, they completed this new adaptation of Frank Capra’s screenplay, focusing on the timeless story of struggle in times of crisis, and of the power of a community to weather financial storms.

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
Sure to delight all ages, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas favorites from around the globe with special guests Kyle and Jane Marrero, Larry Frazier and Father Christmas.

Comprised of musicians from throughout the West Georgia Region and led by Conductor and Music Director Terry Lowry, the CSO Christmas has become a welcome tradition for countless families. From Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride and You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch to audience requests and the Winners of the Young Composer Competition, this full length concert will be a memorable evening.

Additional selections will include: A Christmas Festival, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairies, I'll be Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus and many more Holiday favourites. Bring the entire family to celebrate the most magical time of the year, in music and song, festivity and fellowship.

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
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Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 7:30 PM
Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver
Starring Jim Curry

The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer-songwriters ever to grace the stage.

Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits.

Jim’s uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Rocky Mountain High” “Sunshine” “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Jim Curry and Band present Music of John Denver; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Denver: Tribute Show
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 21 August 2016 - 2:30 PM
If you saw the past plays produced each summer by the Power of the Purse, then you know how funny they are! This year’s Savannah Sipping Society was written by the same playwrights as four of those past plays. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular playwrights in the United States, specializing in writing laugh-out-loud comedies.


Savannah Sipping Society features four strong, unique Southern women. Amanda Camp plays Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment; Elizabeth Ashmore plays Jinx, a spunky ball of fire who offers her services as a life coach; Stephanie Turner plays Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal who has come to Savannah ready to seek revenge on her ex-husband; and Scottie Jennings in the role of Dot is reeling from her husband’s recent demise.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on August 18, 19 and 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on August 21 at the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Georgia. Each year the organization issues grants benefiting women and children’s needs in the community.

Tickets may be purchased online at townsendcenter.org, by phone at 678-839-4722 or in person at the Townsend Center during office hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Presenter: Community Foundation of West Ga-Power of the Purse
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 7:30 PM
If you saw the past plays produced each summer by the Power of the Purse, then you know how funny they are! This year’s Savannah Sipping Society was written by the same playwrights as four of those past plays. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular playwrights in the United States, specializing in writing laugh-out-loud comedies.


Savannah Sipping Society features four strong, unique Southern women. Amanda Camp plays Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment; Elizabeth Ashmore plays Jinx, a spunky ball of fire who offers her services as a life coach; Stephanie Turner plays Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal who has come to Savannah ready to seek revenge on her ex-husband; and Scottie Jennings in the role of Dot is reeling from her husband’s recent demise.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on August 18, 19 and 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on August 21 at the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Georgia. Each year the organization issues grants benefiting women and children’s needs in the community.

Tickets may be purchased online at townsendcenter.org, by phone at 678-839-4722 or in person at the Townsend Center during office hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Presenter: Community Foundation of West Ga-Power of the Purse
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 19 August 2016 - 7:30 PM
If you saw the past plays produced each summer by the Power of the Purse, then you know how funny they are! This year’s Savannah Sipping Society was written by the same playwrights as four of those past plays. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular playwrights in the United States, specializing in writing laugh-out-loud comedies.


Savannah Sipping Society features four strong, unique Southern women. Amanda Camp plays Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment; Elizabeth Ashmore plays Jinx, a spunky ball of fire who offers her services as a life coach; Stephanie Turner plays Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal who has come to Savannah ready to seek revenge on her ex-husband; and Scottie Jennings in the role of Dot is reeling from her husband’s recent demise.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on August 18, 19 and 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on August 21 at the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Georgia. Each year the organization issues grants benefiting women and children’s needs in the community.

Tickets may be purchased online at townsendcenter.org, by phone at 678-839-4722 or in person at the Townsend Center during office hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Presenter: Community Foundation of West Ga-Power of the Purse
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 7:30 PM
If you saw the past plays produced each summer by the Power of the Purse, then you know how funny they are! This year’s Savannah Sipping Society was written by the same playwrights as four of those past plays. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular playwrights in the United States, specializing in writing laugh-out-loud comedies.


Savannah Sipping Society features four strong, unique Southern women. Amanda Camp plays Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment; Elizabeth Ashmore plays Jinx, a spunky ball of fire who offers her services as a life coach; Stephanie Turner plays Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal who has come to Savannah ready to seek revenge on her ex-husband; and Scottie Jennings in the role of Dot is reeling from her husband’s recent demise.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on August 18, 19 and 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on August 21 at the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Georgia. Each year the organization issues grants benefiting women and children’s needs in the community.

Tickets may be purchased online at townsendcenter.org, by phone at 678-839-4722 or in person at the Townsend Center during office hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Presenter: Community Foundation of West Ga-Power of the Purse
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 6:00 PM
Fever Performing Arts proudly presents the 8th annual Spring Show at the Townsend Center. There are two performances this year.
Presenters: Fever Performing Arts; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 1:00 PM
Fever Performing Arts proudly presents the 8th annual Spring Show at the Townsend Center. There are two performances this year.
Presenters: Fever Performing Arts; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 4 June 2016 - 7:00 PM
Carrollton Academy of Dance presents
Parker Dance Company Showcase 2016
Presenters: Carrollton Academy of Dance; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 4 June 2016 - 2:00 PM
Carrollton Academy of Dance presents
Are We There Yet?
Presenters: Carrollton Academy of Dance; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
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