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Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 7 April 2019 - 3:00 PM
Hobey Ford’s newest production, Sea Song, is the story of a boy's discovery of the natural world at the seaside. This production follows the life cycle of the sea turtle and the fragile interwoven environment of animals living at the edge of land and sea. Sea Song is performed in the style of Ford’s Animalia series featuring his beautiful carved foam animals performed in full view of the audience.

Hobey Ford is internationally renowned in the puppetry field; an award-winning performer, and a Kennedy Center Partner in Education teaching artist. Ford knew early on what he wanted for his life’s work after seeing a puppet show while still a youngster. While studying at an arts college, Hobey found "... one of the cornerstones to my work. I would approach puppetry as storytelling with puppets." Ford designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod Puppets as well as the beautiful sets that surround them. Now a resident of Asheville North Carolina, Hobey also draws on his early experiences growing up in coastal Connecticut or living in a Nevada Native American community in writing the scripts for some of his performances such as "Whale Walker" and "Turtle Island Tales."

Ford has received the highest awards for his brilliant and priceless contributions to the world of puppetry: two-time winner of puppetry's highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, recipient of three Jim Henson Foundation grants, and The Hermitage Fellowship, Hobey Ford is renowned for excellence in his craft. Chosen as a Kennedy Center Partner to teach teachers (and other artists) how to use the performing arts in the classroom curriculum, Hobey not only performs his original works all over the world but also offers workshops to teachers and students alike.

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 7:30 PM
LiveArt 2019 Family Night presents
The Corner of Broadway and Main Street
starring Voctave


An eleven member a cappella ensemble, Voctave is known for gorgeous performances of Disney and Broadway hits. Members of Voctave have traveled the world and can be heard on countless albums. The group has performed with Grammy, Dove and American Music Award recipients including Sandi Patty, Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado, Mark Lowry, David Phelps & Jody McBrayer.



From their four albums, Voctave has had multiple number one songs and albums on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify and has ranked in the top 25 on Billboard Magazine’s charts. Between Facebook and YouTube, the group has received over 100 million views on their breath-taking videos.



As the founder of Voctave, Jamey Ray serves as the producer and arranger for the ensemble. Ray has produced hundreds of recordings and nearly 25 full albums for multiple Broadway and Disney performers as well as groups like the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the Liberty Voices. Ray currently serves as a choral and instrumental clinician for Universal Studios and the Walt Disney Company as well as multiple state festivals.

Jamey is a well-known choral arranger and composer. His choral pieces have been featured as top sellers on JW Pepper, used in multiple All-State festivals, and can be heard in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center performed daily by the Voices of Liberty where he is also a group member.

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Voctave ~ The Corner of Broadway and Main Street
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 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.

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Denver: Tribute Show
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 25 January 2019 - 7:30 PM
LiveArt 2019 Gala presents
1966: A Night at the Sands
starring Matt Dusk and his Big Band


"Matt Dusk impressively brings Las Vegas back to the glory days as the standards-singer sounds remarkably like Rat Packer Frank Sinatra." ~ Billboard

Take a journey down memory lane with Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Selling crooner Matt Dusk, all the way to Las Vegas in 1966 where Dusk pays homage to his hero Frank Sinatra with 1966: A Night At The Sands. With new arrangements by Grammy-Award winning arrangers Pat Williams and Sammy Nestico, Dusk brings this elegant era back to life with classics such as Come Fly With Me, I've Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me To The Moon, and One For My Baby. All that cool, classy style from the Rat Pack shows of yesteryear are right here with the always dapper Dusk and his swingin’ big band of award-winning musicians. His seemingly effortless way of taking audiences back in time with his sophisticated sound is exactly what makes Matt Dusk just as timeless as the hits he sings.

Matt Dusk is one of Canada’s most beloved male vocalists, forging a career in music that has resulted in ten critically-acclaimed studio albums. Dusk’s latest release, Old School Yule! features a sixty piece orchestra, fifty piece choir and numerous special guests. Together they join forces to create a swingin’ up tempo cocktail holiday album. Dusk has been awarded three Gold albums: Two Shots and Good News and two Platinum albums: My Funny Valentine and Just the Two of Us. He has had three number one radio hits, is an alumnus of the St. Michael’s Choir School and studied under jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University. Notable award nominations include, four JUNO’s, one ADISQ, one Róze Gali w kategorii Muzyka.



Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Matt Dusk
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 10 January 2019 - 7:30 PM
“Acoustic Guitar Music like you’ve never heard before!”

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.

QUOTES:

“There is little in this world so awe-inspiring as witnessing total mastery of a musical instrument. Like seeing Yo-Yo Ma play the cello or Placido Damingo belt out an aria – sometimes a performer’s perfection can elevate a piece of music to heights beyond the realm of imagination. By all accounts, Frank Vignola conjures just that sort of magic with his acoustic guitar.” – Matt Cauthron – Intermission Magazine

“Vignola, who possesses jaw-dropping technique, wears his influences on the tip of his pick” – Mike Joyce – Washington Post

“A spectacular sold out concert ushered in the 7th year of Jazz at the Powerhouse.” – Mary Johnson – Baltimore Sun

“Listeners including myself were hooting and hollering in reaction to the Vignolas group’s burning set” – Melissa Merli – News Gazette – Krannert Center Guitar Festival

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Frank Vignola
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - 7:30 PM
Holiday Cheer with Newberry & Verch
Music of the Season from Canada to the Ozarks

Growing up, musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth - in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, with the lure of family and friends, festive decorations, gifts under the tree, and always.... music. So now, each year the duo sets out in a modern day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their eagerly anticipated holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns. Stories warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long. Make your holiday concert list, and check it twice... Newberry and Verch are coming to town!

Joe Newberry grew up in a family full of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjo as a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew up listening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started step dancing at age three and fiddling at age six. Both Newberry & Verch became masters of their traditions and tour the world with their respective bands and projects. Yet they never forget the roots of their music, that connection to the people in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song.

For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music. Blues and ballads stem into Canadian regional styles and originals. Their voices blend in harmony, their tasteful instrumentals prove that these masters have nothing left to prove, and then their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm...and together, they make you remember why this music existed in the first place.
Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: April Verch and Joe Newberry
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Monday, 26 November 2018 - 8:00 PM
“Knockout…Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.” ~ New York Times

See the one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker in the top 20 largest US cities and 100+ more cities from coast to coast this this 25th Anniversary Season! All ages are invited to celebrate the Magic of Christmas with Moscow Ballet’s almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Concept Designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

More Information at: www.nutcracker.com

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Moscow Ballet (Dancer)
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Monday, 26 November 2018 - 4:00 PM
“Knockout…Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.” ~ New York Times

See the one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker in the top 20 largest US cities and 100+ more cities from coast to coast this this 25th Anniversary Season! All ages are invited to celebrate the Magic of Christmas with Moscow Ballet’s almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Concept Designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

More Information at: www.nutcracker.com

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Moscow Ballet (Dancer)
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 16 November 2018 - 7:30 PM
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:30pm
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Friday, November 9, 2018 7:30pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 7:30pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:30pm
Friday, November 16, 2018 7:30pm

It’s a time when power and privilege are obtained through ruthless and unethical channels, when weak leaders are deposed in bloody coups, and when the monsters of envy and zealotry find their way into everyday life. In our own era of divided politics, we bring this classic and haunting tale of ambition and betrayal. When times are tough, and action seems needed, do the ends justify the means?

Presenter: UWG Theatre Company
Program TBA
Copeland Hall
Bowdon, Georgia
Saturday, 3 November 2018 - 7:00 PM
Join us for a night with The Mike Watson Band and the Steed Brothers!

When he was 6 years old, Mike Watson peered out of his bedroom window and watched with disgust as rain began to fall. "I was a kid. I wanted to go outside and play," Watson said with a laugh. Instead, he grabbed notebook paper and an Eberhard Faber and scribbled his first blues song about the heartache of a rainy day. Now, years later, he's back singing the blues and writing new material for his fourth blues album, devoted to that growling, soulful Beale Street sound. Watson is shooting for an early 2018 release on his own independent label, 'Da Blues King Records.

The Mike Watson Band has entertained thousands of people over the years throughout the United States, from coffee shops to casinos to concert halls. Although noted as a blues band, MWB performs music from many different genres, including; Country, Southern Rock, R&B, a hint of Jazz and more.

Presenter: Copeland Hall
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 7:30 PM
An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter! You’ll never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will create next – you’ll be surprised and delighted again and again. Packed with hundreds of shape transformations, the show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories.

Catapult is, technically, a shadow dance company. What it really is: a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. Founded in 2009, by Adam Battlestein, the company catapulted to fame on America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show.

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform. Audiences of all ages love what appear to be effortless transformations and applaud over and over as more and more unbelievable images appear.

Catapult’s “Magic Shadows” contains 8 fully realized stories told through music and shadows and 6 short shadow dance videos which play between the live dances – brief moments of poetry or humor which perfectly cleanse the palate and prepare the audience for their next shadow journey. Audiences leave this show dazed and happy, and they will never look at their own shadow the same way again!

Presenter: Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Artist: Catapult Entertainment
Ensemble: Catapult Entertainment
Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 16 August 2018 - 7:00 PM
It’s been a wild decade going from “stay-at-home-mom” to “YouTube comedic Phe-mom-enon”…

…but Anita Renfroe doesn’t mind. With her unique brand of estrogen flavored musical comedy and blend of sass, edge and slightly offbeat takes on All Things Female, audiences at her comedy concert tours, viewers of Good Morning America appearances and the YouTube masses who enjoyed her William Tell version of everything a Mom says would say that Anita just tells it like it is. Some would say she just says what everyone else is thinking, but won’t say out loud.

"I’d rather people laugh because they relate to something I say than because I wrote a clever punchline. All my stuff is about my life – it’s real and it connects people – and that’s a wonderful thing." ~Anita

Anita has been featured as a comedy correspondent for Good Morning America, performed at The Grand Ole Opry, and has appeared on “Dr.Phil”, Sirius XM’s “Oprah and Friends”, CBS’s “The Early Show”, Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends”, “Inside Edition”, Nickelodean’s “Mom’s Night Out”, “Huckabee” and many more.

Anita tours with her own comedy concerts and inspirational women’s conferences where she routinely packs out venues across the United States.

Renfroe and her husband John live in Atlanta, Ga with their spoiled dogs, Maggie and Chipper. They have 3 adult children (but who cares about them?!), and 6 amazing grand babies!

Visit Anita online at www.anitarenfroe.com

Presenter: Community Foundation of West Ga-Power of the Purse
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 6 May 2018 - 6:00 PM
Presenters: Dance Academy West; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Dance
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 6 May 2018 - 2:00 PM
Presenters: Dance Academy West; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Dance
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 5 May 2018 - 6:00 PM
Presenters: Dance Academy West; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Dance
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 5 May 2018 - 2:00 PM
Presenters: Dance Academy West; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Dance
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 7:30 PM
As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.

If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collards, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. This is the real deal, folks. There is no pretense. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country.

More Information at: www.themalpassbrothers.com

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: The Malpass Brothers
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 7:30 PM
Shrek the Musical
A Production of Villa Rica High School

With a cast of more than fifty students, Villa Rica High School and Bay Springs Middle School are excited to present Shrek the Musical at the Townsend Center. Adapted from the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie, Shrek the Musical is packed with adventure, singing, dancing and dragon slaying. A delightful journey for the entire family, join the adventure to Duloc as Shrek, an ogre, seeks to reclaim his swamp, tame an annoying Donkey and rescue the headstrong Princess Fiona.

Show is Rated PG for crude humor.

This production is the spring musical for Villa Rica High School. The cast has spent countless hours training in tap dance, costume design and construction, set design and construction, sound operation, vocal preparation and much more. Several students plan to pursue theatre as a career after graduating high school. Enjoy and celebrate with us the first musical Villa Rica High Schools has produced on such a grand scale.

Presenters: Bay Springs Middle School; Villa Rica High School
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 27 April 2018 - 7:30 PM
Shrek the Musical
A Production of Villa Rica High School

With a cast of more than fifty students, Villa Rica High School and Bay Springs Middle School are excited to present Shrek the Musical at the Townsend Center. Adapted from the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie, Shrek the Musical is packed with adventure, singing, dancing and dragon slaying. A delightful journey for the entire family, join the adventure to Duloc as Shrek, an ogre, seeks to reclaim his swamp, tame an annoying Donkey and rescue the headstrong Princess Fiona.

Show is Rated PG for crude humor.

This production is the spring musical for Villa Rica High School. The cast has spent countless hours training in tap dance, costume design and construction, set design and construction, sound operation, vocal preparation and much more. Several students plan to pursue theatre as a career after graduating high school. Enjoy and celebrate with us the first musical Villa Rica High Schools has produced on such a grand scale.

Presenters: Bay Springs Middle School; Villa Rica High School
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 7:00 PM
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.

Dinosaur Zoo Study Guide at: Study Guide

More Information at: www.dinosaurzoolive.us

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Ensemble: Earth Visual and Physical Inc
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