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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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Saturday, November 10, 2018 7:30pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:30pm
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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
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 2:00 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
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 7:30 PM
Around Christmas time in 1956, Carl Perkins was in a post-“Blue Suede Shoes” funk. He booked a recording session on Dec. 4th with producer Sam Phillips. Along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Perkins and his band recorded a number of songs including one of Perkins’ best-known records, “Matchbox.”

Details from the rest of that day are still questioned, but this is what is known: Perkins and Lewis were later joined by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and the foursome held an impromptu jam session.
A newspaper wrote, “This quartet could sell a million.” Shortly after they were known as “The Million Dollar Quartet.”

The session was a reunion for Cash, Perkins, and Presley, who had toured the South together in 1955. Lewis was still a star on the rise, but quickly bonded with Presley over their shared knowledge of spirituals. Cash’s presence is still debated by historians; some say that he was only there for a short time and quickly left. However, in Cash’s autobiography, the country music legend attributes his relative absence on the recordings to the fact that he was singing in a higher register than usual to help blend better with Presley.

Listen on Spotify to the original songs now in the show:

MDQ Songlist on Spotify

The recording session retains its historical significance as a landmark event in the age of Rock n’ Roll, and a milestone for the genre in the ever-changing world of the 20th century popular culture and mass media. In the decades that ensued, The Million Dollar Quartet in 1956 has often been referred to as the “Mount Rushmore of Rock n’ Roll.”

Million Dollar Quartet captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of the once-in-a-life-time event where four of music’s best talents came together.

More Information at: www.milliondollarquartet.net

Presenters: LiveArt 2018; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 7:30 PM
This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show.

Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to a purity content preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet presenting it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field. The show features a live band, three tenors & some 22 dancers. Be sure to experience Rhythm of the Dance when it performs in a venue near you. You'll be very glad you did! 4.5 million fans can't be wrong!!

More Information at: www.rhythmofthedance.com

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Ensemble: Rhythm of the Dance
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 26 January 2018 - 7:30 PM
“...There aren’t enough superlatives to describe their sound....”
~All About Jazz

The acclaimed Hot Club of San Francisco and the popular French vocalist, Isabelle Fontaine, have created Meet Me in Paris, a charming concert evoking the romance, charm, and vivre of Paris.

Love songs and driving gypsy jazz are a combination made famous in 1930’s Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. Following the First World War, the city was a gathering place for artists from around the world and The Hot Club’s unique sound of gypsy jazz reflects this inter-wartime collection of cultures. Keep time with the strum of guitars and let magical violin melodies take you on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of the city. Ms. Fontaine’s mix of sweet and sultry songs adds a touch of beauty and authenticity that echoes the historic Ville- Lumière, “the city of light”.

“This music is about a balance of excitement and beauty, and Hot Club of San Francisco has found the perfect balance.”
~Jazzweek.com

This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. The HCSF borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring the silken violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight.

To hear the ensemble live or on any of their 13 albums is to be carried back to the tight, smoky jazz clubs of 1930's Paris and to the refined lounge of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 25 years. Acoustic Guitar has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours—from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival—The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.

More Information at: www.hotclubsf.com

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; LiveArt 2018; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: Hot Club of San Francisco
Ensemble: Hot Club of San Francisco
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
Comprised of musicians from throughout the West Georgia Region and led by Composer and Conductor Terry Lowry, Christmas with the CSO has become a welcome tradition to the Holiday Season. Sure to delight all ages, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas favorites with special guest vocalists and the Drama Department at Carrollton High School. Since its founding in 2002, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra has performed over 60 concerts and has premiered over 90 new works written specifically for the CSO.

Selections for the Tuesday night performance include:

Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Edward Eanes, Concertmaster of the CSO
Pianist Terry Lowry playing holiday requests from the audience
Pachelbel Canon in D
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Overture from Handel's Messiah
Schubert's Ave Maria
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams
A new arrangement of White Christmas by Terry Lowry and
Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Sponsor: Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation
Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Ensemble: Carroll Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Terry Lowry
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