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Ashland theater announces its schedule for 2013-14 season

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- The Paramount Arts Center has announced the schedule for its upcoming 2013-14 season.

Among the highlights are performance bands such as Huey Lewis and the News, Air Supply, and Tony Award-winning musicals like "Memphis," "Bring It On" and "Menopause the Musical."

As always there are a number of kid-friendly shows as well as local productions and opportunities to be involved from the Paramount Players.

Tickets for the new season go on sale to the public in the online pre-sale July 12-14 and in the Paramount box office on Monday, July 15. You can also call the box office anytime at 606-324-3175 to put your name on a waiting list for tickets.

Here's a look at the full schedule.

"Back to the 80s," 7 p.m. Aug. 1-3. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 students. The musical tells the story of a senior class in the 1980s and features songs such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Material Girl," "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Hey Mickey," and more.

Huey Lewis and the News, 30th Anniversary Tour, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $55, $65 and $80. The Grammy Award-winning band sold millions of albums and is best known for its album "Sports" which produced hits like "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "Heart & Soul," "I Want a New Drug," "Walking on a Thin Line" and "If This Is It."

"Rugrats," 7 p.m. Sept. 6-7. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Family pack of two adults and two kids $25. "Rugrats" is Nickelodeon's classic hit animated series about life from a baby's point of view.

"Menopause The Musical," at 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Tickets are $25, $30, $35, $40 and $50. The hilarious musical parody is set to classic music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. A pre-show happy hour will start at 6 p.m. and includes food, drinks, door prizes and more. Admission to that is $12.

"The Outsiders," at 7 p.m. Oct. 18-19. The dramatic stage adaptation of the novel by S.E. Hinton. It's a play about young people who are not yet hopeless, about latent decency in the midst of struggle, about not losing touch with the residual slivers of gold within everyone.

Hungarian state folk ensemble, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. Established in 1951, the ensemble collects and plays authentic folk music and folk dances showcasing traditional costumes of Hungary.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $10 or $15 with prop kit (ages 18 and up). It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain.

Air Supply, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Tickets $35, $40, $45, $50, $55. Air Supply had hits such as "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All," "Lost in Love," "All Out of Love" and "The One That You Love."

"A Dickens of a Christmas," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 kids. Dr. Elliot Engel explains how the writing of "A Christmas Carol" changed the way we celebrate Christmas in England and the United States.

"Best Christmas Pageant Ever," 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14. Tickets are $10 adults and $8 kids. A couple struggles to put on a church Christmas play with the Herdman kids -- probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

"Memphis, The Musical," 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The show is about a radio deejay who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. The show won four Tony Awards in 2010.

Ben Sollee, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Tickets are $15, $20, $25, $30, $40. Known for his cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B.

"Heroes of the Underground Railroad," 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $12 adults, $8 kids. An exploration of the lives and work of notable abolitionists and slaves from America's Underground Railroad.

Lightwire Theater, "The Ugly Duckling," 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale is brought to life in a new light.

"Grease," 7 p.m. March 13-15, 3 p.m. March 15. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 kids. One of the world's most popular musicals, it tells the story of head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new "good" girl Sandy Dumbrowski trying to relive their summer romance in their high school.

"Bring it On, The Musical," 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Inspired by the movie of the same name, it takes you on a high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination and the bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition.

Peter Nero, The Gershwin Project, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8. The Grammy Award winning pianist blends classical, swing, Broadway, blues and jazz.

The Paramount Players will have auditions for four of the upcoming shows.

"Rugrats: A Live Adventure," auditions will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Open to ages 8 and up. Come prepared with 16 bars of a music theater piece. Bring sheet music (accompanist will be provided) or an accompaniment CD. Those auditioning will also learn a movement combination and read from the script.

"The Outsiders," auditions will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. Open to ages 13 through adult. A large number of male roles are available. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," auditions will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Open to ages 6 through adult. Older kids and adults will be asked to read from the script. Younger kids will do improvisations and/or be asked to repeat a line.

"Grease," auditions at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 6 and 7. Open to ages 14 through adult. Those auditioning should have 16 bars of a prepared musical theatre piece with sheet music (accompanist will be provided) or an accompaniment CD. They will also read from the script and learn a dance combination.

For more information on the Paramount and ways to be connected, go online at www.paramountartscenter.com.

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