Upcoming DeWitt Series to showcase comedy and classics
by Special to the Daily Journal
Broadway performances, a former teen idol, comedy and a Grammy Award winner are among the many shows that make up the 2013-2014 DeWitt Performing Arts Season at the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium, on the campus of Richmond Community College in Hamlet.
The series, which is funded in part by the DeWitt Family through the RCC Foundation, was recently announced to patrons who purchased tickets last year and is now being announced to the general public.
“Our success at the Cole has been based on the support of our patrons,” said Cole Auditorium Director Joey Bennett. “We hope to be adding to our season-ticket-holding base for the upcoming season.”
Season tickets holders from the 2012-2013 season are given first opportunity to renew the seats they had for the past season. After that, new subscribers are assigned seats.
“Joey (Bennett) and the Cole staff have done a fantastic job lining up this year’s DeWitt series,” said RCC President Dale McInnis. “We have an exciting mix of shows planned and are already receiving great feedback from the community.”
The season will open on Monday, Sept. 30, with singer Delbert McClinton. McClinton has been in the music business since the 1970s and has music that covers many genres and appeals to a wide base of audiences. McClinton is still very popular today and is releasing an album in 2013. His “sound” is a mix of several genres including progressive country, blues, Texas rhythm and blues, and rock.
The October show highlights the “low lights” of politics — in a humorous way. Being presented on Tuesday, Oct. 22, is the comedy troupe Capitol Steps. The show is a combination of song parodies and skits making fun of politics and politicians.
“With several local and state politicians among our ticket holders, we promise that no one will be singled out,” Bennett said. “Republicans and Democrats alike will be equally offended … I mean, made fun of.”
The Christmas show this year is “Home for the Holidays” with the American Big Band presented on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The show features an 11-piece band and eight singer and dancers. The performance will be filled with holiday songs from artist ranging from Bing Crosby to Michael Bublé and Christmas standards.
The 2014 portion of the season kicks off with a blast from the past. The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will present its one-of-a-kind jazz sound on Thursday, Jan. 17. This 19-piece band is one of the most popular touring shows at performing arts centers around the state.
Bringing Broadway back to the Hamlet is “Man of La Mancha.” Being presented on Monday, Feb. 24, the show is the musical adaptation of “Don Quixote of La Mancha.” The Tony Award-winning score includes 20 memorable songs, most notably, “The Impossible Dream.”
Thursday, March 27, will bring back an audience favorite. Neil Berg will return with “101 Years of Broadway.” This show is the follow-up to a show at the Cole in January 2012. The show features Broadway stars performing the songs that they sang on Broadway.
The final show of the season will be the man who brought Keith Partridge to life. David Cassidy has been labeled as the original “teen idol,” but now he is touring with a full band and playing all the songs from “The Partridge Family” that everyone has been singing for years.
Season ticket prices range from $100 to $130 per seat and include reserved-seating tickets for all seven shows. Although individual show tickets may be available, purchasing season tickets affords patrons a large cost savings and guarantees seats for the shows.
“Our season ticket prices are cheaper than what you will find for comparable season line-ups in other cities in large part thanks to the support of the DeWitt family, who has helped with financial support since the facility opened in 1999,” said Bennett.
“We are nearing the completion of our season ticket renewal process for patrons who had season tickets last year,” he said. “After the deadline, there will be a short delay as we work to honor seat upgrade requests for those patrons. Around the beginning of September, we will start connecting potential season ticket holders to fulfill the request from patrons who didn’t have seats last year. Parties interested in purchasing season tickets should contact the box office.”
Request for seats are filled based on the order they are received.
Cole Auditorium staff will be offering patrons who purchase season tickets the opportunity to join ‘The Director’s Circle.” This optional membership-giving program supports the RCC Foundation and offers special privileges for members, including meet and greet with some of the performers.
A full season brochure can be viewed on the auditorium’s website at www.richmondcc.edu/cole-auditorium.
The box office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also call the box office at 910-410-1691.
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