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Performing Arts Series Bringing Big Bad Voodoo, Lee Ann Womack to Hatfield Hall
August 24, 2015
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Hatfield Hall will swing into its 2015-16 performing arts season when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings classic American sound, robust horns, and retro pinstripe style to the first show of the Mainstage Series on September 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Hatfield Hall has earned a reputation of bringing some of the world’s best musical, dance, theatrical to Terre Haute. This year’s lineup is no exception, including a variety of shows covering a capella, ballet, theatrical cirque, children’s shows, and illusionists.
On October 22, country music icon Lee Ann Womack will bring her signature sound with songs like her crossover smash “I Hope You Dance.” A 2015 Grammy nomination was just the latest accolade for Womack, a former Country Female Vocalist of the Year whose honors include Single and Album of the Year.
Next, Nelson Illusions brings its one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle to the stage for two shows on October 24. Rare and original illusions combine with mind-bending magic in the largest touring illusion show in the United States, featuring thrilling stunts, including the 21-foot-long Drill of Death.
Then, Rose-Hulman’s Drama Club will kick off its student productions series on October 30 with Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The comedy, which contrasts two pairs of lovers in a witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes, will run two weekends, including October 31 and November 1 along with November 6-7.
The Mainstage Series continues with award-winning modern bluegrass, courtesy of The Grascals on November 13. The band, led by West Terre Haute-native Terry Eldredge, has been featured at the Grand Ole Opry more than 150 times. They’ve made numerous television appearances, and had the honor of performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball.
Lee Ann Womack
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra swings into the holiday season with a Christmas Show on December 4. This legendary group has been lighting up audiences and dancers around the world for nearly 60 years, and its toe-tapping renditions of your favorite holiday tunes make for a must-see concert.
Music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods will come to life on January 8 with the mixed instrument ensemble, Rook. Featuring an unusual combination of brass and string instruments, the group showcases its unique musical style that delights modern listeners.
The Grammy Award-winning Sandi Patty takes the stage on January 23. Patty has spanned musical genres, performed across the country with symphony orchestras, and has won four Billboard Music Awards.
The Rose Drama Club opens its winter production of Dancing at Lughnasa on January 29, with other performances on January 30-31 and February 5-6. The Irish drama explores the lives of the Mundy family, considering the interior landscape of the group trapped in their domestic situation, and the wider landscape of the time and place.
On February 19, the five members of Voiceplay bring their ultra-tight harmonies and playful theatrics to Rose-Hulman for two comedy-infused, vocally-elastic performances. The group has wowed audiences across the country since their appearance on NBC’s The Sing Off.
The laughs continue when master comedian Greg Hahn comes to the Hatfield Hall stage for two shows on March 11. A favorite of radio’s Bob and Tom Show and a regular of Comedy Central's Tosh.0, Hahn has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and ABC, CBS, and FOX shows, with his unique style where jokes are clean, ridiculous, and laugh-out-loud funny.
Always a crowd favorite, The Moscow Festival Ballet will bring its world-class talent to town on March 22, with a double dose of classical dance, featuring Bizet’s Carmen and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Next, the Rose Drama Club concludes its season with the delightful musical West Side Story, opening on April 22 and continuing on April 23-24 and April 29-30. A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.
Rounding out the Mainstage Series will be theatrical cirque, with an African twist, when Cirque Zuma Zuma takes the stage on May 12. Colorfully costumed performers from across 16 African nations will be accompanied by live musicians, as they present an action-packed visual spectacle that earned them a finalist spot on America’s Got Talent.
“From the rollicking sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, to the powerful voices of Sandi Patty and Lee Ann Womack, the amazing acrobats of Cirque Zuma Zuma, and our fantastic student productions such as West Side Story, this season truly has something for everyone,” said Daniel Tryon, Rose-Hulman’s director of performing arts.
Tickets for any or all shows are available online at hatfieldhall.com, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours before each performance. Information about tickets and each show is also available at hatfieldhall.com.
The Family Matinee Series will feature the following performances.
Swashbucklers of all ages will enjoy the antics of bumbling pirate professor Billy Bones in this interactive show. (Ages 4+)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adult, $5 youth
Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show
A fast-paced, interactive show is bubbling over with wild and wacky science experiments, audience participation, and plenty of laughs. (Ages 6+)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adult, $5 youth