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Community Arts Center announces 2012-13 season

Home Sweet Home

June 24, 2012
By MATTHEW PARRISH ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

"Come on down!" to the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. for its 2012-13 season, which features at least one show that everyone will "feel at home" with, "The Price is Right."

"Our presentation of 'The Price is Right' will be an experience virtually identical in every way to being on the television show," CAC Executive Director Rob Steele said.

Attendees will have a chance to be selected from the audience for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes.

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"Audience members will be eligible to be selected to spin the giant wheel and participate in all the classic 'Price Is Right' contests," Steele said.

"The Price is Right" will make its way to the theater Oct. 14 and is just one example of the variety of shows that will be featured at the CAC through the next year. Diversity has been a key theme for the theater since it changed the format of its seasons several years ago.

"We have been very methodical in broadening the diversity of our offerings since we switched from a seven-show season, to a 28 show 'ala carte' season five years ago," Steele said. "In putting the season together, we are ever mindful to be certain that we have 'something for everyone'."

The new lineup showcases everything from the Shakespeare classic "Romeo and Juliet," to an interactive animal performance, "Stunt Dog Experience," and something unlike anything the CAC has ever hosted before, "ArcAttack."

"We can honestly say that we have never had two giant Tesla coils with 1,000,000 volts of arcing electricity on the stage before this season," Steele said. " 'ArcAttack' will certainly be a memorable experience for everyone in attendance."

Riding off the success of this year's Uptown Music Collective performance of "Killer Queen," "One Night of Queen" will return along with "Rock of Ages," giving rock enthusiasts two shots at theatrical rock bliss.

"Williamsport has a long tradition of appreciating classic rock," Steele said. "When we are able to present a musical, concert, tribute band, other new twist with a 'rock' theme we are quick to do so."

"Rock of Ages" has the added boost of a film featuring Tom Cruise being recently released based on the Broadway musical version. Another show that has Broadway origins and a Hollywood film behind it and will be part of the CAC's season is "Dreamgirls."

"History proves that movies born of Broadway shows, or Broadway shows born of movies can be a double-edged sword," Steele said. "There is no quantifiable indication of success or failure under either scenario. We generally try to book Broadway musicals that will have a strong appeal to our regional audience, and hope that if we are lucky enough to be supported by a timely movie release the movie is good enough to provide a favorable tailwind!

The Sun-Gazette pressed Steele for what shows - of all the interesting ones slated to visit - he's the most excited to see, and he said, "I have to admit that 'Bowfire' is, in my personal opinion, the best act I have ever booked. I usually can't talk for an hour or so after watching them."

His pick for the breakout hit of the season is a tie between "Bowfire" and "Texas Tenors Orchestra."

"I can honestly say I have never had so many people stop me after the show and say 'you have to bring them back!' than I did after the Texas Tenors last season," he said. "Their voices were heard and we are bringing the Texas Tenors back this season backed by a local symphony orchestra conducted by Strolling Strings founder, Walt Straiton."

The CAC's comedy offerings for the year, so far, include Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood as a part of the "Two Man Group" show. But Steele said that he is "sure we will get comedy acts later in our season as well."

Some of the year's acts will be coming from as far away as Russia and China, including the Moscow Boys Choir and The Imperial Acrobats of China.

"The Moscow Boys Choir will be showcasing their internationally renowned talent with a festive holiday performance," Steele said. "Our audience was very enthusiastic about the Vienna Boys' Choir performance a couple of years ago and we thought the Moscow Boys Choir would be a great follow-up."

Another holiday show will feature "the boy next door" John Tesh.

"Our Williamsport audiences love two things in a very big way - talent and grace," Steele said. "They are certain to love John Tesh."

For this season, Steele wants to make sure that the community knows how committed the CAC is to bringing talented acts to the area.

"Our commitment to provide affordable access to the arts is another core value that our staff takes very seriously," Steele said. "We are continually looking for novel ways to reach into every geographic and socioeconomic corner of our community and present a performance affords everyone the opportunity to share the magic of live entertainment."

He also wants area residents to be as comfortable at the CAC as they are at home.

"One of the Community Arts Centers core values is to make all of our guests 'feel at home,' " he said. "We are on an unending quest to provide a level of warm and welcoming service that makes people think of the CAC as their 'Home Sweet Home.' "

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