Princeton, WV – The Chuck Mathena Center proudly announces the performance schedule for its ninth season. The CMC inaugural season began July 11, 12 and 13 in 2009. Since then, the productions offered by the venue have increased in size, in quality and in popularity. CMC is a performing arts center located at 2 Stafford Commons in Princeton, WV, and houses a 938-seat theater, an art gallery and rental spaces for all manner of community events and celebrations. The center hosted over 46,000 patrons during the 2015-2016 season, selling out several shows. Again, as in past seasons, CMC will present everything from Ballet to Bluegrass… and lots in between!
Twelve shows are included in the exciting 2017-2018 Season, and each one is the best in its genre. This coming season will also present four shows for the region’s schoolchildren. The school shows are curriculum-based and are chosen with several goals in mind. The shows are based on books which are read in the classroom and have teachable concepts. Seven counties in West Virginia and southern Virginia bus their students to Princeton to see these live performances, which meets CMC’s second goal of introducing young people to live theater. The tickets to these school shows are very reasonably priced, and for those who cannot afford the fee, free tickets are provided through CMC’s Share the Dream program. Almost 1000 free tickets were distributed to underserved children last year so that they were able to enjoy the shows. The new season selections for school shows are Cat in The Hat, The Tailor of Gloucester, Junie B. Jones and Frindle.
The main season line-up includes nine nationally touring productions, two regional theater performances, and, we are very happy to bring back the Missoula Children’s Theatre! The Missoula crew pulls into town with everything needed for a full scale theatre production, except the cast! That’s where area students, entering 1st through 12th grade, come in. Audition will be held on Monday, July 24, rehearsals throughout the week, and by Saturday, July 29 family and friends will enjoy the performance of the theatre production of Peter and Wendy. Optional workshops will be available during the week. Following on August 26, will be Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On. In this blast from the past, four young girls say goodbye with great style to a beloved teacher through 60s and 70s music. With classic favorites like “Downtown,” “Build Me Up, Buttercup” and “We are Family,” this musical is sure to keep your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ all night long! The Drifters on September 23 will be a flashback to the great music of decades past. Once again, the Treadwell family will be coming out of retirement to put together an historic reunion they return to their roots with their latest American tour. It’s been a while since the group toured the country, but they are gearing up for a monumental celebration of their 50 year catalogue in support of their new album, The Drifters Salute the Great American Songbook Live. B-The Underwater Bubble Show on October 3 was inspired by the famous Canadian troupe “Cirque du Soleil.” Take a dive into the latest theatrical sensation starring Mr. B. Using cutting-edge laser technology, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes and optical illusions, B–The Underwater Bubble Show is an interactive performance that appeals to children and adults alike. Don’t miss all the dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and a little bit of magic. This show is a visual delight!
Returning for the tenth time to the CMC stage, the famous gospel-singing family, The McKameys, will be in Princeton on November 17. Celebrate the holidays with It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio
on December 7. This 1940s “live broadcast” of Frank Capra’s beloved film takes us back to the Golden Age of Radio. This fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre on a cold,
snowy winter night. Due to the ensuing blizzard, the professional voice actors are unable to get through, but the show must go on — so a small but intrepid band of employees manage to create the dozens of movie characters and scenes using just their voices and a sound effects table. Funny and heartwarming, this is a show for the whole family. We are especially excited about inviting one of our wonderful regional theater groups, 4-Pals Productions, back to CMC to perform The Passing of Pearl on February 3 & 4, 2018. “The Passing of Pearl” was written by local playwright, Vain Cobl, and is directed by Thomas Lester. The show debuted on the Summit Players’ Stage in Bluefield in May of 2010 to sold out crowds. The show’s most important accomplishment to date has been winning at the West Virginia Southeastern Theatre Convention in October of 2010. Artrageous takes Princeton by storm on March 17. You must see ARTRAGEOUS — the interactive art and live music experience. Artists make paint jump to life with amazing speed unveiling larger than life art in just moments. The performance showcases music, dancing and images from Sinatra to John Lennon. You might even be asked to join the fun on stage—and you won’t get away without knowing the delight of dancing on bubblewrap! For music aficionados and comedy appreciators, CMC is bringing The Three Redneck Tenors to town on April 14. The “infamous” Three Red Neck Tenors are better than ever! These boys have seen it all, sing it all, and make us laugh ’til we double over, reminding us that in life, it is not the destination, it’s the journey. Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only The Red Neck Tenors could have had, delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from Gospel, to Country, to Broadway, Pop and Classical. You’re going to love them and so will anyone with a sense of humor and an appreciation for incredible voices. The fun (and amazement) won’t be over! Dan Kamin: Comedy in Motion will amuse and delight you on April 26. Dan calls his solo theatre program, Comedy in Motion, “a cheap evening of expensive theatre.” Critics call it “a breathtaking display of theatricality that’s sharp, funny and highly inventive.” – Pittsburgh Weekly. It’s a guided tour of the performing arts in which Dan sends up everyone from pompous opera divas to smarmy magicians.
The end of the 2018-2017 truly embodies Ballet to Bluegrass! On May 11, The Moscow Festival Ballet Presents Swan Lake, the dance telling the silent tale of a Prince and his love for a beautiful Swan Queen, who was trapped by an evil curse. Through a case of mistaken identity, the Prince almost marries another girl who looks similar to the Swan Queen, but in the end he finds his true love. A lovely performance and a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day. The final show of the season finds Dailey & Vincent back by popular demand on June 15. Dubbed by CMT as the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America, having won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including: three Grammy Award Nominations for the 2014 “Bluegrass Album of the Year;” 14 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time “Entertainer of the Year,” three-time “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” and four Dove Awards with three “Bluegrass Album of the Year” awards and “Bluegrass Song of the Year.” Dailey & Vincent is a fantastic end to a fantastic season of high caliber entertainment in our own backyard. CMC appreciates you past patronage and hopes you will enjoy these offerings to support live theater and music in southern West Virginia!
Passes are on sale now. Choose four or more shows from the season lineup and save 25% off the total ticket purchase price. Season passes are wonderful gifts for you, your family or your employees. CMC ticket prices are the lowest prices for these shows anywhere. Take advantage of an additional 25% off with a Season Pass and it’s even more of a bargain. Click, Call or Come By to purchase your Season Passes. Go to www.chuckmathenacenter.org, call 304 425-5128 or come by the Box Office at 2 Stafford Commons in Princeton. The Box Office is open 9-5 Monday – Friday and we’ll be happy to help you select the best shows and the best seats in the house for the upcoming season!
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What: Chuck Mathena Center Announces Exciting 2017-2018 Season
When: April 3, 2017
Where: Chuck Mathena Center, 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV 24740