12/9/2008


The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville is now in its 12th season of Broadway's best touring shows! Tickets are on sale now for any event of the season. Individual tickets may be purchased through the center's on-line ticketing system or by phone or in-person from the center's box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (850) 729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787). The on-line box office is open 24 hours a day. For more information or to be sent a season brochure, call (850) 729-6000.

Upcoming national touring shows include: Oliver! - December 16 & 17, 2008. Hailed the world over as one of the best-loved family musicals of all time, this national tour of Oliver! brings to the stage some of Charles Dickens' most unforgettable characters, along with one of Broadway's most memorable scores. Hits such as "Consider Yourself At Home," "Food, Glorious Food" and "Where Is Love" surround this heartwarming tale of the young orphan, Oliver Twist, in this all new production of Lionel Bart's magical musical. Individual tickets are $40 for adults and $30 youth 18 & under. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - January 12, 2009. This Tony-Award winning new musical comedy has been acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as "perfect in every possible way - that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd pleaser." Follow six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This delightfully tuneful, offbeat and at times heartwarming show even offers audience members the opportunity to become part of the stage action. Some mature themes. Individual tickets for this show are $45. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Drowsy Chaperone - January 21, 2009. Be transported to a magical, wonderful world where the critics are in awe, the audiences are in heaven and the neighborhood is buzzing with excitement! Boasting the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway, this new musical comedy will swoop into town on its national tour with tons of laughs! It all begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone," and the show magically bursts to life. You'll be instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the rafters. Individual tickets for this show are $45. Click here to purchase tickets online.
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American Spiritual Ensemble - February 7, 2009. A phenomenal and moving repertoire of dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz, Broadway numbers and more that highlight the Black experience and keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Magnificent soloists in their own right, the members of the American Spiritual Ensemble have sung in theaters and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan. Don't miss these extraordinarily talented vocalists who have thrilled audiences across the globe since 1995. Individual tickets for this show are $25. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - March 11, 2009. Set on the glorious, glamorous Riviera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a delicious musical comedy that follows two con artists as they take on the lifestyles of the rich and shameless - and end up with a lot more than they bargain for."One of the liveliest, funniest, best-performed musicals in years!" according to the New York Post. Individual tickets for this show are $45. Click here to purchase tickets online.

An appearance of Moscow Cats Circus in March 2009 is pending. National shows which have already appeared this season include: Jungua:Descendents of the Dragon and Nunsense with Sally Struthers.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is also the home venue of the region's premiere professional symphony, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), now in its 22nd season. Tickets for all symphony concerts are now on sale at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office for $22.50 each. Also available are tickets to a special "NFSO Goes Pops" event on March 14, 2009 with Grammy nominated vocalist and screen star Della Reese who will join the orchestra to perform a Pops Concert to benefit the orchestra's year-round programs. Tickets for the Della Reese event are $45 for regular reserved seating and $100 for front row seating which includes an exclusive post-concert reception with Reese. The NFSO regular season concert dates remaining are December 12, January 30, February 20 and May 9. The season finale on May 9 will feature the prestigious Tokyo Oratorio Society in performance with the orchestra. Other special guests throughout the season are noted on the symphony's web site at www.nfsymphony.org . Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office's phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (850) 729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838.ARTS (2787). The on-line box office at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org is open 24 hours a day. Season tickets are available by phone, mail or in-person only. Individual tickets are available online, in-person, by phone or mail. For more information or to be sent a season brochure, call (850) 729-6000.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard in Niceville, Florida and is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285, U. S. Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge.

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