The popular early ticket option introduced last year for the Broadway and Artist Series at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College continues this season. Single tickets for all of the national shows that appear at center during the entire 2008-2009 season are now available through the center's box office or on-line ticketing system. Season tickets, which provide a discount over individual ticket prices, and group discounts are also now available.
"From award-winning national tours of Broadway shows, to international guest artists from China, to family shows with dancing Russian cats - it's another fabulous season," said Dr. Cliff Herron, executive director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, who noted that Emmy Award winner Sally Struthers is among the season's lineup in her USA tour of the comedy "Nunsense". He noted that all of the national Broadway and Artist shows will each appear for only one night, except for the family event "Oliver", the heartwarming Charles Dickens tale of orphan Oliver Twist, which appears for a special two-night run on December 16 and 17 at the arts complex which is located on the Niceville Campus of NWF State College.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center's box office phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday from 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. The box office may also be accessed through the NWF State College website at www.nwfstatecollege.edu/arts.
The season opens November 8 with an Artist Series event, "Jungua: Descendents of the Dragon," a national tour that features the amazing skills of China's finest acrobats and martial arts masters. A high impact entertainment experience for all ages, "Jungua" celebrates Chinese culture in an explosion of Kung Fu, acrobatics, music, dance, dramatic scenery and lavish costumes. Individual tickets are $25 each.
"Nunsense" on December 4 is a special national tour of the zany comedy and stars two-time Emmy Award winner, Sally Struthers. Struthers brings this Broadway Series production and its comic surprises to roaring life as Mother Superior in "A hail of fun and frolic," according to The New York Times. Individual tickets are $45 each.
"Oliver!" on December 16 and 17 has been hailed the world over as one of the best-loved family musicals of all time. This national tour brings to the stage some of Charles Dickens' most unforgettable characters, along with one of Broadway's most memorable scores in the tale of the young orphan, Oliver Twist. Individual tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for youth age 18 and younger.
The "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on January 12, 2009 is a Tony-Award winning Broadway musical comedy that has been acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as "perfect in every possible way." This delightfully tuneful, offbeat and at times heartwarming show contains some mature themes and an adult audience advisory. Individual tickets are $45 each.
The "Drowsy Chaperone" on January 21, 2009 boasted the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway. The glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day has been called a "tribute to the Jazz Age" by the Tampa Tribune. Individual tickets are $45 each.
"American Spiritual Ensemble" on February 7, 2009 features 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. Tickets for this Artist Series event are $25 each.
"Hubbard Street Dance Chicago" on February 23, 2009 is an Artist Series event that showcases Chicago's leading contemporary dance company. Critically acclaimed for its innovative repertoire, the company features dance artists who display unparalleled virtuosity and perform works by world-renowned choreographers. Tickets for this exceptional national tour of artistry in motion are $25 each.
Set on the glorious, glamorous Riviera, the national tour of Broadway's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on March 11, 2009 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. According to Terry Teachout at The Wall Street Journal, "I know funny when I see it and this show is a perfect hoot!" Individual tickets for this final show of the 2008-09 Broadway Series are $45 each.
The 12th season of national touring shows at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center concludes on March 21, 2009 with a Saturday matinee of "Moscow Cats Theatre" a fabulous family show with 35 cats, one dog and 5 clowns! Making its U.S. debut in New York City two years ago, "Moscow Cats Theater" has appeared on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Montel William and more. This group of talented Russian felines offers non-stop action and astounding acrobatic feats, all integrated into a non-verbal, colorful and fun-filled family show! To accommodate families, this matinee show begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 youth 18 & under.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville, Florida campus of Northwest Florida State College (formerly Okaloosa-Walton College) and is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285, U. S. Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge. The center features a state-of-the-art main theater that seats 1,650 in which all the national shows appear, a smaller 195 seat theater space, an amphitheater, a recital hall, art galleries, a visual arts building, a dance studio, and more. Contact the box office to be sent a season brochure or for additional information.