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High Point Theatre Announces ‘Passport to Entertainment’ Professional Artists Series for 2017-2018

Community can expect world-renown musicians, creative theatrical productions and nostalgic family-friendly shows.

High Point, N.C. – Since 1975, the High Point Theatre has provided the Triad community with a diverse selection of world-renown artists and creative performances. The Theatre’s intimate atmosphere and fine acoustics continue to make it one of the Triad’s best venues for live performance. Featuring a total of sixteen critically acclaimed musicians, skilled illusionists, and family-friendly dramatic performances, the theater’s 2017-18 “Passport to Entertainment” lineup will provide the highest quality entertainment experience for every guest.

The new season kicks off Friday, September 22, as 12-year old musical prodigy and Grand Ole’ Opry veteran Emi Sunshine brings her folksy roots style and passion-filled vocals to the High Point Theatre stage. Summer Brooke & The Mountain Faith Band are set to round out the evening, a delight for all who appreciate the absolute best in old-school Appalachian, Americana-Roots, Gospel, Bluegrass and Country music.

One of the hottest bands on tour right now, and whose name appears on everyone’s “Musicians to Watch” list, The Suffers will introduce us to what they have coined “Gulf Coast Soul.” Influenced as much by classic rock & roll, country, Latin and Southern hip hop as they are the Muscle Shoals era, this dynamic 10-piece, Houston-based group deliver a sound that is sure to nourish your very soul. Sunday, September 24.

On Saturday, November 4, Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies brings us the music of the French-Cajun culture. With all original music derived from a blend of Louisiana Zydeco, country and New Orleans two-step, rock & roll and blues rhythms, Mr. Mojo delivers “red hot mojo music” sure to get the toes a tappin’ and fingers a snappin’!

Performing for the first time together, four internationally acclaimed mentalists – The “Kinetic Man” Guy Bavli, psychic duo Jeff & Tessa Evason, and The Mind Artist – tap into the wonders of the mind through telekinesis, predictions and mind-reading for a spectacular and entertaining performance injected with elements of humor and intrigue. Leave your logic at the door! Masters of the Mind featuring Guy Bavli, Saturday, November 11.

It’s become a holiday tradition for Triad families to attend a performance of the joyful, dream-inspired story of The Nutcracker or Land of the Sweets, a shorter version created specifically for younger audiences. Swirling with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this classic is beautifully presented by the High Point Ballet. Performances are scheduled December 20-23.

Prepare to journey through all six seasons of the Emmy Award-Winning Game of Thrones series, as the Theatre kicks off the New Year on Thursday, January 18, with Musical Thrones, A Parody. Fans of the most talked about show on television can expect a fantasy fix as their most beloved and hated characters come to life. The show is preparing for battle so saddle up and come on down to King’s Landing…and hold onto your swords!

Saturday, January 20, brings two great ambassadors of American music – Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian and mandolinist-composer-producer David Grisman. The contributions by Sebastian has been profound throughout his four-decade career, his group The Lovin’ Spoonful having played a major role in the mid-60s rock revolution, while for nearly half a century, Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music, having played with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and many, many others.

Closing out the month of January is the American Spiritual Ensemble, comprised of some of the finest classically trained singers in the United States. With a mission to keep the American Negro spiritual alive and dedication to highlighting the Black experience, these vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers … coming on Saturday, January 27.

Saturday, February 3, it’s a nostalgic trip back to those early days of Rock & Rock as the Theatre welcomes Kit & The Kats. Put a nickel in the jukebox and buckle up for some musical hijinks as we’re transported back to the era of slow dancing, teen idols, bouffant hairdos, and “The Twist,” with beloved 50’s and 60’s tunes from such iconic artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Shirelles, Sam Cooke and many more.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, the Theatre proudly presents pianist Emile Pandolfi with vocalist Dana Russell. Enjoy a program of songs that are comfortable and familiar with music spanning from the 1940s to the present, featuring Emile’s unique stylings. Thoroughly fitting for this most romantic occasion. An optional pre-show dinner package will also be available for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience!

Next up, on February 16, will be one of the most anticipated shows in our lineup. With a remarkable four-decade career including 19 albums, and recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, presented at the Royal Albert Hall in London, it’s none other than Al Stewart! Al will perform with The Empty Pockets Band. This is his Year of the Cat Tour 40th anniversary tour!

Friday, March 9, brings the songwriter’s showcase Heart Behind The Music featuring Alabama’s Teddy Gentry, John Berry, Linda Davis, and Lenny LeBlanc, with opening guest Nadine from the #1 cable show on the RFD-TV Network, Larry’s Country Diner! Up close and personal – experience insight into some of the greatest music ever written and performances by some of the industry’s most prolific and talented musicians.

Merging a full range of musical genres – alternative to folk, classical to country, Celtic to blues – with a percussive style defying description, Martin Guitar musician Shaun Hopper is captivating. Joining Shaun is Piedmont native Joe Smothers, a founding member of Doc and Merle Watson’s Frosty Morn Band. Joe is featured on dozens of albums and performed at every MerleFest since its inception. Friday, March 23, Shaun and Joe will appear together in concert, an event not to be missed by true guitar aficionados.

Classically trained viola and violin players Wil B and Kev Marcus have played their groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, R&B, and pop music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to the President’s Inaugural Ball to the New Victory Theater on Broadway. Back by popular demand, Black Violin will return to the theater for a repeat engagement on Saturday, March 24.

It’s the story of an aging couple faced with the sad prospect that they may well be spending a final summer at their vacation cottage on Golden Pond due to the husband’s physical and neurological decline. Somber moods gradually give way to a more hopeful future as the elderly man experiences the healing effects of bonding with a 13-year old boy left in the couple’s care. On Golden Pond, the theatrical version, coming Thursday, April 5.

Closing out the season on Saturday, April 28, will be character actress Dawn Wells presenting “The Confessions Tour,” based on her 50th Anniversary Tribute book to Gilligan’s Island, What Would Mary Ann Do? Dawn will tackle relevant topics of today using the principles of various Gilligan’s Island characters. A multi-media presentation of vintage slides, rare clips, and hilarious outtakes will make for an unforgettable evening!

“I hope you enjoy our remarkable lineup of artists and performances scheduled during the theater’s 2017-2018 Passport to Entertainment season,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Celebrating our 42nd year of operations, our focus continues to be on providing every supporter with an exceptional entertainment experience.” For tickets and information, please call the High Point theatre box office at (336) 887-3001 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 12 noon–5 PM) or visit our website at www.highpointtheatre.com.

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About High Point Theatre–Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street

in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating,

three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.

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