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High Point Theatre Launches a Season of “Eclectricity”

Energy, excitement, ventures into the memory vault, ticklingtouches of hilarity and evenings of drama, music and dance areon tap for Triad residents in the High Point Theatre’s new season,Eclectricity. “This year, we’ve put together a fun and lively selectionof performances in four widely divergent categories,” saysHigh Point Theatre Director Louisa Hart. “Progressions bringssome of today’s most creative jazz bands to town. Sidesplittersoffers exceptional contemporary comedy. Flashbacks featuressome fantastic acts from days gone by, and Assortimento offersup some brilliant stage productions and variety acts.”It all starts on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., as Acoustic Alchemydelights jazz lovers with a smooth sound that flows from laidback pop-soul to a lively and exotic Latin vibe. Next, the firstsidesplitter of the season takes the stage on Friday, Oct. 22 in theperson of Jon Reep, winner of season five of NBC’s “Last ComicStanding.” Jon’s quick-witted take on the differences betweensmall town and big city lifestyles — as experienced in Hickoryand his current hometown of Los Angeles — has generatedguffaws in sold-out shows around the country. And to close outthe opening month, the Irish National Dance Company flies into wow the town with high-energy traditional dance and music,complete with gorgeous costumes, in their two-hour interpretationof the history of the Irish Celts, Rhythm of the Dance.November features a white-hot flashback to the bar bandsounds of the early ’80s. Packing houses across the country,The Georgia Satellites crank out the blistering Southern rockthat made them famous in their chart-crashing hits, “Keep YourHands to Yourself” and “Hippy Hippy Shake.”The Holiday comes with an encore of an old favorite for areaaudiences. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, It’s A Wonderful Life: Live fromWVL Radio Theatre offers a heartwarming stage adaption of thegreat Frank Capra film, and adds a fresh twist — presenting thetale of George Bailey as a live 1940s-era radio show.The chilly winds of winter blow in the great Brazilian-bornjazz artist, Deodato, who is perhaps best known for his GrammyAward winning 1970s hit 2001: A Space Odyssey — a funky reinterpretationof a Richard Strauss classic. On Saturday, Jan. 29he’ll treat Triad music aficionados to a varied selection of genrebendingcompositions that artfully counter-pose rock/pop, R&B/funk, Brazilian/Latin and symphonic/orchestral sounds.Comedy comes to cheer the final weeks of winter onSaturday, Feb. 12 in a sidesplitting look at modern home life, asseen by Dr. Etta: Family Specialist. This new one-woman show byaward-winning comedian Etta May, will move you from laughterto tears — and back again in this heartfelt but decidedly PG-13performance.March features two shows that are sure to be crowd pleasers.On Saturday, March 19 we flash all the way back to the 1960s togroove on the tunes of Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone,the legendary pop band that outsold all other acts — includingthe Beatles — with faves such as “I’m Into Something Good,” Mrs.Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.”Just three days later, on Tuesday, March 22 In the Mood takesthe stage for a 1940s music and dance revue that offers a rarechance to experience the swing, rhythm, romance and artistry ofthe big-band era.The crazy relatives, overly sensitive parents, out-of-controlenvironmentalists and other assorted loons of James Gregory’swacky world are sure to give your funny bone a jolt on Saturday,April 19. Expressing his crazed whimsy with a rubber face andexaggerated body language, Gregory gives a truly unique“reflection of life seen from the front porch.”“Queen of Hearts,” “Angel of the Morning” and “Love’s Beena Little Bit Hard on Me” are just three of the well known hitsbrought to us by ’80s pop/country superstar Juice Newton. OnSaturday, May 7, this Grammy Award winning artist brings allthat and more to town for an emotional tour-de-force that’sacclaimed as one of the most riveting performances in music.The season of Eclectricity closes on Saturday, May 21, withthe soulful sax stylings of jazz maestro Boney James. Heraldedby the Philadelphia Tribune as “an unbelievable technician” and“a tough act to follow,” James is considered a major force in bothContemporary Jazz and R&B. And it’s not just the critics wholove him. To date, he’s sold more than three million albums andearned a string of 12 hit records, including eight trips to #1 onthe Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.“With 12 great acts, offering something for just about everytaste, whim and inclination, this may be the most extensive andwide-ranging season we’ve ever produced,” concludes Hart.Tickets for each performance are easily available through ourwebsite, www.highpointtheatre.com, or at the box office. So, nomatter what suits your fancy, we’re always ready to entertain.”

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