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Pullo Center Reveals 2006 – 2007 Season

8/14/2006 —

Man of La Mancha, Cirque Dreams, and The Producers are just a few of the performances scheduled for Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center's 2006-2007 season. Tickets for all shows go on sale August 15. Those interested in the Broadway series package featuring the performances above are on sale now at a special price.
 
The second season begins with a variety of free programming through the campus' performing artists' series including Calle Sur, Latino/Hispanic musical performance, Sept. 26; The Blue Method, a combination of fusion, funk, and experimental rock,  Sept. 28, Centre Dimensions, an 18-piece jazz ensemble from  Penn State's University Park campus, Oct. 18; 70's Rock: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, featuring Barry Drake, the walking encyclopedia of music, Oct. 19; and Mind Candy featuring mentalist and illusionist Wayne Hoffman, Oct. 20.

Man of La Mancha opens the Broadway series on Oct. 25.   This five-time, Tony Award-winning production reigns as the original "quest" musical and takes to the Pullo Center stage at 8 p.m.  The centuries-old tale of Don Quixote has been told many different ways and the lights, costumes, dancing and music of this production are spectacular.   Tickets are $44 and $55.
 
The season continues on Oct 27 with The Ghost Whisperer, Mary Ann Winkowski.   Winkowski, the inspiration behind the CBS hit television show The Ghost Whisperer featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt, will share her experiences and her earliest memories of talking to spirits of the deceased as if they were living people.  Her reputation has spread and she has appeared in numerous television and radio news programs, and has spoken at countless lectures.   In 2000, Winkowski published her first book of memoirs, As Alive, So Dead, which is now in its third printing.  Tickets are $12.   Penn State York students with an ID attend free.
 
The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is set for Nov. 8 and 10 and The Pullo Center has the privilege of being named the rehearsal venue and tour premiere for the national tour.  The Moscow Ballet will perform The Great Russian Nutcracker in 70 cities during its fourteenth annual holiday tour of the United States.  Anatoli Emelia, artistic director, chief choreographer, and a 10-year veteran of the Moscow Ballet will star as the Enchanted Nutcracker Prince.  With Valentin Fedorov's sets and costumes and larger-than-life puppets, the Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see production of 2006.  Students from local dance studios will have the opportunity to take part in the show.  Tickets are $65, $45, and $35.
 
Free programming continues with Dominic Gaudious, instrumental guitarist, Nov. 14; Barynya, Russian Folk Dancers, Jan. 25, 2007; and E-Baby, a poet who paints pictures with words, Feb. 8.
 
Three performances of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Live! are set for February.  For more than 40 years, Scholastic's Clifford The Big Red Dog has charmed and amazed children with his engaging adventures and big ideas.   This performance brings the characters of Birdwell Island to life in a fun-filled spectacle for the whole family. Performances are Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, (two shows).  Tickets are $18 and $25.
 
LeCount Holmes as Frederick Douglass: The Man, performs on Feb 23 in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center on campus as part of a the free series and Harry O'Donoghue, Irish folk singer, brings his storytelling and folk singing to the Pullo Center on March 29.
 
The 90-minute dreamscape, Cirque Dreams, jungle fantasy, does a single show performance on April 6.  An international cast of acrobats, contortionists and aerialists perform a multimillion-dollar, ultraviolet stage in some if the most amazing feats and performances ever witnessed.  The Raleigh News says, "Cirque Dreams is jaw-dropping and flawlessly executed".   This show is sponsored by Sovereign Bank.   Tickets ate $59 and $49.
 
The Pullo's season closes with the biggest Tony Award-winner in Broad way history, The Producers.  This is the first ever area appearance of the new Mel Brooks musical.  Five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the show.   Tickets are $66 and $55.
 
For more information about The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center's season or to order tickets, visit http://www.pullocenter.psu.edu/ or call  717-505-8900.  The Pullo Center is a state-of-the-art, 1,016-seat theatre, with full production capabilities and audience amenities offering the best features of large theatres in an intimate setting.
 
Sponsors for The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center are WHP CBS-21, Sovereign Bank, The York Newspaper Company, and Heritage Hills, Golf Resort and Conference Center.

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