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Pullo Center Unveils 2007 – 08 Season

9/13/2007 —

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy, An Evening with Livingston Taylor, Rent, Penn State’s Blue Band, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live!, and Ring of Fire are just a few of the performances scheduled for Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center’s 2007 – 08 season.  

The third season begins with the first in a variety of free programming through the campus’ cultural and performing artists series featuring guitarist Javier Mendoza on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.   This series is sponsored by the campus and the York Newspaper Company.  Mendoza blends rock and roll with his Spanish roots and combines those elements with classical and modern rock influence to deliver a unique transnational sound.  Mendoza sings in English and Spanish and has been brought to campus as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 in York.

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy opens the Broadway series with an all new show Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  This is a brand new children’s show with set building, rehearsals, and the show opening taking place at the Pullo Center in September and then it’s off on a national tour.  Special reading sessions for children are set prior to the performances on Sept 29. at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Penn State York’s Lee R. Glatfelter Library.  Tickets for the show are $23 and $16 and are on sale now.

October 12 brings singer/songwriter Livingston (Liv) Taylor to the stage for “An Evening with Livingston Taylor” at 8 p.m.  Taylor’s professional career has spanned more than three decades and during that time he has toured with Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Fleetwood Mac, and Jethro Tull.   Taylor has recorded 13 albums and three retrospectives.   He maintains a concert schedule of more than 100 performances a year and has written most of the music he performs.  A number of the songs he wrote have been recorded by his brother, James Taylor, including “I Can Dream of You,” “Going Round One More Time,” and “Boatman.”  Tickets for this performance are $10 and on sale now.

The Broadway touring show of Rent, winner of four Tony Awards and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize, returns to the Pullo Center by popular demand for performances on Oct. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.  This national tour will again rehearse at the Pullo Center prior to the performances in York and the continuation of the national tour. 

Rent is about being young in New York, being brave and being scared, being in love and being in trouble, having hope for today and faith in tomorrow.   Rent captures the heart and spirit of a generation.  Inspired by Puccini's La Bohéme, Rent is a musical that celebrates a community of young artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today's world.  Rent contains mature themes and adult language.  Tickets for Rent are $39 and $49 and on sale now.

An annual event in Penn State York’s free series, Barry Drake, rock historian, returns to campus on Thursday, Oct. 25 for  “80s Rock:  Music in the Video Age.”

The program is at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.  Drake, often called a walking encyclopedia of rock and roll, takes the audience back to the 80s with his multimedia presentation.  The 1980s began with the election of Ronald Reagan and the death of John Lennon.  This era was also the beginning of MTV, compact discs, and the unforgettable music of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, R.E.M., Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, The Police, Run-DMC, Prince, Aerosmith, and even Milli Vanilli.

November is an unusually busy month at the Pullo Center with The Curtis Symphony Orchestra; Penn State’s Blue Band; NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live!  tour; and The Fast Horses, a Native American performing family.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. with more than 100 exceptionally gifted musicians between the ages of 13 and 25.   Under the direction of Otto-Werner Mueller and David Hayes, the orchestra performs a three-concert season in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as programs elsewhere in the region, and at Carnegie Hall. The real-world training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in major orchestras across the United States, Canada, and abroad. Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Peter Oundjian, Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Yuri Temirkanov, and David Zinman.   Tickets for the performance are $35 and $25 and are on sale now.  This performance is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management and Hawthorn.

November 9 brings the marching band sound of the 310-piece Penn State Blue Band to York at 8 p.m.   The Penn State Blue Band, recognized as one of the nation’s finest college marching bands, is coming to the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at Penn State York to show off their Penn State pride.  The Blue Band boasts more than 300 members and performs to capacity crowds in 107,232-seat Beaver Stadium – home of Penn State Nittany Lion football.  The Blue Band has performed at every major bowl game in the United States, including the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses Parade.   The 2007-08 season is the 108th year of the Blue Band’s proud, tradition-filled history.  Tickets are $10 and on sale now.   This performance is sponsored by Barton Associates and Precision Custom Components.

Get ready to enjoy an evening of great stand-up comedy when NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live! tour hits the Pullo Center Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.   Finalists from the Emmy-nominated television show Last Comic Standing will take to the stage for a laugh-fest of fun.  These are the comics America voted as the funniest in the world!  Tickets are $39 and on sale now.

The Fast Horses, a Minnesota-based Lakota (Native American) performing family will share their heritage through poetry, humor, magic, and audience participation on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Pullo Center.  This free performance is set for 7 p.m.  and features a family who began performing in 1998 and whose career has spanned three continents, six countries, 44 states, and one province.  They credit their success to doing what they love, entertaining and educating people.  The performance focuses on the evolution of Native American music and dance and their similarities with, and influences on, other cultures.  The Fast Horses include juggling, storytelling, costumes, fire, song, and dance as part of their unique show.

The new year starts off with another brand new children’s show, Go, Diego Go, LIVE! The Great Jaguar Rescue Jan. 22 and 23.  Diego, Nick Jr.’s action adventure hero, along with his sister, Alicia, and cousin Dora, are set off on an action-packed mission to get Baby Jaguar’s growl back from the Bobo Brothers.  They’ll need the audience’s help to rescue animals, navigate through the rainforest, and bypass a giant waterfall to get to the Animal Carnivale, iAl rescate, amigos! (To the rescue, my friends!)  Show times and ticket prices are not yet set.

The first free performance of the new year is set for Thursday, Jan 24 and features Incognito a one hour, solo theatrical presentation written and performed by Michael Fosberg.  The program is at noon in the Pullo Center.  Imagine discovering that you are not the person you thought you were.  That you have a family, a history, and an ethnicity you never knew.  How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you; your vision of yourself and of society?  Incognito is Fosberg’s incredible story of growing up believing he was “white,” then discovering he is actually “black.”  In this often funny, deeply emotional play, the audience makes discoveries of self; filled with issues of race, diversity, divorce, adoption, and finally, acceptance.

“Unique” is described in Webster’s dictionary as ‘different from others in a way that makes something worthy of note.’  That may be the perfect description for the acoustic music of Fort Pastor coming to the Pullo Center on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.  This is a free performance.  A blend of their Australian and American roots; charismatic acoustic guitars are pounded as often as strummed, with the odd didgeridoo, darabuka, djembe and mandolin thrown in to create an earthy, soulful whole.  However, it’s not just the music that separates this band.  This band is a social movement.

Ardently expressing their views on war, social issues, and love within their music; Fort Pastor is out for social justice.  So much so that they have created their own foundation called the “Social Justice Army (SJA).”  Fans of the band join the ‘Army’ and commit to serving their community one hour a month.  With local chapters of the SJA being formed all over the country, people are learning more about the issues their local communities are facing and are working to make changes.  From homelessness to fair trade, Fort Pastor wants their fans to be informed of the problems this generation is facing.  Their music serves as the inspiration and motivator for change.   Fort Pastor has gained the respect of organizations such as Bose, Shure, Slide Didge, and G7th; the band tours relentlessly around the world.  Even though Fort Pastor has shared the stage with the likes of Jars of Clay, Mercy Me, Bebo Norman, Christopher Williams, Maeve, Greg Greenway and dozens of others; they continue to build their underground Army for social change, one passionate concert at a time.

Top Secret:  The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, a historical docudrama, comes to the Pullo Center on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.  The L. A. Theatre Works production of the play Top Secret:  The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, now on national tour, raises many ethical issues including governmental secrecy and deception, whistle-blowing, and journalistic responsibility.  This performance is being brought to the area by Penn State York’s Grumbacher Program in Ethics and Humanistic Studies.  Starring Stacy Keach (cast is subject to change), Top Secret explore an important period in history and is based on interviews and documents contained through the Freedom of Information Act.   The play follows the debate played out as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee’s staff sorts through the classified documents and tries to decide if publishing them violates national security.  The play includes their momentous decision and the legal wrangling that followed leading up to the historic decision that reaffirmed the First Amendment.  The United Sates government’s relationship with the media, the citizenry’s right to information, and the First Amendment are all critically explored against the canvas of the Vietnam War and the secretive Nixon White House.  Tickets are $29 and go on sale Nov. 30.

Steven Anthony Étienne McGinley (Étienne) physical comedian and juggler brings his talents to the stage on Thursday, Feb 21 at 7 p.m. as the free cultural and performing artists series continues at Penn State York.  Étienne was born in a small house in a small town in the small state of Maryland to a big family.  His mother wanted him to be a priest and his father wanted him to join the army, but he discovered juggling instead.   He has traveled around the world performing and the symbolic moment of his career was playing French love songs on a tuba for a Chinese audience in Italy.  For more information on Étienne visit http://www.veryfunny.com/.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the smash hit lifted directly from Broadway, is set for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Pullo Center.  Set on the glorious and glamorous Riviera, this play is a delicious 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.  The New York Post called Dirty Rotten Scoundrels one of the liveliest, funniest, best-performed musicals in years.  Tickets are $59 and go on sale Nov. 30.  The show is sponsored by Sovereign Bank.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is set for Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. performed by the world famous Aquila Theatre Company.  The Aquila Theatre Company’s production follows the epic story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most notorious leaders. Set in a world of political intrigue and strained domestic relationships, the production explores the moral and political dilemma of Marcus Brutus. Should he join the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar, conquering hero and his trusted friend? Or, should he allow one man’s tyrannical ambition to overcome the very ideals that Rome was founded upon?  The choice that Brutus makes has the power to destroy the old world order and to ignite a fierce civil war. Aquila’s production asks the audience to consider the price of democracy and freedom and the consequences that can befall a society when it is asked to defend its core beliefs.   Tickets are $29 and go on sale Jan. 25.

Back by popular demand, Wayne Hoffman illusionist and mentalist, brings back Mindy Candy, a bigger and better show on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m..  Hoffman packed the 1,000-seat performing arts center last season and the audience screamed for more.  This is a free show. Since 1994 Wayne has performed Mind Candy for hundreds of thousands of people across the United States. His name is now synonymous with professional mystery entertainment. The show includes some of Wayne's signature effects such as his infamous “soda can effect” and his pre-show predictions of his audiences actions.  Wayne can even make women appear from nowhere right on stage!  During all of the shows, Wayne constantly has people participate both individually and as a group. The audience doesn't just watch the show; they become part of the show. No other form of entertainment allows for this kind of interaction. Wayne's shows are an intricately woven script of magic and illusion that spins a web of deception around the audience and helps capture their imaginations. Be careful what you’re thinking….he might be listening!

The Pullo Center’s 2007 – 08 season closes with Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.   The life and music of the “Man in Black” ignites the stage in this new Broadway touring musical.  The show features 38 signature songs from the legendary troubadour.  Hits include “I Walk the Line,” “Hurt,” “Jackson,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and the title track “Ring of Fire.”  Stories of passion, redemption, humor, and salvation set the stage ablaze in this musical celebration of one of the world’s most famous rebels.  Tickets are $55 and on sale Feb. 29.

Throughout the year, the Pullo Center’s resident companies, the York Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) and the York Junior Symphony Orchestra (YJSO) offer performances.  The YYSO performs Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; March 2 at 3:30 p.m.; and May 4 at 3:30 p.m.  Tickets are $7 for all seats.  The YJSO performs on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.  and April 6 at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $7 for all seats.

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. Tickets are on sale about two months prior to the show except for those interested in the new flex package option - purchase three or more shows and save at least 10 percent and get tickets at any time for any show. 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.  

Season sponsors for the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center are WHP CBS-21, CW 15, and The York Newspaper Company.

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