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Spotlight Series 2014-2015 

Shining a Light on the Best Entertainment 

 

  

Tickets go on sale August 1st! 

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Michael Kaeshammer

Friday, September 26

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $20 general, $18 senior, $15 youth 

 

Michael Kaeshammer is a triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability, and

charisma. His performances are pure delight and his energy knows no bounds. He has piano technique to burn and, to his audiences’ delight, has an acrobatic way with a grand piano. When Kaeshammer performs, it’s obvious he’s having a ball; playing superlative boogie-woogie, blues, Jazz, and pop cross-over material. He has an uncanny ability to take ‘a bit of musical this’ and ‘a touch of musical that’ and create a sound that is uniquely his own. But Kaeshammer doesn’t simply wow you with his chops; he invites you in and talks to you. His live performances are an invitation to join a party. He doesn’t play at you. He plays with you. A night with Michael and his band is a wild ride with no fixed destination except where he feels he and the crowd want to go.

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John Keawe

Saturday, October 11

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $20 general, $18 senior, $15 youth 

 

John Keawe is a Master of Kiho’alu (slack key guitar) and one of Hawaii’s preeminent singer/songwriters. He is a GRAMMY award winner, and multi Na Hoku Hanohano award winner. John fuses both traditional tunings and his own style, as he shares tales of old legends and living the island lifestyle. He is respected for his original artistry of instrumentals and vocals, and revered as a consummate performer. His music is an integral part of Hawaii’s culture and history. He will be joined by his wife, Hope Keawe, an accomplished Hula dancer who offers inspiring and beautiful interpretations of his songs. John and Hope’s two granddaughters will also perform, providing vocals, ukulele, and hula dancing, as well as a focus on the importance of “ohana” (family) in Hawaiian culture. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts and Washington State Arts Commission 

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The Four Bitchin’ Babes present “Jingle Babes!” 

Friday, December 5

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

 

Join this “fabulous female folkestra” as they deck the halls with songs and folly. The Four Bitchin’ Babes are Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint, and Nancy Moran, an original tour de force musical comedy theatre troupe. These four accomplished and seasoned musician-actress-comediennes fill the stage with whimsical songs, hilarious shtick, and luscious girl group harmonies. Playing their own guitars, bass, piano, and Irish Bodhran, this hilarious renegade sorority of gal pals delivers elegant wit, sophisticated (never blue) stand-up humor, and enough bling to hypnotize the first five rows of any theater! In “Jingle Babes,” the Babes let loose on the holiday season with clever comedy and classy caroling. Gather your girlfriends and treat yourselves to an evening of festive fun.

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Magical Strings 28th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert 

Sunday, December 7

3:00 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $22 general, $20 senior, $15 youth

 

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion and harp-like instruments from around the world.  Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance. 

 

SPOTLIGHT FOR FAMILIES: Great for family audiences, all ages  
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Marc Cohn 

Thursday, January 22

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

 

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his drawn-from-life tales. Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade.”  Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn's early records for Atlantic, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. About his latest album Listening Booth: 1970, Rolling Stone said, "Cohn has one of rock's most soulful croons - a rich, immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own."

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran trhough the Kent Parks Foundation 

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Broadway’s Next H!t Musical 

Friday, February 6

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth 

 

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is a hilarious, unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “remarkable.” Don’t miss the next great American musical - it could be written right here in Kent!        

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“Fairy Tales & Fantasy” presented by BYU Theatre Ballet

Thursday, March 12

7:00 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $22 general, $20 senior and $15 youth 

 

Selections from classic ballets such as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Don Quixote, and more bring magical stories, beautiful music, and graceful dance to the stage for all ages to enjoy. Don’t miss the pre-show Prince and Princess Party! Audience members are invited to meet the ballerinas and fairytale royalty. Parents are encouraged to take as many photos as their cameras can hold and everyone is invited to dress up in royal costumes for this evening of fantasy.

 

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Schoolhouse Rock Live! performed by Childsplay

Saturday, March 21

1:00 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $10 general, $10 senior, $10 youth 

 

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like "Conjunction Junction," "Just a Bill," "Interplanet Janet" or "Three is a Magic Number." Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation. Childsplay is a professional company of adult actors who teach and perform for young audiences and families. Based in Tempe, Arizona, the company has performed for more than 4 million children and adults and has grown to serve an average annual audience of 250,000 children, teachers and families.

 

SPOTLIGHT FOR FAMILIES: Grades 1st and up  
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Masters of Soul 

Tuesday, April 7 

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth 

 

Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. You will take the ultimate stroll down memory lane as you relive the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all time, including The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha Reeves The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Barry White, The Commodores, and many more!

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation 

Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm and Judy Woods 

   

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

Welcome to the Kent Arts Commission’s 2014-2015 Spotlight Series! Toward the end of each season, I get asked one questions over and over again. . . “What’s coming next year?!”

 

I am pleased to finally answer all those questions by announcing our 2014-2015 season. As always, we strive to present the best arts and entertainment, right here on Kent stages. You’ll enjoy celebrated performers in a variety of musical genres, theater, ballet, and comedy!  Spotlight Series offers something for everyone.

 

We’re excited about this season and hope you are too. Don’t delay – order your tickets now! And remember, you save 10% on all your tickets if you purchase a package of four or more performances. We also offer discounted rates for groups, so gather your friends. We can’t wait to see you at the shows.

 

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Get your exclusive "Backstage Pass" - Sponsor an artist!

We rely on the generosity of our patrons to bring top quality performing artists to Kent. Ticket sales and other sources of earned income account for between 70-80% of Spotlight Series' annual revenue. Sponsorships from individuals and businesses make up the difference and ensure the continued success of Spotlight Series.

 

Please consider supporting the Series through an exclusive artist sponsorship of one of the 9 exciting performances or an educational activity. Sponsors receive a variety of promotional opportunities to increase their visibility in the community, as well as VIP benefits for entertaining clients, building employee morale or just for fun! For more information on sponsorships, please call the Kent Arts Commission office at (253) 856-5050.

 

2014-2015 Sponsors

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. 

Sponsors include 91.3 KBCS, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pete and Pat Curran Family, Curran Law Firm, Pat and Pete Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Judy Woods.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS

  Create your own subscription series 

  • Purchase tickets to any four or more separate performances and receive 10% off on each ticket price.
  • Subscription rates will be calculated automatically if you order tickets online.
  • All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.

GROUP RATES

  • Buy 10 or more tickets to any one performance and receive 10% off.
  • Buy 20 or more tickets to any one performance and receive 20% off.
  • Group rate discounts are not available online. Purchase by phone or at the box office; details below.
  • All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction

SENIOR AND YOUTH TICKETS

  • Age 55 and older qualifies for senior ticket rates.
  • Age 25 and younger qualifies for youth ticket rates.

HOW TO PURCHASE SPOTLIGHT TICKETS

  • Purchase tickets ONLINE.
  • MAIL us at Kent Arts Commission, Spotlight Series, 220 4th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032-5895 Best available seats will be issued for mail-in orders; do not send cash. 
  • CALL (253) 856-5051, Monday through Friday, 6am-9pm; Saturday, 8am-9pm. A Visa or MasterCard is required for phone orders. 
  • WALK IN to the Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent, Monday through Friday, 6am-9pm; Saturday 8am-9pm.    

REFUNDS/EXCHANGE

  • No refunds or exchanges.
  • Ticket purchases are final.

SEATING

  • All seating for Spotlight Series events is assigned/reserved.
  • Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to performance time.
  • Late seating is not guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the performers and House Manager.

SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Please let us know in advance how we might be able to help and we will provide reasonable accommodations to those needing special assistance. For wheelchair seating, please advise when purchasing tickets.

CHILDREN

 

  • Spotlight Series is family friendly and offers performances that are especially for kids and families. These shows are identified with the tag line Spotlight for Families. Other performances may not be appropriate for young children - please use discretion when choosing performances for young patrons.
  • Spotlight does not allow "Babes in Arms," with the exception of Spotlight for Families performance: Children over 12 months must have a ticket for these this shows. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance locations are on Kent's East Hill, a short drive (approximately 30-40 minutes) from Seattle and Tacoma.  Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center

10020 SE 256th Street, Kent, WA
Free parking is available in the school parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

  • Take the Kent-Des Moines exit (#149 off I-5 southbound, #149A off I-5 northbound).
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn east (toward valley) onto Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • Proceed down the hill. Go through Meeker street intersection, Washington Avenue intersection and continue until the road dead-ends onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Smith Street.
  • Kent-Meridian is on the left at the top of the hill just past French Field.
  • Turn left at the light (101st Avenue) into the school parking lot.
  • Free parking is available in school lot.

Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center

25800 164th Avenue SE, Covington, WA
Free parking is available in the school parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

  • Des Moines exit (#149 off I-5 southbound, #149A off I-5 northbound).
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn east onto Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • Proceed down the hill. Go through Meeker street intersection, Washington Avenue intersection and continue until the road dead-ends onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Smith Street.
  • At the top of the hill the road will "Y". Stay left on 256th and go straight through the light.
  • Proceed for approximately 4.5 miles.
  • Turn right at the light onto 164th Avenue SE. Kentwood High School is on the left.
  • The first building on the right as you turn into the parking lot is the Performing Arts Center.
  • Free parking is available in school lot.