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Midwest Theater offers variety of programs for 12th season

August 26, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF – The Midwest Theater offers a variety of performances for the 12th annual performing arts season. A diversity of artists will grace the Midwest Theater stage from musicians, vocalists, and actors to puppetry and silent films.

As the theater enters the season, Executive Director Billy Estes is excited to offer a mixture of programs.

“It’s a very diverse mix of programming,” he said. “The season has stuff that’s comfortable and stuff that may explore ideas or musical styles that we don’t commonly get to explore in Nebraska.”

A theme for the season is family. Two of the reasons for shows is about connecting the performing arts with schools. Students get to see and connect with the artists while also experiencing it. Those interactions and performances are free of charge for the students.

In previous seasons, the Midwest Theater has targeted fourth and fifth graders based on the performance content. However, this year, there are several artists whose content will allow younger children to experience the arts. The Missoula Children’s Theater will perform several popular books and movies this season. The first performance will be Blackbeard the Pirate as the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins on Nov. 30. A popular children’s picture book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and other Eric Carle favorites will grace the stage in late January and the story of Pinocchio will also come to life in March.

The artist line up also offers a variety of talent and has a family theme.

“Musically, each one of them share something different,” said Estes.

The Hunts open up the season on Sept. 13. Seven siblings collaborate to create a musically harmonic performance of alternate folk music. Estes compared their sound to the British band Mumford and Sons. The synergy of the group combines the musicality of vocals and instruments into a compelling performance.

On the other end of the season, The 5 Browns will share their passion for classical music by performing solo, duo and five-piano arrangements. The siblings attended Julliard and enjoy sharing their music with energy and a dynamic sound. They will take the stage on April 9, 2019.

Member and season tickets are available for purchase. Non-member single ticket sales are also available. Ticket sales begin on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. For Members of Friends of the Midwest Theater, you can see six shows for as little as $145. Non-member season tickets cost $172 and single ticket prices vary. To purchase tickets visit the Midwest Theater or call 632-4311.

To view the full schedule for the season, visit www.MidwestTheater.com.

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