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An ‘eclectic’ season

August 31, 2018

Performing Arts Series returns to West Shore Community College

The 2018-19 academic year started Monday at West Shore Community College, and with the new year comes a new selection of musicians, artists and entertainers bringing fun and thought-provoking events to the community through the college’s Performing Arts Series.

The series is a highlight of the year for students, educators and community members, and WSCC music professor and series director Ted Malt said 2018-19 is shaping up to be another strong season.

Malt said the goal is to up the ante with a diverse array of high-profile performers from a number of genres and mediums.

“We’re trying to find an eclectic mix of genres, from theater, music — vocal and instrumental — and this year, with the start of the season with Second City, it’s meant to celebrate the success of our program,” Malt said. “We’re trying to bring in bigger artists — not bigger as in better, but more well-known names.”

The first event of the series will be one such act, bringing engagement and education for students as well as entertainment for local audiences.

Second city is coming

The big draw for this year’s season is the opener, “Best of Second City,” which features performers from the famous Chicago-based improvisational comedy troupe that gave the world its first glimpse of performers like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray and more.

WSCC Theater Director Michelle Kiessel said the Second City showcase is an opportunity to expand the reach of the series with a non-local touring group, especially one as legendary as Second City.

“This is a big deal … Actors like John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd … all started with Second City, so the fact that we can bring this group to Mason County is huge. Do not miss this,” she said. “I’ve always loved improv and sketch comedy... so we were looking at how to bring that to the series. We worked with the student senate at WSCC to co-sponsor this, and I’m super-stoked that this is what’s going to be opening our Performing Arts Series.”

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