And the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation will expand its LessonPLAN programming for students and families. The educational series, which brings students to the theatre and takes performers into the schools, recently received the 2012 Arts, Beautification and Culture Award for “substantially contributing to culture in the city of Bend.”
The Tower’s executive director, Ray Solley, says, “We’ve gone to extra lengths this coming season to showcase music, performers and spectacle you’ll not see anywhere else, all at affordable prices. The Tower’s exceptional sound and clear sightlines make it the perfect place to experience these one-of-a-kind acts.”
• The Bend Surgery Center’s CenterStage Series features:
Shaolin Warriors Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Legendary Shaolin monks and Kung Fu masters demonstrate martial arts associated with their famous monastery and Zen philosophy.
The Capitol Steps Tuesday, October 30, 2012
These equal opportunity offenders make fun of both sides of the aisle with political parodies of well-known songs, including “You Can’t Hide This Biden Guy,” “Help Me Fake It to the Right” and “If I Tax a Rich Man.”
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile Monday, November 26, 2012
The Grammy-nominated progressive string-band has built a wide following with its “white-hot musical mind” (L.A. Times). Their song “Dark Days” was featured on the Hunger Games soundtrack.
Moscow Boys Choir Monday, December 17, 2012
An exquisite blend of Christmas standards and Russian folk songs performed by twenty-five heavenly soprano and rich bass and tenor voices. Only Oregon appearance!
Cirque Ziva Sunday-Monday, January 6-7, 2013
The new family-friendly extravaganza of tumbling, balancing and breathtaking dexterity from the Golden Dragon Acrobats.
Celtic Crossroads Thursday, February 7, 2013
You’ve seen their PBS specials. Now experience their lilting vocals, high octane step dancing, jaw dropping instrumentals and gorgeous images of Ireland, live at the Tower.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sunday, March 10, 2013
The three-time Grammy-winning South African group returns to Bend. Since their breakthrough performance on Paul Simon’s Graceland, Ladysmith marries their native rhythms and harmonies with the sound and sentiment of Christian gospel music.
Molly Ringwald Saturday, April 13, 2013
The iconic actress (Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Secret Life of the American Teenager) combines her lifelong love of American standards and swingin’ jazz for a revealing night of stories and song.
Ticket prices range from $25-$55 and go on sale July 19. Additional sponsors include Mt. View Heating, Deschutes Brewery, Central Oregon Radiology, Sally Russell and Steve and Cynde Magidson.
LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now) is sponsored by BendBroadband and made possible by grants from the WHH Foundation, Children’s Edu-Investors Fund and WESTAF. Tickets are $8-$25, all general admission and especially for families.
• The live LessonPLAN shows are:
A Very Lamb Chop Holiday Saturday, December 1, 2012
Puppeteer Shari Lewis’ daughter, Mallory Lewis, brings Charlie Horse, Hush Puppy and Lamb Chop to celebrate the true holiday spirit and “the song that never ends”!
Frogtown Thursday, January 24, 2013
A multimedia allegory by Portland’s Emmy-winning composer Philip Pelletier uses singers, actors and dancers to teach the values of cultural diversity.
Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal Friday, March 1, 2013
With warmth and surprising humor, this one-man play written by and starring Tom Dugan chronicles Wiesenthal’s lifelong fight against Holocaust amnesia. It won the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance.
Thomas Edison: Inventor and Prankster Monday, April 15, 2013
One of America’s greatest inventors (portrayed by Broadway actor Patrick Garner) invites children to help recreate his most famous experiments.
The Ugly Duckling Thursday, May 2, 2013
An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable, a homely bird is born deaf, facing abuse from animals who can hear. From Sign Stage on Tour (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Stuart Little”), this one-hour show is signed and spoken simultaneously.
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic venue in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Membership, program information, plus individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also on facebook at “theTowerTheatre.”