Featuring a six-show season of professional music, comedy, dancing and more, the 2014-2015 season of Illinois Central College’s Guest Artists Series opens August 22 with a tribute to “America’s greatest star”.
Simply Streisand, a tribute to entertainment legend Barbra Streisand, kicks off this season’s ICC Guest Artists Series featuring performances by nationally- and internationally-touring professional artists.
“Part of our role as a community college is to serve as a resource for the cultural needs of the community,” said Chris Gray, dean of ICC’s Arts and Communication Department. “Last year, we began soliciting more input from our audiences in selecting acts for our Guest Artists Series. This year, we built on that by obtaining audience feedback and look to continue to do so more in selecting programming for future Guest Artists Series events.”
The August 22 Simply Streisand performance features a tribute to the iconic Barbra Streisand. From the hair down to meticulously-detailed replicas of concert gowns, the tribute show recreates the excitement and high-energy vocals of Streisand’s most powerful numbers while showcasing the beauty and purity of her sound.
The second show of the season features fantastic vocals, gorgeous costumes and exciting tap-dancing performed with classic songs from the Great American Songbook. Two on Tap features celebrated musical theatre performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano as they bring their talents to the stage on October 18.
November brings perennial comedy favorite The Second City back to ICC. This original comedy revue of improvisational and sketch comedy takes place November 29 and features a seasonal blend of hilarious holiday-based scenes and songs. The perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows, this performance is rated R for some mature content.
In December, a tribute featuring the holiday songs of iconic brother and sister pop music duo Karen and Richard Carpenter ─ the Carpenters ─ comes to the stage in Close to You presents A Carpenters’ Christmas on December 19. Lisa Rock and her six-piece band return to the ICC stage by popular demand following their performance last season, but this time with a show based on the music of the Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows.
On March 20, a tribute to the legendary music icon known as “the Man in Black” is featured with The Legend of Johnny Cash. For almost 30 years, Philip Bauer has been performing his tribute to Johnny Cash, an act featuring many of the songs that kept Cash on the charts throughout his storied music career. Bauer’s uncanny performance and resemblance to Cash prompted country music legend Charlie Daniels to call Bauer’s portrayal of Cash “the best I’ve ever seen”.
The final show of the season takes place in May and features a Branson-style music revue filled with master musicianship and comedy. Showcasing three performers playing 30 different musical instruments, New Odyssey takes the stage on May 22 featuring a vast catalog of music spanning five decades.
Full season ticket packages are available for $110 and include tickets to all six shows. Those purchasing the full season ticket package get to choose their own seats (based on availability) and retain those same seats for all six shows in the series.
Pick 4 Flex Packs also are available for $75 and include four tickets that can be split or used in any combination for Guest Artists Series events. Seating for Pick 4 Flex Pack purchasers is assigned by the box office based on the best available seating for each performance
Both season ticket packages must be purchased through the box office, either by phone at (309) 694-5136 or in person.
Ticket prices for individual shows in the series are:
Tickets to individual shows can be purchased through the Arts at ICC web site, ArtsAtICC.com, or through the box office by phone or in person.
All shows begin at 7:30 pm and take place in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus.
Once again this season, CityLink is providing Park and Ride service from Peoria for all ICC Guest Artists Series events. Buses leave Evergreen Square (near the LensCrafters store at 801 W. Lake Avenue in Peoria) at 7 pm and transport passengers directly to the ICC Performing Arts Center. Buses return to Evergreen Square immediately after the show. The cost is $1 each way, with senior citizens 65 years of age or older riding free.
For information about tickets or the individual performances, call the box office at (309) 694-5136.Next: TazWood Dance Company to host auditions