The Moscow Festival Ballet performs a scene from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." The ballet will visit the Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community & Technical College on April 24.
The Hunts, an indie folk band made up of seven siblings, will perform March 8 as part of West Kentucky Community & Technical College's Arts in Focus Series. This year's series offers a wide array of entertainment and educational opportunities.
From a performance from the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players to an evening with the Moscow Festival Ballet, West Kentucky Community & Technical College will bring a diverse range of entertainment to Paducah.
The Arts in Focus subscription series offers five performances of national and international appeal, said Gail Robinson-Butler, director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center. The Campus Series, Backstage Pass series and exhibitions from the Paducah School of Art will round out the season with more entertainment, literature and art.
“It’s a good opportunity to see quality performance, and you can never see too much,” Robinson-Butler said.
The season opens Sept. 6 with a performance of “I’ve Got a Little Twist” from the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.
Librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan are known for their Victorian-era comic operas, which include “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado.”
“What (the company) has done with the show is try to make Gilbert and Sullivan more accessible, by including not only Gilbert and Sullivan tunes, but also Broadway tunes and some parody. To see ... amazingly talented performers having fun with all that, it’s an amazing way to look at Gilbert and Sullivan,” Robinson-Butler said.
The season continues Oct. 26 with “This is the ’60s,” which Robinson-Butler described as a multimedia production that features the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and many others.
The performances reach further back in history Feb. 22 with the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The singers have brought black spiritual music to locations around the world since 1871.
Music from The Hunts, an indie folk band made up of seven siblings, will grace the stage March 8. The Hunts were recently signed to Cherry Tree Records, Robinson-Butler said.
The season concludes April 24 with a performance of “Swan Lake” from the Moscow Festival Ballet.
The Backstage Pass program will offer audiences a chance to enjoy music in a more laid-back setting.
“Some people still associate coming to the theater with putting on pearls, and that’s really not the case anymore,” Robinson-Butler said.
Backstage Pass will include performances from the Todd Hill Quintet, the Alonzo Pennington Band and Gideon’s Rifle.
Audiences will sit onstage with the band and enjoy the show with dessert and coffee, Robinson-Butler said. Admission costs $5 at the door.
New to this year’s Campus Series is a WKCTC theater students’ performance of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”
The Campus Series will also include two performances by the WKCTC Community Chorus and a visit from New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford.
Ford’s book “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” has been selected as this year’s book for the Campus Read.
Season and single tickets are available by calling 270-534-3212, or online at www.artsinfocus.org.
Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641 or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.