The Mattie Kelly Arts Center recently announced its 2018-2019 season, promised to be the busiest yet with 19 Broadway performances, artist shows, symphony concerts, speaking engagements and children’s shows. Season packages will be on sale Aug. 20, and single show tickets will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 31.

“We are so excited to bring these acclaimed performances and speakers to our community,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Center Director Jeanette Shires. “We’re confident that our patrons will greatly enjoy all that is coming to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center this season.”

The season’s Broadway and artist shows are:

• Hocus Focus – Theater of Magical Illusion, 2 p.m. Oct. 13

• Something Rotten, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20

• Kinky Boots, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8

• Mutts Gone Nuts, 7 p.m. Jan. 17

• Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure, 7 p.m. Jan. 25

• Jim Witter – Experience the Timeless Hits of Barry Manilow, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2

• The Wizard of Oz, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11

• Hammer of the Gods – The Led Zepplin Experience, 7:30 p.m. March 9

• Million Dollar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. April 17

In addition to Broadway and artist shows, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center will host the inaugural NWF State College President’s Speaker Series. This is a new initiative that features renowned speakers sharing their expertise with the community. These free events showcase:

• Bridging the Political Divide featuring Donna Brazile and Sarah Palin, 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21

• American Inventor Lonnie Johnson, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18

• Money Experts Rachel Cruz and Chris Hogan, 7:30 p.m. April 4

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 32nd concert season will feature four concerts led by new conductor and music director Devin Patrick Hughes. The season’s concerts include:

• Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15

ە Holiday Pops, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7

• ARRIVAL Music of ABBA with NFSO, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12

• Mozart Requiem & Stars of Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. April 13

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will also host a slate of national touring children’s shows that will be presented in matinee performances to school groups. Individual tickets are available to these shows on an available basis for $6 each. Shows include "The Magic School Bus," "Science of Ecology," “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure,” and "Rosie Revere, Engineer." Contact Suzanne Flood, house manager, at 850-729-6065 or email flooda2@nwfsc.edu for information on children’s shows.