New season for Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Celebration on Ice hits Niceville in January.

With everything from mega hit Broadway shows to special events that feature international Cirque performers, Fox News star Mike Huckabee, and more, the 2014-15 national touring season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is simply jam-packed with events you don’t want to miss.

A record of 10 Broadway and Artist shows and three special events will appear from September 2014 through March 2015 at the fine and performing arts complex on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. All national shows appear for one night only in the center’s magnificent 1,650 seat mainstage theater and each begins at 7:30 p.m. The center also offers a full slate of art exhibitions, productions by the college’s fine arts division, concerts by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and more.

The national touring season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center begins Sept. 12 with a special evening of improvisational comedy direct from New York. The stars of tomorrow from the renowned improvisational theatre Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) will provide a master-class to NWFSC theater students and then present an evening performance for the public in the mainstage theater. UCB tours have featured the remarkable talent of notable comedians now with 30 Rock, The Office, Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and many more. Tickets to this special event are $10 each.

On Oct. 6, another special event brings former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to the mainstage as a Distinguished Guest Speaker. Huckabee, host of the #1 rated weekend hit HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel, will speak, host a Q & A session with the audience, and will also perform with his bass guitar with the NWFSC Jazz Ensemble. Ticket options will include a VIP reception with event tickets, event-only tickets and a youth discount. Special sponsorship packages are available. Contact the NWFSC Foundation for Huckabee sponsorship information at 850-729-5357.

On Oct. 10, the national touring Broadway season officially begins with Camelot, an all-new production of one of theatre’s most legendary musicals, recounting the legend of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table.  Winner of four Tony Awards, never has this story of passion, pageantry and betrayal been more captivating. Tickets are $45 each.

On Nov. 5, experience an unprecedented combination of extreme percussion, engaging humor and extraordinary athleticism with a show that has been rocking the Las Vegas strip for over two years — Recycled Percussion. Originally seen on “America’s Got Talent,” Recycled Percussion has been called “STOMP on steroids.” Tickets are $35 each.

The new year begins Jan. 6 with a return engagement of the Broadway comedy Menopause the Musical that sold out the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s mainstage theater in 2012. Tickets are $45 each.

The production of MidTown Men, Jan. 22, is a one-of-a-kind concert experience, with favorite ‘60s classics by The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, Motown and more. Tickets are $45 each.

On Jan. 26, experience world-class ice skaters with the national tour of Celebration on Ice. Tickets are $35 adult and $20 for youth 18 and younger.

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins. The new smash-hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the famed recording session that brought together music icons for the first and only time, appears Feb. 2. Tickets are $45 each.

On Feb. 7, One Singular Sensation: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch appears as a national touring artist event. Hamlisch was one of the most successful composers of the 20th century. Tickets are $35 each.

Take a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew with Peter & The Star Catcher, a magical evening of madcap fun for all ages appears on Feb. 10. Tickets are $45 each.

Another “back by popular demand” event appears Feb. 20 with a return engagement of In The Mood, a retro musical revue with the classic hits of the 1940s Swing era. Tickets are $35 each.

The final Broadway Series musical of the season, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, appears March 10, bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film — all boisterous fun and romance. Tickets are $45 each.

On March 14, Cirque appears in a live performance with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in a fundraiser for the NFSO. The Cirque de la Symphonie features veterans of Cirque programs throughout the world, performing to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the NFSO. Tickets are $35 each.

For information, tickets or to be placed on the arts season mailing list, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.