Purdue Convocations announces 2010-2011 season, “Festival 25”

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Convocations’ 2010-11 season, “Festival 25,” will feature 19 performances, including a variety of Broadway musicals, plays and concerts.

Highlights of the season include Broadway musicals such as “Legally Blonde,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” and “Blue Man Group,” as well as performances in Elliott Hall of Music such as contemporary Christian musicians Casting Crowns and comedian Bill Cosby.

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Monty Python's 'Spamalot' comes to the Elliott Hall of Music on Sunday, March 27, 2011

The 2010-2011 season features a diverse range in programming including Oxford Playhouse’s “One Small Step,” which was originally created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project provides a musical backdrop for Mike Disfarmer’s iconic portraits from the Great Depression. Legendary classic meets classic-in-the-making in “The Seasons Project” with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Festival 25 is a yearlong celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Convocations.

“Since 1985, the Friends of Convocations have transformed Purdue Convocations’ ability to bring performances, education, and outreach to our community — and for that, we salute the Friends,” said Todd Wetzel, director for Purdue Convocations.

“Convocations appreciates the support that we receive through tickets sales. However, ticket sales only provide 60 percent of the costs of presenting performances. Since 1985, the Friends of Convocations have donated more than 4.5 million dollars in support of our performances and our broad-reaching educational programs.”

To join the Friends of Convocations or learn more about membership benefits, contact Convocations at 765-494-9712.

In addition to scheduled public performances, thousands of students from preschool to high school also will be treated to a series of matinees and artist-in-residence activities that will be brought to schools during the 2010-2011 season. These events are open to all schools, and a complete list can be found at http://www.convocations.org

Advance tickets are now on sale for all performances and may be purchased as single tickets or the flexible PICK 5 package. Discounted tickets also are available for groups of 10 or more.

Ticket order forms, complete ticket pricing information, and details on all performances are available online at http://www.convocations.org, in the 2010-11 Convocations brochure or by calling 765-494-9712. Tickets can also be ordered at the campus box offices or by phone at (765) 494-3933.

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Blue Man Group will perform two shows at Elliott Hall of Music in March of 2011

The Purdue Convocations 2010-11 season schedule includes:

  • Casting Crowns with special guest Leeland. Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, 8 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: General public $15-50/ Students $15-50.
  • An Evening with Bill Cosby. Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, 8 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music.
    Tickets: General public $38-45/ Students $28-32.
  • “Legally Blonde The Musical.” Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: General public $20-45/ Students $20-32.
  • “The Seasons Project” Robert McDuffie, Violin Soloist & Leader with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $26/ Students $16.
  • “One Small Step” Oxford Playhouse. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 and Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct.30, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $18/ Students $12.
  • “The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb” L.A. Theatre Works. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 and Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse.
    Tickets: General public $34/ Students $24.
  • Calmus. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Center. Tickets: $12
  • Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $25/ Students $19.
  • “The Rainbow Fish” Artspower. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse.
    Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10.
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse.
    Tickets: General public $30/ Students $22.
  • Rubberbandance Group, “Loan Sharking.” Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19.
  • Cuarteto Casals. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $26/ Students $16.
  • “We the People” Theatreworks USA. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10.
  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites.” Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10.
  • Blue Man Group. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 and Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: General public $20-48/ Students $20-35.
  • Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Sunday, March 27, 2011, 3 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music, Tickets: General public $20-45/ Students $20-32.
  • Haochen Zhang, piano. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist. Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $12.
  • Cyro Baptista’s “Banquet of the Spirits.” Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $25/ Students $19.
  • “My Heart in a Suitcase” Artspower, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10

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