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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 2, 2010

2010-11 Encore season boasts cultural, music, dance shows for whole family

MARYVILLE, Mo. - There's no place like Encore for 2010-2011 at Northwest Missouri State.

The University's Office of Campus Activities this week released its Encore performance schedule for the upcoming school year, which includes a wide range of cultural, music and dance shows, anchored by a Nov. 29 performance of the timeless family-friendly classic, "The Wizard of Oz."

"I am very confident that this year's line-up will only help to reinforce that there really is no other series like Encore," Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott said. "While some area production companies and facilities are cutting the number of arts performances they provide their patrons this year - we got the heart, brain and courage to continue down our yellow brick road."

McAdams Prescott called the 2010-2011 Encore lineup one of Northwest's best, describing it as "full of variety and exhilaration." Five shows comprise the schedule and each offers a unique experience for audiences.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12
Bayanihan National Philippine Dance Company
Tickets: Patron donors - Aug. 30 | General public - Sept. 7

The Bayanihan story spans 43 years of performances all over the world. With early roots in the Filipiniana Folk Music and Dance Committee of the Philippine Women's University (PWU), it wasn't until 1957 that the PWU Bayanihan Folk Arts Center and its performing arm, the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, were founded by Dr. Helena Z. Benitez. The company conducts researches in ethnic rites, tribal folklore and regional folk ways; collects indigenous art forms as expressed in music, dance, literature, arts and crafts; distills and transforms cultural traditions into theatrical presentations; and promotes international understanding through cultural exchange and performances abroad. To learn more:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4
The Hunt Family
Tickets: Patron donors - Sept. 27 | General public - Oct. 4

What do you get when you cross world-ranked step dancing with champion fiddling and a family of nine? Answer: A high-powered energetic and refreshing experience with The Hunt Family. The group performs original, Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and popular tunes, offering a unique blend of diversity to every show. To learn more:

7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29
"The Wizard of Oz"
Tickets: Patron donors - Oct. 25 | General public - Nov. 2

A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, "The Wizard of Oz" will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling art deco Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8
"The Montana Rep Presents: The Bus Stop"
Tickets: Patron donors - Jan. 31 | General public - Feb. 7

A lot can happen in a single night - particularly in a roadside diner in a small Midwestern town, where a busload of stranded passengers wait out a snowstorm. An immediate commercial and critical success when it opened on Broadway, the popular play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Inge is full of fascinating characters like the nightclub chanteuse Cherie, and Bo, the belligerent cowboy determined to take her home. With laughter, tears, and the melancholy of simple souls yearning for something more, Montana Rep's production is sure to reveal why this is a beloved American classic. To learn more, go to:

Wednesday, April 6
Hot 8 Brass Band
Tickets: Patron donors - Feb. 28 | General public - March 7

New Orleans' own Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for more than a decade. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, infusing their performances with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world. The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school. What makes the Hot 8 so special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. An evening with the Hot 8 is like no other. To learn more, go to:

Additionally "Wizard of Oz" will offer a special treat for a few area children. As a part of the experience, there will be auditions to select 10-12 munchkins to perform in the production at Northwest. More details will be released when they are available.

McAdams Prescott noted increased season ticket holders last year and private donations allowed Northwest students to attend most Encore performances for free. That led to a 35 percent increase in student attendance from the previous year, and more students attended last year's performances than the previous three years combined.

"For most of our students, these Encore performances are their first experience with a nationally-touring production," McAdams Prescott said. "The lights and the sounds and the costumes and the music - how could you not appreciate the artistry once you've seen it in person? To our donors and season ticket holders, thank you for this most generous gift to our students!"

Season ticket sales will begin Monday, Aug. 2 and must be purchased in person from the Student Services Desk, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of the Administration Building. Ticket sales for the general public will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Season ticket holders receive benefits that include a private reception before each show, VIP seating at select University events and meet-and-greets with select performers.

All patrons will be offered valet parking, free refreshments during intermissions and - new this year - coat check service. McAdams Prescott said additional plans are in the works to improve the audience experience at Encore and other University events.

"Encore offers the opportunity for guests to close their eyes and travel to new destinations, to be exposed to different cultures, to see the arts in all genres - music, dance, Broadway and instrumental, and experience the arts in their own community for just the fraction of the cost as our big city neighbors," McAdams Prescott said.

For more information about the Encore season or to learn about donating, contact Angel McAdams Prescott at ANGEL@NWMISSOURI.EDU or (660) 562-1226.

Ticket information :

Season tickets (orchestra only): $100
(On sale starting Monday, Aug. 2 at the Student Services Desk)

Single show tickets
Adult orchestra: $25
Adult balcony: $23
Children orchestra (12 and under): $15
Children balcony (12 and under): $13

Northwest student tickets
FREE (except for "The Wizard of Oz")
Student orchestra: $10
Student balcony: $8

Faculty and staff discount
Orchestra only: $23

Group discount (10 or more)
Orchestra only: $23

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468