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"Rock of Ages" will make a stop at Northwest Feb. 16 as part of the University's Encore performance series.

"Rock of Ages" will make a stop at Northwest Feb. 16 as part of the University's Encore performance series. (Submitted photo)

Feb. 5, 2014

Encore performance series continues with ‘Rock of Ages’

By Rachel Sielaff, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University will take an audience back to the days of big bands, big guitar solos and even bigger hair when it presents the touring Broadway production and five-time Tony Award nominee “Rock of Ages.”

The musical begins at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. It is a part of Northwest’s Encore performance series, sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities.

The musical takes place on the Sunset Strip in 1987. It depicts the love story between a small-town girl and big-city rock star with hit songs from Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and other rock icons of the 1980s.

“Rock of Ages” premiered in Los Angeles in 2005 and relocated to the Broadway stage in 2009. It was nominated for five Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Design. In 2012, “Rock of Ages” was released as a feature-length film, starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin, among others.

Tickets can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, or online.

“People should attend this production because it is a really great way to be introduced to the arts,” said Angel McAdams Prescott, director of campus activities at Northwest. “A lot of people have a preconceived idea that performing arts productions are formal and stuffy. This is a way for people to be exposed to the arts in a fun and exciting environment. We hope that we give people these positive experiences with the Encore series.”

For more information about the Encore season or to learn about donating to support the program, contact McAdams Prescott at or 660.562.1226.

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