Cascade Theatre Opens Ticket Sales on New Season’s Lineup

Jefferson Public Radio and the Cascade Theatre have finished booking more than 30 events for the next year and have announced the entire lineup for the 2011-12 Performance Series. This year’s star-studded roster is shaping up to be the best yet since the theater’s restoration seven years ago, offering a cornucopia of Grammy-winning music groups, modern dance, film, musicals, and a live wild animal show, theater representatives say. Scroll down for the entire event list.

The new season, which is sponsored again by U.S. Bank with major support from Shasta Regional Medical Center, News Channel 7 and the Hilton Garden Inn of Redding, begins June 21st with one of the biggest stars in Country music, Randy Travis. A few nights later, June 24th, comedian Brian Regan takes to the Cascade Stage with a show that proves you can be outrageously funny without having a bad case of potty mouth. Guitarist-crooner Chris Isaak brings his velvety voice to the Cascade stage July 26th, and Grammy winning sensation k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang perform in Redding for the first time July 29th.Tickets are already on sale to the general public for these early season shows.

More highlights include comedienne Lily Tomlin, the 40th anniversary tour of America, Judy Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Amy Grant, Rickie Lee Jones, Spamalot the Musical, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Aaron Neville and the Kingston Trio. Ticket sales have already begun for Cascade Theatre members; tickets for the general public will be available June 21.

The public will also be given the early opportunity to purchase tickets to The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, which sold out its last performance at the Cascade. They’ll return Saturday, July 16th with a whole new show, Our Country, featuring the voices of 120 men. General ticket sales for that performance begin May 24th. Other performing groups that will take up most of the stage include the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the National Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China, the Vienna Boys Choir, the all-female sketch comedy group Women Fully Clothed and a return visit from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

September will bring something a little wild to the Cascade as animal expert Peter Gros, star of TV’s Wild Kingdom makes an appearance. He’ll bring along a few furry and scaly friends to share with the audience. Gros will also share his animals with local youngsters during a special school field trip show on the morning of September 2nd. To participate in the school show, contact schoolshow@cascadetheatre.org. Special school shows are also planned for Momix, a physical theatre troupe which incorporates movement, dance, circus and comedy as well as performances of A Cascade Christmas and the spring musical Hairspray. Another great opportunity to experience live musical theatre will be with the hilarious Tony Award winning musical which lovingly rips off Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Spamalot.

The Cascade will once again celebrate the winter holiday season in grand style with an all new A Cascade Christmas, the return of A Celtic Christmas, and holiday themed performances from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Aaron Neville.

Other returning stars will include David Hidalgo & Louie Perez of Los Lobos, showing a brand new side to their talent with an all-acoustic program featuring stories and a dialogue with the audience. In February, blues fans will celebrate another Blues Harmonica Blowout at the Cascade, featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Curtis Salgado and Billy Boy Arnold. Classical music lovers will also have an opportunity to hear another evening dedicated to the keyboard as the Musical Arts League joins the Cascade in presenting A Touch of Classical Piano.

The Cascade Theatre will also host new screenings of two favorite annual film events: the Manhattan Short Film Festival and the San Francisco Opera’s HD Cinema Series. Another film event that’s sure to attract filmgoers of all ages will be the last show of the scheduled season on May 5th: a sing-a-long screening of Grease.

This year’s complete season:

June 21 Randy Travis
June 24 Brian Regan
July 16 San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
July 26 Chris Isaak
July 29 k.d. lang
Aug 19 America
Sept 2 Peter Gros of Wild Kingdom
Sept 11 Amy Grant
Sept 17 National Acrobats of China
Oct 2 SF Opera HD Cinema Series – Otello
Oct 2 Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 23 Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Oct 26 Vienna Boys Choir
Nov 4 Jackson Browne
Nov 5 Rickie Lee Jones
Nov 9 Momix
Nov 15 Monty Python’s Spamalot
Nov 25-26 A Cascade Christmas
Dec 1-3 A Cascade Christmas
Dec 6 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Party
Dec 16 A Celtic Christmas
Dec 21 Aaron Neville Christmas Celebration
Jan 8 SF Opera HD Cinema Series – Salome
Jan 13 Kingston Trio
Jan 14 David Hidalgo & Louie Perez
Feb 2 Blues Harmonica Blowout
Feb 4 Judy Collins
Feb 5 SF Opera HD Cinema Series – Il Trittico
Mar 3 A Touch of Classicall Piano
Mar 4 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mar 18 SF Opera HD Cinema Series – Magic Flute
Mar 23 Lily Tomlin
Mar 30-31 Hairspray
Apr 6-7 Hairspray
Apr 21 Women Fully Clothed
Apr 28 Bruce Cockburn
May 5 Grease Sing-A-Long

For 2011-12 Cascade Theatre members, tickets to the majority of the Cascade Theatre/JPR Performance Series are already for sale. General public tickets go on sale for most performances starting June 21. Information on becoming a Cascade Theatre member is available at cascadetheatre.org or at the Cascade Box Office at (530) 243-8877.

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