Clay Johnson of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

 

From January to mid-March, South Florida State College presents Good Time Tuesdays, a popular early afternoon series of performances of world-class entertainment at SFSC’s Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at the Highlands Campus.

Individual tickets and subscriptions are on sale now. Subscription packages begin at $130 for all 10 Good Time Tuesdays performances. Individual tickets range from $13 to $28. All performances begin at 1:30 p.m.

 The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra starring Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson kicks off the series with a big band show on Jan. 5 at 1:30 pm. Across America audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentlemen and their high energy show. With swinging arrangements and a Rat Pack style, the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra’s program may include selections like Come Fly with Me, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Crying, and That Old Black Magic.

 On Jan. 12, Simon and Son presents a delightful afternoon of heart-warming popular and classical music from Beethoven to the Beatles, including a well-liked, crowd-pleasing sing-a-long.

 The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer featuring grandson Jason Coleman comes to the stage on Jan. 19. Floyd Cramer is one of the most admired and beloved instrumentalists of all time. His distinctive “slip note” piano style can be heard on classic songs of countless pop, country and rock legends like Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and the Everly Brothers.

 The international hit show Bravo Amici is scheduled for Jan. 26, bringing its unique “popera” sound to Florida’s Heartland. With fans like Queen Elizabeth and Sir Elton John, this globe-trotting group of tenors and divas garners standing ovations around the world. Their genre-bending style has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide.

 Step back to the folk-rock movement of the 1960s with A Band Called Honalee on Feb. 2. In their first national tour, A Band of Honalee promises an afternoon of inspiring folk music from Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.Groucho Marx poster photo

 The funny, no-nonsense Ann Landers comes to life onstage on Feb. 9, in the performance of Lady With All the Answers. “Dear Ann Landers” helped shape the social and sexual landscape of the last half-century and this one-woman play focuses on a night in 1975 when Landers was faced with her own personal struggle as she writes “the most important column of my career.”   The performance is smile inducing, witty and, validating.

 The hottest dance show in Florida – Ballroom: South Beach Style – waltzes into the heartland on Feb. 16. Explore the art of Latin-style ballroom with this show’s gorgeous costuming, music from the past, and intricate rhumba, mambo, salsa, and jive dancing.

 Phil Dirt and the Dozers make a return trip by audience demand on Feb. 23. Come along on a musical ride of the 50s, 60s, and 70s with this high energy performance.

Award-winning actor, director, and playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS and acclaimed London portrayal of Groucho Marx on March 1. The legendary comedian comes to life in this fast-paced show that includes the best one-liners, anecdotes, and songs including “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” Miriam Marx, Groucho’s daughter says, “Frank doesn’t just do Groucho….he is Groucho!”

On March 8, watch three guys perform on 30 instruments when the curtain goes up on New Odyssey. Their musical inventiveness and comic skills woo audiences wherever they perform, and sometimes the audience gets to participate in the act.

 New group rates for Good Times Tuesdays and all other SFSC cultural arts performances are available. “A minimum of 12 people constitute a group,” said Cindy Garren, SFSC director of cultural programs, “and there is always a free ticket for the group coordinator.” The group rate discount ranges from 10 to 40 percent for most performances.

“Good Times Tuesday matinees are perfect for women’s groups, or a family outing, to celebrate a special event, or just a group of friends,” Garren said.

A 25 percent non-refundable deposit is required to reserve seats, and seats could be added or deleted until final payment is due two weeks prior to the performance. For more information about group rates, email culturalperformances@southflorida.edu.

The matinee series is sponsored by Highlands Regional Medical Center, Lampe & Kiefer Hearing Aid Center, Palms of Sebring, and Family Elder Law.

The Florida Museum of Art and Culture, located in the Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, is open one hour before all matinee performances and admission is free.

To purchase tickets for Good Time Tuesdays, call 863-784-7178. The SFSC Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Box Office closes for SFSC’s winter break on Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. and opens on Jan. 4, at 8 a.m. During the break, the public can purchase tickets 24 hours a day online at: www.sfscarts.org.

 The Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Highlands Campus of SFSC, 600 West College Drive, Avon Park. SFSC also presents its Artist Series of nationally touring Broadway productions, musical groups, and more; a Jazz Series; Trending Now Series; and Young People’s Theater for elementary school students. For more information, including videos, visit: www.sfscarts.org

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