A vampire, a quick-talking confidence man and a Grammy-winning, Georgia Southern University alumnus are just a few of the characters you’ll meet this year during the Averitt Center for the Arts’ 10th performance season.
Season tickets are now on sale through Friday, and patrons can choose from four packages to fit their interests.
The year kicks off Sept. 14 with Transit Authority, the premier Chicago tribute band. The following week, the Averitt STARS presents its production of “Southern Hospitality,” a laugh-out-loud farce with plenty of Southern humor.
In October, Dracula lives on in a comedic version of Bram Stoker’s vampire legend. This Averitt STARS production hits the stage Oct. 18-20, just in time for Halloween. Tickets will sell quickly for the Nov. 15 concert of Tony Arata and Friends. This Savannah native and GSU alumnus is a Grammy-winning songwriter who has worked with country music’s biggest stars including Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt and Reba McEntire.
Also in November, the Statesboro Youth Ballet will present the annual community production of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” with fresh choreography and vision under the direction of the Jurijs Safonovs.
In the new year, The National Players will present Shakespeare’s play about mistaken identity, “The Comedy of Errors,” on Jan. 17 and the Spelman College Glee Club will captivate audiences with its soulful singing and spectacular reputation for choral excellence on Feb. 7.
For Valentine’s Day, take your sweetheart to the musical love story “Heartbreaks and Hallelujahs,” scheduled for Feb. 13-15. Written by local playwrights Kiki Canon and John Groover, the story follows the course of love through a year filled with parties, picnics and pain.
On March 1, enjoy bluesman Guy Davis performing material drawn from the great blues masters, African-American stories and his own original songs.
Patrons will enjoy something new when Neos Dance Theatre lights up the stage March 15. Performing modern and contemporary dance, Neos — Greek for "starting something new" — is one of the country’s up-and-coming troupes. Joining them will be Statesboro Youth Ballet director Jurijs Safonovs and his wife, Jenn, both of whom danced with Neos professionally, as well as members of the Statesboro Youth Ballet.
The Averitt’s 10th season ends with the Averitt STARS production of “The Music Man” directed by Mical Whitaker and Michael Braz. On stage April 10-13, you’ll be charmed as a confidence man and scam artist helps a town learn to love music.
For more information, contact the box office at (912) 212-2787 or go online to www.averittcenterforthearts.org. Individual ticket sales will begin Aug. 19.