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Tickets Available for 2013-2014 CF Performing Arts Series

June 18, 2013

The College of Central Florida has unveiled the schedule for its 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series, which features theatre, magic, music, comedy and marionettes.

“Last year, we showcased some of the most popular performing artists from past seasons to help us celebrate 24 years of performing arts presented by CF,” said Dr. Jennifer Fryns, associate dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences. “To help us welcome the next 25 years, we wanted to take our audience on a journey of discovery of new and emerging artists.”

CF will host the “Clawgrass” music of Mark Johnson and Emory Lester, Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. A second performance will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Citrus Learning and Conference Center, CF Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. Their performance features a blend of bluegrass on banjo and mandolin. Johnson won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2012. Johnson, Lester and Martin performed together on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012, and from there Johnson and Lester’s music careers have taken off with national and international bookings.

Next in the series is the mystical performance of Kevin and Cindy Spencer, “Spencer’s: Theatre of Illusion,” Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Curtis Peterson Auditorium, 3810 N. Educational Path, Lecanto, and Monday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dassance Fine Arts Center. This performance is infused with magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality, intensified with theatrical elements of a high-energy Broadway-style production. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Cashore Marionettes and Joseph Cashore reinvent the art of puppetry on the Dassance Fine Arts Center stage. Their first show, “Life in Motion,” is Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Their second show, “Simple Gifts,” is geared to younger audiences and will be held Sunday, Jan. 19. at 3 p.m.

L.A. Theatre Works brings the classic play “The Graduate”to the Dassance Fine Arts Center Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The production features visual staging, live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a theater setting.

Jim Curry and his band have created the ultimate John Denver tribute concert experience. “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver”includes fan-favorites and takes the audience back in time. Reminisce through Curry’s performance of Denver’s music Sunday, March 9, 3 p.m. at the Citrus Learning and Conference Center.

Frank Ferrante’s “An Evening with Groucho” takes us back to 1950s television when the Marx Brothers revolutionized the world of comedy. This fast-paced comedy is packed with songs, stories and inspired audience interaction. Performances are scheduled for Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m. at the Citrus Learning and Conference Center and Monday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Dassance Fine Arts Center.

“We have seen these artists before booking them to appear on our stage and we have laughed, clapped and cried,” said Fryns. “Come discover these artists with us and be inspired.”

Tickets are $20 for each show, except “The Cashore Marionettes” which are $12. To provide greater flexibility in ticket purchases, a season subscription has been replaced with a “you pick” option. When a patron purchases tickets for four or more events at one time, they will receive a 10 percent discount on the package. For information and tickets, call 352-873-5810 or 352-746-6721, ext. 1416. To purchase tickets online, visit tickets.CF.edu.

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