The University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts has a season schedule that does not disappoint, featuring something for everyone, including children’s shows, a critically acclaimed comedian and musical performances.
Here’s a look at what’s coming up this fall:
– “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour” by Lewis Black, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 – For the first time ever, the Ford Center will host a comedian. Lewis Black, known as the “King of Rant” for his comedic yelling, will discuss the madness of life, including current events, politics, social media and everything else that irritates him.
Tickets are $50 for the orchestra and orchestra pit level, $40 for the parterre, mezzanine and balcony levels and student tickets are $20, thanks to the Student Activities Association.
– “Fame – The Musical,” national touring production, 7:30 p.m. Sept.29 – This musical, developed from the Academy Award-winning movie and Emmy-winning television series that followed, explores the ups and downs of young artists trying to catch their big break in music, dance and theatre.
Tickets range from $57 to $69.
– Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 – This Grammy-winning group is known for is niche in capturing styles of music from around the world. Their variety of works includes everything from French Renaissance dances and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 to Brazilian favorites and American classics.
Tickets range from $22 to $30.
– “The Princess and the Pea,” Virginia Rep on Tour, 3 p.m. Oct. 8 – The beloved tale by Hans Christian Anderson is brought to life for children and adults alike as this musical tells the story of acceptance, love and true happiness.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children.
– Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” University of Mississippi Choirs with Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 – This musical collaboration based on medieval Latin poems is one of the best-known cantatas of the 20th century, as it has risen to be as popular among concertgoers as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. You’ve likely heard the theme “O Fortuna” in countless commercials and movie trailers, but this live combination of musical styles will be a treat for the ears.
Tickets range from $19 to $25.
– “Miracle on 34th Street,” 3 p.m. Dec. 3 – This classic holiday tale is a favorite for the whole family. Based on the 1947 movie, the musical tells the story that begins as Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Tickets range from $34 to $46.
Meanwhile, the Ford Center will also host its annual Gingerbread Village from Dec. 1 to 16, so stop by and get lost in a candy wonderland before the show!
Tickets to all events can be purchased online here or at the UM Box Office, inside the Ole Miss Student Union.
For the full lineup of scheduled events, visit http://www.fordcenter.org.