Blue Collar Comedian Bill Engvall brings the laughs to Wickenburg

Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran Bill Engvall will be bringing his newest stand-up comedy show to the Webb Center stage on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 pm. With more than 30 years as a comedian, Bill Engvall is known best for his hit sketch “Here’s Your Sign.” He is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, and television as well as on the live stage.

Bill started his stand-up career in Dallas, Texas playing open mics and working as a club DJ. Engvall got his first big break after he moved to California and paired up with fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy, to produce the first of six Blue Collar Comedy Tour specials.

In the early 2000’s Engvall’s carreer skyrocketed as a result of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, in which he and three other comedians (Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White), specializing in common-man comedy, toured the country, and performed for record crowds. The tour lasted three full years, constantly being extended after an initial run of 20 shows.

This past February, Bill premiered his latest hour-long stand-up special, Just Sell Him for Parts, available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.

On TV,  Bill wowed audiences with his competitive run on season 17 of the hit show Dancing with the Stars, where he finished in fourth place with dance partner Emma Slater. In the past, he has guest starred on The Jeff Foxworthy Show, in addition to The Last Man Standing, opposite Tim Allen. Engvall also spent time hosting Game Show Network’s hit puzzle-show Lingo. Bill Engvall also starred in three seasons of his own primetime sitcom The Bill Engvall Show on TBS.

For tickets to the Saturday, November 19 comedy performance, call the Box Office at 928-684-6624 to reserve seats, or click here to see video previews.

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November features Country and Folk artists

November at the Webb Center features two young artists with exciting careers in country and folk.

Country singer Craig Campbell takes the Webb Center stage on Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm. Campbell burst onto the country music scene in 2011 with his debut single “Family Man.” Delivering heartfelt messages and soulful lyrics, the singer-songwriter brings a traditional country sound to timeless songs that tell his life story.

Craig got his start after he moved to Nashville in 2002. He began to write and record his own music after receiving encouragement from fellow country musician Luke Bryan, with whom he is currently touring.

Campbell has charted five consecutive singles including “Outskirts of Heaven,” “Outta My Head” and the Top Ten hit “Keep Them Kisses Comin.” Tickets to see Craig Campbell and his band start at $40 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under.

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds perform a folk concert on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 pm. Drawing from jazz and bluegrass influences, songstress Dana Louise brings vibrant vocals and melodic storytelling to a body of clever original songs and inventive covers.

During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011, Dana Louise, a visual artist, taught herself to play guitar. The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated folk-duo Trout Fishing in America, Dana forged the beginnings of her sound, practicing amidst the archipelago’s lava rocks and dragon trees. Back in the States, she began singing and songwriting professionally, and is currently touring her self-titled debut album.

For her Wickenburg performance, Dana will be joined by the Glorious Birds: Adams Collins playing the vibraphone and 5-string banjo, her father Ezra Idlet on guitar, and bass/percussionist Keith Grimwood.

Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds infuses a contemporary beat into folk music to create unexpected musical combinations. The band is inspired to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. Tickets to Dana Louise start at $22 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under.

 

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Made in Wickenburg Residency welcomes BODYTRAFFIC

The Webb Center is hosting BODYTRAFFIC as part of their “Made in Wickenburg” artist residency program. The Company will be creating a new dance during their two week visit to Wickenburg.

The public is invited to attend FREE Open Rehearsals on October 18 & 25 from 2-4:30pm. Get an up close look at the creative process and see this new dance come to life. Open Rehearsals are a come-and-go style open house where patrons can expect to get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how new dance works are created. Volunteers and staff will be onsite to welcome and guide visitors as they arrive. Both Open Rehearsals will be located in the Benner Nawman Warehouse at 3450 N. Sabin Brown Road, near the Wickenburg Municipal Airport.

BODYTRAFFIC will be in residence October 15-29, 2017. While in Wickenburg, Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett will work with guest choreographer Matthew Neenan on a new modern dance piece set to music by The Hot Sardines. After the residency concludes, the company will return to Los Angeles and finalize the piece which is scheduled to premiere in January 2018 at The Joyce Theatre.

After being named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch in 2013, BODYTRAFFIC skyrocketed to international acclaim. Founded in 2007, the stand-out contemporary ensemble has been praised for its confident, hard-hitting execution of a wide range of styles. The company’s growing and versatile repertory is accessible to both new and experienced dance enthusiasts alike.  Tickets are available to their public performance on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30pm; $20 for adults and $5 for youth.

The Made in Wickenburg Program is made possible in part by The Wellick Foundation, for generously providing meals and housing at the Flying E Ranch for the duration of the residency. Additional financial support is provided by the R.H. Johnson Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Join the Encore Society & Buy Tickets Early!

The Webb Center has announced the 2017-2018 Season! Tickets go on sale starting August 16 to members of the support organization, the Encore Society. Membership begins at $50 and permits early ticket buying opportunities before tickets go sale to the general public on September 13.

The Webb Center invites you to consider joining the Encore Society. Members enjoy a variety of benefits including purchasing tickets before they go on sale to the public and priority placement on waiting lists for sold out performances.

Joining the Encore Society helps ensure the continuation of the theatre’s valuable work in this community. Ticket sales comprise only a percentage of the Webb Center’s annual operational expenses; therefore membership directly helps support outreach events and educational “Arts for Kids” programs, like Camp Imaginiation!

“Membership begins with a $50 tax-deductible donation and is highly recommended for reserving your favorite seats to our upcoming shows,” stated Stephanie Fornoff, Director of Marketing and Box Office Operations. “We anticipate performances by Lonestar, Bill Engvall, Frankie Avalon, and Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will sell-out quickly.”

Become a member and receive concierge-like service from our team of Box Office representatives as well as guaranteed ticket prices until September 12.

Ticket prices start at $20; $5 tickets for youth under 18 for select shows. Call the Webb Center’s Box Office at (928)684-6624 to find out more about the Encore Society or about purchasing tickets. Visit the artist event page for more information and to watch video previews.

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Camp Imagination Audition Results

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  The Cast of Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale is official!

Thank you to all of the Campers that scheduled an audition and put themselves out there in front of a panel of judges.  Congratulations, you have now accomplished something that is very difficult to do as a young person.  We know it was a herculean effort on your part; and for many, pretty scary.

We at Camp Imagination are grateful for the huge numbers of campers that auditioned for lead roles in the musical Happily Ever After… A Cinderella Tale.  We are proud of you, each and every one!  With 43 auditions and only 24 parts for both sessions of Camp, it was extremely difficult to make the decisions in casting these shows.

If you did not receive a lead role, KEEP COMING BACK!  Each audition makes you stronger as an actor and an individual.  The Mainstage Camp this year will be in the song “A Ball in the Hall of the Palace,” perform two dance numbers and in the Finale.  Costuming will be fun for this show too!

If you were selected for a lead role, congratulations!   You are officially a member of the Centerstage Camp and have a huge responsibility to the rest of the Campers.  Please come to Camp Imagination, the first day, with your lines and your music fully committed to memory.

Scripts and music will be available on Thursday, May 18 at 3 pm in the Webb Center Box Office, located on the second floor of the UMB Bank building at 2001 West Wickenburg Way.

Once again, congratulations to all for being bold, courageous and talented!

 

                                                                       Session 1                              Session 2

Ella                                                              Amarah Friedman                 Emily Hobrock

Stepmother                                             Hailey Wingert                       Jade Meintjes

Griselda                                                    Mary Montgomery                 Addie Root

Esmerelda                                                Alexa Walter                           Katy Stahlhut

Ursala                                                         Mattea Carman                      Hannah Kelley

Wanda                                                         Gianna Caniglia                      Jane Hahn

Prince                                                           Isaiah Carman                       Joey Sweeney

Menkin                                                          Yesmeen Duncan                  Haley Byler

Taliman                                                       Chance Oldham                     Josiah Garduno

Rupert Regal                                              Megan Ullery                         Luke LaRocca

Seymour the Scroll Holder                   Coleman Rigo                        Liam LaRocca

Maxwell the Messenger                         Kate Cosgrove-Hodges          Tyler Johnson

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Camp Imagination remounts “Happily Ever After …”

The Webb Center’s summer arts camp, Camp Imagination, is proud to announce that it will remount a production of Happily Ever After … A Cinderella Tale.  Not familiar with this musical? The Webb Center actually had it commissioned, especially for Camp Imagination, in 2008.

The Webb Center received a generous grant from the Wellik Foundation in 2007, to commission a new play that would be written to embrace the number of campers and their age ranges. Executive Director Cathy Weiss contacted Ruth Fost who gladly accepted the task. At the time, Ruth Fost was Executive/Artistic Director of New Jersey’s premier children’s theatre company – The Pushcart Players. Over 35 years, Fost had written more than 30 shows for the company and led them on tour to nearly every state and many countries abroad.

After agreeing to write the show, Fost’s next step was to determine the needs that the play had to fulfill. Roles for 10-15 lead characters. Check. Scenes for an ensemble cast of 100 children. Check.  Check. Songs appropriate for actors with varying singing abilities. A familiar story that would engage first through twelfth grade campers. Check. Fost settled on a retelling of Cinderella’s tale due to its rich history and thematic elements for the basis of the new musical.

Larry Hochman was recruited to write the music and orchestrations for the show. Hochman has won four Emmy Awards for his original music on the TV series The Wonder Pets and a prestigious Tony Award for his work on The Book of Mormon.

“My thoughts about this particular play, were that I wanted to evoke the sound of a fairy tale, but in a grand way, a style similar to Tchaikovsky,” Hochman stated about his inspiration for the music. “I wanted the main theme to evoke royalty, pomp and circumstance, and a melody that would suggest romance.”

“After I wrote the main theme, I dealt with the other songs, some of which are sung by characters in a specific part of the story.  I would think about those characters in the particular moment – how they feel, what they’re thinking.  So the music is personal to that character – like Cinderella’s ‘Work Song.’”

“Lastly, there are other songs that are ‘show numbers’ that don’t necessarily move the plot forward, but add energy, rhythm and fun to the show, more for entertainment, for example, the Stepmother and Stepsisters’ song, ‘When We Move Into The Palace.’”

After many revisions, the final script was completed and world premiered at Camp Imagination in 2008.

Having never commissioned a play, the Webb Center staff did not realize all of the additional work it would take for the production to be a success. Scene change music and sound effects were just a few of the extra tasks the technical crew had to tackle the first time around. But this time, they will be ready with more spunk and pizzazz, making this production even more spectacular.

The Webb Center and The Pushcart Players relationship began when the children’s theatre company was brought to the Webb Center to perform Peter and the Wolf for students, as a part of the Webb Center’s Arts for Kids programming. It was through this partnership with Pushcart that the relationship with Harry Patrick Christian began. Christian is the Director of Education for Pushcart, and became the Musical Director for Camp Imagination in 2007.

There will be a public performance of Happily Ever After … A Cinderella Tale, featuring all 120 campers either onstage or behind the scenes, at the end of each session of Camp: June 16 (Session 1) and June 30 (Session 2). For information on volunteering for Camp Imagination, registration, or auditions contact the Webb Center Box Office at (928)684-6624.

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Seventh Annual “Guys Who Grill” in Wickenburg

In March, the seventh annual “Guys Who Grill”
competition will take place in Wickenburg.  This fun-filled community event is open to the public and features teams competing in grilling, smoking, and barbecuing categories. Because all men grill, and all men think they are the best!

“Guys Who Grill” will be held at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 North Valentine Street, on Saturday, March 18 from 11:30 am to 2 pm.  The event is presented by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts; all proceeds go the the Webb Center’s “Arts for Kids” programming, including Camp Imagination.

McKeever’s Ace Hardware is donating a barbecue grill valued at $1,000 to be raffled off the day of the event. There will be live entertainment, cold beer, fresh food, and children’s activities available during the event.

Tickets are $10 for ten tasting samples; the public can purchase tickets either in advance from the Webb Center Box Office or at the event.

Any business, restaurant and individual can form a team and enter the competition. The entry fee for grilling teams is free, and the Webb Center will reimburse a portion of any food costs. Team registration forms are now being accepted and can be found online or at the Box Office on the second floor of the UMB Bank.

Additional information can be found at the Webb Center’s website, http://dewpac.org/event/gwg/. To learn more about forming a team, call Shelby Fuller at (928) 684-6610 or email at sfuller@dewpac.org.

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Jessica Lang Dance returns to Made in Wickenburg Residency

The Webb Center is hosting NYC-based Jessica Lang Dance as part of the Webb Center’s “Made in Wickenburg” artist residency program.

The ballet-influenced company will reside in Wickenburg for two weeks in January, while Artistic Director Jessica Lang creates a new contemporary work.

While in Wickenburg, the company will be offering open rehearsals that are available to the general public.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend any time during those rehearsal periods to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. Jessica Lang Dance will hold FREE Open Rehearsals on  Tuesday, January 24 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm in the cArt Barn at Wickenburg Ranch.

Choreographer Jessica Lang is known for artfully crafted contemporary work that seamlessly incorporates striking design elements with classical ballet language.  Jessica Lang Dance will also perform The Wanderer at the Webb Center on January 20. The Wanderer had previously been finished during Lang’s Wickenburg residency in November 2014.  In evening length piece, nine dancers move nimbly through a pastoral landscape, spinning a tale of jealousy and obsessive desire that terminates darkly at a babbling brook. The narrative is set to a live performance of Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die schone Mullerin.”

Tickets to the January 20 performance with Jessica Lang Dance are $20. Call the Box Office at (928) 684-6624 to reserve seats or ask about $5 student tickets.

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Artist Spotlight: Storm Large

stormlarge3clauradomelaStorm Large has been making a name for herself from tours with Pink Martini to Carnegie Hall, but it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she shines with a fierce emotional commitment to every song. A vivacious stage presence, Storm mesmerizes with a compelling mix of smoldering seduction and edgy humor. Every live performance showcases her powerhouse vocals on a blend of American songbook classics, Broadway tear-jerkers, rock goddess anthems and original compositions.

Storm spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage.

Storm shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, she built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day. Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.

The vocalist returns to the Webb Center on January 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the performance start at $30. Reserve your seats today by calling the Box Office at (928) 684-6624. For more information or video previews, click here.

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Made in Wickenburg Artist Residency Program

Choreographer and Artistic Director Bill T. Jones

Choreographer and Artistic Director Bill T. Jones

The Webb Center is continuing its “Made in Wickenburg” Artist Residency Program by hosting the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company November 29 – December 12, 2016.

During their two-week stay, Choreographer Bill T. Jones and Company dancers will be creating the third installment of their Analogy trilogy, titled Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant.

The Company is offering FREE Open Rehearsals at the cArt Barn at Wickenburg Ranch on Thursday, December 1 & 8 from 2:00-4:30 pm as part of the residency’s community outreach. During Open Rehearsals the public is welcome to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance will conclude their residency with a “Studio Showing” at the Webb Center on December 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Call the Box Office at (928) 684-6624 to reserve seats, ask about $5 student tickets, or click here for more information on the residency program and outreach.

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