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The Foundation Performing Arts Center Announces 2010-2011 Seasons of Cultural Society, Spindale Opry, Comedy Club and Theatre for Young Audiences

The Foundation Performing Arts Center announces the 2010-2011 seasons for four of its signature series: the Cultural Society, Spindale Opry, Comedy Club, and the Theatre for Young Audiences. These series, funded in part by the Stonecutter Foundation, Inc., feature a diverse array of performances, including music, theatre, dance and comedy.

Among the series’ highlights are a legendary Grammy Award-winning, fiddler extraordinaire, Charlie Daniels and his rockin’ country band, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows on Broadway, nationally recognized comedian, Jon Reep, performance by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Russia’s leading ensemble and the theatrical magic of kid-friendly musicals like Stuart Little, and many others.

“Since we opened the Foundation, tens of thousands of people have attended events on our campus. With the range of shows this season, we are making the Center a great destination for entertainment for the entire community,” said Russell Wicker, director of the Foundation Performing Arts Center. “Throughout the year, there is something for everyone, whether it is a great concert, a fascinating musical, a hilarious comedy or a show for young audiences.”

Ticket prices for all series presented by the Foundation Performing Arts Center remain consistently low due to the support of our sponsors, especially the Stonecutter Foundation, Inc. Cultural Society season memberships are $105; Spindale Opry two-show series is $70; and the Comedy Club series package is $60. In addition, members will receive many benefits, including a 20% discounts over single ticket prices, the best seats and much more! Cultural Society membership renewal is going on now. New season memberships go on sale Tuesday, June 8. Single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, July 13. Season memberships can be purchased by mail, phone at 828.286.9990 or at the Foundation Performing Arts Center Box Office, 286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, NC (Tuesday through Friday, 11 am – 5 pm).


Get Them While They’re Hot: Cultural Society Memberships will be on sale for a limited time. Once membership sales close, no additional memberships will be sold this season. Single ticket prices for each show will then apply for all purchases.

Get The Best Seats, First: Society Members get first priority in choosing seats, and can keep the same seats for all six shows.

Get More For Less: Society Members receivea20% discount off single ticket pricing on all six shows. Additionally, Society Members may receive discounts on tickets to other non Cultural Society shows presented by The Foundation.

Get The News First: Society Members will receive notification of any special performances presented by The Foundation before the general public, and often will have an opportunity to purchase tickets first.

Get To Renew First: Society Members will have the opportunity to renew their memberships before new memberships are sold.

Get Invited: Society Members will receive exclusive invitations to other special events throughout the season.

Get Recognized: Society Members will be recognized in the show programs and on The Foundation website.


100 Years of Broadway

Presented by: M2 Restaurant


7:30 PM

This revue recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual

stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These

amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows.

Nearly Lear


7:30 PM

Created by Susanna Hamnett, under the direction of Edith Tankus, this version of the great and tragic story of King Lear is told with a mischievous and tender twist through the eyes of the King’s devoted clown Norris. An emotional roller-coaster ride that will enchant both lovers of Shakespeare as well as Bard neophytes, Nearly Lear blends exuberant storytelling, music, song, and film with Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to take us firmly into the heart of this great story.



7:30 PM

Is it bluegrass? Is it jazz? Is it classical, old time, ragtime, or blues? If Pianafiddle is performing, the answer is YES! Beginning only with a familiar tune, violinist/fiddler Adam DeGraff and pianist Randy Morris improvise as they go, blending the traditional, the unwritten, and the spontaneous in compelling performances that range literally

from Bach to Bluegrass. Each a consummate concert artist in his own right, DeGraff and Morris bring to the stage an astounding level of technique matched only by their heartfelt passion and daredevil, off-the-cuff, improvisational risk taking.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Presented By: M2 Restaurant


7:30 PM

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprising some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel


2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

They’re servin’ it up again at East Cornucopia Lutheran Church! This time around, the year is 1969 and the world is a changin’. As folks protest the Vietnam War and women are demanding equal pay for equal work, the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own. This heartwarming and hilarious sequel takes us from Missionary Night to a Vikings Super Bowl Sunday as the ladies find strength in each other, dealing with the joys and upheavals from below the “House of God!”

John Davidson – Laugh Lines & Love Songs

Presented By: M2 Restaurant

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

7:30 PM

For more than 40 years, John Davidson has moved us to laughter, love, and tears on records, film, television, and the Broadway stage. In addition to his live concerts and theatrical performances, John also enjoys personal appearances without all the stage lights and orchestras. Using only a microphone and his guitar or banjo, John shares backstage stories, singing love songs, answering audience questions, telling jokes about being a preacher’s son in Hollywood, or quoting Teddy Roosevelt and Will Rogers, two of the American heroes he has portrayed on stage. Join us for a super-personal evening with John Davidson.


Charlie Daniels Band


7:30 PM

Fiddler extraordinaire, Charlie Daniels, is bringing his rockin’ country band to The Foundation! A down-home, good-old boy attitude, mixed with hard-edged Southern rock boogie and blues, is what sets the Charlie Daniels Band apart. Their instrumental dexterity can be heard in their free-wheeling country tunes, and especially in their Grammy winning hit,

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Make sure you’re in the house when Charlie and the boys bring their rollicking, good-time music to Rutherford County and burn up The Foundation stage!

Kathy Mattae


7:30 PM

Continuing a successful holiday tour tradition, Kathy Mattea brings her spiritual and eclectic Christmas music program, “Songs and the Season” to The Foundation. The show, featuring Kathy’s band of stellar musicians in an “unplugged”, acoustic configuration, draws material from her Grammy Award-winning “Good News” album, and from the acclaimed follow-up “Joy for Christmas Day”, and includes the moving “Mary Did You Know.” Also included in the evening’s set is a sampling of her best-loved signature songs: “Love at the Five and Dime”, “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “455 Rocket”, and “Where’ve You Been?” to name just a few.


Presented By: City Table Catering

Jon Reep


8:00 PM

Comedian Jon Reep may be best known from Dodge Truck’s popular ad campaign as the “Hemi guy”, the redheaded hillbilly who leans out of the beat-up car and utters the now famous line: “That thing gotta Hemi?” Born and raised in Hickory, and a graduate of NC State University, Jon Reep is one of the hardest working comics in America. He was the winner of “Last Comic Standing” in the 5th season. Reep’s “Metro Jethro” show is supersonic energy filled with non-stop characters and clever writing, plus he’s the best redneck dancer since Elvis! RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES.

James Gregory


8:00 PM

A world class comedian, James Gregory has taken his show across the country for over 25 years, and returns to the Foundation Performing Arts Center stage funnier than ever. Billed as both “The Funniest Man in America” and the most successful comedian you’ve never heard of, this modern day Mark Twain brings his down-home, hilarious comedy experience that is storytelling at its best.

Dr. Etta – Family Specialist


8:00 PM

Family Specialist is a new one-woman show from Award Winning comedian, Etta May. Dr. Etta (Family Specialist) is a hilarious and heartfelt look at the breakdown of the American Family. It’s common sense for the common man. The family of the 21st century is deathly ill, and Dr. Etta has the cure! This two-act play, staged as a seminar, makes you laugh one minute and cry the next.


Tickets for young audiences group and single ticket go on sale to the public on September 7th!

What a great way to introduce your children to the magic of live theatre! All shows are produced by nationally touring professional theatre companies.

Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great


10:00 AM & 12:00 NOON

Being a 10 year-old kid is kind of a pain. Having an older sister is really a pain. Being afraid of everything is…well, just plain painful! Sheila Tubman, otherwise known as Sheila the Great, comes of age in ArtsPower’s lively and poignant musical about discovering the person within. (Based on the book by Judy Blume) Recommended for grades 2nd – 5th

Harold and the Purple Crayon


10:00 AM & 12:00 NOON

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s the-limit imagination. Using life-size puppets, masks, magic and music, Enchantment Theatre’s production will take you on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, space ships!), joins a circus (he walks a tightrope!) and meets a king in an enchanted garden. (Based on the books by Crockett Johnson) Recommended for grades Pre-K -2nd

The Littlest Angel


10:00 AM & 12:00 NOON

“No swinging on the pearly gates.” “Don’t be late for the rehearsal of the Heavenly Choir.” The Littlest Angel has just arrived in Heaven and simply cannot adjust to all the new rules. When the Understanding Angel brings him a wooden box full of childhood treasures from his life on earth, he finally begins to feel a bit more at home. As the Littlest Angel gets used to life in Heaven, he changes his irresponsible ways, but it isn’t until he gives a heartfelt gift to the new born child that he becomes truly angelic. This simple, charming story is a holiday favorite. (Based on the book by Charles Tazwell)Recommended grades K-5th

Stuart Little


10:00 AM & 12:00 NOON

Theatre IV brings this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination. By turns funny, tender, and exciting, Stuart Little mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic. (Based on the book by E.B. White) Recommended for grades K – 3rd

We the People


10:00 AM

American Government textbooks come to life in this hip new musical revue, setting civics lessons to a rockin’ beat. Students will have a blast learning about democracy, elections, the three branches of government, constitutional amendments and diplomacy. And they’ll leave inspired to get involved and ready to make a difference. Recommended for grades 3rd – 5th

The Foundation Performing Arts Center Mission:

The Foundation Performing Arts Center, as a part of Isothermal Community College, supports its mission “To Improve Life through Learning,” by providing the community with access to high quality performing arts through a variety of series targeting our diverse population.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

The Foundation Performing Arts Center has show sponsorship opportunities available for your business, organization, family or individual contribution. Show sponsors help offset some of the expenses required to bring live, professional entertainment to our venue. Tax-deductible sponsorships are available in cash and/or in-kind and sponsors receive prominent exposure in advertising and promotional materials for sponsored show. Help us share this wonderful gift to the community by becoming a show sponsor. For inquiries please call Lesly Gibbon at 828.286.3636, ext. 493.

The Foundation Performing Arts Center gratefully acknowledges the following official partners and performance sponsors. Without their support, many programs and services would not be possible: Major Funding Provided By The Stonecutter Foundation, Inc., M2 Restaurant, City Table Catering, ClearChannel Asheville, and Our State.

Encore Society Benefits:

Campaign Goal: To provide financial support for programming at The Foundation Performing Arts Center. Programming support includes, but not limited to: Artist fees, technical productions costs, marketing and advertising, contracted services and website design, maintenance and hosting.

Ensemble Role: $500

• Show Program and Lobby Plaque Recognition

• Invitation To Special Events, Including the Donor Appreciation Reception

• Advance Notice Of Added Events And Shows (Email Required)

• One Pair of Complimentary Tickets to any available Foundation Show, per request of Donor

Supporting Role: $1,000

Includes All The Benefits Listed Above, Plus…

• Two Pair of Complimentary Tickets to any available Foundation Show, per request of Donor

• Complimentary Intermission Beverages

• Advance Purchasing Privileges On Most Added Shows

• Artist Meet & Greet, Subject To Artist Approval

Leading Role: $3,000 Or More

Includes All Of The Benefits Listed Above, Plus…

• Three Pair of Complimentary Tickets to any available Foundation Show, per request of Donor

• Complimentary dinner for two before each Cultural Society Series show (alcohol not included)

• A reserved parking space for each Foundation presented performance

All benefits are based on the current season, and cover only those productions presented by The Foundation. The benefit period runs from July 2010 to June 2011.

The Isothermal Community College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please make checks payable to ICC Foundation.

To become an Encore Society Member, please contact Russell Wicker at 828.286.3636, ext. 261.

For complete information about the Foundation’s 2010-2011 season, please visit or call 828.286.9990.

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