Performing Arts Series

Welcome to the fifth season of the Blinn College District Performing Arts Series hosted by the Division of Visual/Performing Arts and Kinesiology. We invite you to enjoy national and international performers of the highest artistic quality.

2019-2020 Performances


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CHRISTMAS THE COWBOY WAY

December 8, 2019 - 4 p.m.

This holiday show blends a festive mix of western music classics, traditional Christmas music, and the Riders’ original yuletide carols in a holiday spectacular sure to delight saddle pals of all ages. “Christmas the Cowboy Way” features the multi-Grammy Award-winning Riders’ unique brand of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice, which includes original songs like “Riding Home on Christmas Eve,” “Deck the Bunkhouse Walls,” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear.” The audience will be invited to join the Riders in singing traditional holiday classics such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and others. All this yuletide charm is augmented with the classic western favorites the Riders have been singing for 30 years.

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FINDING NEVERLAND

January 31, 2020 - 7 p.m.

Originally directed by visionary Tony® Award winner Diane Paulas and based on the critically acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatregoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap and leaves his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs to life in a show NPR calls, “far and away the best musical of the year!”

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THE YOUNG IRELANDERS

March 17, 2020 - 7 p.m.

The Young Irelanders will return to the O’Donnell Center to showcase the finest young talent Ireland has to offer. Each year, the Irish Cultural Academy brings together Irish traditional music, song, and dance as part of one sensational group known as The Young Irelanders. Each performer – still in their 20s – is an Irish national champion in their discipline. Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed across six continents and for many heads of state, presidents of Ireland, U.S. presidents, and royalty, including Prince Albert of Monaco. Members also have performed in noted international venues such as the Beijing Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, The Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center.

Past Events

Rave On

RAVE ON! THE BUDDY HOLLY EXPERIENCE

October 27, 2019 - 4 p.m.

After selling out "Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" last fall, Billy McGuigan returns to the O'Donnell Center with his Rave On Band. Rave On! reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n' roll extravaganza featuring McGuigan as America's premiere Buddy Holly interpreter. In this tour de force, audiences experience all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined, including hits such as "Peggy Sue," "Raining in My Heart," "It's So Easy," "That'll Be The Day," "True Love Ways," "Oh Boy," and, of course, "Rave On." In a unique twist, McGuigan's Buddy Holly celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

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March 31, 2019 - 4 p.m.

THE DOO WOP PROJECT - The stars from Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown The Musical recreate ’50s and ’60s favorites and re-doo” contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Adele, and Maroon 5.

It's Not You, It's Me

 

Feb. 24, 2019 - 4 p.m.

THE SECOND CITY: IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME. The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, "It's Not You, It's Me" finds the humor in heartbreak, missed connections, and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, family, and even your blind date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers.

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Dec. 2, 2018 - 4 p.m.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Kick off your holiday season with a Christmas classic. With 26 beloved Christmas carols, a cast of 20, and beautiful sets and costumes, "A Christmas Carol" is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season without the big city traffic. 

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Oct. 28, 2018 - 4 p.m.

YESTERDAY AND TODAY: THE INTERACTIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE - Do you have a favorite Beatles song? Share that with the McGuigan brothers, and your song could be selected for the concert play list. Join us for this unique Beatles experience.

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April 13, 2018 7:00pm

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The smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band … all created by the human voice alone!

Hailed as "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" – the human voice.

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February 8, 2018 at 7pm

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. "Million Dollar Quartet" brings that legendary night to life.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame ... at "Million Dollar Quartet!"
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November 26, 2017

SNOWKUS POCUS - Journey to a magical winter wonderland of circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her living snow globe. Be blown away when the icy north wind battles Jack Frost in an epic, acrobatic snowball fight. Feel the warm glow of winter's end as the aerial snow ballet melts your heart. Snow-y, blow-y family fun abounds in the whimsical world that is SNOWKUS POCUS!!!

Young Brianna has whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. Our tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant your imagination. This snow show for all ages will melt your heart!