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Spotlight Series 2019-2020

Shining a Light on the Best Entertainment 

Presented by Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services 


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Magical Strings 33rd Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

Sunday, December 8

3:00 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Edward Jones

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The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion and harp-like instruments from around the world.  Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance. 

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A.J. Croce “Croce Plays Croce”

Friday, January 17

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

 Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm

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A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist. His music incorporates pop, blues, folk, and jazz, and has charted on seven radio charts including Top 40. “Croce Plays Croce” features a complete set of classics by A.J.'s father Jim Croce, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. A.J. has shared the stage with notable artists including James Brown, Willie Nelson, and Bela Fleck, and has appeared on many television shows including Good Morning America and The Tonight Show.

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Saturday, February 8

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

 Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family

Co-sponsored by the Haffner Family

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Seattle Rock Orchestra pays homage to America's Band with a show featuring a complete performance of the 1966 creative masterpiece Pet Sounds, as well as a smattering of their iconic surfing and hot-rod-inspired hits that we all know and love. SRO celebrates and perpetuates the orchestral tradition while exploring the rich history of rock and pop music and delivering performances that are spectacular, fun, educational, and of exceptional quality.

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Carlene Carter

Friday, February 28

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

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Carlene Carter started her career singing with The Carter Family at 17 years old. She has now been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century. Her most recent album release was Carter Girl, a collection of Carter Family songs and originals, inspired by her family. 

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We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, March 13

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

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Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals, and also includes spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.

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Catapult “Dancing Shadows” as seen on America’s Got Talent

Thursday, March 19

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth 

Sponsored by Allegro Performing Arts Academy

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Catapult is a shadow dance company that rose to fame on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show.  Catapult’s amazingly imaginative and theatrical art form combines dance, story-telling, and sculpture. Their family-friendly shows are all about the human body and its ability to transform. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow images of shapes from the world around us. You won’t believe your eyes as the dancers become a mountain, a full-size elephant, a helicopter, and a moving car. The show is full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories told through music, shadows, poetry and humor. Partial Funding from WESTAF and National Endowment for the Arts

Performance Locations:

·Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, 10020 SE 256th Street, Kent

·Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center, 25800 164th Avenue SE, Covington

Directions:

Performance locations are on Kent’s East Hill, a short drive (approximately 30-40 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma). 

Parking:

Free parking is available at both Kent-Meridian and Kentwood Performing Arts Centers. Please keep in mind, however, that both venues are located within busy high school campuses and sometimes activities in other parts of the school – gyms, football fields, etc. – can make parking challenging. Please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking before the start of the show.