ASHLAND Gladys Knight, Lee Ann Womack and Marty Stuart are part of the Paramount Arts Center’s lineup of entertainers in the upcoming season.
Executive Director Holly Canfield said the next season — a half season which runs through the end of the year — will include a variety of performance arts and will launch the theater’s first Rock Music Series.
“(Our) first-ever half-year season kicks off this July with an extensive assortment of musical artists, mind-blowing theatricals and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local artists,” she said. “We couldn’t be more excited! This season has something for everyone.”
The first event of the season will be Superhero Saturday on July 13 featuring Heroes 4 Higher and a showing of “Lego Batman.” Canfield said attendees are encouraged to attend in Superhero costumes for a Meet and Greet with Batman and his friends, followed by a costume contest.
The Film Series will include a Harry Potter Movie Marathon and a showing of “White Christmas” on Dec. 8.
The Entertainment Series will feature the Christian rock group Big Daddy Weave on Aug. 11 and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight on Aug. 16. Ending the series will be a performance of music from the Star Wars movies performed by the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, the first time the orchestra will have performed at the Paramount.
The Country Music Series will begin with a show by Deana Carter of “Strawberry Wine” fame.
Country music legends Lee Ann Womack and Marty Stuart and the Superlatives will perform in September and the series will end with a show by Rodney Atkins on Nov. 2 with his “Caught Up In Country” tour.
The new PAC Live! series, which takes the audience for performances outdoors, will begin with “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Aug. 24 and 25 by the Paramount Players in Central Park in Ashland. Admission is free.
The first PAC Live! concert will feature the AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck on Sept. 14 along Ashland’s Riverfront. Guest performers will be 3 Days Under and Celest Watts and Devil’s Creek Special.
In addition, Canfield said, the Paramount will be one of four theaters in the country to participate in the Dream Night Talent Search, a program showcasing emerging artists for a chance to win cash prizes, exposure, mentoring, a front-of-the-line audition to either “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol” or “Little Big Shots,” as well as other prizes and opportunities.
For more information about the talent search and to register, visit dreamnighttalentsearch.com.
Canfield said other shows scheduled at the Paramount in the coming months include Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits and Christmas Classics; Vampire Circus — A terrifyingly fun Halloween Cirque; The Moscow Ballet’s ‘Russian Nutcracker,;’ Boykin’s Jazz Alley Series, “Season Special —Paul G. Blazer: The Man Behind the Legend;” and Paramount Players productions including “Guys and Dolls,” “Frozen Jr.,” “Carrie: The Musical” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday and may be go on sale this Friday and may be purchased online at paramountartscenter.com or at the box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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