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AT THE HEART OF THE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

2017-2018 SEASON


MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The F.M. Kirby Center’s 30th Anniversary Season was another busy one, as we hosted nearly 130 events and moved up to #109 on Pollstar’s list of the top 200 theaters in the world based on ticket sales for the 2016 calendar year. As we move into our 31st year as a performing arts center, we do so with a renewed focus on our mission to bring the arts and arts education into our community. More specifically, we are poised to make the arts more accessible than ever by making them more affordable than ever. This season, tickets to our entire Signature Series will cost just $10, thanks in large part to the continued support and underwriting from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This is a movement we have been working towards over the past few years, and we are truly excited about it. We have long been bringing the arts into this community, but this year we are making it easier to bring the community to the arts. For just $10, you can take in Verdi’s Rigoletto, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Howard Gospel Choir, Walnut Street Theatre’s take on a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and more. Of course, we will also continue to bring you the mainstream events you have come to expect. We are thrilled to have the likes of Johnny Mathis, Donny & Marie, Daughtry, and Celtic Woman in this brochure. We are equally as thrilled to offer a Broadway series that includes Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, and two evenings of The Sound of Music, along with two performances of Stomp. For the third consecutive season, we are thrilled to offer a FREE Young Peoples Theater Series, and a Family Series that includes titles such as Shopkins Live!, PJ Masks, and the legendary Jungle Jack Hanna. And that’s not all. As you turn the pages of this brochure, you will find many more surprises at your fingertips. And there’s so much yet to come. As always, none of this would be possible without our generous donors, sponsors, members and ticket buyers. You truly make a difference. Thank you for making our 31st season an exciting reality!

William M. Beekman, III Executive Director


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SEASON AT A GLANCE The Ultimate Queen Celebration*

Donny & Marie Osmond*

Saturday, July 1st 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 24th 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Robbie Fulks*

Shopkins Live!*

Live from the Chandelier Lobby

Friday, September 29th 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Linda Eder Daughtry*

Friday, October 6th 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Fastball*

Joe Nardone Presents: A Doo Wop Celebration*

Live from the Chandelier Lobby

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 29th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

PJ Masks Live!* Amos Lee*

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 30th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Up Close with Roy Firestone Dweezilla on the Road: Dweezil Zappa Guitar Master Class*

Friday, October 20th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Verdi’s Rigoletto Saturday, October 21st 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank* Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Penn State’s Premiere Jazz Ensemble Centre Dimensions under the direction

Gene Ween Does Billy Joel*

of Marko Marcinko

Live from the Chandelier Lobby

Thursday, October 26th 2017, 7:30p.m.

Saturday, August 5th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

The Fab Faux TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band*

Saturday, October 28th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 10th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Duke Ellington Orchestra Saturday, August 12th 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1st 2017, 10:00 a.m.


Kirby Members Pre-Sale: Tuesday, May 30th @ 10:00 a.m. Public On-Sale: Friday, June 9th @ 10:00 a.m. More shows will be added throughout the season, so stay logged on to kirbycenter.org * Indicates shows already on sale

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Howard Gospel Choir

Saturday, November 4th 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17th 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Johnny Mathis

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Sunday, November 5th 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21st 2018, 10:00 a.m.

STOMP*

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad

Thursday & Friday, November 9th & 10th 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16th 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Celtic Woman Simply Three*

Sunday, March 25th 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The Wizard of Oz Chicken Dance

Friday, April 13th 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 20th 2017, 10:00 a.m.

The Drifters Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi Tuesday, April 24th 2018, 10:00 a.m.

The Sound of Music Wednesday & Thursday December 20th & 21st 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Jack Hanna

Video Games Live!*

Cabaret

Friday, January 12th 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 17th 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28th 2018, 3:00 p.m.

ARRIVAL From Sweden

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told

Saturday, January 20th 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19th 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Wednesday, February 7th 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Jabber Lobby for the Arts

Monday, February 12th 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Contact the Box Office at 570.826.1100 for additional show information!


BECOME A KIRBY CENTER MEMBER TODAY! SUPPORT THE KIRBY CENTER -

BECOME A MEMBER OR A CORPORATE SPONSOR The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that relies on community support from members and corporate sponsors to fulfill our mission. Each year we provide an array of over 80 cultural and educational shows that promote artist quality, accessibility and education for all members of the community and beyond. The Kirby Center is an award-winning cultural arts center right in downtown Wilkes-Barre! The Kirby Center received several awards including the 2017 Best Music Venue, Best Theater Venue and Best Entertainment Venue by The Times Leader, and Best Live Entertainment Venue by the Citizens’ Voice. Pollstar also ranked the Kirby Center #109 in the world based on ticket sales in 2016. We are the best venue to see Broadway, comedians, concerts and cultural events that enrich our community.

WHY BECOME A CORPORATE MEMBER? When you become a member you are helping us to continue our mission of bringing the best entertainment to downtown Wilkes-Barre. You help us to provide nearly 10,000 children with the opportunity to attend live theater performances through our Young Peoples Theater Series each year. As of 2015, admission is free (reservations required). You also help us to offer free master classes that give children the opportunity to interact, perform and learn from traveling artists from national touring companies. We are able to partner with 75 social service agencies to distribute more than 2,000 free tickets to our underserved community through our Community Outreach Program. You help us provide area Healthcare agencies with the opportunity to offer free tickets to their patients and families. You help preserve a historic icon. Your membership is tax-deductible and you get some incredible benefits that come with it. You are the first to know about upcoming shows and the first to buy the best seats in the house.

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WHY BECOME A SPONSOR? Get your business in front of thousands of people each year while helping to make an arts education experience possible for thousands of children. Help us to be able to distribute free tickets to our community based nonprofit organizations serving low income residents through our community outreach program. When you become a Kirby Sponsor you not only get the member benefits but you also receive advertising benefits which give you exposure to thousands of patrons. • Over 90,000 tickets are sold each year • Over 35,000 valid email addresses • Over 20,000 social media followers • Over 50,000 page views per month on our website

DO YOU KNOW? The F.M. Kirby Center is a nonprofit organization that relies on community support to fulfill its mission. Every year, over 80 performances are chosen to fulfill our cultural and educational mission to promote artistic quality, accessibility and education for all members of this community and beyond! Since 1986, more than 100,000 children have attended our Young People’s Theater Series. Teachers receive study guides enabling classroom integration. As of 2015, admission is free (reservations required). As part of our Arts Education program, FREE Master Classes and Teachers In-Service workshops are taught by touring professionals at local schools and businesses. Through our Community Outreach Program, each season, the F.M. Kirby Center partners with 75 social service agencies to distribute more than 2,000 FREE tickets to our underserved community. We partner with area Healthcare agencies to provide FREE tickets to their patients and families. We preserve a historic icon. Our venue is THE happening place and helps promote economic prosperity in downtown Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding area.

To Make a Gift to The F.M. Kirby Center, please call 823-4599, ext 225 or visit our website at kirbycenter.org/JoinNow


GIVING LEVELS DIAMOND Opportunity to purchase 10 tickets during member pre-sale 10% discount on participating Kirby- Presented performances 10 complimentary beverage coupons at Kirby Center Meet and Greet drawing for participating performances KIRBY KARD ACCESS

50% discount to participating LIVE from the Chandelier Lobby shows

2 free admissions to each film within the W. Curtis Montz Film Series

Box Office concierge service

Donor recognition event invitations

Special event invitations

Donor recognition on annual honor rolls

$1,000

PLATINUM Opportunity to purchase 8 tickets during member pre-sale 10% discount on participating Kirby-Presented performances 5 complimentary beverage coupons at Kirby Center KIRBY KARD ACCESS

50% discount to participating LIVE from the Chandelier Lobby shows

2 free admissions to each film within the W. Curtis Montz Film Series

Box Office concierge service

Donor recognition event invitations

Special event invitations

Donor recognition on annual honor rolls

$500

GOLD Opportunity to purchase 6 tickets during member pre-sale 2 complimentary beverage coupons at Kirby Center KIRBY KARD ACCESS

50% discount to participating LIVE from the Chandelier Lobby shows

2 free admissions to each film within the W. Curtis Montz Film Series

Donor recognition event invitations

Special event invitations

Donor recognition on annual honor rolls

$250


SILVER Opportunity to purchase 4 tickets during member pre-sale 4 free movie passes to a film within the W. Curtis Montz Film Series Donor recognition event invitations Donor recognition on annual honor rolls

$100

BRONZE Opportunity to purchase 2 tickets during member pre-sale 2 free movie passes to a film within the W. Curtis Montz Film Series Donor recognition on annual honor rolls

$50

CORPORATE SPONSORS The F.M. Kirby Center customizes benefits to meet our donors’ interests:

• Naming rights opportunities

• Various sponsorship opportunities

• E-marketing and social media recognition

• Ticket discounts

• Complimentary tickets

• Complimentary meeting and entertainment space

• Onsite corporate recognition

• Kirby Center website recognition

• Special requests when possible

The F.M. Kirby Center is an EITC participating organization. By making a contribution to the Kirby Center’s Arts Education Program through EITC, companies can receive tax credits equal to 90% of the total contribution, if your company commits to the program for two consecutive years.

Please call the Development Office at 823-4599, ext 225 or visit our website at kirbycenter.org/corporate.

COPORATE MEMBERSHIPS BEGINS AT

$500 COPORATE SPONSORS BEGINS AT

$2,500


DONNY & MARIE OSMOND Thursday, August 24th 2017, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $66.00, $86.00 & $122.00 Legendary sibling entertainers, Donny & Marie, mix the spirit of their early television specials and recordings with a nostalgic look back on their storied career in a dynamic stage show, showcasing fan favorites including “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Paper Roses,” “Puppy Love,” and “It Takes Two.”

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CONCERTS & COMEDY THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION Saturday, July 1st 2017, 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $28.00, $38.00, $48.00 $76.00 (includes Meet and Greet) In 2012, Marc Martel won a vocal contest arranged by original Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May. On July 1st, he brings The Ultimate Queen Celebration to the F.M. Kirby Center. Close your eyes, and you’ll swear it’s Freddie Mercury.

DAUGHTRY

Saturday, July 15th 2017, 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $69.50 Led by former American Idol finalist turned international rock star Chris Daughtry, Daughtry has earned four #1 singles, including the multi-format No. 1 song “It’s Not Over” and the certified gold single, “Waiting For Superman.” Don’t miss this full band, electric performance.

AMOS LEE

Sunday, July 30th 2017, 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50 Philadelphia singer-songwriter, Amos Lee, has toured the country with big names such as Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Paul Simon. Now see him showcase his unique fusion of folk, jazz, and rock at the Kirby Center!

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CONCERTS & COMEDY DWEEZILLA ON THE ROAD: DWEEZIL ZAPPA GUITAR MASTER CLASS Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 3:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $75.00 For the price of a fuzz pedal, you can learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa In this one-hour class geared for guitarists of any skill level, Dweezil Zappa will preview the guitar concepts that have made him one of the world’s most respected guitarists.

DWEEZIL ZAPPA: 50 YEARS OF FRANK

Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $22.50, $32.50, $42.50 & $68.50 (VIP) For the fourth time in the past five years, Dweezil Zappa takes the Kirby Center stage, this time with his Cease and Desist Tour. Despite ongoing legal disputes, Zappa will, once again, bring his father’s music back to life in a powerful tribute.

TAJMO: THE TAJ MAHAL & KEB’ MO’ BAND Thursday, August 10th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $29.00, $39.00, $49.00 & $69.00 In a special concert event, Blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ will share the stage with one band for an exciting evening of music, performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album, ‘TajMo.’


LINDA EDER

Friday, October 6th 2017, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $25.00, $29.00 & $45.00 Best known for originating the role of Lucy in Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary live performance, showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time!

JOE NARDONE PRESENTS: A DOO WOP CELEBRATION Saturday, October 14th 2017, 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $34.50, $44.50 & $54.50 Come celebrate a rare concert performance with three groups who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Herb Reed’s Platters, The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson and Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers – plus the Cameos, New Jersey’s favorite doo wop group!

UP CLOSE WITH ROY FIRESTONE

Friday, October 20th 2017, 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $27.50 & $55.00 Perhaps best known as a seven-time Emmy Award-winning sports host, interviewer, narrator, writer, and producer, Roy Firestone is also critically acclaimed as a performer, monologist, humorist, musician, and impressionist. Don’t miss one of the nation’s most sought-after live corporate performers.


CONCERTS & COMEDY

PENN STATE’S PREMIERE JAZZ ENSEMBLE CENTRE DIMENSIONS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARKO MARCINKO Thursday, October 26th 2017, 7:30p.m. Ticket Prices: $15.00, $10.00 (students) We are in for a treat! Don’t miss this night of jazz courtesy of Penn State University’s Centre Dimensions, under the direction of Marko Marcinko and with special guests The Penn State Jazz Faculty Combo.

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THE FAB FAUX

Saturday, October 28th 2017, 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $79.50 (Post show Meet & Greet) They’re back! With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs. Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it.

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY Saturday, November 4th 2017, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $25.00, $29.00 & $35.00 Having started selling the iconic bowls as a condition of her parole, Dixie Longate quickly rose in the ranks to become one of the top Tupperware sellers in the U.S., which naturally led to a stage show. Join Dixie as she throws a good ol’fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation, and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage!

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CONCERTS & COMEDY

ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN Saturday, January 20th 2018, 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $25.00 & $35.00 ARRIVAL from Sweden is one of the world’s most popular and most selling ABBA shows. Since its creation, ARRIVAL has toured in close to 55 countries and sold out arenas and venues all over the world. Hits like Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Waterloo and many more are delivered with such accuracy that it’s hard to believe that it’s not the real ABBA on stage!


CELTIC WOMAN

Sunday, March 25th 2018, 3:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $49.00, $69.00 & $99.00 The unique musical ensemble known as Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. Join us for the return of this celebration of Ireland and spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music.

THE DRIFTERS

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $25.00 & $35.00 The Drifters have hit many historic records, including being the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof” and the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups is bringing its U.S. tour to Wilkes-Barre!


JOHNNY MATHIS

Sunday, November 5th 2017, 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $50.00, $75.00 & $100.00 Legendary singer Johnny Mathis, celebrating his 61st year as a recording artist, returns to Wilkes-Barre for the first time in nearly a decade to perform his greatest hits & personal favorites. Come hear why Johnny will always be the Voice of Romance!

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BRO ADWAY SE RIE S AT THE

STOMP

Thursday & Friday, November 9th & 10th 2017, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $35.00, $45.00 & $55.00 STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, FA MILY SE RIE S AT THE and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!”

THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Wednesday & Thursday, December 20th & 21st 2017 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $45.00, $55.00 & $65.00 “Sparkling, fresh and lively.” – Los Angeles Times THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Kirby Center. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.


THE WIZARD OF OZ Friday, April 13th 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $45.00, $55.00 & $65.00 A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.

BROADWAY’S DEFINITIVE TONY -WINNING MASTERPIECE ®

CABARET

Thursday, May 17th 2018, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $45.00, $55.00 & $65.00

“DIVINELY, DANGEROUSLY DECADENT.”

BEN BRANTLEY

As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present the Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret!

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SIGNATURE SERIES Our 2017-2018 Signature Series is underwritten by the generosity of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. As a result, all tickets will be $10.

DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA Saturday, August 12th 2017, 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10.00 Originally led by Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, the most prolific American composer of the 20th Century, the Duke Ellington Orchestra has been performing worldwide for the past 88 years under the guidance of three generations of the Ellington family. That big band tradition continues this summer at the F.M. Kirby Center!

VERDI’S RIGOLETTO

Saturday, October 21st 2017, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10.00 Teatro Lirico D’Europa returns with Verdi’s popular opera, Rigoletto, an intriguing study of the contrasts between good and evil. Destinies collide as the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his vengeful court jester Rigoletto, weave a fascinating drama of seduction, betrayal, curses, and vendettas ending with the tragic death of an innocent young woman.

SIMPLY THREE

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10.00 Simply Three is creating a renewed excitement for instrumental music by impressing listeners with a multitude of genres that span from Puccini and Gershwin to artists such as Adele, Coldplay and Michael Jackson. Their online music videos have captured the hearts of millions of YouTube viewers across the globe. Here’s your chance to see them live!

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BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY Wednesday, February 7th 2018, 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10.00 Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater returns with Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one and the renowned sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted side-kick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir.

HOWARD GOSPEL CHOIR

Saturday, February 17th 2018 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10.00 Founded in the fall of 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir is the first collegiate choir of its kind in the world. With an active roster of seventy-plus persons that consists of students and alumni from Howard University, as well as others from the surrounding community, the choir has set a very high standard as a premier performing arts ensemble.

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FA MILY SE RIE S AT THE

SHOPKINS LIVE!

Friday, September 29th 2017, 6:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $40.50, $50.50, $68.00 & $103.00 (VIP) Shopkins Live!, the first theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful toy brand, features The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.”

PJ MASKS LIVE!

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 6:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $99.50 (VIP) Based on Disney Junior’s smash hit animated TV series, PJ Masks Live! is a brand-new musical production featuring “Catboy,” “Owlette,” “Gekko,” and all of your favorite midnight villains that promises to delight fans of all ages with its world-class production, music, acrobatics, and audience interactivity.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 6:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $25.00, $35.00 & $45.00

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.


VIDEO GAMES LIVE!

Friday, January 12th 2018, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $19.50, $29.50, $39.50, 49.50 & $79.50 Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced, and hosted by well-known game industry veteran and superstar Tommy Tallarico, top orchestras and choirs around the world perform along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, well-known internet solo performers, electronic percussion, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

JACK HANNA

Saturday, April 28th 2018, 3:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $27.50, $37.50 & $75.00 (Meet & Greet) America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals, along with sharing humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures.

THE GREATEST PIRATE STORY NEVER TOLD

Saturday, May 19th 2018, 2:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: This is a FREE community event! The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told is Off Broadway’s improvised, interactive, musical pirate adventure filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments for both kids and grown-ups. “Pirates of the Caribbean” meets “Whose Line is it Anyway?” with a splash of “Monty Python” and “Mad Libs” tossed into the mix – don’t miss this one-of-a-kind family show!

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2017-2018 ARTS & EDUCATION YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATER Consider it edutainment! It’s the best of both worlds as the F.M. Kirby Center provides school-day productions that are both entertaining and educational while enriching the lives of children, youth and the underserved populations. Due to the support we receive from individuals, businesses and foundations, this series is FREE! Each performance comes with its own study guide that brings the lesson from the stage into the classroom.

IF NOT US, WHO? While school districts have dramatically cut or have completely eliminated arts from their budgets, the Kirby Center’s Arts Education Program provides the solution to this vital question.

MASTER CLASSES Working with national tour companies, the F.M. Kirby Center also provides FREE Master Classes to students and teachers studying dance and theater. Our Master Classes feature hands-on instruction direct from the touring professionals.


KIRBY KIDZ The F.M. Kirby Center is also proud to once again partner with the Harris Conservatory for the Arts to offer the Fifth Annual Kirby Kidz Summer Theater Workshop. This exciting program, unique to Northeast Pennsylvania, is designed to offer that “Kirby Experience” to all aspiring school-age actors, singers and dancers. The Kirby Kidz program is an eight-week long theatrical workshop open to both the experienced and novice actors ages 5 through 18 years of age. The program, unique to Northeast Pennsylvania, is designed to offer that “Kirby Experience” to all aspiring school-age actors, singers, and dancers. Kirby Kidz is a product of the F.M. Kirby Center’s and the Harris Conservatory for the Arts outreach programs respectively. The two regional arts organizations have developed this actor’s clinic to offer a professional theater experience to children across Northeast Pennsylvania. The program features over 60 hours of instruction in character acting, method acting, auditioning, sight reading, stage direction, voice, theater movement, costuming, make up, dance and the technical aspects of staging a performance. The 2017 Kirby Kidz program will be producing two classic musicals, Annie Kids for actors ages 5 though 11 years and Singing in the Rain for actors 10 through 18 years of age. Each participant in the workshop will have their name appear in lights on the Kirby Center’s marquee the night of each performance. If registered by May 30th, the cost for the eight-week seminar is only $325. After May 30th, registration costs $350. Classes are held at the Harris Conservatory for the Arts, 545 Charles Street in Luzerne, PA. The week of the show, the cast will rehearse at the F.M. Kirby Center. For more information call the Harris Conservatory for the Arts at 570-718-0673 or visit the Kirby Center’s website at www.kirbycenter.org or the conservatory’s website at www.harrisconservatory.org. You may also e-mail them directly at harrisconservatory@yahoo.com.


YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATER SERIES SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS Wednesday, November 1st 2017, 10:00 a.m. This musical adaptation of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale comes to life with a talented ensemble of actors and wonderful puppets. Follow along as Snow White meets her pint-sized friends, takes the apple from the Evil Queen, receives a kiss from the Prince, and lives happily ever after. (Grades K-5)

CHICKEN DANCE Monday, November 20th 2017, 10:00 a.m. Every barnyard has its bully, but two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. This musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. (Grades K–2)

FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO Wednesday, February 21st 2018, 10:00 a.m. To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in this exciting and suspenseful musical. (Grades 3-8)


HARRIET TUBMAN & THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Friday, March 16th 2018, 10:00 a.m. This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Harriet Tubman’s courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson. (Grades 3-8)

HUCK & TOM AND THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI Tuesday, April 24th 2018, 10:00 a.m. The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this foot-stompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, MO as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America. (Grades 2–8)

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ROBBIE FULKS Friday, July 14th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

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A native of York, PA, Robbie Fulks is quickly putting himself all over the musical map. He recently received two Grammy nominations for his latest album “Upland Stories,” has performed on “Austin City Limits,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Grand Ole Opry,” and was named to NPR’s and Rolling Stone’s “Best of 2016” lists. Come see what all the buzz is about.

FASTBALL Saturday, July 29th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

FA M I LY S ER I ES

Ticket Prices: $25.00 in advance & $30.00 day of show 90’s hit-makers, Fastball, found mainstream success with hit singles “The Way,” “Fire Escape,” and “Out of My Head.” Now, join them in the Chandelier Lobby for a rocking concert featuring the classics and hits from their new album, Step Into Light.

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GENE WEEN DOES BILLY JOEL Saturday, August 5th 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20.00 in advance & $25.00 day of show Ween frontman, Gene Ween, explores his deep and abiding man-love for the music of Billy Joel. Backed by a 7-piece band of fellow “Joelophiles” lead by Music Director Paul Green, Gene tears through the hits, and only the hits, from the man from Oyster Bay.

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JABBER Monday, February 12th 2018, 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10

One of the top 30 Canadian Plays of 2013, Jabber, written by Marcus Youssef, tells the story of 16 year old Fatima, whose parents transfer her to a new school after some graffiti saying “All Muslims must die” is found one morning on her old school’s wall. She is transferred to a school where she is the only person wearing a hijab.

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W. CURTIS MONTZ FILM SERIES

W. CURTIS MONTZ (1911-2013) Arts Enthusiast, W. Curtis Montz, lived a full life in his 101 years. His time at the F.M. Kirby Center was spent as executive director, programmer, arts education planner, and ardent film series supporter, both in his work and attendance. We are honored year after year to remember his humor, work ethic, friendship, love of chocolate, and passion for the arts.


W. CURTIS MONTZ FILM SERIES Matinee $3.00 • Evening $5.00

CÉZANNE ET MOI (R)

Wednesday, June 7th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. The historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) - from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne. 2016, 117 min

LOVING (PG-13)

Wednesday, June 14th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. 2016, 123 min

CAMERAPERSON (NR)

Wednesday, June 21st – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera. 2016, 102 min

DENIAL (PG-13)

Wednesday, June 28th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. Based on the acclaimed book, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier, forcing Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. 2016, 109 min

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MANIFESTO (NR)

Wednesday, July 5th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. An Australian-German film written, produced and directed by Julian Rosefeldt, features Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles, embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history. 2015, 95 min

THE HERO (R)

Wednesday, July 12th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, an aging actor (Sam Elliott) tries to reconcile with his estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter) while striking up a new relationship with a wild woman (Laura Prepon). 2017, 93 min

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (PG-13) Wednesday, July 19th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.

Using the unfinished final manuscript of African-American writer and intellectual James Baldwin, this documentary from director Raoul Peck delves into the legacy of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers, and explores their impact on what it means to be black in America. 2016, 93 min

JACKIE (R)

Wednesday, July 26th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. 2016, 100 min

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W. CURTIS MONTZ FILM SERIES PATERSON (R)

Wednesday, August 2nd – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, the film stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and aspiring poet named Paterson and Golshifteh Farahani as his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business. 2016, 118 min

THE WITNESS (NR)

Wednesday, August 9th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m. An American documentary narrated by William Genovese which investigates the 1964 murder of his sister Kitty Genovese, who was attacked in the New York City borough of Queens while 38 people allegedly did nothing to help her. 2016, 89 min

THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (NR) Wednesday, August 16th – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A French historical drama based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, New Wave icon and honorary Palme d’Or recipient Jean-Pierre Léaud portrays King of France Louis XIV in his final days. 2016, 115 min

A QUIET PASSION (PG-13) Wednesday, August 23rd – 1:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.

Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) maintains close ties with her family while becoming a prolific poet whose work becomes recognized after her death in 1886 in this biographical film by acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea). 2016, 125 min

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Receive 15% off May 30th, 2017–June 30th, 2017 You Know… Receive off distinguishes July 1st, 2017–June 30th,other 2018venues! It is the premier performing arts center in our The Kirby 10% Center itself from region; the best place to see Broadway, comedians, concerts and the only place in Northeastern PA to see opera! Groups of 20 or more receive 10% off Do you Know… The Kirby Center prides itself on Arts in Education. We foster an appreciation for the performing arts for our children and underserved. The following programs are part of Kirby Center Arts in Education. Receive 15% off individual seats in advance and 50% off on day of show – with valid ID Young People’s Theater Series. Through this program, the Kirby Center has been offering affordable tickets to children’s theater performances for 25 years.

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Random Acts of Culture The Kirby works with local performing artists and organizations, forming partnerships to bring thehas cultural arts into the public eye. The Kirby Center now a 3-installment payment plan option with which you pay 1/3 of your total subscription price now and two other 1/3 payments at a later date. Call the Kirby Center Box Office Donors receive… for more information. Mustbenefits sign up by June 30th, 2017. •First to Know! First to Buy! • Donor recognition • All ticket salesinvitations are final. No refund or exchanges. • Special event • Discounts only valid on Kirby-presented shows. • Discounts subject to availability, and restrictions do apply. • Discounts cannot be combined with other offers. • Discounts must be purchased through the Kirby Center Box Office and I.D. presented for pick up. • Tickets may be subject to applicable facility and convenience fees.

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