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Another great season of entertainment is in store as the George E. Potter Center at Jackson College raises the curtain on the 2013-14 series! This season features music, stage shows, acrobatics and more! Enjoy the best of Broadway’s favorite hits with Broadway Rox on Oct. 6. You’ll love the rich baritone of PBS favorite, Italian Patrizio Buanne on Oct. 19. Enjoy the amazing Michael W. Smith with special guest Jason Crabb on Oct. 27. Take a step back to the Big Band sounds of the 1940s with the “In the Mood” musical revue on Nov. 2. Enjoy vocalist Linda Eder on Nov. 15. Celebrate the holiday season with the Gatlin Brothers Christmas Show on Dec. 7. Get your foot tapping to the rhythm of “STOMP!” the unique percussion experience, on Jan. 21 and 22. Laugh out loud with the comedy of Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas on Feb. 1. Relive the sounds of Chicago with Brass Transit on Feb. 22. The favorite musical, “The Fantasticks,” will take the stage March 6. Gospel favorites The Gaither Vocal Band will bring their harmonies to the stage March 29. The Spinning Wheel keeps spinning when the group Blood, Sweat and Tears performs April 5. Thrill to the amazing feats of the Golden Dragon Acrobats on April 13. A special touring production of“SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody” will stop on Oct. 3. The Potter Center at Jackson College has been bringing great entertainment to the area for more than three decades. We hope you enjoy this season’s entertainment, and we hope to see you soon!

Cindy Allen, Vice President of Administration



October 6, 2013

PATRIZIO BUANNE October 19, 2013

MICHAEL W. SMITH October 27, 2013

IN THE MOOD November 2, 2013


November 15, 2013



January 21 & 22, 2014


BRASS TRANSIT February 22, 2014




April 5, 2014


7:30 pm, Thursday October 3, 2013 It’s time for the saucy book that caused a world sensation to get SPANKED! SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters as they come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! Get there early for pre-show cocktails, then stay to meet the cast after the show, and pose for a photo with the fetching star himself. Grab your girlfriends and don’t miss the funniest and most exciting girls’ night out of the year! SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press.

This show contains mature content.

7 pm, Sunday October 6, 2013 BROADWAY ROX is a new live concert experience that celebrates your FAVORITE HITS from over 20 of the most iconic Broadway musicals! Supported by exciting video projections, our cast of six Broadway stars and recording artists will have you dancing in the aisles (sharing the stage with a thrilling five-piece band). Featuring songs from “Mamma Mia,”

“Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Tommy,” “Wicked,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Jersey Boys” and many more!

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7:30 pm, Saturday October 19, 2013 Neapolitan crooning sensation and PBS network favorite, Patrizio Buanne, is known for his engaging and spectacular performances, playing to sold out theatres and arenas around the world with his big band orchestra. Now he comes exclusively to the Potter Center for the first time in eight years on his “up close & personal” national tour, which heralds a new era for this chart-topping, rich baritone voice in the US. In less than five years, this young Neapolitan has captured the hearts of fans of timeless Italian songs across the globe, selling millions of albums and earning him the title “the ambassador of Dolce Vita”. He has already performed for such luminaries as the Pope, royal families, and a US president, but what quality separates Patrizio Buanne from other great artists? Is it the natural grace of his voice, the “rugged” good looks, or the confident, casual, respectful attention that he gives to his audience? Or is it just the basic trust he evokes in people? Italy has provided a simple word to describe all of the above: “Simpatico.”

Facebook: patriziobuanneofficial Twitter: @patriziobuanne

7 pm, SUNDAY October 27, 2013 Before Michael W. Smith was one of Christian music’s most influential and pioneering artists, he was just a songwriter hoping to find his proverbial sea legs in a city full of musicians — Nashville, Tenn. It was in 1979 that Michael recommitted his life to Christianity and later, hit the road on his first tour with the group Higher Ground. Two years later, Michael was signed as a songwriter with Meadowgreen Music where he wrote for everyone from Sandi Patty to Bill Gaither to Amy Grant, and eventually toured with Grant as a keyboardist. Before long, Michael was Amy’s opening act and well on his way to becoming a household name. Merging a progressive pop sound with lyrics that boldly reflect his faith, Michael delivers a high-energy stage show while belting out his songs, such as “Place in This World” and “I Will Be Here For You.” Today he is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian music. Michael is joined by special guest Jason Crabb, former lead vocalist of the group The Crabb Family.

7 pm, Saturday November 2, 2013 Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD presents a retro 1940s musical revue featuring the IN THE MOOD singers and dancers with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. The music and the arrangements are as authentic as it gets. This was a time that all America was listening and dancing to the same kind of music. In the 1940s, the combination of up-tempo big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic ballads set the mood for a future filled with promise, hope and prosperity. This was the time when the music moved the nation’s spirit!

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7:30 pm, Friday November 15, 2013 Critical acclaim first came for singeractress Linda Eder as the female lead on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, where many hailed her as the most impressive contemporary vocalist since Streisand. Beyond the Broadway stage, Linda has created a successful solo recording career, playing to sold out concerts across the U.S. and Europe. Her diverse repertoire of Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz have produced specials that have aired on PBS and Bravo. She has 14 albums to her credit and they include “It’s Time,” “It’s No Secret Anymore,” “Broadway My Way” and most recently “Now.”


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7 pm, Saturday December 7, 2013 Celebrate the holiday season with The Gatlin Brothers. The Gatlins’ greatest hits include “All the Gold In California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You),” “Broken Lady” and more along with their signature gospel music segment, heartfelt patriotic tribute and classic holiday tunes. This Grammy Award-winning trio has entertained around the world, from Texas to the White House, Broadway and beyond. Along the way, they’ve forged a new musical standard for vocal harmony, raw talent and showmanship while topping the music charts with hit-after-hit! Their incomparable Gatlin Brothers harmony has been showcased on 15 Top-Five Hits and over 27 albums and CDs including country, gospel, Christmas, classic and even big band music.

7:30 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21 & 22, 2014 STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

COMEDY SHOW! 7:30 pm, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2014 Late Nite Catechism: Sister Rolls the Dice is latest class in the sinfully funny Catehism series. The convent needs a new roof, so the order has decided to pool their salaries together and send Sister, with her teaching certificate in-hand, to Las Vegas! Sister will tackle topics ranging from magicians and show girls to live animal acts. She will discuss magic-versusmysticism in the church, card counting, and the dangers of pawn shops and drivethrough marriage chapels. Sister will remind you that “What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas,� but God sees everything!

7 pm, Saturday February 22, 2014 Brass Transit is Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute. The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age. With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky-high, Brass Transit transports its audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. Hits from that era include “25 or 6 to 4,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” “Color My World,” “Just You ’n’ Me,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” and so much more!

7:30 pm, THURSDAY MARCH 6, 2014 THE FANTASTICKS is the world’s longestrunning production of any kind, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. It is a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love. Punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” audiences will find themselves humming along whether they are revisiting the show or discovering it for the first time.

7 pm, Saturday MARCH 29, 2014 A full evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the occasion includes the bestloved voices in gospel music, it’s a must-see celebration! Today, the Gaither Vocal Band roster is comprised of Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Michael English and Mark Lowry. Individually, these men are gifted artists and men of authentic faith. Together, they are the incomparable Gaither Vocal Band, known around the world for their powerhouse vocals, innovative harmonies and life-altering message – a message of grace, hope and redemption.

7:30 pm, SATURDAY APRIL 5, 2014 2005 found Blood, Sweat and Tears looking back to founding father Bobby Colomby’s original vision for BS&T … “Find the greatest musicians and the rest is easy.” Since then, with Bobby Colomby’s guidance, BS&T have re-established themselves as one of the hottest touring acts in the world. BS&T’s multiple Billboard Top 40 hits include: “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “When I Die,” “Hi-De-Ho,” “Lucretia Mac Evil,” “Go Down Gamblin,” “God Bless The Child” and “Sometimes in Winter.”

4 pm, SUNDAY APRIL 13, 2014 The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.


Bravo Series (Choose 13 shows)







BUYER’S CHOICE: Choose any 4 or more of the shows below and receive a 10% discount off individual ticket prices. SECTION

SPANK: The Fifty Shades Parody







Broadway Rox

$30 $26 $20

Patrizio Buanne

$30 $25 $20

michael w. smith


In the Mood

$26 $24 $20

Linda Eder

$28 $25 $20

Gatlin Brothers Christmas

$30 $25 $18

STOMP! t (January 21 and 22)



$25 NA NA

Brass Transit

$26 $24 $20

The Fantasticks

$30 $26 $20

Gaither Vocal Band

$55 $50 $42

Blood, Sweat and Tears


Golden Dragon Acrobats n

$28 $22 $15







t Student price is $38. l Student price is $20. (Buyer’s Choice 10% discount does not apply). Show is presented in the Baughman Theatre. n Students and children 12 years and under receive $5 off ticket price.


PICK four shows and receive tickets to a free show! Step one: Pick four shows from the list below: Broadway Rox Patrizio Buanne Linda Eder Gatlin Brothers Christmas The Fantasticks Gaither Vocal Band Blood, Sweat and Tears

Step TWO: Pick one free show below: In the Mood Brass Transit Golden Dragon Acrobats

Step THREE: SPECIAL OFFERS — You can get discounted tickets on the shows listed below for series options patrons: SPANK: The Fifty Shades Parody $38.25 (Section A) $33.50 (Section B) $29.25 (Section C) STOMP! (January 21 or January 22 show) $38 for all sections

Tickets – Series Subscriber and Buyer’s Choice tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Potter Center Box Office at 517.796.8600. No refunds or exchanges. Individual tickets are available now. The Sheffer Music Hall seating diagram can be found online at


tickets is a great way for businesses to entertain clients and reward employees. For tickets and event sponsorship information call Cindy Allen, Vice President of Administration at 517.796.8612.

Each year, the Potter Center offers great opportunities because of theatre patrons’ commitment to cultural and professional entertainment. Premier Partners share a commitment to diverse culture and entertainment. Members understand that ticket sales alone do not make each Potter Center season a success. The annual private support of individuals and businesses is critical.

Handicap Needs – The Potter Center is

Your support ensures the Potter Center can:

Corporate Tickets – A block of season

handicap accessible. Please notify us of any special needs in advance so we may make your time at the center pleasant. Headsets available at the coat check for the hearing impaired.

Phone Orders – Call the Box Office at 517.796.8600. The Box Office is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to show.

Online Orders – Tickets may be purchased online at Group Sales – Call the Box Office for more information. Special rates are available for larger groups.

Smoking Policy – Jackson College is a tobacco-free campus. No person shall use, ingest, chew, smoke or sell tobacco products at any time or in any place on JC properties, including sidewalks within the boundaries of any JC campus.

Special Thanks – Jackson College would like to thank the following media promoters:

• Attract first class cultural events and entertainment to southern Michigan. • Enchance the beauty and comfort of the Potter Center. •

Assure that the technical equipment will enhance the professionalism of each performance.

By supporting the Premier Partners, you also promote our entire community. The thousands of patrons who visit contribute directly to the local economy and discover firsthand what a tremendous arena we have and spread the word to others. Premier Partners do make a difference in many ways, and we hope you consider becoming a member today. Check out more about Premier Partners on the JC web site,

JCC Board of Trustees Samuel R. Barnes, Chair • John M. Crist, Vice Chair Sheila A. Patterson, Secretary • Donna L. Lake, Treasurer Matthew R. Hines, Trustee • Philip E. Hoffman, Trustee Dr. Edward A. Mathein, Trustee • Dr. Daniel J. Phelan, President

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