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WE HOPE TO START A FIRE IN YOUR SOUL FOR THE ARTS

SUPPORTING PURPOSE. INSPIRING GROWTH. BUILDING THE FUTURE.

It is my distinct honor and pleasure to welcome you to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio as we look to IGNITE Your Life with Star Powered Entertainment. Each year we strive to bring the very finest, most exciting and captivating artists, musicians, and productions to our stage for you to enjoy. We realize that we have set the bar high each year in who we bring to the Niswonger stage. It is a challenge we delight in to make each season appealing to our growing number of patrons. We can’t thank you enough for making the Niswonger your trusted destination for your cultural and entertainment desires.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is an integral part of the mission of The Van Wert County Foundation. As we prepare for a new season, I am inspired by the passions of those who IGNITE this facility with star packed entertainment.

We are excited about this year’s artists and can’t wait to ignite your life with the star powered entertainment we have chosen. A few artists are back by popular demand, but many will be new to our stage. Because of you, our great audience, we are fortunate to have many performers who desire to come to our stage. We attempt to bring family-friendly, variety, and just enough edge in our programming to attract new audiences each year.

Our job is to leave the world in a better place than we found it for the next generation. That is why I believe so passionately in the work of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. It is why extraordinary people like Edna Evans, Gaylord Saltzgaber, Mary Irene Eisenhauer, John Alspach, Scott and Nikki Niswonger, our Season Sponsors Statwide Ford-Lincoln, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Chuck and Karen Koch, and our show sponsors, and so many others have joined philanthropic efforts. Our donors are sometimes generations apart or from different eras, but they all believe in the magic and the impact of music and performing arts. They believe that the power of the arts is integral to a strong and vibrant future for this region!

Starting out with Country superstar and now big screen actor Trace Adkins, and ending with one of Broadway’s biggest and most beloved stories of all-time, The Sound of Music, we know you will want to get your tickets early and often. See our schedule of ticket releases and take advantage of discounts and exciting benefits.

The Van Wert County Foundation is in existence for one reason: To give future generations the best possible life. Our tagline is, “Supporting Purpose, Inspiring Growth, and Building the Future.” This has been the essence of our donors, trustees, and staff since 1925! We give access to education through scholarships. We provide monetary and knowledge resources to organizations who are working to improve our community. We plant fields and trees. We provide pause for artistic expression. We empower.

We are also excited to announce a new building campaign which will help us attract even more programming in the future for you to enjoy. If you can help us, we would be forever grateful. See our insert and pictures on how you can help!

We IGNITE the energy of philanthropy because we want to leave our future generations with resources to succeed.

We can’t wait to get this season started and IGNITE your life with our Niswonger Star Powered Entertainment! PAUL HOVERMAN Niswonger Performing Arts Center Executive Director

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We are keepers of our surroundings for a brief period in time. We borrow what we have from future generations.

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Sit back and enjoy the season. While you are at it, experience the smiles and the warmth of those who get to enjoy this lifetime experience! How will you be a philanthropic spark that ignites joy for others? Join us!

SETH BAKER Van Wert County Foundation Executive Secretary


WHAT BEGAN AS A SPARK IS STILL BURNING BRIGHT

AMY GRANT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9 7:30 PM

Karen and I share a passion for the performing arts, and we are extremely excited about the twelth season and the growth that we have built upon to ensure future success. The Niswonger has produced over 250 professional productions in its total of eleven seasons. This season looks to be the best one yet! The Niswonger has played a leading role in bringing live music, theater and lectures to the families of this region since it was founded in 2007. The Niswonger events emphasize quality with a premium on economy.

The Niswonger ignited a dream to entertain, educate and culturally grow our community, and that is a dream which Karen and I are still committed to today. We are proud sponsors and we look forward to seeing you at the events this coming season! CHUCK & KAREN KOCH VWAPAF Chairman of the Board IGNITE Season Sponsor

OUR NPAC MISSION

To provide a premier venue for a wide variety of performing arts, concerts, lectures, meetings, and special events which will inspire, educate, and entertain residents of and visitors to Van Wert County, and to provide an economic catalyst by increasing cultural tourism, creating new jobs, and generating business for the region.

CONTENT MISSION BECOME A MEMBER GRAND SERIES

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5, 33 7 - 26

CHRISTMAS SEASON

14 - 17

COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES

27 - 29

SPEAKER SERIES

30 - 32

ORDER TICKETS

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FACILITY INFORMATION

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SECURE YOUR TICKET BEFORE THEY SELL OUT.

Become a Member and enjoy special advanced buying. Sponsor a show and receive early ticketing options and discounts. Bundle three or more events when the Select Series Sales begin on July 12. Group ticketing of 10 seats or more can buy early. Share with your employer the opportunity to become a Member and you could enjoy an employee perk of getting tickets! See you at the show!

I SEE LOTS OF NEW FACES. WHERE IS EVERYONE COMING FROM?

The Niswonger patron comes from near and far, typically representing the states of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and all seeking the arts for a varied purpose. Some wish to be exposed to new art forms while others are stoked to hear a performer that they have admired for years. Our hope is that our patrons will be adventure seekers. LIVE music has a way of changing paradigms or preset notions for a favored genre. The performers on the Niswonger stage are the best of the best in their specific style. You can’t help but be amazed by the brilliant artistry. So go ahead! Try something NEW. No doubt thanks to our sponsors, the ticket will be affordable and the experience mind blowing!

WHY IS ENTERTAINMENT IMPORTANT?

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Community happens when people share experiences together. Every audience is a collection of individuals seeking an escape for different reasons, but they all walk away with a fresh perspective - a keen outlook that is the result of the senses being engaged and ignited by something that either inspired, educated or entertained. And that is why we diligently endeavor to fill the season with a diverse offering that satisfies and stretches the perception of the performing arts.


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WHAT MAKES THE NISWONGER EXPERIENCE SO UNIQUE?

EVERYTHING! From the moment one steps through the door and is greeted by one of the remarkable volunteers, there is a sense of energy and excitement unique to our venue in Van Wert, Ohio. The aura is influenced by a strong sentiment of gratitude for the 1200 perfectly positioned seats in the Saltzgaber Auditorium that provide an intimate view of the vast stage. Patrons feel an extra sense of pride knowing they are part of something that has enhanced lives. And it all started with a dream, that was a field, in Northwest Ohio.

HOW CAN YOU SHARE THE JOY OF THIS STAGE WITH OTHERS? It’s hard to keep something so good to yourself. Gift Cards are available in any increment and give the freedom of choice. Personal Memberships begin at $350 and can also be purchased in the recognizing name of the person or family you wish to honor. New this season is SHARE THE STARS Memberships that share the arts with others for as low as a $10 donation. Please let us know how we can help you share the Niswonger Experience.

Contact: 419-238-6722

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TRACE ADKINS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9 7:30 PM

NISWONGER MEMBERS MEMBERS UNITE IN THEIR DESIRE TO BRING THE HEAT BY IGNITING LIVES WITH ENTERTAINMENT AND INSPIRATION Memberships are available at any time but the best time is NOW. Corporate and Personal Members receive the first opportunity to secure seats for their choice shows. MEMBERSHIP LEVELS PERSONAL Membership: Platinum $2000 / Gold $1000 / Silver $500 / Friends & Family $350 Does Not Include Tickets

Personal Memberships are 100% tax deducible.

CORPORATE Memberships: Platinum $7000 / Gold $5000 / Silver $3000 Includes Grand Series Choice Seats

Corporate memberships less the ticket value, are tax deducible.

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MEMBER BENEFITS • Personal Seat Selection • Guaranteed Seating • Advanced Ticketing • Free Coat Check • VIP Meet & Greets • Exclusive Member Events/Clinics • Ticketing Discounts

Contact the Box Office 419.238.6722 or visit NPACVW.ORG for more details.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC BROADWAY SATURDAY . MAY 4 2:00 & 7:30 PM

You Can SHARE THE STARS SHARE THE STARS MEMBERSHIP BE PART OF SHARING THE ARTS!

For as little as $10, your personal donation goes 100% towards a SHARE THE STARS MEMBERSHIP to providing tickets to those who lack financial access to the arts. By partnering with LOVE INC. of Van Wert County, the tickets will be distributed to individuals and families and provide opportunities to impact

community development. Contact the Box Office for you and/or your family to become a Share The Stars Member. Memberships begin at $10 and can be

gifted in any denomination. A tax deductible receipt will be provided. It’s an honor to bring the ARTS to LIFE for ALL! We appreciate your support in that mission.

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THE PERFECT COUNTRY DATE NIGHT IS KICKING IT OFF WITH DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

TRACE ADKINS HOW DID WE GET HERE TOUR SUNDAY . SEPTEMBER 9 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 7/13/18 OC $95 / ORL $90 / MC $80 / MRL $75 / BC $65 / BRL $55

Jim & Mary Pope present Trace Adkins, a Nashville icon for more than two decades. Trace has made his mark on the country-music industry. Trace is fiery on stage and always gives a memorable live performance. With over 11 million albums sold, Grammy nominations, and a slew of movie and TV roles, this Grand Ole Opry member never slows

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The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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down. Ask Adkins what’s left to prove in his career and the small-town Louisiana native says it’s simple, “To continually feel the excitement that comes after whipping up a new song out of thin air and laying it down to tape. “It’s an adrenaline rush and I love it.” He has now hit the road for his 2018 How Did We Get Here Tour. More than 30 stops are scheduled across North America with the Niswonger featured among them. Adkins released his latest single, Still a Soldier, in September. It comes from his latest album, Something’s Going On.

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AN EVENING WITH

PETE ROSE LIVE! SATURDAY . SEPTEMBER 22 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 7/18/18 OC $40 / ORL $40 / MC $30 / MRL $30 / BC $20 / BRL $20

Presented by Lee Kinstle, GM Sales & Service, An Evening with Pete Rose Live is a Broadway style theatrical event that captures the golden years of America’s pastime. Baseball’s Hit King, Pete Rose, shares stories of baseball’s past as only Pete can. This production uses hi-tech multimedia that creates a gameday atmosphere, complete with all the trappings of a World Series game including the First Pitch, Star-Spangled Banner, and of course introductions. The stage will be transformed into a field of memories and the audience will be transported to the golden era of Baseball.

Storytelling, enhanced with visuals, will make the audience laugh as well as be inspired by Charlie Hustle. Pete Rose, the American icon tells it all and takes you inside the game of baseball as no other person can.

CLUBHOUSE PRE-GAME DINNER WITH THE HIT KING at the ELKS

Join Pete for dinner and a special VIP Meet & Greet at THE ELKS in Van Wert beginning at 5:00 PM. This unique Dinner package includes a photo-op with Pete, an autographed show photo and preshow reception. This once in a lifetime experience is $100 and is limited to the first 150 ticket buyers. Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office at NPACVW.ORG or 419-238-NPAC. Address: The Elks, 1197 Elks Dr, Van Wert, OH 45891

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MAKE THE NIGHT MAGICAL WITH DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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LIVE FROM BROADWAY

THURSDAY . OCTOBER 11 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 7/18/18 OC $65 / ORL $65 / MC $60 / MRL $55 / BC $45 / BRL $40

BEE GEE Realty Inc. presents The Illusionists! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of

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all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. The Illusionists are some of the greatest magicians alive working together to provide a truly one-of-a-kind magic and entertainment experience that’s been amazing audiences since its debut. Each illusionist plays a unique role in the show and brings their unique brand of magic to the explosive production. The result is an unprecedented display of magic complemented by an impressive onstage band and crew of dancers. The Illusionists is defined by heavy audience participation and close-up tricks that will leave you scratching your head

and wondering just how they managed to pull it off. Don’t miss the chance to experience this truly magical band of tricksters as they entertain and delight the audience with humor, dazzling production design and rocking music. PRESENTING SPONSOR AC

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MARK LOWRY WITH BRIAN FREE & ASSURANCE SUNDAY . OCTOBER 14 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 7/19/18 OC $45 / ORL $45 / MC $40 / MRL $40 / BC $35 / BRL $30

Singer, songwriter, author, and humorist Mark Lowry is best known for penning the lyric to the Christmas classic “Mary Did You Know?” and singing baritone for the GRAMMY© Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band for many years. Lowry, who’s entertained audiences since he was 11 years old, has a unique gift of communicating profound Biblical truths through music and storytelling. His life’s work features a large catalog of diverse projects including many videos, books, and CDs.

Joining Mark Lowry on stage is Brian Free & Assurance. Brian Free is undeniably the most recognizable southern gospel tenor of our generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of southern gospel music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group. Southern Gospel music has always been Brian’s first love, and fans have responded to his music by honoring him and the group at the Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Performance of the Year, Say Amen, in 2014 as well as Long As I Got King Jesus in 2006. Brian Free and Assurance has also made a number of notable television appearances, including TBN, Gospel Music Channel, Prime Time Country (TNN), Hee Haw (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), 27 of the Gaither Video series. In the summer of 2014, BFA was chosen by BBC to represent Elvis Presley’s love of Gospel Music on That’s Alright Mama, a Tribute to Elvis Presley

with his arrangement of Peace In The Valley. They believe in helping others grow in their walk with the Lord by forming exhorting relationships with their fans and investing in them at concerts. PRESENTING SPONSORS

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BONEY JAMES SATURDAY . OCTOBER 20 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 7/19/18 OC $55 / ORL $55 / MC $45 / MRL $45 / BC $35 / BRL $35

It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. He just released his 16th album, this one titled Honestly. If you sense a direct line between those titles, you’ve already come a long way toward understanding what motivates the four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum-selling musician.

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“I’m fighting the good fight to be my own artist and not be pigeonholed,” says the genre-blurring James. “With a record’s title I always try to find something that will communicate the feeling I get when I listen to it. The feeling I get with this music is a sense of sincerity and intimacy. The word ‘honestly’ really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music. One of the great things about music is how powerful it is. It can totally transport people. These are interesting times we are living in and the one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes a feeling and takes people somewhere… to do what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

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DAILEY & VINCENT

SATURDAY . OCTOBER 27 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 7/19/18 OC $35 / ORL $35 / MC $30 / MRL $25 / BC $20 / BRL $20

The Founder’s Choice Selection, presented by Scott and Nikki Niswonger, are Grand Ole Opry Members, Fivetime GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners),

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. Known as Dailey & Vincent, they are backed by one of the best bands on tour today, and some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV, Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. After a decade spent performing together and with over 1,000 airings of their PBS special Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert, their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Their most recent live CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at #1 on the Bill-

board Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks. Dailey & Vincent music is an accoustic/country cross, with 4 part harmony, and duet singing with Gospel and folk flavoring. Aside from the singing, they feature an award winning band with soloing that will bring you out of your seats. They love to mix in comedy and are known to have the audience laughing and crying at the same time. PRESENTING SPONSOR

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THE PERFECT UPLIFTING EVENING BEGINS WITH DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

AMY GRANT

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FRIDAY . NOVEMBER 9 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 8/8/18 OC $65 / ORL $60 / MC $55 / MRL $50 / BC $45 / BRL $35

Celina Moving & Storage, Inc. presents Amy Grant. Amy has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her

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musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name. She’s earned six Grammy Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards as well as three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums. She’s achieved 10 Top 40 pop singles and placed 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. A longtime and active Nashville resident,Grant is as well known for her philanthropy as her music. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to aid worthy causes.

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THE GIFT OF FAMILY BEING TOGETHER IS WONDERFULLY COMPLETE WITH CHRISTMAS AT THE NISWONGER.

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET DECEMBER 1 2:00 & 7:30 PM

The moments are magical and the memories last a lifetime. Christmas traditions continue this season with shows that will

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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WILL RAZZLE DAZZLE THE FAMILY WITH DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

SATURDAY . NOVEMBER 24 I 7:30 PM SUNDAY . NOVEMBER 25 I 3:00 PM

RELEASE DATE: 8/23/18 OC $45 / ORL $40 / MC $35 / MRL $30 / BC $25 / BRL $25

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The most loved Christmas show of all comes to town. Presented by Ciao Med Spa, Christmas Wonderland features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole! NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / 419.238.6722 / NPACVW.ORG

Start Christmas in Style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey. Songs include; White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting, Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, Let it Snow, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Deck The Halls, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, O Holy Night, and many more... Christmas Wonderland is pure Christmas magic. It’s perfect for all the family and radiates so much fun and festive cheer; it could turn on all the Christmas lights in Town!

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The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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Tchaikovsky’s THE

NUTCRACKER BALLET

Nigel Burgoine is legendary and will keep you on the edge of your seat with some unexpected surprises from the original classic. Delight the family with a night of seasonal artistry filled with “Sugar Plum Fairies” and oh-so-sweet memories. PRESENTING SPONSOR

SATURDAY . DECEMBER 1 I 2:00 & 7:30 PM

This special Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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RELEASE DATE: 9/12/18 OC $45 / ORL $40 / MC $40 / MRL $35 / BC $25 / BRL $20

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Christmas is a treasured time at the Niswonger as families throughout the region steal away from the hustle and bustle and relax together for memory making moments from the Niswonger stage of inspiration. The Christmas Season begins with a classic family favorite, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker is performed by The Ballet Theatre of Toledo and features a LIVE Pit Orchestra. This lavish and spectacular ballet choreographed by

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CHRISTMAS WITH

MICHAEL MCDONALD

IT WILL BE AN EPIC NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT. MAKE IT COMPLETE WITH DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

RELEASE DATE: 9/13/18 OC $75 / ORL $75 / MC $70 / MRL $65 / BC $50 / BRL $45

with Steely Dan then his vocals meshed perfectly with the Doobie Brother’s laidback sound when he joined them in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982. He then moved on to release the first of nine solo albums.

Share Christmas with one of the music world’s most recognizable voices, Michael McDonald. This five time Grammy Award winner’s music career spans more than 45 years. You can identify Michael McDonald’s baritone voice within seconds of hearing it. His early career included singing

During his career, he has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, the Winans, Aretha Franklin, Toto and more. He has also recorded for television and film soundtracks.

SATURDAY . DECEMBER 8 I 7:30 PM

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The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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THIS BUFFET FEAST ROCKS! ENJOY CLASSIC DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

JEFFERSON STARSHIP

​ antner knew that combining powerful creative forces, K personalities and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts. Between 1974 and 1984, Jefferson Starship released eight gold and platinum selling albums, twenty hit singles, sold out concerts worldwide and lived out legendary rock and roll escapades.

The members of Jefferson Starship past and present have been exploring the mysteries of music for more than 1000 collective years. Give or take. But who’s counting? Jefferson Airplane founding member Paul Kantner created Jefferson Starship with that collective spirit in mind and carried it with him throughout his life.

Ciao Med Spa presents today’s Jefferson Starship, who remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jefferson legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music, on and off stage. Times have changed, but the music remains as relevant as ever. Massive hits like White Rabbit, Somebody to Love, Volunteers, and We Built This City continue to reverberate in pop culture today.

SATURDAY . FEBRUARY 2 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE:11/1/18 OC $45 / ORL $45 / MC $35 / MRL $35 / BC $25 / BRL $25

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The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

RESERVATIONS

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the show’s host, brings it to life in a hilarious and interactive stage show.

SUNDAY . FEBRUARY 24 I 3:00 PM

“Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt,” has pleased audiences nationwide. Peter has hosted over 200 episodes of the television show since taking over for his Dad, Allen, and he offers a special blend of humor and insight that makes audiences laugh while wondering what surprises will happen next.

“Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!” For over eight decades, nearly everyone who watched TV can happily relate to that magical phrase. Now Peter Funt,

Peter is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose wry and humorous takes on human nature have pleased audiences in print, on TV and in theaters. “8 Decades of Smiles” combines the funniest clips from Candid Camera’s library with on-stage surprises and hilarious audience participation.

8 DECADES OF SMILES WITH PETER FUNT RELEASE DATE: 11/21/18 OC $30 / ORL $30 / MC $25 / MRL $25 / BC $20 / BRL $20

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This is a LIVE event with some “clips and quips!” It’s a fastpaced comedy show that uses the vast Candid Camera library as a framework on which Peter Funt and his team build a hilariously funny show. Audience participation and surprises are all part of it.

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“IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE” WITH CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC AND DATE NIGHT DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB.

The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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TRAVIS TRITT THE ACOUSTIC TOUR SATURDAY . MARCH 2 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 12/5/18 OC $55 / ORL $55 / MC $50 / MRL $45 / BC $40 / BRL $35

His HIT LIST is nearly endless. For years Travis Tritt has been touring the country playing acoustic shows, and the naked context of his music has done nothing but elevate his legacy in the minds of those who’ve attended. It’s All About the Money, Where Corn Don’t Grow I’m Gonna Be Somebody, Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man, Country Club, Here’s a Quarter,

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Best of Intentions, Help Me Hold On, Whiskey Ain’t Workin, Anymore, It’s a Great Day to Be Alive, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde Travis Tritt will bring a Country Reunion to the Niswonger as we celebrate hits that spanned two decades. This special evening with CMA and Grammy Award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt, in an intimate solo acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. This up-close and personal event is punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences. The Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience.

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR THE LIVE SHOW

SUNDAY . MARCH 10 I 2:00 & 5:00 PM

RELEASE DATE: 12/6/18 OC $35 / ORL $30 / MC $25 / MRL $25 / BC $20 / BRL $15

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, presented by Jeffery-Mohr Family Dentistry, is a story by author-illustrator, Eric Carle, that has delighted generations of readers since it was first

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published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Carle’s well-known books have captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. His work has introduced generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading. This timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – THE Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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RAIN: TRIBUTE

TO THE BEATLES

THE ABBEY ROAD YEARS SUNDAY . MARCH 17 I 2:00 & 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 12/19/18 OC $55 / ORL $55 / MC $45 / MRL $45 / BC $40 / BRL $35

RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES presents Abbey Road! In celebration of the anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits to life in addition to all your early favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event

that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome. Experience the world’s most iconic band and celebrate the best of Abbey Road with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. From the best of Abbey Road, this immersive tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends. PRESENTING SPONSORS

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RISE UP, O MEN THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES

RELEASE DATE: 12/20/18 OC $40 / ORL $40 / MC $35 / MRL $35 / BC $30 / BRL $25

piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen…but that’s what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

YOU’VE MET THE LADIES, NOW MEET THE MEN! This all-new musical comedy, the sixth in the popular Church Basement Ladies series, invites the MEN of the church into the kitchen. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber

You don’t have to be Lutheran to laugh at those Church Basement Ladies — and you don’t need to have seen the previous five musical comedies featuring those personable women to enjoy the latest iteration, “Rise Up, O Men.” But if you have enjoyed the series previously, this will be right up your alley — er, basement.

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SANCTUS REAL SUNDAY . APRIL 14 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 1/9/19 OC $35 / ORL $35 / MC $30 / MRL $30 / BC $20 / BRL $20

Experience Christian Pop-Rockers, Sanctus Real as they begin a new era. With a fresh voice on lead vocals, and expanding their songwriting – they are igniting a new modern sound for the band while performing all their hits. Their focus remains on writing songs that move people toward an understanding of their identity in Christ. After 20 years of touring, 24 radio hits and full album sales exceeding 750,000, Sanctus Real has become a trusted source of encouraging songs of faith. With a new lead

singer in place, the trio began writing songs that became songs set to lead Dustin Lolli’s soulful vocals. The sound is noticeably different from the brand’s original, but the focus remains on hope found in an unchanging Savior. While the new songs are certainly influenced by the outward changes in life, the message is centered on how change can bring about personal redemption. Original members, Mark Graalman and Chris Rohman, who began the band in a garage in Toledo, Ohio, are joined by Dustin Lolli.

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GET INTO SOMETHING GOOD! TREAT YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE TO DINNER AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB BEFORE THE CONCERT.

HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING

PETER NOONE SUNDAY . APRIL 28 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 1/9/19 OC $50 / ORL $45 / MC $40 / MRL $35 / BC $30 / BRL $25

Universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll’s finest and most versatile entertainers, Peter Noone is second to none! Star of stage, screen and record, Noone’s performances are the stuff of legend, deftly delivering a broad palette of music, all gems that, through his voice, defined a generation. Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone is a

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must-see concert experience with over 60 million records sold and 20 top 40 Hits including: I’M HENRY VIII, I AM MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD SILHOUETTES WONDERFUL WORLD JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING A MUST TO AVOID LISTEN PEOPLE

The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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THE ENTIRE FAMILY WILL THANK YOU! DINE AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB BEFORE THE SHOW.

SATURDAY . MAY 4 I 2:00 & 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 2/7/19 OC $75 / ORL $75 / MC $65 / MRL $65 / BC $45 / BRL $35

Presenting sponsor, Jeffery-Mohr Familiy Dentistry Inc. invites your family to experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music based upon the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. 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.”

Ted Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, says: “I waited for a moment when we could rediscover THE SOUND OF MUSIC as it was originally created. Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway show—and a very big hit at that! The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country. It’s like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well. It’s also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen.”

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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 Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

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UNDER THE STREETLAMP SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 7:30 PM SUPPORT THE SERIES and meet the Stars! MEMBERSHIPS for the ENRICH Community Concert Series are still available and can be purchased through the Box Office for $200, $100 or $50. Call: 419-238-6722

Since 1953, artists and entertainers have been carving their paths through Van Wert and enriching lives as part of the Community Concert Series. The Niswonger along with Presenting Sponsors, Unverferth Family Dentistry and Roger and Kay Okuley, is proud to continue this Van Wert institution with four masterful performances that have been carefully packaged together to make art and entertainment accessible, affordable and inspire wonder!

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UNDER THE STREETLAMP

ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

RELEASE DATE: 7/18/18 OC $45 / ORL $45 / MC $35 / MRL $35 / BC $25 / BRL $25

RELEASE DATE: 9/19/18 OC $45 / ORL $45 / MC $35 / MRL $35 / BC $25 / BRL $25

SATURDAY . SEPTEMBER 29 I 7:30 PM

Under the Streetlamp is a concert celebration of classic hits of the American radio songbook from the 1950s-1970s featuring tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers. A time when, on hot summer nights, people would gather under a streetlamp to sing from the heart in harmony with their friends. With irresistible rapport, Under the Streetlamp offers audiences the opportunity to get to know four critically acclaimed stars of stage and screen, Eric Gutman, Christopher Kale Jones, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley. While each performer gets his moment in the spotlight, it is their synergy and charisma as a group that has drawn an extremely devoted International following.

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SUNDAY . DECEMBER 16 I 3:00 PM

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. All Is Calm tells a remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. “If you’re looking for a truly unique and engaging Christmas event, you shouldn’t miss this new release from the 9-member professional male vocal ensemble Cantus. Billed as a “radio musical drama”, All is Calm presents songs, poetry, letters, and journal excerpts relating to the extraordinary World War I incident known as “the Christmas Truce”, in which on Christmas Eve, 1914, soldiers from the trenches on both sides of the front lines in Belgium spontaneously initiated a cease-fire like no other, a celebration not only of Christmas — carols were sung back and forth, trees were lit with candles, food and drink was passed around, pictures were taken, a game of soccer was played — but also of the basic humanity all of these men shared, as they helped each other bury the dead that for days had lain unattended across no man’s land.” - by DAVID VERNIER, Classics Today

ENRICH CCS Supporting Sponsors

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FINE BUFFET DINING BEFORE THE SHOW.

Both delicious and convenient, contact Willow Bend Country Club to make your reservations:

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THE KING’S SINGERS

SATURDAY . FEBRUARY 16 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 11/2/18 OC $45 / ORL $45 / MC $35 / MRL $35 / BC $25 / BRL $25

The King’s Singers were officially born on May 1st 1968, formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since. 2018 marks the 50th birthday of the group, and to celebrate, The King’s Singers are presenting their anniversary season: GOLD. Everything in this GOLD season, from triple-album to book and concert tour, celebrates the amazing musical heritage of The King’s Singers, and also looks at the bright future of vocal music in all its forms. What really distinguished the group in its early years was its musical diversity. The King’s Singers were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has consistently been welcomed on the world’s great stages throughout its history – from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall – as well as being ambassadors for musical excellence across the globe. Two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame sit among the numerous accolades bestowed upon the group. ENRICH CCS Presenting Sponsor

THE TEXAS TENORS LET FREEDOM SING

SATURDAY . MARCH 16 I 7:30 PM

RELEASE DATE: 12/19/18 OC $50 / ORL $45 / MC $40 / MRL $35 / BC $30 / BRL $25

Niswonger fans just cannot get enough of these cowboys. These aren’t your typical classical tenors, but instead a blend of classical (John Hagen), contemporary/pop (Marcus Collins) and pure tenor (JC Fisher). The variety keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with harmonies that are projected perfectly and powerfully, the effect is phenomenal. The Texas Tenors offer not only themselves but the talents of their band members, who have played with the likes of Glen Campbell, Andy Williams and Alabama and entertain with electric guitar, piano and harmonica solos. They return once again to dazzle, impress, and amaze. This time, The Texas Tenors are adding a very special treat. The Tenors will perform their nationally acclaimed patriotic show “Let Freedom Sing” and will invite local high school singers to join them onstage. This will be an incredible opportunity for aspiring vocal students to perform with this 3-time Emmy Award winning classical crossover, trio vocal group. Spirits will soar and hearts will be filled with pride for our nation and the freedoms we enjoy, while honoring those who sacrificed everything to make it possible.

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ENLIGHTENINGS

SPEAKER SERIES & COMMUNITY BOOK READ SPEAKER SERIES

COACH KATHY BRESNAHAN

AUTHOR/SPEAKER THE MIRACLE SEASON Joined by Dr. Ernie Found, father of Caroline Found

SUNDAY . OCTOBER 7 I 2:00 PM RELEASE DATE: 7/18/18

All Tickets $10

Author Kathy Bresnahan was the varsity coach at Iowa City West High from 1987-2000 and 2005-2013. She took the Women of Troy to the state tournament seven times and won back-to-back state tiltes in 2010 and 2011. Coach Brez, as she is affectionately known, was the State Coach of the Year in both championship seasons. She was named National Coach of the Year in 2011 by PrepVolleyball.com and the Children of Promise Coach of the Year in 2012. She has amassed a career coaching record of 671-205 and was inducted into the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. She was also inducted into the University of Wisconsin - Platteville Athletic Hall of Fame and was recognized as the Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year in 2018. She currently teaches full time at Iowa City West High School and speaks to audiences around the country. The book, The Miracle Season tells the true story of an Iowa high school’s volleyball team that struggles to continue with their season following the tragic death of their star player, Caroline “Line” Found. In the just recently released movie adapted from the book, Helen Hunt plays the inspiring coach who motivates the team to carry on.

COMMUNITY BOOK READ

The Niswonger collaborates with The Brumback Library for the Community Book Read. The library offers The Miracle Season at the Van Wert location and its branches. The books are available to all registered library patrons who have a valid library card. The books are also available at most book stores and available for download from retailers. The book read will culminate on Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 PM when Coach Kathy Bresnahan and Caroline’s father. Dr. Ernie Found join us for an engaging look into taking one of life’s greatest struggles and turning it into victory.

Books will be for sale in the lobby following the October 7 event and Coach Brez will be available for signing. Proceeds of the book sales go to the Live Like Line Foundation

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SPEAKER SERIES

MIKE ROBBINS

THURSDAY . OCTOBER 4 I 9:00 AM RELEASE DATE: 7/18/18 ALL TICKETS $10

Central Insurance Companies in collaboration with Van Wert and Paulding County Schools present Mike Robbins. Mike is the author of four books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into fourteen different languages. His fourth book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, was just released. As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike delivers keynotes and seminars around the world that empower people, leaders, and teams to engage in their work, collaborate, and perform at their best. Through his speeches, seminars, consulting, and writing, Mike teaches important techniques that allow individuals and organizations to be more appreciative, authentic, and effective with others and themselves. His clients include: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Twitter, Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, Harvard University, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, Airbnb, UC Berkeley, the NBA, Genentech, Adobe, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, Fast Company, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball in the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues Mike lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Rosie. Presenting Sponsor

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DAVID DOUBILET & JENNIFER HAYES CORAL KINGDOMS AND EMPIRES OF ICE

SUNDAY . JANUARY 27 I 3:00 PM RELEASE DATE: 10/25/18 RELEASE DATE: 10/25/18 OC $35 / ORL $30 / MC $30 / MRL $25 / BC $20 / BRL $20 Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine, and a legend for his groundbreaking work. Jennifer Hayes, an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist, is his wife and underwater partner. Doubilet has joked—we think he’s joking—that he’s spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. The two will lead you on a visual journey from their most recent National Geographic assignments, from the tropics to the polar ice. Then, journey south to the cold ice-filled waters of Antarctica, where the team moves through and under the ice to capture images of the hidden world of the leopard seal, penguins, shipwrecks, and Doubilet’s newest work on the sculptural beauty of icebergs. Finally, follow the team north to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, an extraordinary world of whales, wolfish, salmon and the harp seal, a remarkable creature fighting to survive in a world of shrinking sea ice. Go beyond the published story with Doubilet and Hayes, as they share never before seen images from their assignments. Discover the reality of life behind the camera—from parasites to harp seal bites—as they share their adventures working to get the best shot. PRESENTED BY: SARAH & DALE BURDEN CHUCK & KAREN KOCH TOM & LESLIE WILKIN

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We Are All Wonders SENSITIVE TOPICS DISCUSSION EVENT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 7:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION A panel event, led by Rebecca Covey Strickler will explore the delicate topic of interacting with disabled individuals in society. “We are all wonders. Look with kindness and you will always find wonder.” - J.R. Palacio SUGGESTED BOOK READ: WONDER & AUGGIE AND ME by NYTimes Bestselling Authro, J.R. Palacio Books are available at the Brumback Library in Van Wert and its local branches.

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Date

Day

Time

Event

OC

ORL

MC

MRL

BC

BRL

GS

Sept. 9

Sun.

7:30 PM

Trace Adkins

95

90

80

75

65

55

GS

Sept. 22

Sat.

7:30 PM

An Evening with Pete Rose LIVE

40

40

30

30

20

20

ENRICH

Sept. 29

Sat.

7:30 PM

Under the Streetlamp

45

45

35

35

25

25

SPEAKER/GS

Oct. 4

Thurs.

9:00 AM

Mike Robbins

10

10

10

10

10

10

SPEAKER/GS

Oct. 7

Sun.

2:00 PM

Coach Kathy Bresnahan The Miracle Season

10

10

10

10

10

10

GS

Oct. 11

Thurs.

7:30 PM

The Illusionists

65

65

60

55

45

40

GS

Oct. 14

Sun.

7:30 PM

Mark Lowry with Brian Free & Assurance

45

45

40

40

35

30

GS

Oct. 20

Sat.

7:30 PM

Boney James

55

55

45

45

35

35

GS

Oct. 27

Sat.

7:30 PM

Dailey & Vincent

35

35

30

25

20

20

GS

Nov. 9

Fri.

7:30 PM

Amy Grant

65

60

55

50

45

35

GS

Nov. 24 & 25

Sat./Sun.

7:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Christmas Wonderland

45

40

35

30

25

25

GS

Dec. 1

Sat.

2:00 & 7:30 PM

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

45

40

40

35

25

20

GS

Dec. 8

Sat.

7:30 PM

Christmas with Michael McDonald

75

75

70

65

50

45

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Dec. 16

Sun.

3:00 PM

All is Calm

45

45

35

35

25

25

SPEAKER/GS

Jan. 27

Sun.

3:00 PM

David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!

35

30

30

25

20

20

GS

Feb. 2

Sat.

7:30 PM

Jefferson Starship

45

45

35

35

25

25

ENRICH

Feb. 16

Sat.

7:30 PM

The King's Singers

45

45

35

35

25

25

GS

Feb. 24

Sun.

3:00 PM

Candid Camera - 8 Decades of Smiles with Peter Funt

30

30

25

25

20

20

GS

Mar. 2

Sat.

7:30 PM

Travis Tritt Acoustic

55

55

50

45

40

35

GS

Mar. 10

Sun.

2:00 & 5:00 PM

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

35

30

25

25

20

15

ENRICH

Mar. 16

Sat.

7:30 PM

Texas Tenors - Let Freedom Sing

50

45

40

35

30

25

GS

Mar. 17

Sun.

2:00 & 7:30 PM

RAIN: Tribute To The Beatles - The Abbey Road Years

55

55

45

45

40

35

GS

Mar. 24

Sun.

2:00& 7:30 PM

Church Basement Ladies - Rise Up, O Men

40

40

35

35

30

25

GS

Apr. 14

Sun.

7:30 PM

Sanctus Real

35

35

30

30

20

20

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Apr. 28

Sun.

7:30 PM

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

50

45

40

35

30

25

GS

May. 4

Sat.

2:00 & 7:30 PM

The Sound of Music

75

75

65

65

45

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GRAND SERIES - Reflects 20% Discount on all GS Events

832

804

708

668

540

480

NOTE: THE GRAND SERIES DOES NOT INCLUDE ENRICH COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES EVENTS. SINGLE EVENT TICKET SALES

Single ticket sales (when still available after Select Series Release) for individual shows typically go on sale 60 to 90 days prior to the event date. Individual ticket prices are displayed in the event descriptions and the matrix above. For more information about pricing and release dates visit NPACVW.ORG or contact the Box Office 419-238-NPAC.

COACH KATHY BRESNAHAN THE MIRACLE SEASON

THE ILLUSIONISTS

MARK LOWRY WITH BRIAN FREE & ASSURANCE BONEY JAMES

DAILEY & VINCENT

AMY GRANT

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

TCHAIKOVSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER

CHRISTMAS WITH MICHAEL MCDONALD

DAVID & JENN DOUBILET NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!

JEFFERSON STARSHIP

CANDID CAMERA - 8 DECADES OF SMILES

TRAVIS TRITT ACOUSTIC

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

RAIN: TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD YEARS CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES RISE UP, O MEN SANCTUS REAL

HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

GRAND SERIES TICKET PRICES:

OC $832 / ORL $804 / MC $708 MRL $668 / BC $540 / BRL $480 CAN’T MAKE AN EVENT? TICKETS ARE PERFECT FOR GIFTING!

Grand Series buyers often use their tickets as gifts for family members, friends or as donations to SHARE THE STARS to benefit others. Ask the Box Office for more information. NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / 419.238.6722 / NPACVW.ORG

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IGNITE YOUR LIFE! CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE.

SELECT SERIES

BUILD YOUR OWN & SAVE

TRACE ADKINS

SEP. 9, 18 7:30 PM

AN EVENING WITH PETE ROSE

UNDER THE STREETLAMP

BONEY JAMES

DAILEY & VINCENT

SEP. 22, 18 7:30 PM

SEP. 29, 18 7:30 PM

MIKE ROBBINS COACH KATHY THE Author/Speaker BRESNAHAN ILLUSIONISTS OCT. 4, 18 9:00 AM

“THE MIRACLE SEASON”

OCT. 7, 18 2:00 PM

OCT. 11, 18 7:30 PM

ON SALE BEGINNING JULY 12

PICK 3-5 PICK OR6

MORE SAVE 10% SAVE 15%

Build your own custom series from any of this season’s events for a discounted price. Select 3-5 events and receive 10% off the ticket price. Pick 6 or more events and receive 15% off the ticket price. Select Series can be bundled for sale online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office in person or by phone

419-238-6722

BOX OFFICE:

10700 SR 118 S. VAN WERT

MARK LOWRY

with Brian Free And Assurance

OCT. 20, 18 7:30 PM

OCT. 27, 18 7:30 PM

CHRISTMAS

ALL IS CALM:

DAVID DOUBILET

OCT. 14, 18 7:30 PM

WITH

MICHAEL MCDONALD DEC. 8, 18 7:30 PM

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

DEC. 16, 18 3:00 PM

AMY GRANT NOV. 9, 18 7:30 PM

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE

JAN. 27, 19 3:00 PM

THE CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND NUTCRACKER BALLET NOV. 24 - 7:30 PM NOV. 25 - 3:00 PM

JEFFERSON STARSHIP FEB. 2, 19 7:30 PM

THE KING’S SINGERS

DEC. 1, 18 2:00 & 7:30 PM

CANDID CAMERA

FEB. 16, 19 7:30 PM

8 DECADES OF SMILES

CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES

SANCTUS REAL

FEB. 24, 19 3:00 PM

NEWLY EXTENDED BOX OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM THE PERFECT COMPLIMENT TO A NISWONGER EVENT IS A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE AT WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB. Look for the WILLOW BEND logo on eleven choice events this season.

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TRAVIS TRITT ACOUSTIC TOUR

MAR. 2, 19 7:30 PM

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR MAR. 10, 19 2:00 & 5:00 PM

The Willow Bend Buffet begins at 5:00 PM. This fine dining experience adds a touch of elegance to the evening and ensures you get to the show on time.

HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING

419-238-0111

APR. 28, 19 7:30 PM

Make Reservations directly with Willow Bend Country Club

NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / 419.238.6722 / NPACVW.ORG

PETER NOONE

THE TEXAS RAIN: A TRIBUTE TENORS TO THE BEATLES LET FREEDOM SING

MAR. 16, 19 7:30 PM

ABBEY ROAD YEARS

MAR. 17, 19 2:00 & 7:30 PM

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

MAY 4, 19 2:00 & 7:30 PM

MAR. 24, 19 2:00 & 7:30 PM

APR. 14, 19 7:30 PM

SPEAKER SERIES ENRICH COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES CHRISTMAS EVENT NPAC KIDS EVENT WILLOW BEND DINNER BUFFET


WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB

THE OFFICIAL DINING PARTNER OF THE NISWONGER Patrons of the Niswonger can dine in exquisite fashion within a five minute drive to the show. The Diner And A Show Buffet is an elaborate fine dining experience prepared and served to provide a no stress complement to any family or date night. Reservations can be made in advance to ensure availability or the day of the show. The staff endeavors to accomodate the Niswonger patron.

RESERVATIONS: 419-238-0111 WILLOW BEND COUNTRY CLUB 579 HOSPITAL DRIVE . VAN WERT WILLOW-BEND.COM NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / 419.238.6722 / NPACVW.ORG

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FACILITY INFORMATION HOURS OF OPERATION: The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM unless otherwise posted. The Box Office opens one hour prior to performances. Special hours will be posted on the website and social media. Except for scheduled performances, the Niswonger is closed on all national holidays. GIFT CARDS: Available in any amount from the Box Office or On-Line, Gift Cards can be used for any Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation performance at the Niswonger. Contact the Box Office: 419-238-NPAC or visit NPACVW.ORG. CHILDREN: Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.

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ADA ACCESSIBILITY: All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances are at sidewalk level with ramp access from the parking lots. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing access to both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the House Manager for details: 419-238-NPAC. COAT CHECK: Coat Check services are provided in the lower lobby for $1 per item. MEMBERS RECEIVE COMPLIMENTARY COAT CHECK.

COURTESIES: Please turn off or silence all electronic devices during performances. It is requested that patrons refrain from using heavy perfumes or aftershave as a courtesy to guests who may experience allergic reactions. The Niswonger is a smoke free campus. PERFORMANCE ARRIVAL: The Grand Lobby opens one hour prior to scheduled events. Seating begins approximately a half hour prior to curtain. Late arrivals will be seated during appropriate times up to one half hour after the performance starts unless otherwise requested by the artist. After the first half hour, latecomers will not be seated until intermission. CONCESSIONS: Concessions are available at each performance. Please note that items sold in the concessions do contain nuts. If your visit requires any special requirements to make your experience more enjoyable, please contact us in advance and we will work to accommodate you. Facilities Coordinator: 419-238-6722 We take great pride in extending personalized service to our patrons.


In order to support the future programming growth opportunities at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, I hereby authorize an investment to the STAR POWERED ADDITION campaign of:

$____________________TO BE PAID AS FOLLOWS: $_________________ herewith, and

the balance in annual payments of $__________________ beginning ______________.

Please contact one of our representatives listed to communicate any special payment terms.

(FIRM) NAME & TITLE:___________________________________________________________

MAILING ADDRESS:_____________________________________________________________

TELEPHONE:___________________________________________________________________

The Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation, who is responsible for operating the Niswonger, is starting a campaign to raise the additional funds to leverage against the $200,000 from the State of Ohio.

EMAIL: ________________________________________________________________________

We recently received a generous gift of $100,000 and just this spring were awarded a $200,000 reimbursable grant from the Ohio State Facilities Fund. These funds have been a catalyst to look into addressing our shortcomings with additional space and amenities. With $300,000 already committed, we feel we need to raise an additional $500,000 to fully address our needs.

SIGNATURE:____________________________________________________________________

THE SOLUTION

BE PART OF THE FUTURE

Additionally, as the school drama department has developed and grown, so has their need for space to build and store props and set designs. Nearly all of our larger productions require space to store “dead cases� once they are unloaded, until they are able to be re-loaded following a production. We have had to ask permission of school band and choir directors to use their rooms, creating extra work and cooperation on their behalf. This also poses special security concerns. With good cooperation with the school and a lot of creativity, we have been able to make things work until now.

If you would like to contribute to the STAR POWERED ADDITION campaign, your tax-deductible gift may be sent to:

After eleven years of tremendous growth, thanks to your support, we have found some challenges with our facility that most never see or hear about. As we have grown in program opportunities, we often run out of dressing room space. We have no laundry facilities to offer touring troupes. We have had to ask to use school facilities which often are not available or obtrusive in their school day. Each large production requires production space for the road manager to conduct business while the show is setting up. Our hired and volunteer crew have no backstage bathroom facilities or break/dining area of their own to use.

Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation 138 E. Main Street Van Wert, OH 45891

THE OPPORTUNITY

For additional information or information on naming rights and recognition, feel free to contact any of the following: PAUL HOVERMAN, President/Executive Director director@npacvw.org 419-238-1743 CHUCK KOCH, Chairman of the Board cfkoch@earthlink.net 419-238-0014 GARY TAYLOR, Vice-Chairman of the Board garytaylor@taylorautosalesinc.com 419-203-1259

Along with great growth comes great opportunity. The Niswonger would like to improve our beautiful facilities with additional space that will enable enhanced future programming.

Thank you for your support. We are elated for what we can accomplish, TOGETHER!

IGNITING THE FUTURE WITH STAR POWERED PROGRESS

NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / 419.238.6722 / NPACVW.ORG

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GRAND SERIES SALES Begin June 26 SPONSOR SALES Begin July 6

SELECT SERIES SALES Begin July 12

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