Spencer Theater Fall/Winter/Spring 2022/23 Season

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PLAY THE PART Fostering a community & heritage of performance since 1997

The Spencer Theater is a 501 (c)(3)non-profit public charitable organization. Your contribution at any level is greatly appreciated.

The Spencer Circle Contributor Courtesies (


EXECUTIVE CIRCLE $25,000+ • Two complimentary show and dinner tickets for every performance you request! Use them personally or give them as gifts. ( * )

PRODUCERS CIRCLE $10,000+ • Two free dinner tickets for every show that you order. (


FOUNDERS GOLD CIRCLE $5,000+ • Guaranteed tickets to EVERY show! Spencer is NEVER sold out when a Founders Gold Circle contributor wants a pair of tickets! ( * ) FOUNDERS CIRCLE $3,000+ • Free valet parking. • VIP ticket services (refunds, seating changes when available, exchanges anytime). • Business/Corporate Listing. ( * ) DIRECTORS GOLD CIRCLE $2,000+ • A free rental of the Founders Room for non-commercial events such as weddings, parties, dinners. ( * ) DIRECTORS CIRCLE $1,000+ • First choice of Spencer season show tickets two weeks before public sales. • Pre-show dining in the Founders Room. • Private rental of the Founders Room. ( * )

PERFORMERS CIRCLE $500+ • Advance ticket purchasing! You will have a one week window to purchase your tickets before sales begin for the general public. • Invitations to receptions for artists during the year. SPOTLIGHT CIRCLE $250+ • Advance ticket purchasing, a one week window to purchase tickets before the general public. FLOODLIGHT CIRCLE $100+ • Advance season ticket information. LIMELIGHT CIRCLE $50+ • Recognition in each playbill.


Consider sponsoring a season or show! S ponsorships are appreciated at any level . C ontact the B ox O ffice (575)336-4800 boxoffice @spencertheater . com

Show Sponsors BETH & FRANK SAYNER - The Lettermen BETH & FRANK SAYNER - BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story ANN BOLTE - The Jungle Book THE ALCORN FAMILY (Fawn Alcorn-Pierce, David Alcorn and Dennis Alcorn) - The Texas Tenors

Season Sponsors

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enhance programming and the cultivation of educational and community outreach programs.


The Spencer Circle is the Spencer Theater’s primary support group, providing funds to

Spencer Theater’s 25th Anniversary Love. It’s the greatest of all things – all emotions, motivations, experiences and memories. Harmony shares it all!


The Lettermen are the masters of love songs, sharing life-affirming vibrancy in their amazing canon of pitch-perfect harmonies. For more than 50 years, The Lettermen – Donovan Tea, Bobby Poynton and Rob Gulack – have kept the meaning of harmony alive with their soft, romantic, harmonic blends of music which is as popular today as it was in 1961 when they recorded their first hit “The Way You Look Tonight.” The release came amid the day’s rock ‘n’ roll, and listeners wanted more and more. With their second single that year, “When I Fall In Love,” The Lettermen immediately shot up the Billboard charts, establishing the young trio as the most romantic singing group of a generation. They also earned the ranking “Best Vocal Group” and “Best New Group.” As one clever deejay declared, “The Lettermen sound was “the best thing that happened to romance since moonlight.” Hit after hit followed: “When I Fall in Love,” “Theme From A Summer Place,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “Shangri-La” as well as over

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50 albums filled with special romantic Lettermen harmony. One of their better-known songs, “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” was a first of its kind when it was released; it was the first hit record ever to completely integrate two songs as one. To their credit, The Lettermen have over 75 albums – numerous certified gold, including 18 internationally – and myriad mega hits that prove timeless. Even though there have been personnel changes over the years, the one thing that has remained constant is the vision that founder Tony Butala first dreamed of – that unique three-part harmony as only The Lettermen can achieve. Though musical tastes have changed over the years, The Lettermen Legacy continues. They celebrate the power and universal appeal of love songs with perfection – and on this special night, the Spencer Theater’s 25th Anniversary – they share their sparkling melodies as a loving ode to the Spencer.

Saturday, October 1 at 7pm, $59 - $79 Beef and Shrimp Skewers

Buffet at 5pm, $25

Saturday, October 29 at 7pm, $59 - $69 Lasagna Bolognese Buffet at 5pm, $25

10/29 Exploring the possibilities of progressive, classical and world influences, yet rooted with the soul of the blues and R&B Ambrosia Ambrosia, created a new sound! They garnered 5 Grammy Nominations, 5 Hit Singles – including “You’re The Only Woman (You & I), “Holdin’ On To Yesterday,” “How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part Of Me,” “Can’t Let A Woman,” and other FM favorites. All this was in addition to Sold Out concerts around the world. Originally labeled as America’s answer to the progressive invasion of such English acts as “Yes” and “King Crimson,” Ambrosia quickly proved it was all that and much more as its albums painted aural landscapes covering the gamut of musical styles and attracting the collaboration of such cultural icons as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Alan Parsons, Bruce Hornsby, and others, and they enjoyed extensive tours with Fleetwood Mac, Heart, and the Doobie Brothers. Today, the band is more alive & compelling than ever. Joining original members Joseph Puerta, Christopher North and Burleigh Drummond, the band has added ace electric guitarist Doug Jackson, keyboardist Mary Harris, and the fantastic power vocals of Kipp Lennon (from the band Venice). In concert. Ambrosia brings their breathtaking classic hits as well as new moving music, exploring new musical territory and continuing to wow life-long fans and new converts alike!

“Truly Magical…Mind-Boggling Evening Of Theatre.” – Los Angeles Daily News



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“Modern, Magical Story-telling” – Broadway World


Friday, November 4 at 7pm, $59-$79 Red Chile Pork Colorado Buffet at 5pm, $25

One of the world’s most celebrated illusionists, Rob Lake’s mind-blowing, often death-defying, original grand illusions dazzle and entertain millions every year from Times Square to the Vegas strip, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. With his winning personality and intricate illusions, Rob Lake always mesmerizes… delivering the impossible & making believers out of skeptics! As seen on TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” Rob’s astonishing original illusions are uniquely presented as awe-inspiring storytelling on the grandest scale. He was named “The World’s Greatest Illusionist” by NBC. In 2008, Rob became the youngest magician in history to receive the ‘holy grail’ of the magic world – The Merlin Award – as ‘International Stage Magician of the Year.’ This award is magic’s highest honor and the industry equivalent of an Oscar. Rob serves as magic consultant for network TV series, feature films, commercials, world famous theme parks, and theatrical & Broadway shows. Rob dedicates time, support and his voice to causes he holds near and dear to his heart – supporting members of the military and Animal Rescue. In fact, his own furry companion Roger, a Yorkie mutt, was a rescue dog, and has become a popular part of his show. “Top Illusionist in the World” – Caesars Entertainment “Impressive…Rob Lake Turned The Illusionist Game On Its Head” – USA Today “Magician Extraordinare” – Daily Mail


Jeremy Davis & Clay Johnson (Founders)

For one night only The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra brings their unique brand of big band to the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts. In recognition of Veterans Day, Clay and Jeremy will be featuring big band arrangements of patriotic tunes in addition to classic hymns, and inspirational music. Celebrate our veterans with an Armed Forces Salute and patriotic anthems like “American the Beautiful” & an especially rich program that also includes songs like “The Impossible Dream,” and “Saints Go Marching In.” All across America and around the world, audiences have fallen

in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentlemen, Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, and their highenergy big band – The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich camaraderie and Bayou charm to the stage. Inspired by the style and swagger of legendary entertainers like The Rat Pack, Jeremy Davis (Equinox band leader, tenor saxophonist) and Clay Johnson (vocalist, trombonist) are making their own revisions to the Great American songbook. This recipe for 100% audience approval includes the favorite melodies from recent history– a dash of Motown, a shot of Country, some folk and rock sprinkled on top–and the stories behind them, serving up a musical banquet that feeds every soul. “The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra – a fiery hot and soulful Southern big band that is the ‘Hope Diamond’ of entertainment. That is to say, there is only one and it is spectacular!... This is Great American Music at its finest.”– Broadway World, NYC


Thursday, November 10 at 7pm, $59-$69 BBQ Brisket Buffet at 5pm, $25

12/17 & 12/18

Saturday, December 17 at 2pm & 7pm Sunday, December 18 at 2pm, $39

Sponsored in-part by Beth & Frank Sayner


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On February 3rd, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash at age 22. “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story,” a full stage dramatic musical, tells the story of the three years in which the young Lubbock man in horn-rimmed glasses became the world’s top recording artist, with a show that features over 20 of Buddy’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Maybe Baby,” plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and Big Bopper’s“Chantilly Lace.” Now touring internationally through Columbia Artists Theatricals, the two-act musical drama spans Holly’s brief but spectacular career from his eager start as a Country & Western singer with The Crickets; his first love, and pursuit of a solo career, to his famous Winter Dance Party 1959 Tour and final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Buddy Holly’s brief life and love have become the stuff of legend. “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” is a theatrical celebration of that legend and catches his unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm, wrapping it up into a package that is truly exhilarating!

Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm, Tickets $59 - $79

Chicken Fried Steak Buffet at 5pm, $25

Saturday, March 4 at 7pm, $59 - $79

Roast Beef

Buffet at 5pm, $25


RHYTHM OF THE DANCE is a spectacular

two-hour celebration of Irish culture through

music and dance which was created in 1999 and inspired by the epic journey of the Irish Celts throughout history.

RHYTHM OF THE DANCE presents the

ancient and modern by combining traditional dance and live music with state-of-the-art tech-

The Dancers of The National Dance Company

experience. Now in its 22nd year of interna-

Irish dancers in the world. RHYTHM OF THE

nology to give audiences of all ages a unique

of Ireland are among the most accomplished

tional tours, the multi-award-winning show con-

DANCE is proud to boast numerous national, in-

for perfection by its Director/Producer Kier-

its celebrated lead Amy Marie Prior. The entire

and Musical Director Shane Morgan, keeping

clearly evident in every scene. With their grace-

step maneuvers and rhythms.

complex choreography look effortless.

tinues to evolve thanks to the constant striving

ternational and world champion dancers; including

an Cavanagh, Choreographer Dane McKiernan,

troupe’s dedication to the art of Irish dance is

the show fresh and invigorating with new songs,

ful movement & disciplined form they make the


The theater is available to rent for weddings, parties, reunions, receptions, meetings, training sessions and other events.

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starring Jason Petty

Saturday, March 18 at 7pm, $59 - $69

Jason Petty has made a striking impression in New York’s Theatre District, starring in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” which played to sold out audiences at the Little Shubert Theater. Audiences and critics alike were taken back by Petty’s amazing acting ability in his portrayal of Hank Williams. He won rave reviews from all the major critics, including the New York Times, Variety and Rolling Stone. The New York Post stated it best: “At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams but channeling his ghost.”

I Homestyle Meatloaf Buffet at 5pm, $25


Jason Petty celebrates Hank Williams 100th birthday with his critically acclaimed, Obie Award-winning tribute, “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes.” Williams penned over 400 country songs depicting the trials and tribulations of the common man and woman. Among his timeless classics are “Hey Good Lookin’,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Jambalaya” and “I Saw The Light.” Williams is credited with creating the style that would influence other artists such as Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Elvis Presley. He is considered the single most influential person in country music history and is enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Water, Air, Earth, and Fire, the four natural elements, intertwine in this dazzling adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic collection of stories. State Street Ballet’s original production of The Jungle Book has dazzled audiences from coast to coast! The complexities of the jungle and the personalities of its creatures come alive through movement, music, and the dynamic storytelling of some of life’s greatest moral lessons. See your favorite characters come to life in this original production, featuring choreography by Artistic Directors Rodney Gustafson and William Soleau and award-winning dancemaker Kassandra Taylor Newberry, plus an original score by Czech composer Milan Svoboda. With elegant The Jungle Book is a delight for the whole family. The company of 20 professional dancers will incorporate a dozen Ruidoso-area student dancers into this eye-popping production. Stay-tuned for The Jungle Book audition details.

sunday, April 16 at 2pm




Grilled teriyaki chicken buffet at noon, $25

sponsored in-part by

Ann Bolte


athletic dancing, breathtaking choreography, and incredible sets and costumes,

5/8 & 5/9

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences & critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!

The Texas Tenors are the most successful music

These classically trained, versatile tenors have performed

“America’s Got Talent!” Since appearing on the series

headline shows in Las Vegas, China and a 24-city tour of

more than 1500 concerts around the world including

group and third highest selling artist in the history of in 2009, JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen

the United Kingdom. The Texas Tenors’ concerts

multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned

performing arts centers, casinos and symphony halls to

The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s

collaborations with some of the most prestigious sym-

have released 5 studio albums, 2 PBS Specials, 4 DVDs,

appeal to all ages and have been wildly successful from

them impressive recognition including 3 Emmy Awards,

outdoor festivals and corporate events. In addition to

Literature and the distinction of being Billboard

phonies in the world including the Houston Symphony,

The tenors most recent albums Outside the Lines,

The Texas Tenors have performed at The White

Classics all debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts.

Honor Ceremonies, charity events, NBA games and The

Magazine’s #10 Classical Artist in the World.

Pittsburgh Symphony and The City of Prague Orchestra,

Rise and A Collection of Broadway and American

House National Tree Lighting, Congressional Medal of

Saturday, May 13 at 7pm $59 - $79

Sponsored in-part by The Alcorn Family (Fawn Alcorn-Pierce, David Alcorn and Dennis Alcorn)


I Fried Chicken Buffet at 5pm, $25

PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.

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Sat Oct 29 at 7pm

The Magic of Rob Lake

Fri Nov 4 at 7pm

The Nutcracker

The Buddy Holly Story Rhythm of the dance


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Thu Nov 10 at 7pm Carolina BBQ Brisket Buffet at 5pm

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Sat Dec 17 at 2pm

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Chicken Fried Steak Buffet at 5pm

Sat Mar 4 at 7pm Roast Beef Buffet at 5pm

Sat Mar 18 at 7pm Homestyle Meatloaf Buffet at 5pm

Sun Apr 16 at 2pm (matineé)

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Buffet at noon

Mon May 8 at 7pm


Green Chile Chicken Lasagna Buffet at 5pm

Tue May 9 at 7pm Green Chile Chicken Lasagna Buffet at 5pm

Sat May 13 at 7pm

The Texas Tenors

Fried Chicken Buffet at 5pm

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Lasagna Bolognese Buffet at 5pm

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

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inside cover of brochure for benefits & detailed information )

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Beef and Shrimp Skewers Buffet at 5pm


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ORDERING. We accept orders on paper at any time; Phone and web ordering begins Sept 7th. Public series (four or more events) will be processed starting Sept 6th. Use the season order form, or order online at www.spencertheater.com. WAYS TO ORDER. BY PHONE: Starting Sept 7 • 9-5 M-F (575) 336-4800 MAIL: Spencer Theater Box Office 108 Spencer Road Alto, NM 88312

IN PERSON: Spencer Theater Box Office, 108 Spencer Rd., Highway 220, Alto,NM. 9-5 M-F Sept 6 series sales; Sept 7 single event sales. ONLINE: 24/7 at www.spencertheater.com Starting Sept 7 (per ticket order/service charges apply). *spencertheater.com & tickets.com are the only authorized ticket selling sites.

NO TICKET REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. The value of tickets not being used, if returned to the theater box office prior to the performance, can be considered a tax-deductible donation. CHILDREN. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted; exceptions must be verified by Spencer Theater staff. Children under the age of 12 may not be seated in the upper galleries or front row balcony. New Mexico laws require patrons under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult since alcohol is served at the theater. SPECIAL NEEDS. Wheelchair seating, hearing assistance and handicap parking are available. When valet parking is offered for an event, complimentary valet parking is offered to handicapped patrons. GUIDED PUBLIC TOURS. Tuesdays and Thursdays (except show dates) at 10 a.m. Donations appreciated. Please call the box office for tour reservations at (575) 336-4800.


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