The Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2009-2010 Season, presenting six major touring arts events in the Professional Series, Special Events, a Lecture & Film Series and Decatur’s first NEA BIG READ project. Season tickets are now on sale at the Theatre’s Box Office, providing first choice of tickets and discounts. Single ticket sales begin September 21. The Princess Theatre invites the public to a free Performing Arts Festival and Open House on September 10 from noon until 8:30 p.m. to learn about upcoming events.
The Season begins on October 26 with Montana Repertory’s National Touring production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alabamian Harper Lee. The play is made possible with The Big Read initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, a grant from the Southern Arts Federation and sponsorship support from Eyster, Key Attorneys at Law and Morgan County Attorneys. On November 19, fourteen-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder perform a bluegrass concert. Direct from New York, 100 Years of Broadway is next on January 30. The All-Star Broadway concert features a live band and five dazzling Broadway stars from such hit musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and Jekyl and Hyde in a tribute to the Great White Way. The concert is sponsored by the Decatur-Morgan County Physicians and Lite 96.9.
Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry regular Marty Stuart appears next on the Princess stage on February 19. In a career that has spanned from playing with Johnny Cash to serving as president of the Country Music Foundation, Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives will share their music that celebrates American roots music. One of jazz’s hottest young performers is Russian-born vocalist Sophie Milman. The winner of Canada’s Juno Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album in 2008, Ms. Milman performs on March 13, adding the Princess to her list of venues that include the Blue Note, Hollywood Bowl and the Kennedy Center. The concert is sponsored by the Decatur Women’s Chamber of Commerce. The season ends on a comedy note when the “funniest man in America,” James Gregory, is scheduled on March 26. This modern day Mark Twain brings his down home, southern comedy experience back to Decatur, made possible by The Decatur Daily and The Rocket.
Special events include area jazz bands in the Annual Big Band Bash XVII on April 1. The Lecture and Film Series includes a line up of cultural lectures/films begins on October 1 with a lecture on Harper Lee, followed by a film screening of the 1962 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” on October 8and the featured author of the Calhoun College Writers’ Conference. Special programming during the 2009-2010 Season features October 2009 as “Mockingbird Month.” More than 40 programs are scheduled that feature films, lectures, book discussions and workshops about the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” during BIG READ DECATUR and it kicks off with a brown bag lunch event on October 1 followed by a free evening lecture “How a Lady from Monroeville Taught the World About Tolerance” by distinguished historian Wayne Flynt.
The Princess Theatre Season is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Reserved season tickets are now available at the Princess Theatre box office. For more information, call 256-340-1778 or visit the Princess Web site at: