2012-08-16 / Living
PIX prepares for new, bigger season
Local theater bringing dozens of entertaining shows
LAPEER — The PIX Theatre has had its doors closed and lights off all summer long, but Craig Martin and the rest of the PIX staff have been anything but taking a break. The PIX Theatre has been booking performers and entertainers to come in for the latest season of shows, and they are now ready to announce the new line-up.
The PIX season this year, which begins next month, is not only packed full of great performers, said Martin, executive director at the PIX. It is also the biggest season the local theater has scheduled with 50 different shows and performances. Those shows will be augmented all year long with classes, workshops, and other events in coordination with Gallery 194 next door.
The first show of the season will be The Diary of Anne Frank, presented by Lapeer Community Theatre, running Sept. 28-30. Other plays this season by LCT will be The Christmas Schooner and an all-female version of The Odd Couple.
The Showcase Series, which always featured nationally-acclaimed headlining performers, will offer great shows this year as well. The first show in the series will be a concert by The Drifters on Oct. 27. The Drifters, with original band member Charlie Thomas, were made famous with hits like “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and, of course, “Under the Boardwalk.” Other Showcase Series performers will include the gypsy jazz band Occidental Gypsy and country music performer Pam Tillis.
Other performances at the PIX Theatre this season will include local and regional magicians, a hypnotist, live theater and musicals, live animal shows, comedians and a wide variety of musical performers in all genres.
New to the PIX Theatre this year will be a series of speakers, giving lectures and demonstrations on topics like healthy cooking and travel. There will also be, for the first time in PIX history, old-time radio shows performed and produced live at the local theater. Guests will be also to watch and listen as local performers act out old radio dramas being recorded live. Those radio dramas will then be broadcast locally on the radio for everyone to hear.
As always, the PIX Theatre is offering special discounts for group tickets and ticket packages for whole series of shows, like the Laugh Pack, the Blues Bundle or the Country Sampler.
All the information about the upcoming season will be available on the website and in brochures by the time tickets go on sale, Tuesday, Sept. 4. For more information, call the PIX Theatre at 810-664-4824 or go online to www.pixlapeer.org.
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