LUFKIN, TX. Angelina Arts Alliance, celebrating its 20th year of presenting world-renowned performing arts in Lufkin, proudly announces its upcoming 2020-2021 Temple Theater Season of Performing Arts, including its annual Performing Arts Series and Discovery Series. The season line-up contains a diverse range of performances, providing high-quality entertainment to the citizens of East Texas. With the season slated to begin in October 2020, most performances have confirmed dates. Due to the complications of Covid-19, touring artists are navigating their own upended performance schedules, and updates completing the Angelina Arts Alliance calendar will be made available to the public as soon as possible. Angelina Arts Alliance is also pleased to announce the return of its Discovery Series, a family-focused season of educational, fun and affordable entertainment.
In conjunction with the 2020-2021 season announcement, the Angelina Arts Alliance will begin accepting requests for new season ticket subscriptions beginning on June 5. Becoming a season ticket holder means having the same seat – guaranteed for all eight performances within the Temple Theater Performing Arts Series, and never having to wait in line hoping to get tickets only to discover the show is sold out. With the possibility of a more limited capacity in the venue in order to support social distancing requirements, a subscription would facilitate ease of seating, as well as an assurance of availability. All single tickets go on sale to the public on August 3.
“We are very excited to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with an outstanding line up of world-class performances and educational opportunities. We hope to share this new season with everyone because there has never been a better time to enjoy and experience the magic of live performances. More than ever, the arts will be part of recovery and the success of our community going forward,” said Jennifer Allen, Angelina Arts Alliance Executive Director.
“We are also carefully monitoring state, local and CDC recommendations, so that we will be properly prepared to receive our patrons safely in October. We will be ready to present our East Texas neighbors with the world-class entertainment they’ve come to expect from us. We want folks to feel well-taken care of, and well-entertained!”
STEEP CANYON RANGERS | OCT 22, 2020 | 7:30PM
Six guys. One Grammy. Endless bluegrass hits. This concert event fuses together the sounds of bluegrass, pop, country, and folk rock for an incredible American musical experience. Celebrated as one of the most versatile bands on the contemporary music scene, Steep Canyon Rangers have taken the world by storm for nearly 20 years including performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and a hit tour with Steve Martin. And they’re not just all about that (upright) bass: their toe-tapping tunes are also accompanied by acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and more!
STRAIGHT NO CHASER | NOV 22, 2020 | 7:30PM
Well-known for their a cappella interpretations of mainstream pop, classic rock, ‘60s soul, and everything in between, Straight No Chaser first came together in the ‘90s when the members met as students. Today, they have reached millions of fans worldwide through viral videos, studio recordings, and live shows. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal – the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL | DEC 3, 2020 | 7:30PM
Twenty-six iconic holiday tunes envelop this seasonal classic about Ebenezer Scrooge, the famous greedy businessman who lacks kindness, compassion and charity. But when a series of ghosts time-travel with the old Scrooge through his holiday memories, his dark past, present and future unfolds right before his eyes. Charles Dickens’ tale is a heartwarming holiday favorite that shares the immortal story of redemption. Celebrate the magic and mystery of Christmas with this unforgettable visit to the theater.
MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES | JAN 16, 2021 | 7:30PM
The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country music’s most valuable traditions. When it comes to transforming country songs into tangible experience, Stuart has a secret weapon: the Fabulous Superlatives. Made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart himself.
AN EVENING WITH RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY | FEB 5, 2021 | 7:30PM
Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for her performance in Hamilton, Renée Elise Goldsberry is equally at home in a Broadway theater, a film set, or on a concert hall stage. Anchored by a four-piece band and a complement of backup singers, her dynamic show is titled Revive. The audience will be on their feet stomping and clapping to the high energy concert and will feel like they’ve attended an old-fashioned revival!
BEAUTIFUL—THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL | MAR 11, 2021 | 7:30PM
Offering a stunning array of beloved songs, including I Feel the Earth Move, One Fine Day, Natural Woman, and the title song Beautiful, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical features the soundtrack of a generation! Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
PARSONS DANCE COMPANY | APR 8, 2021 | 7:30PM
Known for their remarkable athleticism and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance Company brings exuberance, joy and passion to any stage. Flawlessly fusing the gestures and movements that comprise modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical dance company, the company is internationally renowned. Stunning works, like the iconic Caught, exemplify this company’s innovation and huge audience appeal.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE | MAY 20, 20201 | 7:30PM
Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award-winner Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) and Emmy Award-nominee Mike O’Malley (Survivors Remorse, Shameless), Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including Fins, Volcano, Cheeseburger in Paradise and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So, don’t let the party start without you!
BLUE MAN GROUP | APR 15 & 16, 2021 (Season Add-on)
More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is Blue
Man Group, and now it’s your turn! It’s everything you know and love about Blue Man Group—
signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue, but the
rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction
and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages!
The Angelina Arts Alliance continues its commitment to fun and educational family programming for
all ages with its 2020-2021 DISCOVERY SERIES. The new season brings four (4) outstanding
performances. Tickets for performances are $6 for youth (17 years and under) and $11 for adults.
VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS | DEC 19, 2020 | 2PM
Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday tunes. Combining the arts of puppetry, theater and dance, audiences will be captivated by the dazzling visuals and delightful characters that magically appear out of the darkness! In this tale, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. Poor Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, and he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins! This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts.
MADAGASCAR–THE MUSICAL | MAY 16, 2021 | 2PM
Based on the smash hit DreamWorks’ animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical follows all your favorite cracka-lackin’ friends (Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and a colony of hilarious, clever penguins) as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventures galore and an upbeat score, you’ll have no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” Madagascar – The Musical is the perfect family outing, with vibrancy and pace for the kids and more complex innuendo for the adults.
INNOVATION NATION—LIVE! | MAR 6, 2021 | 2PM
The two-time Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning show comes to life in a brand-new production. Like the award-winning television show, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation-Live! will inspire audiences with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators. The show highlights major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice. Luminaries of the past featured include Henry Ford, The Wright Brothers, Rosa Parks and George Washington Carver, among others, who will jump to life on stage. Their achievements will be highlighted and reflected by showing examples of present-day innovations.
BELLA GAIA | APR 25, 2021 | 2PM
Discover what it’s like to be an astronaut! Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth) is an unprecedented audio-visual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time-lapse nature photography, and live world music and dance on stage. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing Earth from space, director/composer Kenji Williams’ award-winning Bella Gaia successfully simulates the overview effect from space flight, by using NASA super computer data-visualizations, combined with a shimmering melodic and rhythmic soundscape to explore the relationship between humans and nature throughout time and space. This is a mesmerizing multi-media spectacle that shouldn’t be missed!
The Angelina Arts Alliance will begin taking applications for new season tickets on June 5 at the Temple Theater box office weekdays, 11 am – 5 pm, or call 936-633-5454 for more information. Remaining single tickets for every show will go on sale August 3. For more information, about the upcoming 2020-2021 Temple Theater Performing Arts Series visit the Angelina Arts Alliance website at www.angelinaarts.org and follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news and ticket giveaways.
The Angelina Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the community by presenting a diverse array of performing arts and educational opportunities.