Random Acts Series

2014-2015 "Random Acts" Series (RAS)

  
A variety of events and rentals. Many of the performers are up-and-comers who might not be familiar to you. We present them at very affordable ticket prices to encourage you to come and bring family and friends! 

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SAVE THE DATE!~Cleveland Shakespeare Festival returns to Stocker Arts Center's Amphitheatre for a FREE performance of "The Life of Timon of Athens" on Sunday, June 21st. Watch for more details coming soon.


Coming Next:

  
Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm

The United States Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus

FREE Concert – but tickets are required
Hoke Theatre - SOLD OUT!


A true gift to the community! Join our media sponsor, The Morning Journal, and Stocker Arts Center as we bring The Musical Ambassadors of the Army to the Hoke Theatre stage. They will be joined for one of their songs by some of the talented musicians that make up the Lorain High School Band as well as by the Color Guard from that school. You won’t want to miss this FREE evening of great music!

From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.

The Soldiers' Chorus, founded in 1957, is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble has performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, India, the Far East, and throughout Europe. The musical backgrounds of Soldiers' Chorus personnel range from opera and musical theatre to music education and vocal coaching; this diversity provides unique programming flexibility. In addition to presenting selections from the vast choral repertoire, the Soldiers' Chorus performances often include the music of Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet, and Americana.


  
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00pm

The Musical Theater Project and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

“Swing's the Thing”

Tickets: $15 each for adults; $10 each for LCCC students with valid ID and children 18 and under

Driven by the blast of the Big Bands and their hep star vocalists, the Swing Era was electrifying.  From the mid-1930s through the end of World War II, millions of dance-crazed young people went crazy for a new sound, and the creators of Broadway and Hollywood musicals eagerly jumped on the bandstand. Our concert is a salute to a golden era in musical theater history, with songs ranging from "This Can't Be Love," “Accentuate the Positive,” "I Hear Music," and "Jeepers Creepers" to  “Swinging on a Star.” The evening will feature some rare film clips of the Big Bands in film musicals, and as for Broadway, the theater district was only a few blocks away from the cradle of swing on 52nd Street. Hosted by Bill Rudman, Joe Hunter and Paul Ferguson, and featuring Erin Keckan, Ray Porrello, Tony Sias, Bryan Thomas who will be joined by five horn players from the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. So put on your zoot suit and your reet pleet…and come and enjoy an evening of great music!  http://www.musicaltheaterproject.org/; http://www.clevelandjazz.org/ 

To read the review of the show by Christine Howey from the 3/21/15 performance at PlayhouseSquare go to http://raveandpan.blogspot.com/


Family FriendlyTuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm

Soul Street Dance in

“Breakin' Backwards”


Tickets: $15 each for adults; $10 each for LCCC students with valid ID and children 18 and under

Soul Street DanceSoul Street Dance of Houston, TX presents their newest concert – “Breakin' Backwards” – where bustin’ moves take on decades past. Four male street dancers perform their high energy, highly entertaining and diverse choreography to the most popular music of the decades. The music includes a wide range of selections from Vivaldi, to Debussy, to Count Basie, to Elvis Presley, to the Temptations, to Aerosmith to Michael Jackson, and more. Soul Street Dance appeals to all ages and all ethnicities and cultures, bringing their youthful enthusiasm to audiences everywhere.

Soul Street Dance is unique for their way of incorporating different styles of street dance. Under the direction of Javier Garcia, Soul Street presents a new era in dance. While pushing the artistic boundaries in street dance, they maintain the true essence of the culture. The company dates back to 1996, as a self-taught street crew competing for recognition in the Houston area. They quickly caught the attention of the artistic director of Fly Dance Company. They then became the company’s principal dancers and helped turn Fly into a national touring sensation. Soul Street concerts consist of high-energy movement that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The music is an eclectic mix ranging from hip-hop to classical. It’s a show that will make you laugh and keeps audiences of all ages entertained.

Meet the Soul Street Company Members:
JAVIER GARCIA – Co-founder/Director 
Known for his creative b-boyin tricks, power moves and blowups, Javier also portrays a witty comedic side on and off the stage. He has more than 10 years of performance experience and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and many other countries. He has performed at some of the most prestigious theatres and festivals worldwide with some of Hip Hop's biggest musical acts. Last but certainly not least, he has been Captain of the Launch Crew for the NBA's Houston Rockets for the last 8 years.

ROCK WILLIAMS – Co-founder 
Rock is an outstanding dancer and highly energetic performer with 24 years of experience. Through Poppin’ N’ Lockin’ and house footwork he can make you believe that you are seeing impossible things. He has toured the United States and Europe as a principal dancer for FDC.

CEDRIC D. HICKS – aka “Ced”
At age 22, Ced is the youngest and newest member of Soul Street Dance. He has appeared with The Houston Rockets Launch Crew, Houston Comets, Southern University Dance Company and has danced as a featured guest with local artist Paris House and numerous hip-hop teams.
 
ROY RAMIREZ
Roy is a well-rounded b-boy, with skills including power moves, blowups, footwork, uprock and toprock.  He has won Red Bull battles in Houston and throughout Texas.  He is also a member of United B-Boys and dances for the Houston Rockets.  


Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm 
*Patriots Symphonic Band Spring Concert


Tickets: $12/Adults; $10/Seniors; $6/Students; Free/Children 12 and under

Everyone enjoys the sound of a big band. Even better is when that band is performing classic band music from America’s greatest composers! On Saturday May 2, the Patriots Symphonic Band returns to the Stocker Arts Center to present an evening of the very best and most enduring band music. Award-winning director Harry Pfingsten leads the 90-member band in ageless selections by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Leroy Anderson, John Philip Sousa, and many others.   There is music for everyone, so bring Grandma, the kids, your neighbors, and friends to enjoy this timeless music! http://www.patriotsband.com/ 

Don’t miss this Stocker Center Spring tradition and fun family event!   Family Friendly

 

 


 

Family FriendlyFriday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00pm
Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith


Tickets: $15 each for adults; $10 each for LCCC students with valid ID and children 18 and under

Kingham Smith
You may remember Jonathan and Ryan from last year or from our 2010-2011 season. On both visits they performed with the students who had written amazing new songs with them – we’re again bringing them back by popular demand to write more new songs with area students who will perform with them at this concert as well.

A Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Shea Smith concert is all about great songs! Jonathan wrote his first song in 1996 – “A Place Called Home.” Since then, he won 1st place in The Unisong International Song Contest, has twice placed in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest, won 1st Place in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk Category as well as the Overall Grand Prize out of 33,000 entries, and was awarded First Place in the Gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and on the hit show “Felicity.” Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording and producing. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Jonathan currently plays keyboard and steel guitar for Toad the Wet Sprocket.  http://www.jonathankingham.com/

Seattle native Ryan Shea Smith is also a veteran songwriter and recipient of multiple songwriting awards. His musical skill has been honed through jazz studies at the University of Washington and a steady touring schedule. He is known for his incomparable singing voice and has an impressive command of keyboard and guitar. Ryan’s sophomore release “Stay Awhile” is a John Lennon song contest winner.  http://www.ryansheasmith.com/

With diverse musical styles ranging from jazz to R & B, this concert will be all about great songs!


 * - Denotes Rental Events

All events are in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center unless otherwise noted.

TO ORDER TICKETS FOR STOCKER EVENTS - Call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays at (440) 366-4040, or click on the “Buy Stocker Event Tickets” icon to place your order. 

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If you have comments about any Stocker events, please feel free to share them with Janet Herman Barlow, Director at: jbarlow@lorainccc.edu 

Please check back often for any "Random Acts" events and rentals that may be added to our schedule!

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Sorry you missed these great events!


*Friday, July 11 at 7pm & Saturday, July 12 at 2pm
Lorain County Children's Pioneer Theatre presented
Peter Pan, Jr.

*Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19 at 7:30pm; 
Friday & Saturday, July 25 & 26, 2014 at 7:30pm; and
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:00pm
Lorain Community Music Theater presented
The Music Man

Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm
Guitars for Girls
an up close and personal acoustic show with Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope and Kelsea Ballerini

Sunday, October 12 at 2pm
The Musical Theater Project presented
"Ethel Merman: Loud but Honest"

*Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
Lorain County Medical Society presents
"Out of the White Coat”

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
360 Allstars

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00pm – FREE!
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
St. Jude's Concert for the Kids, a benefit fundraiser concert for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring an up-close and personal acoustic show with Big & Rich, Parmalee & Jackie Lee

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30pm
Patriots Symphonic Band presented
"A Musical Christmas"

Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 at 7pm &
Saturday, March 28 at 2pm & 7pm
Open Door Patriot Theatre presented
*Disney’s Beauty and the Beast


 

 

 


 

 



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