MACOA plans a full season of entertainment local

From the Beach Boys Tribute Concert to Junie B. Jones’ Essential Survival Guide to Schools, the Mineral Area Council on the Arts (MACOA) is going to “bring it to the Parkland” throughout its 2022-2023 season.

Since becoming a nonprofit community arts organization in 1990, MACOA has brought quality arts and cultural programs to the region. The 2022-2023 season will be no exception. This lineup features events with artists from our region of New York, Nashville and St. Louis and offers something for everyone.

The MACOA season will kick off with a spectacular Beach Boys tribute concert at the Centene Center by Nashville-based group Sail On. Co-sponsored by the City of Farmington, the concert will take place on October 8 at 7 p.m. Sail On will transport viewers to the surf and sand of the 1960s and 70s. Soak up your favorite Beach Boys tunes like “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” Tickets are $15 and are available now at the Farmington Civic Center, 2 Black Knight Drive or by calling 573-756-0900.

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James Bond fans and music fans alike will be treated to a spectacular concert at the Centen Center on Saturday, October 22, at 7 p.m. Not Stirred will transform the Mineral Area Fine Arts Academy Community Band into a “pop orchestra,” a concert shake-up of music from the James Bond movies with orchestration and direction by Dr. Kevin White. In addition to 007’s familiar instrumental theme songs, hand-selected special singers will accompany the orchestra to perform Billboard chart hits such as “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Look of Love,” “Skyfall,” and “Thunderball.” Tickets are $15 and will be available Aug. 22 at the Civic Center.

December brings New York City to Park Hills. Ezekiel Andrews performed in the chorus of The Lion King on Broadway in November 2021. Since then, he has played the role of Mufasa on several occasions. This powerful baritone from Mississippi will perform at the Park Hills Mineral Area College Theater on December 6th. Experience the concert’s proud heritage of jazz, musical theater, and hymns.

MACOA and the city of Farmington also announced that the TheatreWorks USA Children’s Theater Group of New York will return after a hiatus from touring. Bring the whole family to Centen Center on February 25, as this group brings the ever-popular character Junie B. Jones to life in the musical Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School.

For something completely different, on March 25 at 7 p.m., Ed Reggie and the Pepper Slip Theater of St. Louis come to the Mineral Area College Theater for a hilarious improv theater comedy show titled “Who’s Laughing Is It Anyway?” Television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Quick thinking, wit, acting, and musical talent combined with audience interaction and participation make this a fun, family-friendly evening of entertainment.

The 2022-2023 season is packed with arts and entertainment no one wants to miss. In addition to these stellar events, don’t miss the 9th ART Blooms Banner Contest, the 23rd K-12 Art Show, the 3rd Creative Writing Contest and Workshop, and the 2nd Brave Is Beautiful Photo Exhibit of Local Heroes.

MACOA is currently accepting donations from community businesses and individuals whose support makes it possible to keep the season of events affordable for the region. Visit https://mineralareaarts.org/donations/ to give online.

Season tickets are a prime option to ensure entry to all events as described above. Save money, plus get tickets mailed to your address approximately three weeks before each event. By purchasing now, you will receive $60 value for a purchase price of $50. To purchase season tickets online, visit https://bit.ly/MACOASeasonTicket22-23.

For more information, contact Scottye Adkins, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 573-518-2125.

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