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GSU’s performing arts center kicking off new season

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Updated: June 29, 2014 2:26AM



Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts is kicking off another season of live entertainment unlike any other in the Chicago area, according to a release from the university.

The 2014-15 season will feature provocative theater, musical favorites, contemporary dance and family entertainment, the release said.

The full slate is divided into series packages.

The Mainstage series features “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Jazz Trio.

Opera Up Close puts audiences on stage in an intimate cabaret-style seating arrangement that will give them a new appreciation for the art, according to the release.

The Family series features the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” and “Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion,” which combines the elements of live theater with elaborate stage illusions, the release said.

The Made In Chicago series brings Chicago’s influence on music, dance and drama to the Southland, thanks to the generosity of The Chicago Community Trust, First Midwest Bank and The National Endowment for the Arts, the release said.

The Theatre series features performances from the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble, and GSU’s very own Theatre and Performance Studies program.

The Center for Performing Arts will offer activities beyond the performances, according to the release.

As part of the Opera Up Close series “Bon Appetit!” for instance, the audience will enjoy food sampling and Julia Child’s French chocolate cake as the musical stories unfold.

For “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” audience members can buy a VIP ticket that includes a preshow dinner reception and a postshow meet-and-greet with the star of the show, Jasmine Guy.

Other shows also offer extras, according to the release. For a full lineup, detailed show descriptions, video previews and ticket information, visit www.centertickets.net.

Patrons can save up to 20 percent by buying a series package or building a flex package.

Programming is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Art Council, a state agency, the release said.

The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and starting two hours prior to performances.

For more information, visit www.centertickets.net or call (708) 235-2222.

Governors State University is at 1 University Parkway in University Park.

Staff report



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