In Fall 2017, the Center for Education and Performing Arts is bringing another incredible lineup to its stage in St. Clair County. And just like in seasons past, there’s a little something for everyone.
“It might look like an eclectic collection of events, but this lineup perfectly suits the goal of CEPA Management” CEPA Director Jeff Thompson said. “Our mission is to deliver cultural experiences to every member of this community, and we feel like no matter who you are, something on this list will speak to you.”
Sept. 23 – A Magical Evening
On Sept. 23, we host the Magic City Magic Club for “A Magical Evening.” The event will feature several premier magicians from the area sharing the stage in Pell City for one night only.
Join them for non-stop illusions in a brand-new show, culminating in a finale that you won’t believe.
This year’s event features a VIP Show at 6 p.m. with Brian Reaves, the 2016 Magician of the Year for the Club. Close-up magic happens in the Lobby from 6-7 p.m., and and the main show begins at 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Iron Horse Bluegrass
This ain’t your grandfather’s front-porch-pickin’ bluegrass. But it’s not your typical rock ‘n’ roll, either.
“Iron Horse” has a new sound and style that blends the two. Playing traditional bluegrass instruments, they’ve created a library of cover songs from the rock genre featuring everything from Elton John to Metallica.
Their show on October 5 is going to be a night you won’t forget. Doors at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Harvey is a warm, comedic play that centers around Elwood P. Dowd, an affable, likable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend named Harvey.
Harvey will be the second production directed by Spotlight Program Coordinator Lesley Warren at CEPA. Spotlight is a community partnership among Jefferson State, PCSS, SCCBOE andCEPA.
Harvey will feature three performances on Oct. 27-29. The Friday and Saturday performances, Oct. 27-28, will begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performance is a 2 p.m. matinee. The Friday night performance will also include a VIP reception at 6 p.m.
Nov. 10 – Run Through the Jungle
On Nov. 10, veterans and the local organizations that support them will be treated to a special performance by Pell City’s The Wingnuts. The show, called “Run Through the Jungle” after the iconic Creedence Clearwater Revival song, is a group effort to raise funds to support programs that aid veterans in our area.
The event will feature more than just music, as organizers are also asking for area veterans to display their collections from their times in the service. Those interested should contact Wayne Johnson at the Extension. Attendees will also be treated to free food and beverages during the event.
Doors open to view the collection at 5:30 p.m., and food service will begin at 6 p.m. the show will start at 7 p.m., with Judge Bill Hereford serving as narrator.
Dec. 1 – Brian Free and Assurance
Brian Free is undeniably the most recognizable southern gospel tenor of our generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of southern gospel music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group.
The group recently won awards at the First Annual US Gospel News SGM Fanfair. They were, Favorite Quartet, Favorite Tenor (Brian Free) and Favorite Video – Live In New York City.
Brian Free and Assurance will perform at CEPA on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2017 Fall Season.