It’s almost the official launch of the theaters 30th Anniversary Season and we are more than excited!
The season kicks off on September 28th with “Mark Chesnutt”!
Mark Chesnutt is one of Country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country music’s most elite entertainers from George Jones to George Strait echo this sentiment. Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged; he has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums, and five gold records. Country music critics and fans alike need to look no further when it comes to Country music basics. If you ask Mark Chesnutt he’ll tell you, “It’s the music that has kept me around this long.” In a world that sometimes confuses style with substance, Mark Chesnutt possesses both. Remaining true to himself as a traditional country artist while still keeping up with the ever-changing country landscape, Mark has a knack for picking great songs; delivering them with his world-class vocals; and with real heart-felt emotion. Mark has set the bar for his generation, not just for his being a consistent hitmaker, but because of his love of genuine country music.
Mark Chesnutt’s personal integrity, as well as his principal to record a genuine country song, has made him a fixture on radio and in the honky-tonks. Chesnutt got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas, learning from his father, Bob Chesnutt, a singer, record collector, and major fan of classic country music. Playing alongside his dad, one set at a time, Mark embraced his father’s influence and began making a name for himself. Mark sang covers by Lefty, Merle, George, and Waylon to develop his unmatched crowd-pleasing rapport and his authentic country style.
Tickets: $44 / $53 / $62
However, we do have a few events happening before the season opener!
Ragland Big Screen -Frankenstein, National Theatre on stage Live Recording from London Friday, September 20th at 7:00 pm
*Trivia and Prizes before the show starts in the theater!!!
Premiere: Frankenstein returns to international cinemas to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel. Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. Please note: Frankenstein has a BBFC rating of 15, and contains a scene of sexual violence.
Ragland Big Screen-Documentary–Shattered: Journey into a Silent past Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm
The Ross Ragland Theater will host a very special event Centered around the documentary “Shattered: Journey Into a Silent Past.” THE FILM follows the fate of Salem’s Britta Franz and her sister Marianne who were Jewish in Germany in 1937. At ages 9 and 12, they were forced to flee the town of Aachen. The filmmaker takes you back with Britta and Marianne as they travel back to visit their old family store and piece together the traces of their relatives who didn’t survive escaping the Nazis. This is a Film by Walter Wehmeyer This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds will go to the theater’s “Relight the Tower “campaign.
Tickets: $10 Adults & $5 for Students
The theater is also proud to bring back the “RAG TAG CHILDREN’S CHOIR!!”
Explore the wonderful world of choral music. Learn vocal techniques, music appreciation, and participate in high energy performance on the Ragland’s premiere performing arts stage!
Rag Tag Children’s Choir September 9th- November 18th
Grades K-3rd Monday’s 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Grades 4th-6th Monday’s 5:00 – 6:00 pm
*Showcase will be on Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Instructor: Danielle Harmon
Cost: $150, additional siblings are $100