2021-22 Performing Arts Series

Huge thanks to ESB Financial for generously supporting the Emporia Arts Center this season as our Major Presenting Sponsor. Their gifts and passion for arts vitality in our community makes these performances possible!

Please call Emporia Arts Center at 620-343-6473 to purchase your tickets Adults – $25 Youth – $12.50

Forever Young – September 14, 2021, 7:00 pm –
Emporia Granada Theatre

FOREVER YOUNG is an exciting new look at the greatest hits of all time. Starring the most talented guys you’ll ever meet, FOREVER YOUNG takes you back to the music of your youth, back to the moment you discovered what it meant to set the record down, push play and tune in!

Set in a suburban hangout, FOREVER YOUNG is jam-packed with powerhouse vocals, dynamite choreography, and most importantly, a story of how one record player can truly change everything.

Packed full of pop, rock, and country classics, FOREVER YOUNG is ultimately a tribute to your life…and your music!

Shakespeare In Jazz – October 21, 2021, 7:00pm –
Emporia Granada Theatre

Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly, Explores the meeting place of music and literature, visual art, and journalism. Shakespeare in Jazz is Kelly’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s works into fresh and dynamic jazz songs, adding powerhouse jazz vocalists and musicians, including acclaimed jazz improviser, Frederick Johnson. Kelly brilliantly re-interprets text from Shakespeare’s beloved plays into tunes you’ll be singing the whole car ride home!

The Greatest Love of All – February 7, 2022, 7:00 pm –
ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

Whitney Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show starring RiSA artist, Belinda Davis. Described as “mind-blowingly spot on”, the production will fill you with joy, nostalgia, and wonderment as it takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s greatest hits. Enjoy songs like ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Million Dollar Bill’, and many more.

  • Not affiliated with the Estate of Whitney Houston

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DRUMLine Live – February 2, 2022, 7:00 pm –
ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

DRUMLine Live is a show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A NewBeat”. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. with its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will touch every emotion in your body.

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Drum Tao – March 23, 2022, 7:00 pm –
Emporia Granada Theatre

“Japanese Entertainment” for a new generation that completely surpasses expectations – experience a phenomenal performance consisting of incomparable “Wadaiko-drums” and the beautiful melody of Japanese flutes and harps.

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Stunt Dog Experience – April 8, 2022, 7:00 pm –
ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

This show’s cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages, with high-energy excitement from beginning to end. Witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs!

All dogs starring in the show have been rescued from pounds and shelters across the country. the trainers use positive training methods and work with each dog’s individual ability, athleticism, and intelligence. each dog has unique talents and signature moves to showcase, from big-air stunts to dancing and comedy antics, these pups are proud to show off!
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Missoula Children’s Theatre –
Date, Time, and Location TBA in Spring 2022

Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) champions the development of life skills through participation in the performing arts. the 2022 season will mark the 20th Missoula Children’s Theatre production presented by the Emporia Arts Council.

MCT arrives in Emporia with a set, costumes, props, makeup, and almost everything it takes to put on a show… except the cast! Following a week of auditions, rehearsals, and theatrical fun, over 50 local youth will come together to perform a full-scale original musical production of the public.

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