EAC’s 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 – ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

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, 7:00 pm – 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 sining 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.

DRUMLine Live – February 9, 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.

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.

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!

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.

RUMOURS comes to Emporia!

Join us at the historic Emporia Granada Theatre on Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 PM for RUMOURS: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Rumours has taken the U.S. by storm with their stage scorching renditions of Fleetwood Mac songs. Fans from across the nation claim that Rumours is the band to see if you are looking for an authentic recreation of live Fleetwood Mac shows. They will make you dance, sing along at the top of your lungs, and you’ll even learn something new about Fleetwood Mac at each performance.

Tickets are available only by calling the Emporia Arts Center, (620) 343-6473
Adults $25, Youth $12.50

A special thanks to out Major Presenting Sponsor
ESB Financial

We would also like to recognize RUMOURS gracious Underwriter Mitchell Markowitz Construction, and Event Partner Williams Automotive.

EAC Young Artist of the Month

EAC’s Young Artist of the Month program is a way for us to celebrate the talent in our community’s youth, by shining a bright spotlight on a different budding artist each month.

The selected young artist will receive a certificate, and will have their artwork on display in EAC’s upper corridor for one month. Young artists will also have the opportunity to show off their art skills and be featured in an educational EAC YouTube video, which can be shown in their classroom!

To be eligible, students or a nominator must submit an application along with a photo of an original piece of artwork. Please download the application below, complete, and send to sgentry@emporiaksarts.org or drop off at EAC 815 Commercial St.

Micro Kingdoms

The Emporia Arts Center is proud to present the work of local artist Garrett Briggeman, in the exhibition “Micro Kingdoms”. This show will be on display through April 2.

A small artist’s reception honoring Stephanie will be held Friday, March 5th from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Trusler Gallery.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center are free too the public. Current Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

If you would like to purchase any of the work below please contact Gallery Manager, Shayli Gentry, sgentry@emporiaksarts.org or call (620) 343-6473

Please Enjoy Micro Kingdoms.

Roses & Thorns III

The Emporia Arts Center is proud to present the work of artist and art educator Stephanie Alaniz, in the exhibition “Roses and Thorns III. This show will be on display through February 26.

A small artist’s reception honoring Stephanie will be held Friday, February 5th from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Trusler Gallery.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center are free too the public. Current Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Below are the Insecurity Portraits and the Insecurity Collective from this exhibit – to see the interactive installations and other work, please visit the Emporia Arts Center.

Stick Together

In celebration of the triumphs, strengths, and individuality of our community, the Emporia Arts Council announces, Stick Together: A Community Sticker Mural.

WHO: Anyone who is a part of Emporia and the Emporia Arts Community – that includes EAC’s 7 county service area(Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, and Wabaunsee Counties), or any person who would like to join our community and this fun project!

WHAT: We are asking that you bring in 1 sticker that you feel represents YOU. What that means, is up to you! Some examples of stickers include:
– A store bought sticker of your favorite movie character
– A sticker you drew on label paper and cut out yourself
– A promotional sticker advertising your favorite restaurant
– A sticker created by your favorite local artist
– A sticker that is blue because that’s your favorite color
– A sticker from a banana at the supermarket because you love bananas
Any sticker you saw and just thought “..hey, I like that!”
Stickers should be less than 6″x6″ in size and may not include sensitive subject including, but not limited to: swearing, nudity, drugs, and violence. Stickers found to be violating these rules will promptly be covered by sparkly star and puppy stickers.

WHEN: Contributions will be accepted beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:00 am. Stick Together is an on-going community project and contributions will be accepted until during EAC business hours the mural is “full”.

WHERE: The mural will be located just past the entrance to the Glaser Art & Gift Store in the atrium of the Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial St. If you have any trouble locating the mural feel free to ask the Front Desk.

HOW: Simply stick your sticker anywhere on the mural board! Try not to fully obscure or cover other stickers with your addition, but please understand your sticker may be partially covered as more contributions are brought in. We also ask those who are willing and able to sign their name and age to our Artist Log for the piece, as an additional option you may include a description of your sticker and who created the sticker.

We’re all in this together.

Holiday Shopping in the Trusler Gallery

The Emporia Arts Council’s Annual Art Gifts Holiday Boutique is open to the public now through December 30. Inside you’ll find a wide variety of locally handmade goods and gifts for the holiday season! Not only will you find seasonal gifts but we have tons of new work that is a perfect gift any time of year.

Stop by the Emporia Arts Council Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm to check out the selection.

People’s Choice Awards – Veteran Artist Exhibition

Another chance to have your voice heard! EAC us asking for your vote in the 2020 Veteran Artist exhibit People’s Choice Awards! 26 original entries from talented U.S. Veterans, click the link below to vote before Friday, November 6 at 5:30 pm

https://www.survey-maker.com/QLKWPG5K7

View all work in person at the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center. Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-3pm.

World Food Day Online Gallery: People’s Choice Awards

The entries are IN! We have received so many incredible photos for World Food Day Online Gallery & People’s Choice Awards, and Lyon County Food & Farm Council needs your help picking a favorite!

Here’s how it works: Tomorrow morning on World Food Day, October 16th, head on over to the Emporia Arts Council Facebook page. EAC will publish an album of all submissions at 10:00am. Vote for your favorite photo by liking it – you must like the original photo, not shares of the photo. You can like as many photos as you desire, voting closes at 6:00pm.

Winners will be announced at 6:30pm.
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