Miami University Performing Arts Series Announces 2012-2013 Season

UNDER THE STREETLAMP. Photo provided by Insight Management.

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University Performing Arts Series announces its 2012-13 season. Highlights include political satirists The Capitol Steps performing “Take the Money and Run for President” 10 days before the big election, recent cast members of the Jersey Boys singing their own magic of Doo-Wop in “Under the Streetlamp,” and back by popular demand, piano sensation The 5 Browns and the African Children’s Choir.

See below for the complete listing of events, visit us at or find us on Facebook. For tickets or more information, call the Miami University Box Office in Shriver Center at (513) 529-3200 or visit us online.

Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp & Performance
Hall Auditorium
Camp: Aug. 6-10
Performance: 7:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10All tickets $5
Sponsored by Talawanda-Miami Partnership

Up to 60 local kids will work with the Missoula Children’s Theatre professionals doing fun workshops, crafts and rehearsing a full-scale musical. Don’t wait to register—spots fill up fast!
Registration begins 8:00 a.m., June 11. Details and form online:

Recent Cast Members of Jersey Boys!
Under the Streetlamp
7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, Hall Auditorium
$17 Students/Youth, $34 Seniors, $35 Adults
Earl Reeder Visiting Artists Fund

Their tight harmony, slick moves and snappy set list leads you on a rockin’ trip down memory lane. The drop-dead gorgeous guys from the smash hit, Jersey Boys, perform Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown and more!

Featuring Miami alum Michael Ingersoll, Under the Streetlamp is enjoying a high profile with a hit PBS special. The four magnetic vocalists exude the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack with their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves.

Take the Money and Run… for President
Capitol Steps
2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, Hall Auditorium
Miami Family Weekend, Each performance 90 min., no intermission
$14 Students/Youth, $34 Seniors, $35 Adults
Sponsored by the Baymont Inn & Suites and Kona Bistro
Media Partner: 88.5 WMUB, 90.9 WGUC, 91.7 WVXU

Make 2012 an election year worth laughing about, with DC’s funniest political satirists! For 30 years, the Capitol Steps have put the mock in democracy, skewering both sides of the aisle with fresh, up-to-the-minute musical parodies that leave everyone laughing. The troupe returns to the Series for a third time armed with new material to bring down the house…and Senate!

Modern Day Houdinis
Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, Hall Auditorium
$9 Students/Youth, $17 Seniors, $18 Adults

Get your tickets before they disappear! The Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion is a spectacular production combining drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions. The whole family will love the breath-taking magic. The Spencers were recently named International Magicians of the Year, joining the ranks of David Copperfield, Criss Angel, and Penn & Teller.

Back by Popular Demand!
African Children’s Choir
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, Hall Auditorium
$9 Students/Youth, $17 Seniors, $18 Adults

This amazing ensemble from Uganda has been changing the lives of Africa’s neediest children for over 25 years. Come experience their musical message of hope.

A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space
Bella Gaia, Beautiful Earth
Performed by the Kenji Williams Ensemble
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, Talawanda High School, 5301 University Park Blvd., Oxford
$8 Students/Youth, $16 Seniors, $17 Adults
Sponsored by the Talawanda-Miami Partnership

Gripping NASA scientific visualizations, mesmerizing live music and hypnotic dance, Bella Gaia is a multi-media, multi-sensory journey exploring the connections between civilization and our ecosystem. Created by award-winning director and classically trained violinist Kenji Williams in collaboration with NASA, this ‘living atlas’ features Williams and his world music band and dancer performing live against a large-screen backdrop of Earth filmed from space.

“Bella Gaia is just beautiful. It really felt like I was back in space.” —Piers Sellers, NASA Astronaut, Spacewalker

You Suggest the Song, They Make the Musical
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, Hall Auditorium
$8 Students/Youth, $16 Seniors, $17 Adults

Straight from New York City, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical abandons the same old song and dance to create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical- complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. You’ll love it! After all, you created it. “Hilarious” – The New York Times

Sparks will fly!
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, Hall Auditorium
$13 Students/Youth, $27 Seniors, $28 Adults
Sponsored by The Knolls of Oxford and Kona Bistro

From Celtic to classical with some bluegrass, jazz and rock mixed in, Bowfire sets the stage ablaze with their hot band fronted by virtuoso violins, dazzling dancing and amazing vocals. Fun for the whole family!

The 5 Browns. Photo provided by IMG Artists. Credit: Andrew Southam.

Sensational Siblings!
The 5 Browns
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, Millett Hall
$8 Students/Youth, $16 Seniors, $17 Adults
Sponsored by the Baymont Inn & Suites and Kona Bistro
Media Partner: 88.5 WMUB, 90.9 WGUC, 91.7 WVXU

“One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.” ––New York Post

Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound. The five piano playing siblings continue to sell out concert halls around the world.

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