Troy Arts Council unveils calendar

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Troy Arts Council has released its calendar of events for 2012-2013 and, from beginning to end, it’s “loaded.”

John Jinright, TAC presenter chair, said every event is a “must see” and it would be difficult to name any one act as the highlight event of the year. However, he did not discount the possibility that Spencers Theatre of Illusion will pack the house.

“We’ve not had a packed house in quite awhile but the Spencers could do it,” Jinright said. “The Spencers have been described as ‘Modern Day Houdinis.’ Their magic is more than baffling the audience by doing something impossible, it’s about drama. They can penetrate walls and levitate with the best of them, but they do it with world-class charisma and style.”

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The Spencers won’t be at the Crosby Theater until February, but it won’t seem that long to theatergoers because the TAC’s calendar offers plenty to keep audiences well entertained.

“We open the calendar year with The Marcy and Zina Show in September,” Jinright said. “They are the Rogers and Hammerstein of Broadway. They are very talented singers and performers and they will bring us a night of new Broadway songs. And they write quirky and original songs. Some of the funniest things that I have heard in a long time came from these two.”

In October, singer Peter Oprisko will take the audience back to the golden days of Frank Sinatra with his presentation of “Fabulous Frank.”

“Oprisko will sing all of the favorite Sinatra songs and it will be a classy, fantastic performance,” Jinright said.

The Shelia Jackson and Friends Christmas Concert is always a favorite TAC calendar event.

“We all enjoy Shelia’s incredible voice and she has a cast of guest vocalists, dancers and musicians that are outstanding,” Jinright said. “The Troy University dancers will add flash and glitter to the show.”

Accordionist Alexandre Sevastian will be the featured performer in January. Sevastian has toured as a soloist in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Japan.

“We actually have two events scheduled for January – Sevastian and The Merling Trio, which is one of today’s premier ensembles,” Jinright said. “This piano trio is the standard in classical chamber music.”

In April, The Marvelous Wonderettes will take the audience on a musical trip down memory lane.

The Wonderettes will sing songs from the 1950s and 1960s including “Dream Lover,” “Lipstick on Your Collar” and “It’s My Party.”

“‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ has just come off Broadway,” Jinright said. “It’s a lot like ‘Smokey Joe’s Café.’ It’s funny and it’s filled with songs that everyone knows and loves.”

Jinright said that the TAC has worked hard to fill its 2012-2013 calendar with cultural events that will enrich the community and expose its children to a high caliber of music and entertainment.

“We strive to offer events that complement, not duplicate, the programs at Troy University,” Jinright said. “We are very mindful of the educational value of all the things that we do. We try to get groups or individuals that will go into local schools and expose our children to the different arts.”

The Troy Arts Council will hold its annual patrons drive in the early fall. There are several different levels of patron membership that come with season tickets – which are the best tickets in town.