Critically-Acclaimed Actress, Author and Singer Molly Ringwald recently recorded her debut CD, Except…, released by Concord Records. An homage to the Great American Songbook, Ringwald has crafted a carefully chosen selection of nine standards which she caps off with her take on The Breakfast Club classic, “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” Ringwald grew up in a home filled with music and an early appreciation of jazz. An actress of both stage and screen, Molly is best known for the now-iconic John Hughes movies Sixteen Candles, the Breakfast Club, and, Pretty in Pink.
Tickets: Adult $20 ($18 advance); Student $10
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When Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) launches its 2013-2014 Performance Series in November, not only will audiences be introduced to a line-up of outstanding artists, but they will also be introduced to a refurbished venue (featuring new seats!) at Hiwassee College in Madisonville.
MACA’s 2013-2014 Performance Series is sponsored by Century 21 Hendershot Realty, Sweetwater Hospital Association, and Volunteer Federal Savings & Loan.
The series will open Friday, Nov. 1 with a special performance by Madisonville native Kevin Abernathy to benefit the Hiwassee College Auditorium and MACA. Abernathy has been described by Knoxville music writer Wayne Bledsoe as “the best undiscovered singer/songwriter in America.” MACA season ticket subscribers will receive a special discount coupon for Abernathy’s show.
The Four Freshmen, who will appear on the MACA stage Nov. 14, have enamored listeners worldwide for 65 years and have gained recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time. MACA will present “An Evening With Molly Ringwald” in a Sunday matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. Although Ringwald is best known for the iconic John Hughes films “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink,” she recently recorded her debut CD, “Except,” a tribute to the Great American Songbook.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Missoula Children’s Theatre will return to Monroe County with “Robinson Crusoe.” The stars of the show will be 60 local children who audition at the beginning of the week. Purposely varying from the plot of Daniel Defoe’s novel, “Robinson Crusoe” teaches that reading invites more than observation.
On Thursday, March 6, the legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will take the stage. Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the central defining figures of American roots music. Hicks’ music ranges from western swing and jazz to Tin Pan Alley and country blues. The series will conclude on Thursday, April 3 with a performance by Darrian Ford of The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke. Considered by many to be the “man who invented soul,” Sam Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie idol looks and Gospel singer poise.
By purchasing a season subscription for the series, MACA audiences save 50% or more off the box office price. Season ticket prices are $60/Individual; $100/Couple; $125/Family (living in the same household). Tickets are available with a credit card online at www.monroearts.com or by calling 423-442-3210. Tickets may also be purchased with cash or check at all Citizen National Banks in Monroe County or at Century 21 Hendershot Realty in Madisonville.