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Published 8/16/2005

National and Local Community Performers Scheduled At Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts in 2005-06

Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts will raise the curtain with an array of events scheduled throughout the 2005-06 Presenting Arts Season. Music, dance and theatre artists from the Midwest and around the world will perform in a variety of events, which also will be highlighted by local community productions.

Soaring voices and tight harmonies will fill the air as the Arrogant Worms kick off the 2005-06 season schedule on September 10. Known for having audiences rolling with laughter, the group's comedic performances have delighted crowds throughout North America and Australia since their unearthing in 1991 at Queens University in Canada.

Other performances highlighting the season include a theatrical reading of the famous Christmas story on December 10. The event, titled The Christmas Box, will tell a poignant tale of a widow and a young family, who moves in with her, discovering what the holiday is really all about. The performance will be accompanied by traditional holiday arrangements and original music composed and performed by Paul Cardall and his five-piece ensemble.

"Owens Community College is pleased to welcome a wide variety of diverse artistic performances for another great season within the Center for Fine and Performing Arts," said Barbara Barkan, Owens operations manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "Not only will the Center offer a rich educational component for Owens students, but it also will once again serve as a venue for the College and community to come together by connecting artists and audiences."

The College also will feature three Family Fun Sunday series performances designed to provide fun and entertainment to individuals of all ages. The first performance, titled The Elephant's Child, is a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of how an elephant got his trunk. The musical will occur on September 25. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales will serve as the second Family Fun Sunday series performance and provide attendees with the hysterically funny musical rendition of familiar fairy tales told with an offbeat, irreverent and zany flair on January 22. The final performance of the Family Fun Sunday series will occur on May 21 as the musical Pippi Longstocking tells of a little girl's wild adventures and crazy acquaintances.

Additionally, nationally and internationally renowned musicians and musical groups will make stops at Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts throughout the year. Highlighting the performing schedule include the Clayton Miller Blues Band (October 22), Chapter 6 (January 28), Pavlo (February 24), Lalo (March 3) and the Glengarry Bhoys (March 12), among other events.

Dance, theatre and illusion will also make appearances at the College as Illstyle and Peace Productions - Hip Hop Dance Tour (February 14), The Spencers Theatre of Illusion (February 3) and the Hot Club of San Francisco (November 19) perform on the Mainstage Theatre.

In addition, local community arts events will highlight the 2005-06 season as Owens collaborates with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra to co-present on three separate occasions on October 23, March 18 and April 30. On May 12, Greg Kostraba and Shannon Ford will grace the Mainstage Theatre with a piano and reed duet performance.

All performing arts events will occur in Owens' Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. For additional information about the College's 2005-06 Arts Presenting Season schedule, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS or (567) 661-2787.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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