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Frank Foster

May 17

Frank Foster is an American country music singer-songwriter. Foster has released four independent albums: Rowdy Reputation in 2011, Red Wings and Six Strings in 2012, Southern Soul in 2013 and Rhythm and Whiskey in 2014. Each album has subsequently sold more than the last.

The Violin Under the Bed


June 7 – June 8

Growing up, Florence Marie Hancock yearned to play the violin.  Knowing this was impossible as a poor, young girl of the depression era, she resorted to dreaming about holding the instrument, hearing music and dancing.  THE VIOLIN UNDER THE BED, so eloquently choreographed by Artistic Director Gregory Glade Hancock and an audience favorite, will once again return to The Tarkington stage.  The performance is inspired by stories of Mr. Hancock’s mother and the experiences that brought her joy – art, nature, travel, sports.  The tiny vignettes represent segments of her life and all the gusto she brought to it.  “I dedicate all of my work to my mother and her indomitable and enigmatic spirit,” says Mr. Hancock.   This touching production filled with emotion and enlightenment and will lift the spirits of each and every audience member.

Granger Smith

May 04

Granger Kelly Smith, also known by his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr., is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has released nine studio albums, one live album, and one EP.

Josh Gracin

May 3

Joshua Mario Gracin is an American country music singer. A former member of the United States Marine Corps, he first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of the Fox Network talent competition American Idol.


Cipollino: A Fairytale Ballet


May 19

A charming and amusing story, Cipollino is based on an Italian children’s story in which Cipollino, the Little Onion, fights the unjust treatment of his fellow vegetable townsfolk by the fruit royalty (Prince Lemon and General Tomato) in the garden kingdom. The humorous story has underlying themes of the struggle of the underclass against the powerful, good versus evil, and the importance of friendship during times of challenge. Cipollino is an enchanting story, perfect for both children and adults, and has rarely been staged in the U.S. With a musical score that will delight and classical choreography to challenge and impress, Cipollino is a “must see.”


Staged by Alyona Yakovleva-Randall and based on choreography by Henrik Mayorov.

Joe Nichols

April 20

Joseph Edward Nichols is an American country music artist. Between 1996 and 2001, he held recording contracts with the Intersound and Giant labels. In 2002, he signed with Universal South Records, now known as Show Dog-Universal Music.

The Swon Brothers

April 19

The Swon Brothers are an American country music duo from Muskogee, Oklahoma, consisting of Zach Swon and Colton Swon. In 2013, they finished in third place on the fourth season of NBC’s The Voice. They were the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale.

Forbidden Broadway


April 26 – May 19

IT’S BACK, ITS NEW AND BETTER THAN EVER! In this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. This cannon of witty and often times brilliant parodies is a time capsule of the American Theatre. Journey through more than 20 Broadway shows and spend the evening with the casts of The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Matilda, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Les Miserables and so many more! There’s no Broadway like Forbidden Broadway. Even if you’ve never been within 1000 miles of Broadway, you’ll still love this show!

Big Smo

April 12

John Lee Smith, known by his stage name Big Smo, is an American country rap musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and film director. After several independent and minor label releases, Smo’s major label debut studio album, Kuntry Livin’, was released in 2014 and charted on three Billboard charts.

Jason Michael Carroll

April 6

Jason Michael Carroll is an American country music artist. After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004, Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin’ in the Country that year. This album has produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: Alyssa Lies, Livin’ Our Love Song and I Can Sleep When I’m Dead. Carroll’s second album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, has also produced his fourth and fifth Top 40 hits.



April 5 – April 6

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is excited to premiere as part of the 2018-2019 Season, EXODUS, Gregory Glade Hancock’s newest work.  This full-length contemporary ballet is inspired by the second book of the Torah and the Hebrew Bible, and tells the story of the Israelite’s delivery from slavery, the exodus from Egypt, the prophet Moses and the Promised Land. This epic new ballet features poignant and dramatic music, powerful choreography, beautiful costumes and inspiring theatrics.  The talented cast will lead the audience on a journey through oppression and emigration to liberation and freedom for all.  This ancient story resonates even today, and through the creative storytelling by Mr. Hancock, EXODUS is sure to become another masterpiece in the GHDT repertoire.

Not recommended for children under 10 due to intense visuals and sound

Dance Discovery Class: Disco


April 3

As he dance his way through Saturday Night Fever, it’s doubtful that Tony Manero knew Disco had its beginnings in Nazi-occupied Paris during the early 1940s.  Live music was prevented by Nazi law, so the night clubs, called discotheques, hosted disc jockeys spinning jazz records. As time passed, more venues adopted the French nightclub environment until finally hitting the US in the 1960s reaching its peak in the 1970s. Disco music was highly influenced by jazz, Latin, soul, and funk and the associated dancing was characterized by not only by individualized moves, but upbeat dances like the The Electric Slide, The Hustle, and The Bus Stop.


Appropriate Attire: Clothing that is comfortable to move in and dance shoes if you have them. If not, non-rubber soled shoes. No sandals.

Randy Houser

April 3

Shawn Randolph Houser is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Universal South Records in 2008, he charted the single “Anything Goes”.

David Lee Murphy

March 30

David Lee Murphy is a successful singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN. His current hits include recordings by Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and the hit single “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean.

The World of Magic: Where a Dream Comes True


March 23

Produced and led by illusionist David Thomas, this story-driven theatrical experience features Las Vegas-style illusions, stunning costumes, beautiful set designs, whimsical humor and an inspired soundtrack. Thomas is an Emmy Award winner who has been a producer of world-class entertainment for more than 20 years.

Where a Dream Comes True follows a boy who is captivated by a magic show and driven to become a performer, only to be distracted from his dreams as he grows up. Perfect for a family outing, date night or an evening with friends, the World of Magic promises to capture your imagination and leave you amazed, intrigued and entertained.

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