MACOA plans a full season of entertainment | local

From a Beach Boys tribute concert to Junie B. Jones’ Essential School Survival Guide, the Mineral Area Council on the Arts (MACOA) will “bring it to Parkland” for its 2022-2023 season .

Since becoming a non-profit community arts organization in 1990, MACOA has brought quality arts and cultural events to the region. The 2022-2023 season will be no exception. The lineup features events featuring artists from New York, Nashville, and St. Louis in our region and something for everyone.

The MACOA season will kick off with a fantastic Beach Boys tribute concert at the Centene Center by Nashville group Sail On. Co-sponsored by the city of Farmington, the concert will take place at 7 pm on October 8. Sail On will transport audiences to the surf and sand of the 1960s and 1970s. Enjoy your favorite Beach Boys songs, including “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” Tickets are $15 and are available now at the Farmington Civic Center, 2 Black Knight Drive, or by calling 573-756-0900.

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James Bond fans and music fans alike will be treated to a spectacular concert at 7pm on Saturday, October 22 at the Centene Center. Shaken, Not Stirred, a concert of music from the James Bond films, orchestrated and directed by Dr. Kevin White, will transform the Mineral Area Fine Arts Academy Community Band into a “pop orchestra.” In addition to the familiar 007 instrumental theme songs, hand-picked vocalists will perform chartbusters such as “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Look of Love,” “Skyfall” and “Thunderball” accompanied by the orchestra. Tickets are $15 and will be available Aug. 22 at the Civic Center.

December will bring New York City to Park Hills. Ezekiel Andrew performed in the Lion King chorus on Broadway in November 2021. Since then, as an understudy, he has performed the role of Mufasa on many occasions. This powerful baritone from Mississippi will perform at the Park Hills Mineral Area College Theater at 6pm on December 6th. Come and enjoy a proud heritage concert of jazz, musical theater and anthems.

MACOA and the City of Farmington have also announced that New York-based children’s theater group TheaterWorks USA will return after a travel hiatus. Bring the whole family at 2:00 PM on February 25th at the Centene Center as this group brings the ever-popular character Junie B. Jones to life in Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School Musical.

For something completely different, at 7 p.m. on March 25, Ed Reggi and the Paper Slip Theater in St. Louis come to the Mineral Area College Theater for a hilarious comedy improv show called “Whose Laugh Is It Anyway,” inspired by the popular TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” Quick thinking, wit, acting and musical talent combined with audience interaction and participation make this an evening of fun, family-friendly entertainment.

The 2022-2023 season is full of art and entertainment that no one will want to miss. In addition to these stellar events, don’t miss the 9th ART Blooms Banner Contest, the 23rd K-12 Art Show, the 3rd Creative Writing Contest and Workshop, and the 2nd Brave Is Beautiful Photo Exhibit of Local Heroes .

MACOA is currently accepting donations from businesses and individuals in the community whose support helps keep the event season affordable for this region. Visit https://mineralareaarts.org/donations/ to donate online.

Passes are the primary option to guarantee entry to all events as described above. Save money and get the convenience of having tickets mailed to your address approximately three weeks before each event. By buying now, you’ll get $60 worth of value for just $50 in purchase price. To purchase a season ticket online, visit https://bit.ly/MACOASeasonTicket22-23.

For more information, contact Scottye Adkins, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 573-518-2125.

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