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Jo Dee Messina, Garrison Keillor headline Raue Center's new season

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:10 p.m. CDT
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Jo Dee Messina headlines the 2014/15 season for the Raue Center for the Arts. Tickets for the country star's Oct. 16 performance go on sale Aug. 5.

Country star Jo Dee Messina and radio legend Garrison Keillor are among the acts recently announced as part of the Raue Center For The Arts’ new season.

Known for hits, such as “Heads Carolina, Tales California,” and having recently released the album “Me,” Messina is slated to perform Oct. 16, with tickets going on sale at noon Aug. 5. Keillor is scheduled to perform Sept. 22.

The season runs through June of 2015 and also includes two premiere dramas – “Hands on a Hardbody” and “Water” – by the Raue Center’s in-house theater company, Williams Street Repertory. “Hardbody” is slated to run in November and December, while “Water” is scheduled for April 2015.

The season also includes Chicago performer Mike Toomey presenting his one-man show “TV & Me” on Jan. 10, 2015, and Beatles cover band American English on Nov. 1. Shows, such as Corky Siegel on Oct. 25 and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 12, will return for another year.

“We are so excited about the [new] season, particularly the legendary Garrison Keillor, to whom so many of us have grown up listening, as well as the upcoming [Williams Street Repertory] shows that are really putting live theatre back at the forefront of this season’s line-up. We also have mixed in just the right amount of musical acts this season,” said Melissa Thomfohrda, the Raue Center’s director of marketing.

Williams Street also is presenting two one-person shows in September: “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” to be performed by Amanda Flahive and “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” to be performed by Ivan Ewert. In addition, the theater company will perform “Married Alive!” in February 2015.

Joining these shows are audience favorites, such as Lucy’s Comedy Café – beginning Aug. 15 – and a revamped Lucy’s Music series, featuring Elsten Torres on Oct. 4.

Raue Center continues its Mission Imagination program geared toward younger audiences with the Mad River Theatre Works drama “Wings of Courage” on Nov. 5. The show focuses on the life and times of the first African-American fighter pilot. Lightwire Theatre’s performance of “The Ugly Duckling” on Feb. 25, 2015, will blend new technology with folklore.

“This season seems to me to strike a perfect balance between uniquely entertaining theatre and outstanding musical performance,” said Phillip Denofrio, the Raue Center’s marketing assistant.

Tickets to these events and more are available at www.rauecenter.org, 815-356-9212 or at the Box Office at 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.

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