2018-09-13 / Scene

PIX Theatre lineup includes many nationally-performing acts this year

LAPEER — The beginning of every new season at The PIX Theatre in downtown Lapeer marks a fresh start and an exciting new lineup of programming. The orange and yellow lights of the historic sign in the crisp autumn air represent the promise of what’s to come. This season, however, is a little bit different. There’s more excitement, more promise, more events and a lineup that’s sure to keep a line out the door from October until May.

“This is the first year we’ve really stepped outside of our comfort zone,” said Executive Director of The Greater Lapeer Center for the Arts Jill Lyons, who has overseen the programming of the at the PIX and Gallery 194 for the past four years. “We’ve booked some really major, nationally touring acts. This is my fifth season, and every year since then we’ve been adding more and better acts. And following last year’s success, we wanted to keep that going. We’re following the philosophy that if we build it, they will come. We’re very excited about this year.”

The programming at The PIX varies greatly from musical acts, to comedy, from dramatic plays and ensemble pieces to community theatre, from tribute artists to special events.

First on the long list of performances is the outside-the-box Tony & Tina’s Wedding, which is an immersive theatre experience, which will take place at the Lapeer Center (Building). Attendees will be immersed in what appears to be a family wedding, but is in fact a performance art piece that includes everyone in the crowd. Guests will join Tony and Tina’s “extended family and friends” as guests in their hilarious ceremony and over-the-top reception that follows. You’ll enjoy an Italian pasta buffet, champagne toast, wedding cake and a five-piece band to provide music for all to dance the night away as a part of the overall performance unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Along with Tony & Tina, nationallyperforming acts this year will include Ronny Cox, Dave Bennett, Rick Vito and a blues festival, a Patsy Cline Tribute that is sure to be a crowdpleaser, ABBA Tribute, Paul the Beatle, Tim McGraw Tribute band, The Diamonds Broadway Jukebox and many, many more.

Plays this year will include Sister’s Christmas Catechism, a nationallyrecognized and critically-renowned nativity mystery, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lapeer Community Theatre Holiday Show, and several more dramatic and comedic theatrical performances.

“We definitely want to honor the crowd favorites and bring those back for our guests, but we also want to surprise our guests and give them new stuff that we really think they’ll enjoy,” said Lyons. “We want to keep the momentum going from last year and we really believe that there’s so much to be excited about in this year’s lineup. It’s going to be a great season unlike we’ve ever had.”

For more information, visit www.centerfortheartslapeer.org.

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