UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday, June 23, for each presentation in the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State 2014–15 season. The September-through-April season features 28 performances from around the globe, including the touring Broadway shows “Mamma Mia!,” “Camelot,” “Sister Act” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Celtic favorites The Chieftains, folk singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, Polish dance company Mazowsze, Broadway singer Brian Stokes Mitchell and new-wave classical ensembles are also among the highlights.
Tickets also go on sale June 23 for “Mosaic,” a Penn State School of Music concert, and the opera “La Bohème,” a Penn State College of Arts and Architecture production.
Tickets for the Eisenhower and Schwab auditorium events can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/Uh4kMM or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at three State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Touring Broadway musicals include the crowd-pleasing “Mamma Mia!” on Oct. 23 and a new adaptation of “Camelot” on Nov. 18. Making its Center for the Performing Arts debut is the musical comedy hit “Sister Act” on Feb. 10. A madcap evening of fun awaits at the non-musical play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a prequel about Peter Pan, on April 21.
Cirque Alfonse’s “Timber!” on Oct. 8 features Quebec acrobats, accompanied by folk musicians, who defy gravity and perform feats of agility and strength inspired by the exploits of the first North American lumberjacks.
The fourth season of the Classical Music Project includes seven concerts and an array of artist interaction opportunities. Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, with American cellist Joshua Roman as soloist, performs on Nov. 11. Eighth blackbird delivers a program including “Pieces of Winter Sky,” a work by Aaron Jay Kernis co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts, on April 2. Brooklyn Rider, a quartet hailed as “the future of chamber music,” plays on April 14.
The season brings two special projects accompanied by a variety of free public engagement activities. “Basetrack,” on Oct. 29, is a multimedia contemporary theater work inspired by U.S. Marines, who served in Afghanistan, and their families. “The Nile Project,” which concludes the season on April 23, is a collaboration of musicians from countries along the world’s longest river.
Jazz offerings include violinist Regina Carter exploring her family’s roots in “Southern Comfort," Brazil’s SpokFrevo Orquestra, French-born singer Cyrille Aimée and Brussels Jazz Orchestra performing “Graphicology,” a combination of big band music and graphic story images.
For the family, Imago Theatre performs “Frogz” with human-sized sloths, escaped penguins, finicky frogs, red-eyed reptiles, personable paper bags, devilish strings and other fanciful things on Feb. 6. “The Lightning Thief,” a Theatreworks USA production, brings the fantasy-adventure novel to life in a musical April 12.