December 5-6, 2013
Join us for this heartwarming annual holiday celebration from the students in Merrimack Hall’s Johnny Stallings Arts Program. Jack Frost has been working overtime and is filling the Merrimack Hall stage with the magical, childlike wonder that can only come from a snow day! And those northern winds are also blowing in a very special cast and crew to help us get ready for the season. A celebration of the spirit of the holidays, this show is a snowstorm of talent from the remarkable students in Dance Your Dreams! and Project UP.
Three on a String
December 14, 2013
Over the past 40 years, Three on a String (Jerry Ryan on guitar, Bobby Horton on banjo, Brad Ryan on bass ) has recorded albums and performed on bills with the likes of the Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Williams Jr., the Statler Brothers, Bill Cosby, Red Skelton and numerous symphonies.
7th Annual Evening of Dance
January 10-11, 2014
Merrimack Hall is proud to present our 7th Annual Evening of Dance, a weekend of dance showcasing performance and choreography talent from across the Southeast. Created in 2007, local dance studios are invited to participate in this celebration of dance, which includes public performances and master classes with professional visiting artists like Wade Robson, Sabra Johnson, Tyce Diorio, Andre Fuentes, Nick Gonzalez and more.
Dixie's Tupperware Party
January 23-25, 2014
Back once again by popular demand! In her fourth appearance at Merrimack Hall, Dixie Longate is back with a fresh load of “plastic crap!” The fast-talking Tupperware Lady packed up and left her Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm. Join her as she travels the country throwing good ol’ fashioned Tupperware parties filled with outrageously funny tales, giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theatre stage.
Ricky Nelson Remembered ft. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
February 28-March 1, 2014
This unique multimedia entertainment experience features the live music of Ricky Nelson (including “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Garden Party”) performed by Ricky’s twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. Celebrate the life of America’s original ‘Teen Idol’ with never-before-seen video footage of the Nelson family that includes interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson.
CORBiAN Visual Arts and Dance (in Collaboration with Lightwire Theater)
April 2, 2014
Lightwire Theater presents DiNO-Light, created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rendering original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DiNO-Light has been praised by audiences all over the world for its cutting edge blend of puppetry and technology. Don’t miss the show Broadway World calls, “An eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Corbian Visual Arts and Dance is a force to be reckoned with.”
Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw
April 5, 2014
Hosted by Victoria Shaw, Under The Covers has become a recurring highlight at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City and at Merrimack Hall, featuring a wide variety of top-selling songwriters and musical acts from across the pop, rock and country worlds, and offering intimate acoustic performances of huge hit songs — along with the little-known stories behind them. Details
April 11-12, 2014
From the producers of The Official Blues Brothers Revue and The Marvelous Wonderettes comes a new musical journey through the California pop scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Join a group of young dreamers as they converge on the sunny Pacific shore to celebrate the harmonies of a new age. Folk musicians grew out their hair, plugged in Fenders and Rickenbackers and the radio sizzled with the tight harmonies and dreamy lyrics that stitched Malibu, Greenwich Village and Haight Ashbury together in an explosion of music that was dance-able, sing-able and oh, so romantic. California Dreaming is a sun-kissed song and dance tribute to the pop music of a new generation. Songs like “What a Day for a Daydream,” “I Get Around,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Little GTO,” “Sloop John B” and “California Dreaming” make this the sunniest, most nostalgic stage show in America!
An Evening with Roger McGuinn
April 26, 2014
Mr. Tambourine Man not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential 1960s group The Byrds, he was on the leading edge of music, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, creating the genre known as “folk rock.” Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded ten albums, a GRAMMY® nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since. In 1981, Roger decided it was time to return to his folk roots and began touring solo acoustic. Arista records released “Back From Rio” in 1991, a rock album that included his friends Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn and John Jorgensen. After touring extensively to support the album, he returned to his roots: folk music. His most recent album, Treasures from the Folk Den, includes favorite songs from the Folk Den with the added bonus of duets with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Frank and Mary Hamilton, and was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2002 for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Dream Big! Spring Recital
May 3, 2014
Merrimack Hall is home to the Johnny Stallings Arts Program, which provides arts education to individuals with special needs through classes like Dance Your Dreams!, Project UP, Inspired HeARTs and Camp Merrimack. Since the program launched in 2008, Merrimack Hall has held an annual spring recital to celebrate the achievements of these precious students. All students in Dance Your Dreams! and Project UP perform in this afternoon celebration. These children and teens live with a variety of challenges, including Down syndrome, cerebal palsy, autism, cancer and more. Each student is assisted by a coach who commits one year to volunteering in the program. The recital is also a major fundraiser for the following year’s program - a chance for the public and supporters to give back while also showing support for these incredible performers. The recital also recognizes citizens with the annual Dream Big! Award. These winners, just like our students, have followed their own dreams despite the challenges they faced. All proceeds from the recital directly benefit the 2013-14 Johnny Stallings Arts Program classes.
Send our JSAP Students to Los Angeles!
July 27, 2013
Students from Merrimack Hall's Project UP have been invited to perform at the Dizzy Feet Foundation's National Celebration of Dance on July 27, 2013. Find out how you can help send them to perform in Los Angeles alongside such artists as the American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Dance Company, and more! Details
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