Peoples Bank Theatre Summer-Fall Spotlight Series Tickets On Sale May 3

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The historic Peoples Bank Theatre announces a new season that welcomes back a couple of past audience favorites, as well as an award-winning author and humorist, a throwback to a famous night in 1956, and shows for the family, including a recent America’s Got Talent finalist group.

Tickets for the Summer-Fall Spotlight Series go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3.

Travis Tritt. (Submitted)
Travis Tritt. (Submitted)

Travis Tritt
Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m.

Peoples Bank Theatre opens its Summer-Fall Season with the return of Travis Tritt, whose solo acoustic performance was part of the theatre’s grand reopening in January 2016. This time, Tritt returns with his full band, just after celebrating his 25th Anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry.

More than 25 years after Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early 1990s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” Over the course of his career, he
has amassed more than 25 million career album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt released a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre.


Summer Theatre: Cabaret and The Merchant of Venice
Cabaret: June 23-25 & June 30-July 2
Merchant of Venice: June 29-July 2 & July 7-9

In partnership with the Marietta College Theatre Department, Peoples Bank Theatre presents summer stock productions of Cabaret and William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Set in pre-World War II Berlin, Cabaret follows the unlikely romance of struggling American writer Clifford Bradshaw and cabaret performer Sally Bowles. As the time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to uncertain and dangerous.

Overlapping with the run of Cabaret is the fourth annual Shakespeare By The River production of The Merchant of Venice, playing in Muskingum Park. The Merchant of Venice, written between 1596 and 1598, is Shakespeare’s comedy centered around love, money, prejudice and social injustice, featuring some of the bard’s most memorable and complex characters.

Steve Earle (Submitted)
Steve Earle (Submitted)

Steve Earle & The Dukes
Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m.

Steve Earle is often described as “the working man’s songwriter,” inhabiting the space between outlaw country and heartland rock-and-roll. A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle is a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. Earle has also held roles in HBO’s The Wire, and Treme both to critical acclaim. In 2011 he released his debut novel, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, and an album by the same name.

Ronnie MIlsap (Submitted)
Ronnie MIlsap (Submitted)

Ronnie Milsap
Friday, August 11 at 8 p.m.

Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. Over the course of his career, Milsap has compiled 40 number-one Country hits. His sales have earned him eight gold albums, and his Greatest Hits release made him one of the first artists in any genre to obtain double-platinum status. Steeped in the mountain music of the North Carolina hills and schooled in classical piano, Milksop’s early in life found inspiration in a wide variety of music. Even as he mastered Beethoven and Mozart, his heart belonged to hardcore country and rhythm-and-blues — music he heard beamed from powerful radio stations located in Nashville. Those earthy sounds about life and love provided a young, impoverished blind boy with a connection to a world beyond the harsh reality of his daily existence.


Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m.

Catapult Entertainment came into the spotlight as a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2013 and has captivated audiences since with its shadow dancing and the ability of the troupe’s dancers to transform their bodies into seemingly impossible images.

Catapult’s imaginative performances combine the art forms of dance, story-telling and sculpture. The Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us – a mountain, a full-size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window and people inside the window.

Catapult has spent the past 3 years touring more than 300 cities in Europe and is now bringing its show back to the U.S.

David Sedaris (Hugh Hamrick)
David Sedaris (Hugh Hamrick)

An Afternoon with David Sedaris
Sunday, October 29 at 3 p.m.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. The audio version of his latest best seller Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is a 56th Annual Grammy Award nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. In addition to the best seller list, his musings can be found in magazines, on public radio, in film, and on the stage.

Sedaris will share all-new stories and observations, including material from his upcoming May 30 book release: Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, followed by an audience Q&A.

Dr. Kaboom (Submitted)
Dr. Kaboom (Submitted)

Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire: The Electricity Tour
Friday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

Doktor Kaboom! brings his interactive one-man show to Marietta, blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Imagine Mister Wizard and the Nutty Professor had a rock star German love child. Picture that child, decades later, touring the world with a fully-equipped lab and a love of performance. Doktor Kaboom! Takes his audience on an educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

In Live Wire: The Eletricity Tour (commissioned by the Kennedy Center in 2014) Doktor Kaboom! will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential.


One Night in Memphis
Saturday, November 4 at 8 p.m.

“One Night in Memphis” is a concert tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, featuring a full night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure ’50s rock and roll music performed live and backed by an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. Created and directed by John Mueller from the highly-acclaimed show, “Winter Dance Party” the show bears witness to a rock and roll royalty jam session with the music and talent that has stood the test of time, with favorites including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and many more.


My Father’s Dragon
Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

Based on the children stories of Ruth Stiles Gannett, Enchantment Theatre Company brings My Father’s Dragon to life on stage in celebration of the book’s 70th anniversary.

With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this adventure is brought to the stage in Enchantment Theatre’s distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company tells the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue striped dragon.


Carol of the King: The Irish Christmas Spectacular

Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m.

The 2017 Spotlight Series concludes with Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular. The performance features the return of Justin Boros and the troupe that brought the popular Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular to Peoples Bank Theatre’s stage for its inaugural season. Boros, former lead dancer from Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and founder of Two Step Productions, leads 20 of the world’s top Irish dancers and musicians in lightning-fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft-shoe jigs. Carol of the King brings a Christmas story of love and salvation to life against a backdrop of ancient ruins.

Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours at the box office are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and one-to-two hours prior to most performances.

Located at 222 Putnam Street in historic downtown Marietta, Peoples Bank Theatre is managed by the nonprofit Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association.