April 25, 2014

MSC OPAS Announces New Season

Anything Goes!

Season Includes Three Broadway National Tours (Anything Goes, Sister Act, Guys & Dolls),
The Texas Tenors, The Swingle Singers, The Great Gatsby, Jungle Jack Hanna
and a Blockbuster Mystery Event to be Announced Soon


OPAS officials announced the events coming to the 2014-15 “Good Times” season on Thursday evening, April 24 to hundreds of OPAS season ticket holders, donors and supporters in Rudder Theatre. The lineup of performances to be presented from September 2014 to April 2015 includes five events on the Ann Cobb Wiatt Main Stage series, five on the Intimate Gatherings series, two on the OPAS JR series and two on the OPAS Family series. The evening’s announcements also included a tease that OPAS will unveil additional events coming to the season very soon.

Due to growing season ticket demand, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, May 29 at 7 PM immediately following a 30-minute special presentation on KBTX. This gives renewing season ticket buyers one month to turn in their renewal orders. On May 29, season and single tickets will be available at the MSC Box Office (979-845-1234) or online at MSCOPAS.org. Season ticket packages offer savings opportunities ranging from 10-15% off single ticket prices. Season ticket package buyers are seated before single ticket buyers. Unless noted otherwise, all events will be performed in the Rudder Theatre Complex at Texas A&M.

Of the new season, OPAS Executive Director Anne Black states, “The business model for performing arts presenting is changing. These events we are announcing in April lay the foundation for our “Good Times!” season. Because a growing number of artists and producers confirm their tours later than we’ve grown accustomed, we will be adding a few exciting events to this season in the coming months. For the majority of these added events, our season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. As always, we highly encourage patrons to purchase season ticket packages!”

Black is appreciative of the 2014-15 Program Advisory Committee for their flexibility, patience and willingness to accommodate a variety of artists announcing tour availability later in the year. The volunteers who served on this year’s committee with Anne Black are Loretta Foster, Jay Granberry, Tim Jones, Jay Woodward, Stephen Wright and TAMU students Reese Atkinson, Katy Brownd and Mariah Mackay.

Black teases that OPAS is “this close” to finalizing the details of a very big Special Event that will likely appear on the season in mid to late October. At press time, Black is unable to officially confirm the artist. But she hints that a blockbuster performance by a big name artist will be announced in the coming weeks. For the Special Event, Main Stage season ticket buyers will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

Plenty of “Good Times” await audiences with the Ann Cobb Wiatt Main Stage series. The OPAS signature series will open with a Texas-sized concert starring John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher better known as The Texas Tenors (September 26, sponsored by Aggieland Credit Union). October brings the Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s saucy and splendid Anything Goes (October 21, sponsored by Tom and Mary Kirk of McGregor, Texas). Following that, Broadway fever hits a joyful note with the feel-amazing musical comedy smash Sister Act (November 5, sponsored by Spirit of Texas Bank). Often called the most perfect musical comedy ever written, the hit national tour of Guys & Dolls comes to Rudder in 2015 (February 7). The final event on the Main Stage series is one of the most requested programs in recent OPAS history. Back by popular demand, RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles  returns (February 13, sponsored by Blue Bell Creameries). Season ticket packages for all five events start at $160. All Main Stage events will begin at 7:30 PM and will be performed in Rudder Auditorium.


The Intimate Gatherings series, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Sterling Auto Group and Karbach Brewing Company, begins with legends of the a cappella scene – The Swingle Singers (October 16). Just one week before November’s general election is the perfect time to enjoy those equal opportunity offenders The Capitol Steps (October 28). Five Steinway pianos will fill the stage when The 5 Browns perform a holiday concert (December 5).  Two plays conclude the Intimate Gatherings series; John Ball’s In The Heat of the Night adapted by Matt Perfrey and performed by L.A. Theatre Works (February 10) and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby adapted for the stage by Simon Levy and performed by Montana Repertory Theatre (March 5).  All Intimate Gatherings events will begin at 7:30 PM and will be performed in Rudder Theatre at TAMU. Most performances will include a Q&A with the artists following the performance. Season tickets to all five events start at only $135.

Now in its second season, families of all ages (including those hard to please teenagers!) will enjoy these two events coming to the 2014-15 OPAS season as part of the OPAS Family series. Sponsored by Chick-fil-A Aggieland & South College Station, Primrose School of College Station, and OPAS Encore!, the series features the high-flying aerialists and artists of The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (October 7) and Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! version of his popular television show (February 28). Both OPAS Family events will begin at 7 PM and be performed in Rudder Auditorium. Season tickets to the OPAS Family series are $48.

Sponsored by Chick-fil-A Aggieland & South College Station, Primrose School of College Station, and OPAS Encore!, OPAS JR welcomes the live version of the hit PBS Show Wild Kratts Live! (February 22, Rudder Auditorium) and the return of the undersea musical adventure John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean (March 28, Rudder Theatre, sponsored by George Bush Presidential Library & Museum). Season tickets to OPAS JR are only $34.

For more information about all of the events coming to the Brazos Valley as part of the new OPAS season, please visit www.MSCOPAS.org.

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ABOUT MSC OPAS: Founded in 1972, OPAS at Texas A&M University – a organization of the Memorial Student Center – presents professional productions of theatre, music and dance programs that enlighten, entertain and inspire audiences of the Brazos Valley. OPAS programs are funded by revenue generated from ticket sales, sponsorships, and contributions.


MEDIA NOTE: High resolution images for all events on the 2014-15 OPAS season are available upon request.

Please contact Craig Boleman (972.717.5181/craig@soloshoe.com) or Becky Wade (979.845.1661/becky@msc.tamu.edu).


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