MACOA plans a full season of entertainment | Local

From a Beach Boys tribute concert to Junie B. Jones’ Essential School Survival Guide, the Mineral Area Council on the Arts (MACOA) will be “bringing it to Parkland” throughout its 2022-2023 season.

Since becoming a nonprofit community arts organization in 1990, MACOA has brought quality art and cultural events to the region. The 2022-2023 season will be no exception. The lineup offers events with artists from New York, Nashville and St. Louis to our region and something for everyone.

MACOA’s season will kick off with a fantastic Beach Boys Tribute concert at the Centene Center by Nashville-based band Sail On. The concert, co-sponsored by the City of Farmington, will take place at 7:00 pm on October 8. Sail On will transport audiences to the surf and sand of the 1960s and 1970s. Soak up your favorite Beach Boys songs like “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” Tickets are $15 and are available now at the Farmington Civic Center, 2 Black Knight Drive or by calling 573-756-0900.

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James Bond fans and music fans alike will be treated to a spectacular concert at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22, at the Centene Center. Shaken, Not Stirred, a concert featuring music from the James Bond films, orchestrated and directed by Dr. Kevin White, will transform the Mineral Area Fine Arts Academy Community Band into a “pop orchestra.” In addition to 007’s familiar instrumental theme songs, hand-picked vocalists will perform chart-topping hits such as “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Look of Love,” “Skyfall” and “Thunderball,” accompanied by the orchestra. Tickets are $15 and will be available August 22 at the Civic Center.

December will bring New York to Park Hills. Ezekiel Andrew starred in The Lion King on Broadway in November 2021. Since then, as an understudy, he has performed the role of Mufasa multiple times. This powerful baritone from Mississippi will be playing the Park Hills Mineral Area College Theater at 6pm on December 6th. Come enjoy a proud concert of a heritage of jazz, musical theater and anthems.

MACOA and the City of Farmington also announced that the TheaterWorks USA Children’s Theater Company of New York will return after a hiatus from travel. Bring the whole family at 2pm on February 25th at the Centene Center as this group brings the ever-popular character Junie B. Jones to life in the musical Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School.

For something completely different, at 7:00pm on March 25th, St. Louis’ Ed Reggie and Paper Slip Theater come to the Mineral Area College Theater for a hilarious improv comedy show titled “Whose Laugh Is It Anyway,” modeled after the popular TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” Quick thinking, wit, acting and musical talent combined with audience interaction and participation make this a fun, family-friendly evening of entertainment.

The 2022-2023 season is full of arts and entertainment that no one will want to miss. In addition to these stellar events, don’t forget the 9th ART Blooms Banner Contest, the 23rd K-12 Art Show, the 3rd Creative Writing Contest and Workshop, and the 2nd Brave Is Beautiful Local Hero Photo Exhibit.

MACOA is currently accepting donations from community businesses and individuals whose support makes the event season possible for this region. Visit https://mineralareaarts.org/donations/ to donate online.

Season tickets are the main option to secure entry to all the events described above. Save money and enjoy the convenience of having tickets shipped to your address approximately three weeks before each event. By buying now, you’ll get $60 in value for a purchase price of just $50. To purchase a season ticket online, visit https://bit.ly/MACOASeasonTicket22-23.

For more information, contact Scotty Adkins, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 573-518-2125.

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