Tickets now available for 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series

A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck Tenors” and a performance by an American country-pop superstar top the lineup for the 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University.

The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars starts its 11th season this fall in the 900-seat performance hall of WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Frank Ferrante will open the Series on Sept. 27 with "An Evening With Groucho," celebrating the 125th anniversary of the legendary comedian's birth.

Frank Ferrante will open the Series on Sept. 27 with “An Evening With Groucho,” celebrating the 125th anniversary of the legendary comedian’s birth. (Photo courtesy Michael Doucett)

The performances are:

• “An Evening with Groucho,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in a fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity commemorating Groucho’s 125th birthday.

• The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The audience will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bardo Arts Center with this two-hour show combining music ranging from Mozart to Monty Python, Bach to the Beatles, Chick Corea to Rossini, all punctuated by witty spontaneous humor.

• “3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Wearing mullets on their heads and stomping their feet, these unique vocalists whoop and holler through holiday music, providing head-to-toe fun for the whole family.

• Juice Newton, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist, Newton has received five Grammy award nominations in the pop and country best female vocalist categories. Her hit songs include “Angel of the Morning,” “Queen of Hearts,” “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known),” “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,” “Break It to Me Gently,” “You Make Me Want to Make You Mine,” “Hurt” and “Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers).”

Galumpha performs feats of acrobatic dance.

Galumpha performs feats of acrobatic dance.

• Galumpha – Acrobatic Dance Trio, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment.

• “Parents Night Out,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Comedians Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton present a comedy for grownups (recommended for 18 years+), looking at parenting from both sides as well as examining family, marriage, minivans and minor mayhem.

• Mike Super – Magic & Illusion, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon” series and finalist in “America’s Got Talent,” Mike Super redefines magic with a production that is more than just illusions – a journey featuring laughter, intrigue, danger, fear and wonder.

The United Kingdom Ukelele Orchestra combines humor with music in their performances.

The United Kingdom Ukelele Orchestra combines humor with music in their performances.

The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization (celebrating its fifth anniversary this year). Series tickets and single tickets for the 2015-16 series’ first performance, “An Evening With Groucho,” are available online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828-227-2479.

Series subscriptions are now available at a substantial savings over individual ticket prices. Patrons can enjoy all seven shows in the season for $120 for adults and $45 for students and children. Subscriptions allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats and also are an affordable way for families to enjoy live entertainment.

Individual performance prices are $21 for adults; $16 for WCU faculty and staff; and $7 for students and children. Ticket prices are $15 per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets for remaining individual events go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 11.