In The Studio With Michael Jackson

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In The Studio With MJ 2018 – The Seminar 11am – 5:30pm
Four studio albums.  Countless sessions.  Video mixes.  Dance mixes.  Three world tours.  A ranch called “Neverland.”  This was Brad Sundberg’s life and career for nearly 18 years, working closely with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.  This is your chance to hear of the music, the stories behind the music, and what it was like to be a part of Michael’s team.  This is a one-of-a-kind music, photo and video-filled seminar.

Brad had the opportunity to work closely in the studio and at Neverland Valley Ranch with Michael Jackson.  He was Michael’s technical director and one of the engineers on four studio albums including “Bad”, “Dangerous”, “HIStory”, and “Blood On The Dancefloor.”  (Michael even gave Brad the nickname “Really, Really Brad”.)  These mammoth projects (including production, tour-prep and countless remixes) took upwards of 16 months each.  You will see and hear what it was like to be in the studio with Michael and the team of engineers and producers who created these songs, through a carefully crafted timeline of music, video and behind-the-scenes info.  From “Captain Eo” to “Man In The Mirror” to “Smile”, Brad was there, and you will hear about the production process.

Brad is generous with his insights and knowledge, and there will be time for questions.  The multi-media seminar features many new segments and dual video screens to bring you into the studio like you never thought was possible.

If you are a fan of Michael’s music, or are curious about how those albums were recorded and the staggering amount of tapes, tracks and time invested, you will not want to miss “In The Studio With MJ – 2017”.

The Tour Of Neverland and The Extended Remix 6pm – 9:30pm
The Extended Remix is part seminar, part listening session, part MJU recap, part hands-on mixing to some of your favorite songs.  Fewer stories, more music, lots of things to discover.  A very casual, one-of-a-kind, hands-on event in the studio hearing music in a whole new way.

Included in “The Extended Remix” is the Tour Of Neverland segment.  Michael tapped Brad to help in the early days of designing and building Neverland Valley Ranch, his incredible home.  The ranch was filled with rides, music and surprises waiting to be discovered.  He commissioned Brad to bring music to virtually ever corner.  Michael would even give him specific playlists for certain areas of the ranch, to create just the right environment. The Tour Of Neverland will give you a sense of the size, attention to detail and creative magic of Michael’s dream home.

Think of it as hanging out in a studio – or even a family room – with Brad as he plays mixes, video clips, photos anything else that won’t fit into the seminar.  Try your hand at building a dance mix.  Dig deep into the catalog and hear Michael’s music as if for the first time.  Bigger and better than ever – The Extended Remix is a day you will not soon forget!
Truly a very unique experience for Michael’s fans.

A Christmas Carol

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Sun, Dec 18 at 2 and 7pm

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, returns to Clearwater with its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol, playing at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2 and 7 pm.

This fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale has become a Yuletide tradition. The story was adapted for the stage by Charles Jones, former executive director of the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. The Caravan has been touring this adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. It is one of the most widely viewed productions of the Dickens tale in the nation, annually performing for over 100,000 people in over 60 cities across the country.

A cherished tradition, this is the longest-running touring production of A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 23 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of timeless carols such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Away In a Manger and Here We Come A-Wassailing are interwoven within this beloved Dickens classic, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

The Wizard of Oz

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This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Thurs, July 14, 7:30 p.m. performance will be Sign Language Interpreted.

The Ladies of Eola Heights put on their high heels at The Abbey

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Orlando – Ten years after it was originally staged at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House, Michael Wanzie’s The Ladies of Eola Heights gets a chance to show it’s dysfunction and madness at The Abbey.

Director Kenny Howardis the new artistic director at The Abbey and this will be his first production in that position. But it’s not the first time Howard has worked with Wanzie. He directed this very show before and brings popular local actors Peg O’Keef (“Opal”), Beth Marshall (“Pearl”) and Blue Starr (“Ruby”) alongside original cast member Sam “Miss Sammy” Singhaus (“June/Jackson”) in this story of sisterhood, which runs July 10-28.

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