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West Shore Community College (WSCC) is pleased to announce the 2024-2025 Performing Arts series, featuring a diverse lineup of performances that promise to captivate and inspire the community. This year’s series showcases a rich array of talent, offering something for everyone to enjoy.

The series kicks off on Oct. 11 with a performance by the MSU Bebop Spartans at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Audiences will be treated to an electrifying mix of bebop, swing, blues, and soul by some of the world’s finest young jazz musicians.

On Oct.24, the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast comes to life with the first of 13 shows at Center Stage Theater. This stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning animated feature includes all the beloved songs from the film. With a pit crew assembled from across the region, including Muskegon and Grand Rapids, this production is set to dazzle. The original Broadway production was nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Returning by popular demand, the Petersens will perform “American Roots and Christmas” at Petersen Auditorium in Ludington on Nov. 23. The family that is the #1 show in Branson, Missouri is delighted to return to the community for the holiday season. This performance is sure to bring festive cheer and warmth to the community.

The winter theater performance will be Steel Magnolias, running for eight shows starting at the end of February.  Concerned with a group of southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the banter of its characters.

In early April, acoustic music pioneer Sierra Hull will grace the stage at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.   She has graced the country’s most iconic stages, including Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and the White House.

The season will round out with performances by the Symphony, Drumline, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensembles in both winter and spring.

“We are thrilled to present such a rich and varied lineup for our community,” says Ted Malt, director of the Performing Arts Series and professor of music studies.  “This series highlights our commitment to bringing top-notch cultural experiences to the area.  Tickets for these events are expected to sell out quickly, so gets yours today!”

For more information on the schedule and to purchase tickets.