For the Fun of It: Garrison Keillor Is Special 2011 OPAS Event

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Garrison Keillor's September 8 performance is a recent addition to the OPAS Season.After 39 years of bringing world-class entertainment home to the Brazos Valley, MSC OPAS is dressed to impress with its 2011-2012 “For the Fun of It” season. The article of clothing in the spotlight? Red shoes.

Garrison Keillor – author, storyteller, radio personality and host of the Minnesota Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion – is returning to Rudder Auditorium during his Summer Love Tour, and he’s bringing his signature red sneakers. Tickets sold out early when Keillor last came to Aggieland.

“We are obviously very excited to have Mr. Keillor back again,” says Anne Black, MSC OPAS’s executive director. “He came a couple of years ago for an evening of storytelling, and tickets sold out. We have been trying to get the whole show to come to Rudder for about five years now. People who are public radio listeners who are also A Prairie Home Companion listeners should be excited to know that Fred Newman will also be here.”

Garrison Keillor’s September 8 performance is a recent addition to the OPAS Season.After 39 years of bringing world-class entertainment home to the Brazos Valley, MSC OPAS is dressed to impress with its 2011-2012 “For the Fun of It” season. The article of clothing in the spotlight? Red shoes.

Garrison Keillor – author, storyteller, radio personality and host of the Minnesota Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion – is returning to Rudder Auditorium during his Summer Love Tour, and he’s bringing his signature red sneakers. Tickets sold out early when Keillor last came to Aggieland.

“We are obviously very excited to have Mr. Keillor back again,” says Anne Black, MSC OPAS’s executive director. “He came a couple of years ago for an evening of storytelling, and tickets sold out. We have been trying to get the whole show to come to Rudder for about five years now. People who are public radio listeners who are also A Prairie Home Companion listeners should be excited to know that Fred Newman will also be here.”

A Prairie Home Companion, which has been a mainstay in public radio since its inception in 1974, will consist of crisp jazz, passionate duets, English Majors and Poesy, and will feature the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and sound effects genius, Fred Newman. Also included in the lineup are favorite segments Guy Noir Private Eye and The Cowboys Dusty and Lefty.  Of course, no Prairie Home Companion performance would be complete without the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

Garrison Keillor’s September 8 performance is a recent addition to the 2011-2012 OPAS season and tickets for this special event are not included in season ticket packages. For more information, visit http://opas.tamu.edu/, or to purchase tickets by phone, call the MSC Box Office at (979) 845-1234.

Main Stage

September 8
Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Summer Love Tour 2011
Garrison Keillor’s seasoned live variety show.

October 7
National Acrobats of China
Cirque performances taken to a whole new level by a repertoire of internationally prize winning acts.

October 25-26
Young Frankenstein
A wickedly inspired reimagining of the Mel Brooks Frankenstein legend.

November 14-15

South Pacific
Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning, sweeping romantic story of two couple in a time of war.

November 29-30
A Tuna Christmas
Joe Sears and Jaston Williams play all 24 citizens in this hilarious holiday production about Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas.

February 1, 2012
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Moulin Rouge
A breathtaking new ballet about the infamous French cabaret that was the Paris hotspot at the turn of the century.

February 27, 2012

Max Raabe and The Palast Orchester
A high style, nostalgic recreation of the sounds of German dance and film music of pre-WWII times.

March 2-4, 2012
Blue Man Group
A high-octane, theatrical experience that nurtures an escape from the ordinary.

March 27, 2012
In The Heights
A Tony Award winner for Best Musical about a community of hard-working immigrants in Manhattan.

Intimate Gatherings

September 22
The Capitol Steps
A hearty, laugh-filled performance featuring Senate staffers satirizing the people who employ them.

October 18
Masters of the Fiddle
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy is a duo impossible to beat with high-energy, toe-tapping sounds.

February 14-17, 2012
A Valentine from Broadway at Miramont Country Club
A cabaret starring four-time Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman.

March 7, 2012
Doubt: A Parable
The 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning play providing an evening theatre experience with an emotionally and intellectually captivating story.

April 17-18, 2012
Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from The Titanic
Award-winning actress Deborah Jean Templin uses actual diaries, letters and interviews to weave stories of eight women on the Titanic.

OPAS Jr

October 2
Charlotte’s Web
TheatreWorks USA presents a musical version of the lovable E.B. White classic about Wilbur the pig and his spider friend, Charlotte.

February 11, 2012
John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean
A live, undersea musical puppet adventure about three fish friends who go on a remarkable journey after finding a treasure map.