The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association is gearing up for its 24th year of bringing the best in the performing arts to East Texas. Merle Haggard opens the season on September 1. Enjoy Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Shoji Tabuchi, Mary Stuart & Yakov Smirnoff and the talents of many more artists this year. With world-music, classical Christmas shows, country music legends and hilarious stand-up comedy, this year’s season is fun for the whole family!
PWFAA is a non-profit arts organization that provides arts education programs for the children of East Texas as well as bringing nationally-touring artists for public performances. Over 70 percent of PWFAA’s programming is geared to arts education programs for children. One of the children’s programs this year is Lyle Gogen’s one-woman show “Stick and Stones” with its great “anti-bullying” message. There are also educational components of the touring shows, artist residencies and the Missoula Children’s Theatre annual visit for theatrical workshops and a musical production. These shows strive to educate, enrich and entertain the youth of East Texas through exposure to the performing arts.
New season memberships go on sale August 12. Single tickets for Merle Haggard and the Polkafest go on sale August 12 at 9:00am. All other shows go on sale August 29. For more information go to www.pwfaa.org or call the PWFAA office at (936) 544-4276.
PWFAA 2014-2015 Season
September 1: Merle Haggard
The legendary Merle Haggard with 40 number one hits and scores of Top Ten songs. Having won several music awards, both as a performer and as a songwriter, Haggard was inducted in 1994 into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.
September 13: Piney Woods PolkaFest with Brave Combo
Back by popular demand, the Grammy-winning Brave Combo! The PolkaFest is a good time to learn the Chicken Dance while enjoying authentic German food and drink!
October 7: Caravanserai- Diplomats of Drums
The Diplomats of Drum celebrate musical and cultural diversity with festive performances that have been called “joyously Malaysian,” and the band members describe their genre as “music without borders.”
November 10: Imago- Frogz
The New York Times raved, “A mastery of mime, dance and acrobatics.” From its adaptations of classics to excursions into vaudevillian existentialism, Imago’s creators have been called alchemists, magicians, theatrical animators, and physical comedians.
December 4: Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol’ has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, this show is produced by the prestigious Palace Theatre with an all new cast!
February 7: Let’s Hang On
Let’s Hang On pays tribute to one of the greatest vocal groups of all time, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. You’ll hear Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, December, 1963, Who Loves You, My Eyes Adored You, Silence Is Golden and Let’s Hang On as well as some other popular hits of the 60’s and 70’s.
March 7: Marty Stuart
The four time Grammy-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, songwriter, all around renaissance man, charismatic force of nature, and leader of the Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music.
March 28: Yakov Smirnoff
“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.” According to The New York Times, this is a warmhearted, delightful, and splendidly funny show.