Led by Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Shaun Johnson, the Big Band Experience melts hearts with warm, full-sounding numbers that evoke the swinging style of legends such as Frank Sinatra. Johnson's rising trajectory, which stretches back to childhood performances in a brother-sister a capella duo, includes a run with nationally recognized quartet Tonic Sol-fa, whose harmonic vocals have caressed the airwaves on The Today Show and PBS.
Lead by puck-flinging forward Ryan Jacobson and benefiting from the sharp reflexes of goalie Stephon Williams, the hard-hitting players of the Sioux Falls Stampede plan to dominate the USHL during the 2010–11 season. Immerse yourself in Sioux Falls Arena's raucous and electric atmosphere during Stampede home games, as fans pack the arena and let their allegiance be known by wearing Stampede jerseys, shouting chants, and silently heckling the opposing players in the penalty box via maritime flags.
The Crystal Grand Music Theatre allows audiences to get up close and personal with top performers in an intimate 2,000-seat setting. Night Ranger—’80s arena-rock legends and sellers of millions of albums—takes to the recently renovated stage for one night only, treating fans to their signature melodic fusion of hard-rock intensity and radio-friendly hooks. Rock out to the band's beloved epic power ballads including “Sister Christian” and "When You Close Your Eyes," as well as ripping guitar-driven hits such as “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” a pointed response to the Regan administration's brief ban on scissors and paper. The Crystal Grand Music Theatre's size ensures every concertgoer has a clear view of the stage, and its innovative design and updated acoustic technology ensure that every chord, beat, and "motoring" evokes the appropriate head-banging response.
Sioux Empire Community Theatre's volunteer-driven productions showcase acclaimed dramatic works for adults and kid-friendly plays for families. During the 2011–2012 SECT season, Driving Miss Daisy (February 17–March 4) spans a quarter century in America's Deep South as Miss Daisy Werthan learns to overcome her racial prejudice while adjusting to a chauffeur who isn't Morgan Freeman. The titular barber of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (May 4–20) shaves and sings his way through London, and the Bratter newlyweds adjust to the tribulations of marriage and Manhattan in Neil Simon's comic hit Barefoot in the Park (October 28–November 13). Parents can chuckle alongside two tots as Jeremy Jacob sets sail with Captain Braid Beard in How I Became a Pirate (March 15–25), the Stage Adventures Club’s high-seas romp of buried treasure, infectious musical numbers, and insightful PowerPoint presentations on drift-net fishing laws in international waters. Pre-K to eighth-grade theater enthusiasts can also hone different aspects of the dramatic craft in workshops hosted by the Stage Adventures Club. During different sessions, preadolescents discover techniques of musical production, the secrets of acting for the camera, or the art of demanding beds made out of Lunchables for their dressing rooms.
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Harlem Globetrotters Playing Three-on-Five
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