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2015-16 Performing Arts Series presents appealing variety in upcoming season

August 20, 2015

What do "interactive art & music gone wild," Peter Noone, "a fresh holiday moosical," "the All-American musical experience," "a dynamic percussion performance" and "the adventures of the original detective" all have in common?

The answer is the 2015-16 Indiana State University Performing Arts Series, sponsored by Terre Haute Savings Bank. This year's series will bring a remarkable selection of top-quality performances are coming to the Terre Haute community.

Kicking off the season on Sept. 21 is a chance to experience some of the best things in life, together in one place, "ARTRAGEOUS," an interactive art and music experience. Paint jumps to life with amazing speed unveiling larger than life art in just moments. The evening is filled with music and images from your memories from Lennon, to Einstein to Bono. And the audience won't get away without experiencing the delight of doing something fun with bubble wrap, or getting a chance to be a part of the painting experience themselves.

On Oct. 30, Herman's Hermits come to the stage starring Peter Noone. At 15, Noone achieved international fame as "Herman," His classic hits include "I'm Into Something Good." "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," "Just a Little Bit Better" and "There's a Kind of Hush". Herman's Hermits sold more than 60 million recordings. In all, 14 singles and seven albums went gold. The Hermits were twice named Cashbox "Entertainer of the Year." Accompanied by his band, Noone consistently plays to sold-out venues worldwide. Noone will bring his music to Tilson Auditorium and there is no doubt that his extraordinary talent, disarming wit, handsome features and compelling stage presence will continue to delight fans of all ages. The audience will leave singing their favorites and begging for more.

A fresh holiday moosical is the best way to describe "MOOSELTOE," the story of the moose with a dream. His friends come to life in the colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale. Audiences will love this charming story about the moose who wants to fly with Santa's reindeer. Moosletoe sets out to find the great wise Mooseking for advice and along the way meets a variety of characters, all of whom teach Mooseltoe valuable life lessons. Meanwhile, there is trouble at the North Pole. Will Mooseltoe be able to save Christmas? Join him on Dec. 1 to find the answer.

"Ragtime," the all-American musical experience, is coming Feb. 6. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing...and anything is possible. "Ragtime" returns to North America in a striking, all-new touring production. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold - set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York - all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this musical is a timeless celebration of life - what it could and should be. "Ragtime" is sure to remind audiences why musicals are so beloved.

"A breathtaking showstopping sensation of a show" has described "Tap Factory," the dynamic percussion performance. Straight from two years of sold out tours in Europe, Asia and South America, Tap Factory is a tremendously visual and exciting event featuring renowned dancers and musicians from around the world. This fully produced show is a new award winning concept in the genre of "Stomp" and it has an identity all its own. A proven audience favorite, this blend of music, percussion, tap, urban dance and acrobatics is performed with skill, poetry and humor. "Tap Factory" will be on stage Feb. 19.

In "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," set for March 8, the legendary sleuth will take the stage in a witty, fast paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London's most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person's life. Holmes is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician. The Aquila Theatre brings it's energetic and physical style to this new adaptation.

Each Performing Arts Series production will start at 7:30 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium, and will include a free pre-show event for ticket holders.

Season tickets are on sale and, starting from $56, can save audience members 50 percent off the individual ticket price. Additional discounts are available for ISU faculty and staff, and ISU students are admitted to all shows for free when presenting their valid ISU ID. Individual tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 28, and range from $15-$29 per show. Individual youth (ages 2-12) tickets are $5. Group discounts are available. For more information, visit the Human Center ticket office, call 1-877-ISU-TIXS, or visit

Media contact: Jennifer Cook, assistant director Hulman Center facilities, Indiana State University, 812-237-3770 or