POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts  has announced an exciting new season filled with a diverse selection of performances for every type of audience. The 2012-2013 Season gives you an up close and personal experience with performances from a variety of award-winning artists, rising stars, popular returning acts and must-see films on the big screen.
The Manship Theatre will debut the new season on Sept. 21, 2012 with an anticipated and exciting performance from pop legends, The Go-Go’s. The all-female American rock band from the 80s will grace the stage with Billboard classics and bring some retro flair to the Theatre.
Buddy Guy returns to Baton Rouge for a rare homecoming show on March 16.
Another Louisiana legend Aaron Neville returns for what has become the Neville family holiday show on Dec 4.
Further shows will include the extremely gifted organist, Cameron Carpenter; classical music legend, Pepe Romero; the strong and exquisite harmonies of Sweet Honey in the Rock; funk musician and long time James Brown saxophonist, Maceo Parker; and two of Louisiana’s finest Marc Broussard and the Dirty Dozen Brass band will come together for a night at the Manship. Even more acts, such as guitarist Jesse Cook, who merges the sounds of jazz and Latin music; Irish traditional music band, Danú; ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro; the original hit makers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the Hit Men; and the three time Grammy nominated, Cuban band, Tiempo Libre will grace the stage for a diverse set of musical acts appealing to all genres of music lovers.
The theatre series begins with multi-talented, spoken word artist, Henry Rollins.
Returning to the stage is London-based theatre company, Aquila Theatre. Then, the acclaimed, “The Comedy Empire,” Second City, will share their improv-based sketch comedy on Nov 8 for a Manship Theatre fundraising Gala.
The non-profit, Philadelphia dance company, Philadanco will kick off this dance season with their innovative choreography influenced by African American traditional dance. Following, the Urban Bush Women seek to tell the untold stories of disenfranchised people and address social issues through the power of dance.
For the Family:
The classic tale of the “Ugly Duckling,” will kick off our family productions come October 7, 2012.
Additional family shows will include, “Kid Power”; Docktor Kaboom, who returns this season to entertain and educate with a new holiday show,The Science of Santa; the classic children’s book, “Guess How Much I Love you,” will come to life on the Manship stage; “Harriet Tubman & Underground Railroad” will celebrate the life of the African-American Civil War heroine; American Western music and comedy group, Riders in the Sky; and our favorite Siamese cat, “Skippyion Jones,” will share his big imagination with the young Manship audience.
Films at Manship:
Be apart of the audiences from all over the world who view and vote on finalist’s films in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival this upcoming year at the Manship, beginning October 5, 2012. Film fans and the community at large can share a unique film experience, complete with pre-screening parties, specialty cocktails, contests and more. Films at Manship celebrates the love of film and the growing industry in Louisiana with a variety of film series including "Reel Causes" where proceeds from each screening are donated to a worthy social, charitable or humanitarian cause.
Additionally, "Homegrown," movie premieres and screenings of films with a Louisiana connection through creation, setting and/or theme; and "Independent," screenings of "indie" and art films with unique content or style to showcase filmmaker's personal artistic vision. Other fun and entertaining film series include the popular "Flicks for Chicks," films that deliver love and romance; "Camp Out at Manship" screenings of the cult and Hollywood classics; and Family Films that bring back fun family favorites to the big screen. Films are continually being added, so please check Manship Theatre’s film page atwww.manshiptheatre.org/film to see the latest additions.
Tickets for the new season are now on sale for members only. Tickets go on sale to the public July 26, 2011.
For an electronic image of the season brochure, click here .
Tickets are available for purchase online atwww.manshiptheatre.org or by calling the Ticket Desk at (225) 344-0334. Members purchasing advance tickets must do so by calling the Ticket Desk.