On Stage in Marietta


With its January grand opening weekend nearly sold-out, Peoples Bank Theatre, in downtown Marietta, is announcing its inaugural series of concerts in the newly-restored historic hall.

Originally a vaudeville house dating back over 100 years, and previously called the Hippodrome Theatre, downtown Marietta reopens this renovated piece of history.

The Winter-Spring 2016 Spotlight Series features 10 performances, encompassing a mix of music, comedy and dance. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 1, 2015.

The Spotlight Series kicks off with the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete History of Comedy on January 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has created ten world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The company’s itinerary has included stops off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, and Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival.

From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.

On February 4, the nationally touring production of Saturday Night Fever takes center stage at 8 p.m. The original production in London was nominated for Best New Musical and then enjoyed a run of more than 500 performances when it was later staged on Broadway.

This brand new production of Saturday Night Fever is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love?

Standup comedian and NPR personality Paula Poundstone steps up to the microphone on February 13 at 8 p.m. Poundstone appears as regular panelist on NPR’s number-one show, the weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. This year she was also part of the talented cast in Pixar’s critically acclaimed movie, INSIDE OUT, and she tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country.

On March 12 at 8 p.m. Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley meet as old friends and welcome the audience in the Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, as well as a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for the duo format.

The Johnny Clegg Band follows with a high-energy world music concert on March 25 at 8 p.m. Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country. In France, where he enjoys a massive following, he is fondly called Le Zulu Blanc – the white Zulu.

On March 26 at 8 p.m. Rhythm in the Night, the Irish Dance Spectacular, reimagines traditional Irish dance to take the audience on an exciting journey of a fallen hero and his rise to redemption for an unforgettable experience the entire family will enjoy.

A complete schedule and tickets for Spotlight Series performances are online at www.peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling 740-371-5152.