At the Luhrs: Fourth season shows 'talent'

July 31, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Who, among Peter, Paul or Mary, co-wrote "Puff The Magic Dragon"?

Which rocker in the Luhrs Center's upcoming season fathered Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher's children?

Which band in the Luhrs' upcoming season would Trent Walker call "money"?

What 1963 Bobby Vinton song was key to a cult classic film?

(Look for answers in the accompanying schedule.)

The 2008-09 season for the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University includes two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers -- David Crosby and Graham Nash, and three possible future members -- Peter, Paul & Mary, as well as some newer acts.

Tickets went on sale Monday for the theater's fourth season. As of Wednesday, the hottest tickets were for ventriloquist-impressionist-singer Terry Fator, who was almost sold out, and "Broadway's Spirit of Christmas," said Jeffrey Sommer, the Luhrs' director of marketing and administrative services.


Other acts Sommer expects to sell out or nearly sell out include Crosby & Nash; Peter, Paul & Mary; Air Supply; Vinton; "Rain," a Beatles tribute act; Cirque Dreams; and Michael McDonald's Christmas show.

Fator's popularity is rising fast following his 2007 victory on season two of "America's Got Talent," Sommer said. This past spring, Fator signed a five-year deal with The Mirage in Las Vegas that starts in February, according to

Given his new deal, it might be difficult to book Fator during that stretch, just as it could be difficult to book ventriloquist Jeff Dunham in the near future. Dunham's shows have sold out at the Luhrs, including a second show last season that sold out in 42 minutes, Sommer said. Dunham's new management team is booking him for larger, arena-type venues.

More than 10,000 tickets have been sold already for the 29 performances this coming season, Sommer said. The $20 million Luhrs Center opened in January 2006 with an abbreviated season. Since then, the center has hosted 68 season performances with 57,000 tickets sold leading into this season.

Each season has grown in popularity as the caliber of performers has attracted people from the four-state region, Sommer said.

The new season kicks off with country singer Tracy Lawrence on Sept. 18.

Upcoming season: How to get tickets

Luhrs Center 2008-09 season highlights

o An Evening with Tracy Lawrence, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $25 to $40. The country singer's hits include "Can't Break It To My Heart" and "Find Out Who Your Friends Are."

o Terry Fator, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $22 to $39. The 2007 winner of "America's Got Talent" is a ventriloquist who performs with puppets and sings celebrity impressions.

o An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Tickets are $28 to $55. Former members of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Crosby made headlines in 2000 when Etheridge made public that Crosby was the biological father of hers and Cypher's children.

o Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. Tickets are $22 to $42. The swing revivalists were featured in the movie "Swingers," in which Vince Vaughn's character, Trent Walker, expressed approval with the word "money."

o Air Supply, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $25 to $55. Love, love, love. It's all about being "Lost in Love," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "The One That You Love," or any other of a number of popular 1980s love ballads by the duo.

o Peter, Paul & Mary, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $45 to $75. "Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea, and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee ..." Peter Yarrow co-wrote this classic.

o "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy," 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. Tickets cost $25 to $40. The family-friendly show includes aerialists, contortionists, puppeteering, dazzling costumes and special effects.

o Bobby Vinton, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Tickets cost $28 to $55. The popularity of Vinton's "Blue Velvet" was renewed with David Lynch's cult classic film "Blue Velvet," released in 1986.


To get tickets to shows at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University, call 717-477-7469 (SHOW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or go to The box office opens 2 hours before performance time. There is a $2 per ticket online service charge. There is a $4 postage-and-handling fee for the entire ticket order if you want the tickets mailed. Ticket specials are available.

To see the complete season schedule, go to

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