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LMC Mendel Center Mainstage Announces 2011-2012 Season

June 6, 2011

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage has announced it 2011-2012 regular season line-up. Among this season’s features are the hilarious Monty Python’s Spamalot, ‘60s artists The Buckinghams, Tony® Award winning Blast, two great performances for kids, and Christian group Point of Grace.

Single show tickets will go on sale Monday, August 22. Mendel Center Mainstage series patrons and Premiere Partners from last year will receive ticket information in the mail. For more information, contact the Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 or visit

Five by Design’s Radio Days
Sunday, October 16, 3 p.m.
Five By Design’s Radio Days pays tribute to the men and women who defended the home front during World War II. Great music from 1941-45 in a timeless production honoring America’s veterans.

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats
Sunday, October 23, 3 p.m.

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats offers more than a glimpse into the fascinating Orient. It consists of sensational Chinese acrobatics, balancing feats, martial arts displays and much more. A true Oriental spectacular and a show for all ages.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.

The Buckinghams
Saturday, November 5, 7 p.m.
The Buckinghams deliver a spectacular live show that includes their Billboard Top 40 hits, and a mix of the audience’s sizzling favorites from the pop & rock charts of the 1960s and early 1970s. Just a few of their hits include “Kind of a Drag,” Don’t You Care,”Susan,” and “Hey Baby.”

The Osmond Brothers Christmas
Saturday, December 3, 7 p.m.

Wayne, Jay, and Merrill Osmond spread some holiday cheer with the classic songs you all know and love! Their smooth voices will have you entertained and singing right along with them.

Fiddler on the Roof
Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

Fiddler on the Roof, is the Tony Award®-winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic.

“I Have a Dream” The Life and Times of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.

A compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders in America. The audience will be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”

Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!
Saturday, February 18, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

In conjunction with the beloved BIG dog’s 50th anniversary in 2012, celebrate the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas - Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe in Yourself, Be a Good Friend, and Help Others. These sentiments have never been more fun as Clifford and his friends from Birdwell Island - Emily Elizabeth, Cleo, and T-Bone – embark on new adventures

Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the 2001 Tony® Award for “Best Special Theatrical Event” and the 2001 Emmy® Award for “Best Choreography,” Blast! is comprised of 35 brass, percussion and visual performers brought together in a unique explosion of music and theatre. Born on athletic fields across the nation, Blast! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry.

National Dance Company of Ireland’s Rhythm of the Dance
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.

Bringing together a wealth of talent from all four corners of Ireland, this richly costumed show unites the spirit of Ireland’s national dances, songs, and storytelling with the most up to date stage technology. Since its debut performance in 1999, Rhythm of the Dance has played to five million fans in 33 countries.

Point of Grace
Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.

The all-female contemporary Christian group Point of Grace has sold more than five million albums, won eight Dove Awards, and received two Grammy nominations. The group has more than two dozen No. 1 contemporary Christian radio hits.

American Family Theater’s Cinderella
Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Through the magic of live musical theater, all the Cinderella storybook characters come to life with excitement, fantasy, and song. Experience the wicked stepmother and stepsisters and their plots to keep Cinderella from meeting her prince. Celebrate the moment when the prince places the glass slipper on Cinderella’s foot.


In addition to the regular season line-up, the Mendel Center Mainstage has also announced its Travel Adventure Film Series. Film series shows include:

“Texas: Highways and Byways”
Narrated by Dale Johnson
Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m.

“Barbados: Island in the Sun”
Narrated by Steve and Yvonne Gonser
Sunday, February 19, 3 p.m.

“Mongolia: Land of Genghis Khan”
Narrated by Buddy Hutton
Saturday, March 31, 3 p.m.

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The 1,517-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theater offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include free, lighted parking; handicap accessibility (inside and out); and array of special services, and friendly ushers and support personnel.

The Mendel Center is located within 30 minutes of Niles and 40 minutes from Kalamazoo or South Bend. Located on the Napier Avenue campus of Lake Michigan College, the Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 on Napier Avenue (Exit 30) in Benton Township, Michigan.

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