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McAninch Arts Center announces 2018-19 season

Colin Mochrie (left) and Brad Sherwood from the television show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" will open the 2018-19 season Sept. 14 at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage with their show "Scared Scriptless."
Colin Mochrie (left) and Brad Sherwood from the television show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" will open the 2018-19 season Sept. 14 at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage with their show "Scared Scriptless."

GLEN ELLYN – The McAninch Arts Center's upcoming season is full of diversity.

Take, for example, the show "Bollywood Boulevard," which will blend live music, dance and film to spotlight more than 100 years of Hindi cinema. Shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2019, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10, 2019.

"I'm always looking for a little bit of a mix," MAC Director Diana Martinez said, in talking about the new season. "I want to get some fan favorites, but I'm also always looking for something cultural, that will make an impact on people to see things differently or that has some cultural value."

The MAC recently announced its 2018-19 season, which will kick off at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 with the show "Scared Scriptless," featuring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the television show "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

The full season can be found at atthemac.org. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the MAC Box Office with a Tickets On Sale Party, featuring tours of the theater, giveaways, gifts for the first 100 buyers, free food and more.

Tickets go on sale online at noon Aug. 5 at atthemac.org and by phone at noon Aug. 7 at 630-942-4000.

The MAC is at the College of DuPage's main campus at 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Parking to all MAC events is free.

The Annie Moses Band, which blends classical, Americana, progressive folk and jazz influences in its music, also will perform as part of the season. The band will play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

"I saw them perform at a showcase in New York, and I was just blown away," Martinez said. "And they're very different. They are six siblings who play string instruments, and they definitely have this kind of bluegrass background in their blood. However, they all went to Julliard and have this amazing, exceptional classical background. It is just so different and so exciting."

The season also will feature The Texas Tenors, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The group rose to fame after performing on the television show "America's Got Talent."

Last year, the group released its third studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.

"They are big fan favorites and I could get them, so of course I want to bring them [here]," Martinez said.

Other highlights include Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon turned political satirist, who has been dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World." He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

On a lighter note, “Snake Oil's Tribute to Rock's Biggest Stars of the '80s” also is part of the season's offerings. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

"It's going to be over the Halloween weekend, and we're going to do a come as your favorite '80s rock star," Martinez said.

She said she is happy with the cultural richness of the new season.

"We have a really nice cultural blend," Martinez said. "And I think that it's important that the arts is a catalyst to bring all kinds of people together and to share different cultures. It's a fun way to learn about different people and cultures and ideas and art forms."

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Information about the McAninch Arts Center's 2018-19 season is at atthemac.org.

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