By Natalia Bisnauth
During the winter 2017 season, the Tilles Center will host several holiday events from Christmas tales to Warner Brothers beloved classics. Beginning Dec. 15, “The Nutcracker” will kickoff the Christmas season. Shows including “Dirty Dancing” and “the Animaniacs” will fill out the rest of the season.
On Dec. 15 and 16, Eglevsky Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” from 5-7 p.m. “It will be one of the most interesting shows for our students here at LIU,” Claire Kennedy, a secretary at the Tilles Center, said. For many, “The Nutcracker” is a childhood favorite that brings smiles along with the story of Clara and her journey through the Land of Sweets.
To kick off the new year, the touring Broadway cast of “Dirty Dancing” will perform on Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 6 at 2p.m. and 8p.m. This performance is filled with music, a heart-throbbing love story and eye-catching dancing.
“Dirty Dancing” the musical, based on the movie, will feature hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?,” and the iconic song from the 80s, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
On Feb. 3 “Animaniacs LIVE!,” A musical starring original cast member Rob Paulsen will hit the Tilles stage at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature a live orchestra and a “live” performance of the “Animaniacs” cartoon characters holographically onstage. “This would be good for any kid that grew up in the 90s watching this show, it would be very nostalgic,” Dan Edwards, programming manager at the Tilles Center, said.
On Feb. 24, from 2-3 p.m., the storybook “Mr. Poppers Penguins” will come to life as a musical. The penguins will be portrayed by puppets. The audience can enjoy the story of Mr. Popper, Bill, Janie and their adventures with Captain Cook and the penguins. Everyone in the audience will get to act out a part of the story and take home a penguin craft. This is a family-friendly event; tots can anticipate a fun-filled afternoon.
For more information about these events and more upcoming, visit www.tillescenter.org. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Tilles Center box office. Discounted student tickets are available with valid university ID.