Baby Boomer Comedy Show

September 26, 2019 at 7 pm

Want to experience a night of comedy you can relate to?

Then you need to check out the Baby Boomer Comedy Show! Fellow baby boomers and veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader hit all the familiar topics you’re dealing with… family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and all… and they do it with clean humor that’s been a hit at thousands of performances. Jan has performed everywhere from the Barns @ WolfTrap to the Mayo Clinic and the American Bankers Association, Pep Boys, John Deere, Anthem Blue Cross,  and the Federal Reserve in Atlanta. Kent won the Branson Comedy Festival, and has been performing his clean comedy to packed convention and theater crowds across the country. He’s a former hospital CFO with a sense of humor – imagine that! And in fact he has the title of “cleanest comedian” for a reason – attend this show and you’ll find out why!

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Mark Nizer Science-splosion **Y.E.S! 

October 17, 2019 at 10:30 am 

Making the impossible possible and the improbable probable, Mark Nizer brings two of his one-man shows to the Pella Opera House. In the morning, it’s ScienceSplosion as part of our Youth Entertainment Series (Y.E.S!). ScienceSplosion will take students on a journey thru time and space to help figure out why science works? And how we know what is true and what isn't? And how does a laser works? What is gravity? Using multimedia, juggling, lasers and more, Mark Nizer gives students real tools and teaches them how science works, how to determine what is true and what is not. Join Mark Nizer and Mark Nizer 50 years in the future as they work together to teach critical skills we will need to save our future. It's a fun and original way to teach and learn about what is possible and what is real.

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Mark Nizer 4D 

October 17, 2019 at 7 pm

In the evening, Mark Nizer returns with his 4D Performing Arts Event! With special glasses, the show comes to life in a whole A NEW DIMENSiON." Mark has performed in a variety of venues around the world, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Magic Castle, thousands of college campuses, and all major cruise lines. He has also performed in thousands of corporate events, civic centers, festivals and performing arts centers including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts(four times). This popular family event entertains all age ranges. The show has several levels of humor and will entertain everyone from the youngest to teens to parents…even grandparents.

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Rumpelstiltskin **Y.E.S!

November 5, 2019

Rumplestiltsken is an age old tale of greed. The story of a young girl who has been said to be able to spin straw into gold, the greedy king who locks her up until she does and the strange, magical little man, Rumplestiltsken who appears and promises to spin the straw in return for her jewelry. The journey continues through the many adventures, twists and turns that make this unforgettable story so exciting. This classic tale comes to the stage filled with song and audience participation along with the fabulous stage sets and costumes that the Panto Company USA is internationally known for!

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Transit Authority: The Music of Chicago

November 8, 2019 at 7 pm

Transit Authority is the Nations premier tribute band to the historic music of Chicago. This 8-piece power house band consists of some of the Midwest’s most talented musicians. Every show presented by this group of seasoned professionals is a high energy, spot on tribute to some of the greatest music of all time. Taking you through over three decades of music and countless hits. Transit Authority provides a nonstop show that will keep you dancing and singing all night long.

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Davis Folkerts and Friends: Christmas at the Opera House

Dec. 1 at 7 pm (Weather date: Dec. 2 at 7 pm)

Kick off the holiday season with an annual favorite–Davis Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ along with vocalists and instrumentalists singing along with you to many Yuletide favorites. 

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Due North A Cappella

Dec. 12-13 at 7 pm

Due North is one of the Midwest’s newest a cappella ensembles. Hailing from the Twin Cities area, the name was inspired from Minnesota’s formally adopted French motto "L'Etoile du Nord" meaning “Star of the North”. Over the past year Due North has been travelling all over the Midwest and was recently crowned the 2018 Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes Champions!

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Missoula Children’s Theatre: Pinocchio

Feb. 10-15 (Performances Feb. 14 at 7 pm and Feb. 15 at 10:30 am)

Audiences will be charmed by the classic tale of Pinocchio when the Missoula Children's Theatre and many local students bring to life the story of the wooden puppet who longed to become a real, live boy. This original musical adaptation is sure to please audiences of all ages.

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March 6th 

7PM 

With virtuoso guitar ability, a stellar chameleon-like voice, and comic wit, Eric E provides a high-energy, interactive, variety-filled and fun show that is perfect for audiences with a broad age-range. His irresistible skill and huge repertoire always leaves the audience cheering for more!

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National Players: The Diary of Anne Frank

March 24 at 7 pm

Entering into its 70th season, National Players brings innovative and accessible productions to audiences across the country. This year, they will be performing Shakespeare to area students as part of YES programming and will present The Diary of Anne Frank to the public in the evening.

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Gordy and Debbie: Country Legends

April 2 at 7 pm 

Gordy Wensel and Debbie Kaye are from Branson, MO. They each have spent the last 25 years in the entertainment industry. They first met in 2005 and by 2006 their love for music and each other grew into a husband and wife singing duo. Their Country Legends show brings your favorite country songs to life with their smooth vocals!

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Resurrection: The Music of Journey

April 25 at 7pm 

The gold standard by which all Journey tributes are measured, Resurrection - A Journey Tribute faithfully recreates the experience of a 1980’s Journey concert. This dynamic and compelling band features some of Nashville's hottest musicians, many whom have performed, written, or recorded with the biggest names in the music industry - including Journey and Steve Perry. Every show is a brilliant reproduction of sights and sounds that captivate and transport audiences to the glorious age of arena rock. 

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*Tulip Time 2020* 

The Reluctant Pioneer - the story of Maria Scholte

Thursday, May 7 at 10 am 

Friday, May 8, at 10 am 

Saturday, May 9 at 11 am 

Great Hall 40 min $5

The Opera House’s Great Hall is transformed into Maria Scholte’s living room for this unique experience. The Reluctant Pioneer is a must-see! A thoroughly enjoyable one-woman live production by Beverly Graves, bringing to life Pella's "first lady.” Catch an exciting glimpse of this important figure from Pella's pioneer days.

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MacDougal Street West:The Music of Peter, Paul and Mary

Thursday, May 7 4:30 and 6:30 pm 

The new flowering of a vibrant musical tradition was rooted in Greenwich Village of the early 1960's. The sounds of that era could first be heard nightly in the cafes stretching along fabled MacDougal Street. Today great folk still lives on in MacDougal Street West. Enjoy the music of Peter, Paul and Mary in this terrific tribute band with performers Ron Skelton, Mary Alberts, Rick Shore and Bill Rice.

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Carpenters Once More

Friday, May 8, 4:30 and 6:30 pm 

Come celebrate one unforgettable voice and one unforgettable duo with the sounds of Carpenters Once More. Branson’s 2016 Tribute show of the Year, and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner vocalist Diana Lynn portrays pop star Karen Carpenter like none other. From the birth of this dynamic brother/sister duo to the last of their public performances, the heartwarming production highlights hits like Yesterday Once More, Top Of The World, Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Mr. Postman and many more.

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Davis Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ

Saturday, May 9 10 am 

Delight to the sounds of the Barton Theatre Organ, brought to life in a 45-minute program of music, some of which will be played as accompaniment to a short silent film! Performed by Pella’s very own Davis Folkerts, an accomplished organist and Professor Emeritus from the Music Department of Central College.

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Central College Flying Pans Steel Band

Saturday, May 9, 4:30 pm 

The Flying Pans will perform energetic and soothing sounds of the steel drum featuring calypso, soca, Latin, jazz and rock. Don’t miss the return of this upbeat musical group to the Opera House!

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Phillip Bauer and The Legend of Johnny Cash

June 12 at 7 pm 

Philip Bauer has toured the world for decades with his tribute performance, “The Legend of Johnny Cash”, faithfully recreating the music and presence of The Man in Black. The show spans the entire journey of Johnny Cash’s career, including hits, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Get Rhythm”, “I Walk the Line”, “Ring of Fire” and many more. Johnny Cash’s longtime drummer W.S. Holland regards Bauer as, “the best tribute to John I have ever seen”.

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