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“The Nutcracker” – December 26, 2013

The Nureyev State Ballet Theatre presents

“The Nutcracker”

Thursday, December 26 at 7pm, Tickets: $55/$45 ($20 – 12 & under)

The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet, from the city of Ufa, Russia brings the world’s most beloved ballet to glorious life! This company of 60 distinguished dancers has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world. First class dancers perform leaps and spectacular turns in The Nureyev State Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker.

It is the holiday performance for families with magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees, and astounding ballet moves. The Nureyev State Ballet dancers are worldclass and a delight to experience. Celebrate ballet and the beauty of the holidays in The Nureyev State Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker!

A Christmas Carol – December 21,2013

A Christmas Carol

Presented by South Florida Dance Company

Saturday, December 21 at 7pm, Tickets: $35/30/25/($15 student tickets)

Based on Charles Dickens’ classic, this full length contemporary ballet performance tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, his greed and “Bah…Humbug” attitude toward people, and his realization that giving is better than getting. Scrooge’s old partner who suffered a similar fate and has come back to warn Scrooge of his future life “in chains,” foretells the visits of 3 ghosts that will show him his past, present and future in the pathway he has chosen.

In this heartwarming story of second chances, Scrooge learns that the only treasure worth having is in the gifts of the people that meets and in those who love him. A must see performance with powerful dancing, beautiful costumes, memorable sets, and show-stopping effects! A beautiful lesson for both young and old that brings to our remembrance what is really important during the holiday season and in life.

The Nutcracker – December 13, 2013

St. Lucie Ballet Presents:

The Nutcracker

Friday and Saturday, December 13, 14 7:30pm, Tickets: $35/$25


…As Clara awakens after a holiday party to find that her beloved nutcracker doll has changed into a real live prince. The Nutcracker Prince must defeat the wicked Rat King and a despicable army of mice in a bitter war to the end. After the victory, the Prince escorts Clara as they they travel to strange far off and beautiful lands to sample the exotic sights and flavors of the world.

This full-length fun, colorful and spectacular ballet is based on a fairy tale by master story- teller E.T.A. Hoffman and set to the memorable musical score of Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky.

This production features renown guest artists, beautiful scenery, dazzling costumes and spectacular special effects.


Gabriella Stilo and Francisco Serrano
Marshal Ian Levin, Idael German
Joseph J. Bucheck III

This has always been a St. Lucie Ballet audience favorite.

An Evening With Sinbad – December 7, 2013

An Evening With Sinbad

Saturday, December 7 at 8pm, Tickets: $39/$35

Actor and Comedian Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a “hit’em in the face” style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in” the aisles for over the past two decades. Sinbad tells stories, and boy does he tell stories! The basis of his humor comes from everyone he’s meets, everything he’s seen, and everything he’s done. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences’ painful trials or embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life, throwing them back in their faces, and causing uproar of comedic hysteria.

Sinbad is internationally known for his starring appearances in hit movies like Jingle All the Way, Houseguest, and Necessary Roughness. He has starred in the television sitcom A Different World, as well as his own series, The Sinbad Show. Sinbad has drawn legions of fans from his HBO highly-rated comedy specials; Brain Damaged, Afros & Bellbottoms, Son of a Preacher Man, and Nuthin But The Funk. His annual HBO music concert series Sinbad’s 70’s Soul Music Festival received the prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years as the “Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special.” Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also, his long awaited stand-up special aired on Comedy Central this past February. Most recently, Sinbad was seen in the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy some laughs with Sinbad on December 7!

“Greatest funnyman of all time!” – CNBC

“Sinbad: Makes you wanna Holla!” – Gazette

An Evening of Smooth Jazz with BK Jackson – December 6, 2013

An Evening of Smooth Jazz with BK Jackson

Presented by BlueBird Educational Productions In the Black Box

Sunday, December 6 at 7pm, Black Box Theatre, Tickets: $30

BK Jackson is returning to the Sunrise Theatre by popular demand!

BK Jackson, a native of Tampa, Florida, is young, energetic, saxophone sensation that has been electrifying audiences for several years. On stage, his youthfulness explodes as he commands his audience with a maturity well beyond his years. BK first starting performing at the tender age of 11, and has opened and shared the stage with renowned artists such as: Fantasia, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson, Wayman Tisdale, Gerald Albright, Pieces of a Dream, Ledisi, Eric Darius, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, Brian McKnight, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Ayers, Tony Bennett and the legendary B.B. King. BK has performed at numerous festivals including the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, BB Jazz Festival and at many Major League Baseball parks around the nation.

He was the youngest winner of The Capital Jazz Challenge in Columbia, MD, the Tampa Bay Entertainer of the Year – First Annual Diamond Awards, and was also a gold medalist in the Music Instrumental Contemporary category at the NAACP ACT-SO national competition. He co-wrote most of the songs on his debut CD, On the Move, which was released in 2008.

Enjoy the soothing sounds of BK Jackson in the intimate Sunrise Theatre Black Box.

Sounds of The Season – December 6, 2013

Sounds of The Season

Presented by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County & The Sunrise Theatre

Friday, December 6 at 7pm, Tickets: FREE – an unwrapped gift

Sounds of the Season is a Free Community Concert featuring performances by Children’s Services Council funded programs.

Please bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the Pay It Forward Toy Drive. Sounds of the Season is a wonderful, feel good way to start off the Holiday Season.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble – December 4, 2013

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

World Music & Dance 

Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm, Tickets: $35/$45

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble , regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, was established in 1951. Its goal was to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage before the public.

During the more than four and a half decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colorful repertoire entitles the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world.

Don’t miss this chance to see traditional European folk dancing right here in Fort Pierce!


“It is marvelous- crackling with dancing that snaps like a whip in a program framed successfully by a sophisticated context.”
— Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

“It’s forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression…”
— George Jackson, Washington Post

An Evening With Johnny Mathis – March 9, 2013

Enjoy the Smooth Sounds of Magical Romance!

An Evening With Johnny Mathis

Saturday, March 9 at 8pm, Tickets: $95/85

Johnny Mathis uses a fitting description when he talks about the connection he makes with his fans onstage…”It’s a love affair!”

At the start of his career, Mathis’ vocal depth and innocent image made him a favorite with female fans looking for an alternative to the brash rock of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. His voice, then and now, was immediately recognizable and unique: a rich, honeyed tenor that transcended social and racial barriers.

In the more than 50 years since his first hit records, Mathis has successfully wooed several generations of fans through early hits like “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Chances Are” and “It’s Not for Me to Say,” and later successes, including 1978’s chart-topping “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” a duet with Deniece Williams. His 2011 album, “Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville,” earned a Grammy® nomination for the Lifetime Grammy Achievement winner. Enjoy a warm and “Wonderful, Wonderful” evening listening to the silky, sultry sensuous sounds of this legendary romanticist.

“…Johnny Mathis still has the magic of romance…

Mathis was terrific, singing romantic songs with three musicians he brought along, and one of the

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An Evening With Michael McDonald – March 8, 2013

An Evening With

Michael McDonald

Friday, March 8 at 8pm, Tickets: $65/59

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop – an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.

In the early ‘70s, McDonald joined Steely Dan. Over the course of four classic albums, from Katy Lied to Gaucho, McDonald became an integral part of the group’s sound, singing background vocals on FM staples like “Black Friday” and “Peg.” In the mid-‘70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R & B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”

His distinct vocal style also made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, his solo career zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” “On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.”

Continuing to explore new vistas, in 2003 and 2004, McDonald released his Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling pair of Motown albums. Then in 2005, he partnered with Hallmark for a special Christmas album, Through The Many Winters, which sold 500,000 copies in its first two weeks.

With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes, personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.

Kodo – March 7, 2013


Thursday, March 7 at 7pm, Tickets: $45/39

Kodo is a professional taiko drumming troupe. Based on Sado Island, Japan, they have had a role in popularizing taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad. They regularly tour Japan, Europe, and the United States.

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. In Japanese the word “Kodo” conveys two meanings: Firstly, “heartbeat” the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother’s heartbeat as felt in the womb, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean “children of the drum,” a reflection of Kodo’s desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3500 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.

Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group’s performances and compositions. Collaborations with other artists and composers extend right across the musical spectrum and Kodo’s lack of preconceptions about its music continues to produce startling new fusion and forms.