The TCA Big Band & VocalAires present their 2022 Spring Concert, Cole Porter & Friends, on Sunday, May 15 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. The annual performance begins at 4 p.m. with doors opening one hour prior for day-of-concert ticket purchases.
Come join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of great music, featuring songs such as I Get a Kick Out of You, It’s DeLovely, Anything Goes, Night and Day, and I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Listen as the Lady VocalAires are highlighted with their three-part harmonies on The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, and The Lullaby of Broadway. Band Leader Mark Felder joins the fun, as he is featured on clarinet with favorite, Begin the Beguine. These and many more Porter tunes await you and your friends!
Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert are available in advance at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ Box Office, 400 N Maumee, or by calling 517-423-6617, Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online 24/7 at www.TheTCA.org . Tickets can be purchased the day of the show beginning at 3 p.m. Price is only $10 per person.
Come enjoy some of Cole Porter’s most memorable tunes with the TCA Big Band & VocalAires, Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm. Hope to see you there!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is welcoming Phase 5, Motown tribute band to their stage on Saturday, April 23.
Two years after originally contracting with this musical sensation, the TCA ends its 2021-2022 National Touring Season with the #1 R&B Vocal Group in Detroit (2016). Phase 5 brings you their authentic re-creation of Motown’s greatest hits on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 7:30 PM. One of the most electrifying acts to come out of Detroit in a long time, Phase 5’s smooth jazz mixed with a slamming “in your face” style of today’s Hip Hop and R&B leaves the audience wanting more!
Known for their flashy well-choreographed dance moves and glittery eye-popping stage attire – you don’t want to miss Phase 5 at Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for seniors, youth, and military. Concessions, beer, and wine are available for purchase in the lobby and can be taken right to your seat!
Unable to leave the house? They’ll bring the entertainment to you! Live streaming tickets are also available. Purchase one $20 ticket and the whole family can enjoy the performance from the comfort of your living room. Live streaming tickets are accessible through email, so you can watch the show on a laptop, tablet, or web browser app on a smart tv.
A special thank you to this year’s sponsors: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Vision Performance Group, Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, Robert Fox – Howard Hanna, and WLEN 103.9 fm. Tickets for this performance can be purchased online at www.TheTCA.org, by calling 517-423-6617, or stopping by the TCA Box Office located at 400 N. Maumee Street in Tecumseh, Michigan. The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday between noon and 5 pm.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is excited to announce the return of Lightwire Theater to Tecumseh Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 12 beginning at 4:00 pm. Come witness this dynamic performance of The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: Next Gen.
“We’re thrilled to bring Lightwire Theater back to our community,” stated Kelly Jo Gilmore, director of Tecumseh Center for the Arts. “We had them perform Dino-Light in 2014 and Moon Mouse in 2016, both shows were performed to a sold-out crowd. Since then, we’ve had many requests to bring them back – so we were finally able to do that this year.”
The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: Next Gen features Aesop’s classic fable of The Tortoise and the Hare but continues the story which finds them 10 years down the road, now with children of their own and exploring modern day distractions. Smart phones and video games create a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences. With dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling, and the creative use of music from classical to pop, this production brings this tale into a brand-new light.
Lightwire Theater has been hailed as “Absolutely Amazing,” by Rolling Stone magazine and “An eye-popping display of storytelling like nothing else you’ve seen,” by BroadwayWorld.com. These entertainers are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and musical scores designed to evoke imagery. In 2012, Lightwire Theater was featured in America’s Got Talent which launched them into the national spotlight. Since then, Lightwire Theater has been fortunate to travel internationally, sharing their unique brand of storytelling with audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.
A special thank you to this year’s sponsors: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Vision Performance Group, Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, Robert Fox – Howard Hanna, and Martin’s Home Center. Tickets for this year’s performance are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors, youth, and military members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheTCA.org, by calling 517-423-6617 or stopping by the TCA Box Office located at 400 N. Maumee Street in Tecumseh, Michigan.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is thrilled to jump start the New Year with a fan favorite, the TCA Comedy Show on Saturday, January 22, 2022. This year's comedy show is emceed by Mark Bonto and features nationally touring headliners Dan Simon, Steve Smargon, and Frank Roche.
Emcee Mark Bonto: Mark Bonto is a multiple award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He has appeared in several films, hundreds of theatrical productions, and has performed in some of the country’s biggest venues alongside such comedy greats as Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and Bruce Baum. His comedy series “The Funny Spot” was named the #1 comedy show by View magazine.
Dan Simon: Dan Simon is a favorite on the Midwest comedy scene. From Saline, he’s a seasoned road comic that performs regularly at multiple venues and festivals throughout the country.
Steve Smargon: Steve is a Marine Corps veteran and one of the most unique and sought-after performers in the country that was described by the Toledo Free Press as, “hilarious, plain and simple." He was the winner of the National Clean Comedy Challenge and is known in comedy as "The Bipolar Marine." Through his stand-up, Steve has become a mental health advocate whose goal is to show others that they are not alone in their struggles. With his merchandise sales, he raises money for both Wounded Warriors and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. He has performed multiple times at the TCA, opening for Jeff Caldwell, Ben Bailey, The Legends of Michigan Comedy, the TCA Music Fest, as well as headlining his own Black Box Summer Series. He's been a contributor to Comedywire.com and is featured in the bestselling, "200 Comedy Writers and Stand-ups Walk Into A Book." Come see this TCA fan favorite on January 22!
Frank Roche: Born and raised in Detroit, national headliner Frank Roche is one of the highest energy acts on the comedy circuit today. Fusing rapid-fire antics, improv and dead-on celebrity impressions have made Frank a crowd favorite coast to coast. Named Festival Favorite at the renowned Boston Comedy Festival. Winner of Comedy Central's Michigan Comedy Survivor. Featured on NBC's Americas's Got Talent, NBC's Nightshift and Comedy Central, as well as Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Tour with Dave Chappelle, and Katt Williams “BORN AGAIN… AGAIN” Tour. Frank headlines some of the best comedy clubs, casinos, and venues across the country. From LA to NY, Toronto to the Florida Keys, you don't want to miss Roche's show right here in Tecumseh, Michigan.
The TCA Comedy Show will shake the winter chill off on Saturday, January 22 at Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and military members. The TCA Comedy show is rated mature/adult content. Tickets can be purchased at 517-423-6617, at the box office located at 400 N. Maumee Street, or on-line at www.thetca.org. This year’s season is thanks in part to the TCA’s 41st Season sponsors Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and Vision Performance Group, National Touring Season Sponsors Robert Fox of Howard Hanna Realty and Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, and the TCA Comedy Show Sponsor Visit Lenawee.
Based on the current “High” level of community transmission in Lenawee County, the Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is following the Center of Disease Control’s recommendation that everyone should wear a mask in public, indoor settings. TCA staff recommends all guests/patrons/attendees follow the CDC guidelines. However, without a State or Local Health Order, the TCA will not refuse entry to individuals who choose not to follow the CDC guidelines.
Due to a power outage in December, the TCA Big Band & VocalAires 2021 Holiday Concert, Sleigh Bells Ring, has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 16 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Please note that this concert begins at 2 p.m.
This is the first concert for the group since December 2019 and they are excited to be back! Come join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of great holiday music as they share the big band sound with songs like, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Santa Baby, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Snowfall, Christmastime is Here, and many more.
The TCA Big Band & VocalAires will also continue their tradition of collecting non-perishable food items, and personal care items for the Tecumseh Service Club, an organization that serves the Tecumseh, Clinton, Britton, Ridgeway, and Tipton areas. We can still make a difference even after the Holidays by restocking the shelves for the Service Club this month.
Tickets for the 2 p.m. concert are available at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts Box Office, 400 N Maumee, or by calling 517-423-6617 Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www.TheTCA.org . Price is only $10 per person. Please note that tickets already purchased for the December concert will be honored at the January 16th performance. Please contact the TCA Box Office for more details.
Enjoy the sounds of the season with the TCA Big Band & VocalAires, Sunday, January 16 at 2 pm. See you there!
Join us as we bring the holiday classic ballet and magical tale of the Nutcracker to life at Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA). Scores of dancers in elaborate costumes dance to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet December 9-11, 2021. The TCA Nutcracker Ballet is a biennial tradition at the theater and is a collaboration between The Ballet School, Dance Steps Studio, Inc., Dance with Heart Studios, Encore Dance Studio, The Tecumseh Players, and Tecumseh Center for the Arts – come join us as we become swept away with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Sweets.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts is proud to present this year’s performances that will showcase ballet dancers from Lenawee, Jackson, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties in Michigan and Lucas County, Ohio. Congratulations to this year’s lead roles:
Tickets can be purchased by phone at 517-423-6617, at the box office located at 400 N. Maumee Street, Tecumseh, Michigan, or on-line at www.thetca.org. The 2021 Nutcracker Ballet is supported in part by Vision Performance Group, Bob Fox - Howard Hanna Realtor, The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh and this year’s show sponsor The Tecumseh Herald.
A local Tecumseh family, Rick and Diana Ruhl, recently made a generous $10,000 donation to Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) in memory of Rick’s parents Harold and Jean Ruhl to go toward the renovation of the theater’s Coat Room and sound system located in the theater lobby.
The lobby sound system was damaged several years ago from a water leak prior to the roof being replaced during the 2017-2018 season. The theater lobby has been without a functioning sound system for the past four years. The sound system is stored in the Coat Room just off the TCA lobby, will also be renovated. Currently the Coat Room functions more as a storage room then a functioning Coat Room.
“Thanks to the Ruhl family’s support and passion for Tecumseh Center for the Arts, we will begin making updates to the Coat Room during the winter months,” stated TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. “We want to update the room, add counter space, replace the damaged sound system and ceiling tiles so we can begin using it as a functioning Coat Room once again for theater patrons.”
Tecumseh Center for the Arts is excited to move forward with this project and is grateful for the contribution of the Ruhl Family and their generosity to the Tecumseh community.
The Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation selected Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) as a matching funds grant award recipient for $12,000 in support of this year’s National Touring Season and specifically Rhythm of the Dance (ROTD) coming to Tecumseh March 2022.
Rhythm of the Dance is an incredible live show that creates a new era in Irish entertainment, containing a wealth of Irish talent, featuring World and Irish champion dancers, and some of the finest Traditional musicians and singers gathered together on one stage. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, this two-hour dance and music extravaganza will take the audience on an exhilarating and exciting, energy-packed time trip through the ages. It’s internationally rated as one of the most popular Irish step dance shows in the world making it a success with critics and audiences worldwide.
Rhythm of the Dance is set to arrive on Sunday, March 20, 2022, for a 4 pm show. The group includes 17 Irish Step dancers and traditional Irish musicians to the stage. This show will be one of the largest groups to perform at the TCA in recent years.
The Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation strives to support live music and the performing arts to positively enhance people’s lives. The Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation recently celebrated its 24th anniversary (founded in 1997) of enriching Lenawee County’s cultural life through its support of and appreciation for the performing arts.
"We are incredibly thankful for the generous support of the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation," stated TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. "The organization's passion for bringing music and the performing arts to Lenawee County is vital to the success of many arts organizations in our area. I am overwhelmed by their generosity to enrich the theater's cultural impact in the community.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is the recipient of a Project Support Grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for its 2021-2022 National Touring Season.
The award is a matching-funds Project Support Grant in the amount of $12,000, which will be used for this year’s National Touring Season featuring concerts and performances from artists throughout Michigan, across the country and around the globe! The 2021-2022 National Touring Season features a jazz concert, a comedy show, children’s theater, Irish step dancing, a Motown Tribute band, and a Movie Concert featuring Drew and Kin. This year marks the 41st season for Tecumseh Center for the Arts and includes both in-person and virtual streaming options for patrons. Tickets are on sale now through www.TheTCA.org or through the TCA Box Office by calling 517-423-6617.
“Tecumseh Center for the Arts is thrilled to receive this Project Support Grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,” stated TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. “Each season, we strive to bring a wide variety of shows and cultural events to the Tecumseh community. The Project Support Grant allows us to focus on diversity in our programming and bring groups that would normally be out of our price range. We are incredibly grateful for the grant award this season.”
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is the State of Michigan’s lead agency charged with developing arts and cultural policy and grant-making in the State of Michigan. Since 1966 with the creation of the Michigan Council for Arts, the State of Michigan has recognized the value and importance of a vibrant arts and cultural sector.
It's been two years since the last Appleumpkin Festival but we are thrilled to participate in the festival once again this year! The TCA "stage" will be set up once again behind the parking lot located on Ottawa Street, just south of Chicago Boulevard.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts is hosting a number of local, Lenawee county musicians once again this year. Check out the lineup below and then make plans to stop by and see us this weekend, October 9-10, 2021!
Saturday, October 9:
Sumday, October 10:
There will be chairs set out in front of the stage area. For more information on this year's festival visit the festival webpage.
Behind the scenes of Tecumseh Center for the Arts.