The TCA Big Band & VocalAires will present their annual Holiday Concert, A Season of Giving, Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA). Join us as we celebrate this special time of the year with festive holiday swing music. The sounds of Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, and Duke Ellington-styled holiday and standard tunes, including Jingle Bells, Christmas Island, Let It Snow!, The Christmas Song, God Bless’ the Child, Adeste Fideles, and more will provide a toe-tapping, swinging time, sure to help you get in the spirit of the Season!
This truly is A Season of Giving as the TCA Big Band & VocalAires are proud to team up once again with our patrons and the Tecumseh Service Club by collecting non-perishable food and personal care items at the door to be distributed in Northeast Lenawee County. Since the band’s inception in 2004, our supporters have donated hundreds of pounds of canned goods, pasta, paper products, personal items, and more to local families. We would like to make this the best year yet, so if patrons would like to help by donating, they can bring items to the lobby area on the day of the show. The Service Club will gratefully accept monetary donations as well. Donated food, personal care items, and monetary donations will be delivered by the Tecumseh Service Club to families in need throughout the Tecumseh, Britton-Macon, Clinton, Ridgeway, and Tipton areas in time for Christmas.
Tickets are now on sale for the Sunday, December 15th concert, and are only $10 each. They can be purchased by calling 517-423-6617, or by stopping by in person at the TCA Box Office, 400 N. Maumee, Tecumseh, between 12 p.m. (Noon) and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and one hour before the show. Patrons may also purchase tickets online 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at www.theTCA.org. Come enjoy a time-out from the hustle and bustle of the Season, courtesy of your TCA Big Band & VocalAires! It’s A Season of Giving, so don't miss out on this fun-filled afternoon of great holiday music!
This year’s TCA Big Band & VocalAires Holiday Concert is sponsored in part by the TCA 39th Season Sponsor 3 Dudes and Dinner and this year’s show sponsor Martin’s Home Center.
Join us as we bring the holiday classic ballet and magical tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King 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 12-14, 2019.
The TCA Nutcracker Ballet has become a biennial tradition at the theater and is a collaboration between The Ballet School, Dance Steps Studio, Inc., Encore Dance Studio, Dance with Heart Studios, MST Dance Center and The Tecumseh Players – come join us as we become swept away with Clara and the 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. As well as the addition of Act 1, Scene 1 that features performances by local performers Will Fowle as Drosselmeyer, Debbie Merrick-Keyser and Kim Greenfield as the Parents, and special appearances by Karen Miller, Natalie Salazar-Greene, Kecia Werner, Tristan Werner, Mandy Kruse, Joe Bennett, Flavia Brown, and Emily Wunsch as Parents in the Party Scene. Come see the breathtakingly beautiful artistry of this year’s performers while hearing the timeless music of Tchaikovsky.
New this year, the TCA Nutcracker Ballet features Celebrity Mother Gingers played by Tecumseh Kiwanian and Retired School Teacher Tom Meyer on Thursday, December 12; Tecumseh Fire Chief Joe Tuckey on Friday, December 13; Tecumseh Police Chief Brett Coker on Saturday, December 14 matinee performance; and Tecumseh City Council Member and Basil Boys Chef Austin See on Saturday, December 14 evening performance.
Make The Nutcracker Ballet part of your holiday tradition. Tickets are available for Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm, Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth.
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 2019 Nutcracker Ballet is supported in part by an award from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, show sponsor Suburban Chevrolet of Clinton and this year’s 39th season sponsor 3 Dudes & Dinner.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is celebrating Veterans Day by holding a free concert for the community in honor of local veterans and their families. The event is sponsored by the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation (ERWF) and will take place Sunday, November 10 at 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Music will be provided by the Peace Jubilee Brass Band. In the spirit of the great American Peace Jubilee of 1869 comes the Peace Jubilee Brass Band. This group presents the latest and most popular tunes of the late 19th and early 20th century while using historic brass instruments that were commonly used by bands across America after the Civil War. To spruce up the event, they appear in period attire to add to the authenticity of their show! Don’t miss their fun afternoon at the TCA filled with polkas, quick steps, schottisches, marches, and even waltzes, where couples are allowed to embrace each other— how scandalous!
Guest Speakers include Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker, Local Historian Bob Elliott, and Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation President Theresa Powers.
To learn more about our free Veterans Day Concert, please call the TCA at 517.423.6617.
Tecumseh, Michigan - Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) has received two grants from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for its 2019-2020 season.
The first award is a matching-funds Capital Improvement Grant in the amount of $18,750, which will be used to offset the costs associated with repairing and replacing the theater’s 39-year-old original boiler system. During the 2017-2018 season, one of the boiler units had to be turned off permanently, leaving the theater’s heating system running at 2/3 capacity and putting even more strain on the remaining units over the past 18 months. This has resulted in some loss of the theaters ability to control the temperature and humidity levels within the building. “The Capital Improvement award from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs will allow us to move forward in replacing the aging boiler system,” commented TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. “Tecumseh Center for the Arts is committed to providing a positive performing arts experience and continue serving as the home stage for various performing arts organizations. Replacing the boiler will help us achieve these goals for our patrons and partner organizations for many years to come.”
The second award is a matching-funds Project Support Grant in the amount of $12,500, which will help produce this season’s manifestation of The Nutcracker Ballet. The TCA has been producing the ballet since 2002. Originally an annual production, it moved to a biennial production in 2013. Throughout its 15-year history various scenes, costumes and set pieces have needed to be altered, upgraded or replaced. This year’s production includes more collaboration than in previous years with an expansion of our Production Team and collaboration with The Tecumseh Players, a local acting troupe. The grant award will allow Tecumseh Center for the Arts to enhance this year’s production with the addition of scenes, new and updated costumes, set pieces, and props while inviting even more organizations to collaborate. The 15th production of the TCA Nutcracker Ballet will take place December 12, 13 and 14, 2019.
Michigan Council for the 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 the Arts, the State of Michigan has recognized the value and importance of a vibrant arts and cultural sector.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) kicks off its National Touring Season with John Latini and the Latini Flying Brothers on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm.
Award-winning musician and three-time Detroit Blues Champ, John Latini personifies the best that Michigan’s rock history has to offer: an honest, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas.
It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working in duos with longtime sidekicks Whit Hill or Jamie-Sue Seal, or, most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots. In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style— but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.” A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York.
Don’t miss John Latini at the TCA when he showcases his talent on November 2 with his band The Latini Flying Brothers. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors, youth and military members. 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.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ 39th season is sponsored by Three Dudes and Dinner. The National Touring Season is sponsored in part by Tuckey’s Big Boy and Carpet on Wheels. The John Latini Show Sponsor is Bob Fox from Howard Hanna Realty.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is kicking off its Homegrown Season with local musician Cat Canyon on October 5 at 7 pm.
A natural entertainer, Cat Canyon plays and sings everything from blues and rockabilly to rock and pop. His performance covers a broad range of American music by writing originals and putting his own stamp on classics which has earned him acclaim not only in Michigan, but nationwide. Cat performs hundreds of shows a year including festivals, wineries, restaurants, private parties, corporate events, senior facilities and more.
Come see Cat Canyon at the TCA on October 5, 2019. Tickets are $10 and available at the TCA Box Office located at 400 North Maumee Street. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.TheTCA.org or over the phone at 517-423-6617.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts created the Homegrown Season to emphasize the importance of sharing the theater stage with local artists throughout the year while building lasting relationships between performing artists, art organizations and the theater. By providing an affordable and attractive venue, the TCA can assist local artists while positively impacting the local economy and cultural environment.
The TCA Homegrown Season is thanks in part to local businesses including the 39th Season Sponsor 3 Dudes and Dinner and the Cat Canyon Show Sponsor The Tecumseh Herald. Our season would not be possible without the support of our local business sponsors.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is once again preparing to raise the curtain on this year’s season featuring music, comedy, youth productions and so much more!
Patrons, business sponsors and the public are invited to the TCA on Saturday, September 21 for a sneak peek at this year’s line-up. The TCA lobby opens its doors at 6 pm with dinner provided by Three Dudes and Dinner, the TCA Cash Bar featuring Flying Otter Winery and a meet & greet session with some of this year’s partners including Tecumseh Pops Orchestra and Community Chorus, The TCA Big Band & VocalAires, Neighbors of Hope, National Home School Music Ensemble and more.
A meal by 3 Dudes and Dinner will take place in the TCA lobby beginning at 6 pm and include poached pear salad, lemon thyme chicken, whole roasted beef tenderloin with whisky peppercorn sauce, garlic smashed herb potatoes, oven roasted autumn vegetables and spiced baked apples!
At 7 pm, Ear Candy will perform live on the TCA stage to help kick off this year’s season. TCA staff will take time to recognize this year’s business sponsorships, volunteer ushers and show the new sizzler reel highlighting this year’s National Touring Season. The community is invited to come out and enjoy this free event as we share the exciting things happening at Tecumseh Center for the Arts.
Those in attendance will have a chance to win a set of complimentary tickets to one of our Touring shows including John Latini and the Flying Latini Brothers, The Legends of Michigan Comedy Show, New York, NY Dueling Pianos, Le Cirque Esprit and Phase 5 Motown Tribute Band. Stop in for your chance to win!
This event is free and open to the public so join us as we kick off the 39th season at the TCA. You may even walk away the winner of a set of complimentary tickets to a TCA show!
To RSVP, go to www.TheTCA.org and get your free Season Preview ticket. You can also stop by the Box Office Tuesday-Friday between noon and 5 pm or call 517-423-6617.
The Season Preview event is sponsored by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and our 39th season sponsor 3 Dudes and Dinner.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts is actively seeking business sponsors for this year's season. With a goal to raise $20,000 in business sponsors this year, we are thrilled to say we are nearly half way there!
Business sponsors offset the cost of our National Touring Season by helping us cover the cost of shows including stipends, marketing and promotional materials, hotels and hospitality, playbills and concessions. Simply stated, we could not bring such high caliber talent to the TCA without the support of the community.
We still have some amazing sponsorship levels remaining and are looking for businesses to partner with us by September 15.
Producer's Chair = $3,000 ($3,000 Total)
Director's Circle = $2,000 ($4,000 Total)
Leading Player = $1,000 ($10,000 Total)
Supporting Player = $600 ($6,000 Total)
Ensemble Player = $350 ($3,500)
Cast Member = $200 ($1,000)
Friends of the TCA = $100 ($500)
A business sponsorship with Tecumseh Center for the Arts is an amazing return on your investment. A sponsorship includes your ad in our playbills, your logo on our website and social media sites, your name in press releases, print ads in newspapers and magazines, radio ads, television ads, on posters and in email newsletters. Sponsors also get recognized at our free, Season Preview event on September 21, and are displayed on our lobby TV throughout the season and announced before each our show.
For more information on this year's sponsorship levels, click here. You can also contact TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore to find out more.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) will be conducting Nutcracker Ballet Auditions on Sunday, September 8, 2019. This year’s production marks the 15th production of the timeless tale at the TCA. All dancers must enter through the Green Room located in the back of the theater from the south parking lot. No parents are allowed beyond the check in point. After the audition process is complete, dancers can be picked up at the front entrance. Parents are welcome to wait in the lobby, but will not be permitted beyond that point.
Audition times are broken down into the following age groups:
The following items are mandatory requirements for all dancers.
This year’s Nutcracker Ballet will take place December 12 – 14, 2019. There will be two casts this year. All casting decisions are determined by the Nutcracker Ballet Production Team. Each dancer is reviewed by a panel of five area dance studio owners, choreographers, and the producer. Cast members are chosen by how they perform at the time of auditions, based on ability, stage presence, and skill level. The panel reviews individual scores and jointly decides casting.
For more information, call Tecumseh Center for the Arts at 517-423-6617.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is preparing for its 39th season by making sure the theater is ready for a full line up of musicians, performers, and production team members, as well as patrons. Part of the theater’s preparation plans include maintaining the facility and making sure it is in top working order.
This summer the theater finished up several projects including the installation of a new handicap accessible ramp at the back of the building. The previous ramp was in disrepair and at risk of being closed for safety reasons. The ramp was the only handicap accessible entrance into the stage area of the theater with access to the back of the building.
“The ramp has been on our wish list for several years,” commented TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. “The thought of closing the only handicap accessible entrance to the back of the theater was very disheartening and I’m so glad that didn’t happen. The new ramp is wider, with a larger platform and ensures handicap accessibility for many decades to the back of the theater.”
Tecumseh Center for the Arts received support from the City of Tecumseh in tearing out the old ramp earlier this spring before having the new ramp installed by Krieghoff Lenawee. The ramp was built with funds from the Robert & Albert Ward Todd Endowment of the Lenawee Community Foundation.
“We are incredibly thankful for the support of the Lenawee Community Foundation and the Robert & Albert Ward Todd Endowment in helping us achieve our goals for a new, handicap accessible ramp,” stated Gilmore.
For additional information about the Lenawee Community Foundation, call 423-1729 or visit www.lenaweecf.com. For more information on Tecumseh Center for the Arts, call 423-6617 or visit www.TheTCA.org.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts is a 572-seat, fully equipped performance facility, providing a wide variety of events that light up the stage. From Broadway stars, to sensational chart topping bands and world class national touring acts to local theater companies and youth events, you'll find it all on stage at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts Shirley Todd Herrick Theater.
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