Spencer Theater Announces 2016 Summer Season

Alto, NM - Spencer Theater Summer Season 2016: There's something for everyone in the 17-event line-up, all staged with superior lighting and grand acoustics! Now mark your calendars: phone sales start April 27.

Tickets to all professional shows start at just $39. Pre-performance buffet dinners ($20) are also available before most shows. Call Spencer Theater at 888.818.7872 for tickets, information and photos or visit the secure web site at www.spencertheater.com.

Sandi Patty: Forever Grateful -Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ($39-$79). A night of gospel beauty with this Grammy & Dove winner - the most celebrated artist in the genre of contemporary Christian music. Loved the world over for her spellbinding vocals and spirit, Sandi Patty's concert with special guests Veritas is part of an international tour. She appears on our great stage courtesy of David & Sandra Barrett, the show sponsors. Her "Forever Grateful" tour is sponsored by World Vision. A pre-performance beef & shrimp kebabs buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• The DooWop Project - Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ($39-$89). Spotlighting five powerful vocalists who've starred in such Broadway smash hits as "Jersey Boys" and "Motown: The musical," The DooWop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to some of the greatest music in American pop history. Sponsored in-part by Rainmakers Golf & Lifestyle Community. A pre-performance pork tenderloin buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• The Texas Tenors: Let Freedom Sing - Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ($39-$89). From Bruno Mars to Puccini, these three handsome tenors who've been named the #10 Classical Artist group in the world appear with their band for a night of patriotic tunes: American heritage music, pop and Broadway favorites. Sponsored in part by Ron and Sandra Carroll. A pre-performance boneless beef short ribs buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• "Taste of the Spencer" Fundraiser - Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. ($60-all inclusive). A robust evening of scrumptious hors d'eouvres, generous pours of wine and the live & silent auction of art, trips, antiques, jewelry, golf and fishing packages, fine clothing, collectibles and more. Fun, fun, fun. A raffle for a new 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 will also be held. "Taste of the Spencer" is the not-for-profit theater's most critical annual fundraiser, proceeds from which are used for facility operations and programming. Visit www.spencertheater.com to make item donations or to purchase event tickets and Jeep raffle tickets.

• Almost, Maine - Wayland University Theatre, Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ($30). Honored as one of the Best Plays of the last decade, "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani is about love's joys and perils shared from a sleepy, wannabe town in vignettes that are romantic, whimsical, unpredictable and bittersweet. Starring a cast of graduate & undergraduate college students. Pre-show tilapia buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• The Swing Dolls -Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. ($39-$89). Featuring three commanding vocalists (two sopranos and an alto) plus a rollicking live band, this tribute to The Andrews Sisters and The McGuire Sisters is a night of close-cropped harmonies, stylish choreography and vintage costuming in performance of such WWII swing era classics as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree." A pre-performance BBQ brisket buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• Space Oddity: David Brighton's Tribute to David Bowie -Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ($39-$69). This extraordinary look-alike/sound-alike to David Bowie honors his many hits & musical phases. The late Bowie himself gave Brighton's impersonation of Bowie the nod, and you'll see why in this unforgettable stage production that includes flamboyant costume changes, elaborate staging and an all-star backing band. Sponsored in part by Rosemary & Rolla Hinkle III. A pre-performance green chile chicken lasagna buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• Missoula Children's Theatre's "The Princess and the Pea" - Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ($10 for children, $18 adults). Approximately 50-60 children, ages 6-16, will be needed for the musical's various parts. Auditions set for Monday, July 11 at 9 a.m. No experience necessary. Weeklong theatre workshop is free. For information, call 575.336.4800. Sponsored by Ruidoso Ford Lincoln.

• Estéban - Saturday, July 23 ($39-$89) at 8 p.m.. The riveting classical and nuevo flamenco guitarist who was personally trained and endorsed by the great Segovia appears with violinist Teresa Joy, percussionist Joe Morris and keyboardist Raúl Yañez for a night of sensational music. A pre-performance beef & chicken fajitas buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• Stoney LaRue - Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. ($39-$59). This Red Dirt country star plays music that combines outback themes and emotionally honest, raspy Americana grooves with his alt-country band. Sponsored in-part by Fusion Medical Spa. A pre-performance southern fried catfish buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Tanya Tucker - Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ($39-$89). This amazingly prolific country star scored her first hit "Delta Dawn" when just 13 (back in 1972) and continues to score mega-hits, including more than 65 chart hits. Tucker's distinctively smoky voice and superb band share her many Grammy nominated and ACA classics like "Down To My Last Teardrop," "Two Sparrows In A Hurricane," and "Blood Red and Goin' Down," among other favorites. Sponsored by Sandy Erwin, Kay Bird and Linda & Michael Stinson. A pre-performance fiesta fried chicken buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Andy Williams Moon River and Me! Starring Jimmy Osmond - Friday, August 12 at 8 p.m. ($39-$89). This sparkling tribute celebrates the award-winning, easy listening songs of the great crooner Andy Williams. Starring Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the famed Osmond entertainment family, singing Williams' heart-warming classics like "Music to Watch Girls By," "The Days of Wine and Roses" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Sponsored in part by Bruce & Lynn Morgan. A pre-performance thin-cut pork chop buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Rich Little - LITTLE BY LITTLE - Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ($39-$99). Experience the incomparable comedic talent of Rich Little in his new stage show of spot-on impersonations and loving skewerings of Bush, Regan, Obama, Johnny Carson, John Wayne, George Burns, Nixon, Clinton, Sinatra, Bogart, Eastwood, and other larger-than-life luminaries. This will be a trip down memory lane, and evening packed with reverence and gut-busting laughter with the greatest impersonator American's ever known. Sponsored in part by First National Bank and Rainmakers Golf and Lifestyle Community. A pre-performance chicken or eggplant parmesan buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

• Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jóse Hernàndez- Thursday, August 25 & Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ($39-$75). Unprecedented and unrivaled, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jóse Hernàndez is a multiple Grammy Award-winning group loved for its charismatic mariachi arrangements with signature trumpeting, strings and choral folk vocals. This culturally rich group has sold out concert halls from New York's Lincoln Center to Beijing, China. Sponsored by The R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation.

• The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute- Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m. ($39-$89). Featuring four stellar musicians performing as John, Paul, George and Ringo, The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note, look-alike and sound-alike renditions of Beatles' songs - plus three major costume changes and a masterful Ed Sullivan hosting the night - The Fab Four fully recreates the inspiring soundtracks of our lives. Sponsored in-part by Scott Miller. A pre-performance crispy cod & chips buffet is also available ($20) in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Since 1997, the visually striking, seven storied Spencer Theater has raised the curtain on some of the finest performers and companies of our time.

The creation of this stunning home for the performing arts was a long held dream for the late Jackie Spencer and her husband A.N. Spencer, who personally funded the amazing project, considered one of the greatest gifts to the state in New Mexican history. Renowned New Mexican architect Antoine Predock designed the theater to silhouette Sierra Blanca, the glacial peak that hovers in the near distance. The building, made from 440 tons of mica-flecked Spanish limestone, gleams in the desert light. The Spencer Theater further features a step-like fountain, reminiscent of a mountain stream, and an intriguing, multifaceted glass lobby. The 50,000-square-foot, 514-seat theater sits on 72 acres of pinion-dotted land in the Ruidoso area and acts as an oasis in this windswept mesa. Jackie Spencer Morgan additionally commissioned the world's foremost glass artist, Dale Chihuly, to create permanent glass art installations for the theater, which allow it to shine brightly and sparkle with color regardless of the season.

Indulge in your love of theater and gaze at inspiring architecture with a visit to the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, one of the seven outstanding theaters in the world.

Spencer Theater is located at 108 Spencer Road, Airport Highway 220, Alto NM 88312. Call (575) 336-4800 or (888) 818-7872 or visit www.spencertheater.com for more information.

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