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BCPA is back in full swing with a full lineup of shows

Exterior of the BCPA
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The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

The Bloomington Center for Performing Arts (BCPA) has announced its 2022-23 lineup of shows, proving that after no 2020 season and a limited 2021 season, it is back in full swing.

This year’s lineup features the musical acts, Lonestar and Sara Evans (on acoustics), as well as "Madagascar the Musical" to finish off the year.

Anthony Nelson is a BCPA team leader. He said there is a buzz about Madagascar coming to town in April 2023. Lonestar performs a month earlier while Evans takes the stage this October.

“We’re excited about that one,” said Nelson. “We haven't had a show that the whole family can come to that's, you know, a big attention-getter in a while. So we're excited to be able to get that one.”

Nelson added getting tickets to the headlining performances sooner rather than later is important because they could sell out pretty quickly.

But how about under-the-radar acts? Nelson said "Church of Cash," a Johnny Cash tribute concert, is another one to check out.

“His voice is, to a tee, Johnny Cash. So he'll be coming in early in the season. That one's been super popular,” said Nelson.

"Church of Cash" is scheduled to perform on Oct 8.

Also coming to the BCPA is the Student Spotlight, consisting of shows tailored for young kids and teachers. One of those performances is "ArtRageous for Kids." It’s a show consisting of all the arts together on one stage — music, magic, live art, dancing and more.

Nelson said the shows are advertised as field trips for young school students, but they are really for everyone. “Anybody can go to the shows. You don't have to be a kid. But we do advertise those as field trips,” he said.

Tickets are on sale now. Learn more at https://www.artsblooming.org/

Jack Podlesnik is a student reporter and announcer at WGLT. He joined the station in 2021.
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