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Chapin Carpenter kicks off YCPA season

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Mary Chapin Carpenter starts Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s new season off on a high note when she performs on its stage this Friday. The center’s season lasts through April 2013.

Courtesy photo<br> Mary Chapin Carpenter starts Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s new season off on a high note when she performs on its stage this Friday. The center’s season lasts through April 2013.

Mary Chapin Carpenter starts Yavapai College Performing Arts Center's new season off on a high note when she performs on its stage this Friday.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Chapin Carpenter show range from $35 to $65. For complete information about the Performing Arts Centers ticket prices for its 2012-2013 live shows, call the box office at 776-2000 or visit www.ycpac.com. The center is located on the college's Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

Chapin Carpenter has created a string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums that have produced a bounty of self-penned hits, including "Never Had It So Good," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "Down at the Twist and Shout," "I Feel Lucky," "I Take My Chances," "Shut Up and Kiss Me," and "Tender When I Want to Be."

Her new "Ashes and Roses" album ranks as her most powerful in years and perhaps her strongest ever, reviewers say.

Also in the new season's lineup of live shows are:

• National Circus of the People's Republic of China takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $17 to $32. Direct from Beijing, the circus, performing "Cirque Chinois," was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in that country. It is famous for its merging of centuries of Chinese acrobatic tradition with the best of the modern circus experience.

• The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Diamonds come to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $22 to $50. Together on stage, two class acts - the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the doo-wop quartet The Diamonds - star in a non-stop musical revue, Jukebox Junction, entertaining with four decades of America's favorite music, from big band hits to doo-wop and rock and roll classics.

• On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Ballet Etudes will present "The Nutcracker." Lead character Clara will take the audience on a magical tour as she encounters life-size mice, swirling snowflakes, dancing confections and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets prices are $10 to $36.

• Judy Collins, known for her renditions of "Both Sides Now," "Send in the Clowns," and much more will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. She has entertained audiences with her unique blend of interpretive folk songs and contemporary themes for decades. Tickets are $25 to $48.

• American original Kris Kristofferson will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. The audience can expect Kristofferson to belt out his hits, such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "Help Me Make It through the Night." Touring on his latest album, "Closer to the Bone," he says, "Something was making a direct communication with the audience, and I guess it must be down to the essence of the songs. Because God knows, there's better guitar players and singers. But, it seems to be working with my material - just me and the song."

• "Explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique" STOMP, popular with all ages, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tickets are $26 to $66. This international percussion sensation has won many awards and rave reviews. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps - to fill the stage with its style of rhythms.

• RED - A Tribute by Tom Mullins to legendary Red Skelton will revive memories in a performance at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The tribute is authorized by the Red Skelton Estate and Lothian Skelton and tells of the quiet, sincere friendship that Mullins developed with the famous entertainer over the years. Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddy the Freeloader, the Mean Widdle Kid, Gertrude and Heathcliff, George Appleby and many more classic Red Skelton characters promise a heartfelt step back in time. The content is clean and appropriate for family audiences. Tickets are $10 to $15.

• The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8. These are two of the most storied bands in the British military and bring to Prescott all of the pomp and precision of Buckingham Palace and the Scottish Highlands. Ticket prices are $29 to $57.

• "Fiddler on the Roof," filled with the rousing, heartwarming scores "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," and "Sunrise, Sunset" comes to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, choreography and laughter as "Fiddler on the Roof." Ticket are $25 to $65.

• Naturalist Brent Nixon will perform in the final live show of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. "Nature Talks - Are You Listening" grew out of Nixon's fascination with nature and the stories it can tell us when we pay attention. His presentations on a variety of different topics in the natural world feature his own photography, digital video and insights captured out in the wild. Tickets are $10.

"We've got a wider range of events than ever before," Brad DeVries, the college's marketing specialist for community events, said. "There's really something for everyone going on at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center."

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