It's the greatest family musical of all time, and it's one of several events that will take place inside an area venue.
The national-touring production of "The Wizard of Oz" will be staged at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Alma Performing Arts Center, 103 E. Main St. in Alma, and will be among the highlights of the center's 2018-19 entertainment season, said Teresa Schlabach, executive director for the Alma Performing Arts Center. Each presentation will be a must-see, must-hear event, she said.
"We are so excited this year at the Alma Performing Arts Center," Schlabach said. "Our season of entertainment just keeps getting better and better.
"We are hosting the national tour of 'The Wizard of Oz' one more time, so if you missed it, here is your last chance to see it," she added. "With new lights, costumes, choreography, videography and a real dog, this classic tale is not to be missed."
Also aiming to put smiles on faces and ease stress levels will be concerts by Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, The Association and Ernie Haase & The Martins, as well as a production of Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias," "bonus" shows and more, Schlabach said.
"In November, we have Ernie Haase and Signature Sound paired with The Martins for a fantastic gospel concert on a Sunday afternoon, and we'll celebrate Christmas with Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits," she said.
Following are details of the upcoming events:
• "The Wizard of Oz" — 8 p.m. Oct. 6. Billed as a fun, memorable adventure "with a real dog," this production vows to follow Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow down the Yellow Brick Road. The show includes melody heavy songs, as well as unique special effects and choreography. Tickets range from $15 to $41.
• Ernie Haase and the Martins — 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Comprised of siblings Joyce, Jonathan and Judy, The Martins began winning acclaim in the 1990s. The trio has appeared in singer-songwriter Bill Gaither's award-winning "Homecoming" video and concert series, has won eight Dove Awards and was the recipient of a Grammy nomination. Ernie Haase, another Grammy nominee known for his recording and touring with Signature Sound, has been called by fans as one of the most popular Southern gospel artists. Haase also is known for his international tours. Tickets range from $22 to $38.
• Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits — 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Peter Noone was only 15 when he assumed lead-vocal duties for Herman's Hermits, a group that went on to score numerous radio favorites and more than 60 million in record sales. Seven of the band's albums reached gold status. Noone also has enjoyed success playing the character, Paddington, on the CBS daytime TV show, "As the World Turns." Tickets range from $27 to $42.
• "Steel Magnolias" — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. The show initially opened off-Broadway in 1987 before inspiring the 1989 film of the same name, which starred Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and Daryl Hannah. Audience members will be treated to the sights and sounds inside Truvy's beauty shop, which serves as a safe haven and a source of information for many. Tickets range from $27 to $42.
• The Association — 8 p.m. March 30. Known for the songs "Windy," "Along Comes Mary," "Never My Love" and others, The Association made history when they were the first group to open a rock festival. It was the Monterey Pop Festival, which took place in 1967 and also featured sets by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and The Byrds. The Association has garnered seven Grammy Award nominations and received a Golden Globe nomination in 1970 for Best Original Song ("Goodbye Columbus"). Tickets range from $22 to $38.
The 2018-19 season's "bonus" shows will include Myles Savage's Last Original Stars at 7 p.m. Oct. 27; "The Addams Family — A New Musical" Nov. 29 through Dec. 2; "Charlotte's Web" March 8-10; and the free U.S. Navy Concert Band at 7 p.m. March 13.
Individual show tickets vary in price and can be purchased by calling (479) 632-2129, at the venue's Box Office and at AlmaPAC.org. Season tickets also are available and information on tickets and the shows can be obtained by visiting the Alma Performing Arts Center Facebook page.
"All of our monies, after expenses, go for scholarships for local students for higher education, and our theater is open every day; we are more than happy to give tours," Schlabach said. "We are proud to continue introducing the arts in the river valley and hope everyone can come out and join us for one or more shows."