Wise, VA– Replete with mystery, music, and MUMMENSCHANZ, the Pro-Art Association’s 46th season offers a wide assortment of music, theater and dance programming—Art for Everyone. At less than $2 per show, Pro-Art’s $40 season ticket represents some of the strongest and most accessible arts programming in the nation. With last year’s ticket sales more than quintupling, this season promises to be spectacular, featuring the internationally acclaimed Swiss mask theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ. Since its successful three-year run on Broadway and subsequent appearances on “Sesame Street,” MUMMENSCHANZ offers something for everyone—timeless insight on the human condition and just plain old fun. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination, bringing joy and laughter to audiences of all ages.
Also this fall, Pro-Art welcomes home Old Gods of Appalachia creators (and Wise natives) Steve Shell and Cam Collins for “Unknown Roads,” a live theatrical performance of the eldritch horror fiction podcast. In the traditions of Edgar Allen Poe and Steven King, this frightful tale is set in an Alternate Appalachia, a world where these mountains were never meant to be inhabited. This world feels eerily similar to the hills and hollers we’ve grown up with, but historical events slide forward or backward in time. And then, of course...there are the monsters. The live show is a staged performance, reminiscent of an old-time radio play, featuring creators ShellandCollins, acclaimed actorsYuri Lowenthal(Spider Man, Naruto, Persona) and Cecil Baldwin(Welcome to Nightvale, Gravity Falls, Dreamboy), with music from Atlanta’sLandon BloodandKeena Graham. Pro-Art anticipates that this performance is likely to sell out and encourages season ticket holders and students in Pro-Art’s service region (free to students in Wise, Lee, and Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton) to make reservations when sales go live on Monday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. atproartva.org/old-gods-of-appalachia. Patrons without access to the internet may call the Pro-Art office at (276) 376-4520.This show contains mature content and is not recommended for students younger than high school age.
The 46th season’s inaugural event is a performance from Joe Troop & Friends Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in Mountain Empire Community College’s Goodloe Center. Other highlights of the season include two performances from National Players (“Fences”, “Much Ado About Nothing”), Barter Theatre’s “Frosty”, Robin & Linda Williams, VMFA On the Road, dance programs from Richmond Ballet and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, world-folk fusion ensemble Project Locrea, and so much more. You can view Pro-Art’s 2022-2023 schedule of events on their website atproartva.org.
Season tickets are on sale now atproartva.org. Individual shows over the course of the season range in price up to $15, while a season ticket to more than 20 shows can be purchased for $40—less than $2 per show. Season tickets are valid for all performances of the 2022-2023 season and can be purchased online, in person at any show or by calling (276) 376-4520.