The first of four Discovery Series shows this season at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College will have everyone watching the paint sing. On Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 pm, Artrageous – The Interactive Art & Music Experience comes to The Mendel Center Mainstage with its high-energy blend of music, dance, and artworks created live on stage.
Imagine witnessing the brilliance of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. That combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and exciting music allows Artrageous to take audiences on an uplifting visual journey of inspiration, creativity, and collaboration. The Artrageous troupe of musicians, singers, and dancers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres while artists paint original creations live on stage. It all culminates in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The signature of the performance is interaction and engagement, so audience members should be prepared to be a part of the show during this one-of-a-kind crossover experience.
Artworks created during the performance will be auctioned off following the performance with proceeds going toward Arts Factor, a fund that provides underserved community members with access to Mendel Center programming.
Artrageous is a troupe of misfit artists, singers, dancer, and musicians who began as friends doing street theatre in Vancouver. Together they started the “All and Everything Theater,” a non-profit children’s theater focusing on children’s entertainment, street theater and life-sized bunraku puppetry.
In the late ‘80s on Christmas Day, their hand-built theater building, with all of their props and puppets, burnt to the ground. Instead of packing it in, they created a new act. This troupe has performed for the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, General Colin Powell… and in venues and events all over the world from India to Thailand, Paris to Austria, performing at over 2,000 events in their history.
As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community, and inspiration, they created Artrageous to pay tribute to their roots and share their passion with the world. It is a show that focuses on all the things they believe in and everything that got them to this place. Art, music, theatre, singing, dancing, and audience interaction, all on one stage and all done as a team of friends seeing the world and sharing a love of the arts.
Tickets for Artrageous are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.
This performance is made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment and is sponsored by The Herald Palladium and Hilton Garden Inn – Benton Harbor.
About the Discovery Series
Now in its sixth season, The Mendel Center’s Discovery Series provides family friendly performing arts events for audiences of all ages. The series delivers enriching experiences that introduce young people and their families to the excitement of live, professionally produced, touring productions. The goal of the series is to inspire creativity, spark imagination, educate through the arts, and create opportunities to build cherished memories while having a lot of fun.