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Clover's Arts Series line-up posted

Clover will roll out the red carpet for some national names and familiar favorites during the seventh season of the Clover School District Auditorium's Performing Arts Series.

The nine-act lineup, announced last week by auditorium staff, includes Irish music from the nationally-acclaimed Celtic Crossroads, the return of the always-hysterical Fettucini Brothers and quick changing characters from Greater Tuna.

"We have a lot of variety this year," said David Yandle, program director.

The series continues to grow, Yandle said.

"We've gotten more subscribers every year," Yandle said. "There's nothing like this in the county. It's a great atmosphere and you can't beat the price."

The $40 season ticket price averages to just over $4 a show.

"It's cheaper and more convenient than going to Charlotte and just as comfortable," Yandle said. "We're very fortunate the district supports this performing arts series. It's a great thing for the community to be a part of."

The auditorium is at 1625 S.C. 55 E., Clover.

For details, call (803) 222-8018 or visit clover2.k12.sc.us/csda.

Here's a closer look at the lineup:

• Laughing with the Legends, 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Cost, $15.

This one of a kind production brings vividly to life many memorable 50s songs and personalities from all corners of the entertainment world. From the riveting presence of Elvis, the hilarious antics of Lucy, to the sparkling Liberace, the magnificent Marilyn and the electrifying Jerry Lee Lewis this show brings together the highlights of the unforgettable, fast paced 50s. The annual opening night subscribers' reception follows the show.

• Celtic Crossroads, 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Cost, $15. Celtic Crossroads has been critically acclaimed as one of the best live music concerts to come from Ireland in over 20 years. A group of seven highly talented multi-instrumentalists bring Irish music to an entirely new level, by creating a wonderful fusion of musical genres, such as eastern European Gypsy, North American Bluegrass, world Classical, Jazz and the various forms of Celtic music from around Europe. These seven young musicians play more than 20 instruments and incorporate inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves that have revitalized the image of traditional Irish music around the world. The band's innovative arrangements and bass-driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into surprisingly new territories.

• The Fettucini Brothers, 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Cost, $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger. A performance by the princes of pasta, also known as The Fettucini Brothers, is a perfect blend of juggling and variety arts, seasoned with just the right amount of comedy. Cascading clubs, dancing diabolos, spinning plates and clanging cups are choreographed into an action filled evening that will keep the audience on the edge its seat. The Fettucini Brothers give this guarantee for their performance: We'll drop everything to make you laugh.

• U.S. Navy Jazz Band: The Commodores, 8 p.m. Nov. 14. Free, but tickets are required.

The Navy's premier jazz ensemble, the "Commodores," presents the finest in America's truly original music. The group features 18 of the Navy's top jazz and "big band" musicians performing the best of jazz and popular music.

• Rozlyn Sorrell, 8 p.m. Jan. 20, 2009. Cost, $15. Hers is a voice not soon forgotten. Rozlyn Sorrell shares a finely tuned mix of popular and sacred-themed repertoire in a concert performance of broad appeal, sung deep from the heart. As special guest vocalist for the North Carolina Symphony, Rozlyn hit her final note on Gershwin's "I Loves You, Porgy" creating that glorious moment of silent "awe" en-masse before 7,000 concert goers rose to their feet in thunderous applause.

• FAMILY NIGHT X: The Commedia Aladdin, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, 2009. Cost, $3, or $8 for families of three or more. The Tarradiddle Players bring this classic story of Aladdin to the stage with a hilarious twist that is faithful to the original tale -- but with an irresistible mix of naivete and silliness that will leave you helpless with laughter.

• The Lovell Sisters, 8 p.m. Feb. 19, 2009. Cost, $15. Three young sisters blend in heavenly harmony and play mandolin, fiddle and dobro. Whether performing their original compositions or re-envisioning an old standard, the Lovell Sisters Band blends as only the classic family ensembles can.

• Chapter 6, 8 p.m. March 16, 2009. Cost, $15. From their humble collegiate beginnings as the premier jazz a capella ensemble at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., to their 2001 professional debut, this Chicago area group has received numerous awards and recognition for their technique, performance and unique, original arrangements. Their comedy infused blend of pop, jazz, gospel and rock brings spontaneous bursts of laughter throughout the show.

• Greater Tuna, 8 p.m. April 2, 2009. Cost, $15. Two performers from Georgia's legendary Springer Opera House play 20 different hilarious and often strange characters that comprise a typical day in the Lone Star State's third smallest city, Tuna, Texas. In fact, it takes a team of lightning-fast "dressers" backstage to help create the 20-odd oddballs who represent the population of the entire Greater Tuna area -- men, women, children, animals and space aliens. Some quick-changes occur in fewer than four seconds

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