September 24, 2013

Performing Arts Council season brings in big acts

Elton John and Billy Joel tributes lead arts council's 2013 line-up.

By Amie Sites

---- — Elton John and Billy Joel will be in town Friday — in a way.

While they might not be the real deal, Joey Riedel and Michael John try to get as close as possible. The duo makes up Face 2 Face, an “ultimate tribute show.”

Their show follows the format of the stars’ original tour, with each artist performing a solo set with the band and then coming together for the finale. And also like the original, there will be hit songs and outrageous costumes.

The show will be 7 p.m. Saturday at McHale Performing Arts Center and serves as the kickoff of the Performing Arts Council of Logansport’s 2013 season.

The season will also include acrobats who performed on “America’s Got Talent,” Gumboot dancers and contortionists, a country music act and singing Hoosiers.

In all, the group will host four shows from September through December including Face 2 Face, Cirque Zuma Zuma, Shenandoah and the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers Christmas Show.

For Suanne Schwering, the last 20 years she has been on the arts council board have been memorable.

Schwering, who has taken her granddaughter to shows since she was 3, said all four performances will have something all ages can enjoy.

”I think it’s educational for kids to see shows,” Schwering said. “It’s wonderful entertainment.”

Teri-Ann Dibble, president of the arts council, agreed, saying there will be music from various eras.

”It’s a well-rounded season,” Dibble said. “There well be something for everybody.”

At some shows there will be audience participation. Schwering said she has seen everything from comedians and singers to dancers and bands.

The four shows mark the 37th season of the Logansport performing arts council, Dibble said. To be able to keep going and continue to bring talented acts, the organization needs support, Dibble said.

Schwering said community members can support the council by buying tickets. Season tickets are $100. Single tickets for Face 2 Face, Cirque Zuma Zuma and Shenandoah are $30 and the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers Christmas Show is $20. Student tickets will be available at Cirque Zuma Zuma for $15 and $10 for the IU Singing Hoosiers Christmas Show.

For more information, call 574-753-4116 or visit pacoflogansport.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or


The 2013 line-up The Performing Arts Council of Logansport presents its 2013 season, with all events being held at McHale Performing Arts Center. Season tickets, which include all four shows, are $100. Call 574-753-4116 for additional ticket information. Face 2 Face • When: 7 p.m. Saturday • Cost: $30 • Information: Elton John and Billy Joel artists Joey Riedel and Michael John come together to create what they call the "Ultimate Tribune Show" with hit songs and costumes. Cirque Zuma Zuma • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct.12 • Cost: $30 and student tickets are available for $15 • Information: Zuma Zuma Acrobats, from America's Got Talent, and other talented artists, including South African vocalists, Gumboot dancers and Contortionists, acrobats, Egyptian limbo dancers and various other acts will take stage. Shenandoah • When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 • Cost: $30 • Information: The group ruled the country music charts in the late 1980s and earlies '90s, raking in 13 No. 1 songs. The band climbed the charts with the hits "Mama Knows," "She Doesn't Cry Anymore," "Two Dozen Roses," and "Next to You, Next to Me." Indiana University Singing Hoosiers Christmas Show • When: 3 p.m. Dec. 8 • Cost: $20 and student tickets are available for $10 • Information: The IU Singing Hoosiers will perform jazz, Broadway and contemporary hits with choreography. Among their singers are Olivia Sears and Laura Cahalan, Logansport High School graduates, and Emily Paulson, Winamac Community High School graduate.