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“Behind the Scenes” is a new pre-performance enrichment event program as part of the 2018 Stage Sponsorship Program. Sponsors, who have partnered with a $2,500 or higher sponsorship, are eligible to attend. Please be aware space is limited for each event. All events will last 30-40 minutes in length. Sponsors can register for these events on the Sponsor Chair Reservation Portal. The events will be found on the calendar as: BTS – “Title of Event.”
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Sunday, June 10 • 5:15 p.m. • The Freeman Stage
Musicians from the official big tour big band of the United States Army will share the process of preparing and choosing the music to entertaining crowds worldwide.
Thursday, June 28 • 5:15 p.m. • The Freeman Stage
Learn how these seven siblings grew up to form an indie folk band. The musical family writes and performs songs, inspired by shared memories. Their songs are artfully arranged yet instilled with a graceful simplicity.
Thursday, July 19 • 6:00 p.m. • The Cove Tent
Discover the theatrical and technical aspects on how to make a set both beautiful and functional. Learn the secrets to how a performance is written and staged to create a timeless masterpiece. About the presenter, Jon Newsome spent his career working at the Library of Congress. He began as a music acquisition librarian and rose to the Chief of the Music Division.
Friday, July 20 • 6:00 p.m. • The Cove Tent
Celtic music has a long, diverse history in the United States dating back to the 18th century. Learn how the Irish influenced music and ethnic traditions of people with different backgrounds in America. About the presenter, Jon Newsome spent his career working at the Library of Congress. He began as a music acquisition librarian and rose to the Chief of the Music Division.
Wednesday, July 25 • 6:00 p.m. • The Cove Tent
Chris English uses vintage guitars from the '20s and '30s to replicate the sound and feeling of the blues he has studied and loves. Delta Blues is his forte, singing, playing guitar and harp, stamping out the time on an old wooden Coca Cola crate. He also teaches a class at Salisbury University titled "Blues: The Roots of Rock & Roll." Enjoy great music and a lively discussion to begin the evening.
Thursday, July 26 • 6:00 p.m. • The Cove Tent
Local singer and songwriter, Kaleb Brown, is considered one of the most popular purveyors of reggae music in our area. He lives and breathes the Rasta lifestyle and it is reflected in his songs. Experience a deeper perspective into this musical genre and set your mood for a night at The Stage.
Saturday, July 28 • 6:00 p.m. • The Cove Tent
Nalani & Sarini are quickly rising to national recognition with a distinctive blend of traditionalist soul-rock and modern pop. These identical twin sisters are singers who play a variety of instruments, write their own songs together and were featured at the TEDx Event held at the Firefly Music Festival. Gain a true understanding of the journey in choosing be a singer and songwriter.
Wednesday, August 1 • 5:15 p.m. • The Freeman Stage
David Engel is a comedian who has embraced his Inner Jedi to the delight of audiences. Family audiences are wowed by comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons and much more. Go "Behind the Scenes" and learn more about the Force!
Thursday, August 30 • 6:00 p.m. • The Cove Tent
Jason Bruffy, chief operating officer of The Freeman Stage, will give a contemporary perspective on this classic. Learn how this story of disguise and love triangles, believed to be written in 1599, reflects the life of women and their relationships in the 21st century.
Various Dates – Friday, July 7, Saturday, July 21, Saturday, August 4, Saturday, August 17, Friday, August 23
Take a backstage tour with Jason Bruffy, chief operating officer. Discover what is behind the curtain to bring a performance to life. Due to space limitations in the backstage, sponsors are limited to two spots for backstage tours.