Cultural Center leaps away from ordinary with new season

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Artistic diversity is the name of the game for the 2013-14 Lakewood Cultural Center season.

The season’s title — “Leaps Away from Ordinary” — highlights the variety of styles and locations that the performers are coming from.

“This is a very exciting season for us, because we have this combonation of programs that will meet the desires of all our audiences,” said Susan Martin, Cultural Center administrator. “We have some really different children’s programs coming in — jazz, theater — a bit of everything.”

Martin has been doing the booking for the seasons at the center for years, and according to Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations administrator, she really knows how to go out there and find great new acts for the city.

“What Susan has done for the audience was to bring all these world class performers to Lakewood,” Scheck said. “This season truly represents a smorgasbord of flavors of the performing arts.”

Martin said that she has built up a lot of relationships with presenters — who are like act performers — and goes to an annual conference to see what new performers are out there that the city might enjoy.

Some of Martin’s favorite performers for this season aren’t just for young audiences.

“Street Beat: A Theatrical Drum and Dance Spectacular is a very lively, and loud, performance that I think families will really enjoy,” she said. “We also have FROGZ coming, which is very innovative, wordless theater.”

Martin said a very special performance will be the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, who will be playing a tribute to their father, Dave, who died in December.

There are two new series packages offered this year.

The Patron Series includes eight shows for $159 plus an additional free ticket to “The Nutcracker” for each order.

The Arts Lover Series includes four shows for only $99.

“Both packages are nice, selections of what we offer here at the center,” Scheck said. “They’re a chance to see some really fantastic new artists and some returning favorites.”

For more information or tickets, call 303-987-7845; visit the cultural center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, or go to www.Lakewood.org/LCCPresents.