Tulip Time 2013
Tulip Time Festival (www.tuliptime.com). This year's Festival's expanded range of entertainment offers something for every audience. "We are exceptionally pleased with the variety of entertainment we have assembled for the Festival this year," states Gwen Auwerda, Executive Director. "We're offering everything from Country superstar Kenny Rogers, to high energy musical performances, contemporary folk, improvisational theatre, comedy, magic, choral and jazz -- shows that offer something for audiences of all ages."
The Festival has added some new venues, altered some of the programs to include a dinner and even a dessert show. There is a great line-up every night of the festival at the Knickerbocker Theatre, whose downtown location is central to restaurants and all festival activity. In addition, the entertainment schedule spans the entire week of the Festival with shows beginning on Saturday, May 4, and going through Saturday, May 11, so no matter when visitors arrive, they'll have a great selection of entertainment options.
Here's a rundown of this year's entertainment offerings:
For the first time ever, the Tulip Time Festival welcomes Country Music superstar, Kenny Rogers to the stage on Friday, May 10. This Country Music Hall of Famer has sold 68 million albums in the US, and has recorded 24 No. 1 hit songs including "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream." He plays to large arena sell-out crowds worldwide. Don't miss the chance to share in this great evening with Kenny Rogers.
Joining the nightly line-up at the Knickerbocker Theatre, will be FiddleFire, featuring the Panning Family. FiddleFire fuses Bluegrass, Irish, Classical and French Canadian music to create their own unique contemporary folk sound. They perform on Tuesday, May 7.
America's Magical Funnyman, Chris Linn, ignites the stage on Wednesday, May 8, as he blends magic and comedy to create a performance for all ages. Linn's high energy stage presence guarantees you'll leave the theatre laughing.
Chicago's legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City, is back by popular demand – and for two shows! This show was an instant sell out last year, so now they return, with their new show at the Knickerbocker Theatre on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 at 8p.
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", a musical by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters featuring songs of Neil Sedaka, opens Saturday, May 4, at the Holland Civic Theatre for its week-long run.
The Windmill Chorus welcomes barbershop quartets from near and far to join in a Barbershop Harmony Gala evening on Saturday, May 4, to celebrate the Barbershop Harmony Society's 75th anniversary.
Enjoy an evening of jazz, musical theatre, spirituals and folk tunes as the Holland Chorale presents "It's a Grand Night for Singing," Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6, featuring their special guest jazz vocalist Edye Evans Hyde. Top off the evening with an after-show dessert served in the atrium.
New this year, the Dutch Celebration! dinner show begins with a culinary adventure in the Dutch tradition followed by a one-of-a-kind performance portraying times in provincial Holland. Performances are Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8. Tickets are available with or without dinner.
Evergreen Commons presents this year's luncheon show Celebrate America! This fast moving song and dance musical features special guest artists, the "Ah! Men" male quartet and armed forces salute. The afternoon performance runs Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10.
On Tuesday, May 7, enjoy the extraordinary talent of performers from four area high schools as they enthusiastically perform the Tulip Time Salute musical collage.
Holland High School's Vocal Dimensions present the Wooden Shoe-Be-Doo collection of popular songs in two performances on Saturday, May 11 at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
The ever-popular New Odyssey Dinner Show is back beginning Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. These three super talented guys play no less than 30 instruments through the course of this astounding show.
Tickets for all shows go on sale November 15, 2012. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tuliptime.com, in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office located at 74 West 8th Street, Holland, or by calling 800-822-2770.
Find details for show dates and times at www.tuliptime.com, or pick up a 2013 Tulip Time Festival Preview brochure at many of the Downtown Holland merchant's locations during the Holiday Open House event on Saturday, November 17th, from 6p – 9p.
Tulip Time Festival 2013 is May 4 – 11. Detailed program and event information for the coming festival is available on www.tuliptime.com.