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Noel The Musical Debuts at Stephens Auditorium

Date:                  Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Subject:            Noel the Musical Debuts at Stephens Auditorium
Who:                 Noel
W
here:             Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA
When:               Friday, November 30, 2018
Time:                 7:30 p.m.
Tickets:             $65, $50, $42, $35
On Sale:            NOW!

Stephens Auditorium, managed by VenuWorks, will debut a new musical, “NOËL”, that follows a young girl who is on a journey to find her mother on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.  NOËL’s producers, Steve Peters and Michael Londra, are Ames residents.

Written by the author of the world renowned Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer, and composed by Ireland’s preeminent composer Liam Bates, “NOËL” has all the makings of an instant Christmas classic.

Set in the streets of modern-day London, the musical follows a young girl, Noël, who loses her joy of performing when her mother disappears. On a journey to find her, Noël meets a motley crew of homeless characters who want to help, and in doing so they rediscover their belief in the magic of Christmas, and in themselves.

“When I think of ‘NOËL the Musical,’ the first and most important word I think of is hope,” said Michael Londra, executive producer of NOËL. “Noël, even in dire straits, has this hope shining out from her that leads people to help her. And, in helping her they help themselves.”

Iowa based company VenuWorks Theatricals has booked the show’s first North American tour, which will play Stephens Auditorium on Friday, November 30. NOËL is set to play 25 dates across the U.S., just in time for the holiday season. And even though Michael Londra and Eoin Colfer are both from Ireland’s County Wexford, the new musical is a true Iowa project.

NOËL The Musical is a wonderful family show, filled with mayhem, magic and music! Set in modern day London, NOËL tells a heartwarming tale of a little girl, Noël, who is preparing for her starring role in a school Christmas play when her mother suddenly disappears. She keeps her mother’s disappearance a secret and embarks alone on a quest to find her. Along the way, she befriends a diverse group of homeless characters that have lost their way in life, including Nick, who believes the world has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Noël’s bright innocence and unwavering belief in finding her mother, inspires Nick to embrace life once more, finding love and hope in himself and in the world.

The team behind NOËL the Musical enjoys an impressive theatrical pedigree. NOËL is the creation of Eoin Colfer (book) and Liam Bates (music) and executive producers Michael Londra and Steve Peters of VenuWorks Theatricals.

Since his breakthrough role as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway, Michael Londra’s career has gone from strength to strength. As a singer and producer Michael tours worldwide, receiving two Emmy® nominations for his PBS special “Beyond Celtic” airing nationally on public television in the US and on arts channels overseas. In 2013, Michael was invited by the Kennedy family to sing at a memorial service at the grave of the President in Arlington in honor of the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland. Michael is an official ambassador for his home county Wexford, along with authors Colm Toibin, John Banville and Eoin Colfer. Michael is a proud Ames resident where he lives with his partner Mark.

Eoin Colfer is a NY Times bestselling author who has achieved international acclaim for his hugely successful series of children’s books Artemis Fowl, which has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and is currently being adapted into a major motion picture by Disney.  Liam Bates is an award winning Irish composer, orchestrator and conductor. A student at the Royal Academy of London, Liam received master classes from composer Leonard Bernstein. He has composed music and songs for movies such as Don Juan De Marco, Leap Year, Last Passenger and Earthbound.

NOËL is directed by award winning director, Sam Scalamoni. Mr. Scalamoni is the current director for the hugely successful Elf the Musical National Tours. The talented Christine Peters (ELF, Miss Saigon) is responsible for the Set Design. The production is joined by Sound Designer Joshua Reid, Lighting Designer Brian Nason and Costume Designer Wendi Zea. Iowa State University’s Department of Music and Theatre are also collaborating on technical and creative production aspects of NOËL, offering opportunities to students enrolled in their outstanding Theatre Program. Iowa Public Television is equally involved in the project and has made a documentary spotlighting this Iowa-based production. The documentary entitled “The Making Of Noël” is expected to air on Iowa Public Television in early October.

The cast album for NOËL was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin and Dubway Studios in New York featuring Broadway and West End stars Jessica Vosk (Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Bridges of Madison County), James Byng (The Woman in Black) Stephen Carlile, currently playing Scar in Lion King on Broadway.

Executive producer Venuworks Theatricals first produced NOËL at Ireland’s National Opera House in Wexford in 2016 to huge acclaim. They are excited to bring the show to US audiences for its first ever North American tour and plan to bring NOËL to even more cities across the US, Canada and Europe in the coming years. For a complete list of NOËL 2018 Tour Dates please see noelthemusical.com/tour.

Iowa State Center Ticket Office
Located at the north entrance of Stephens Auditorium at the corner of Lincoln Way and Beach Avenue.
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 6 p.m.
Ticketmaster:  http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/060054A312914E71
Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Online: www.ticketmaster.com

About the Iowa State Center
The Iowa State Center (managed by VenuWorks) is a multi-building conference and performing arts complex. The Center’s Stephens Auditorium, a 2,600-seat hall, hosts a dazzling array of international performances of music, theater and dance, as well as world-class orchestras, popular Broadway musicals, and explosive country and rock concerts. Fisher Theater seats 450 in an intimate setting, perfect for drama, dance and ISU theater productions. The Scheman Building, with 25 meeting rooms, two large lobbies and the 456-seat Benton Auditorium is a great meeting space for conferences, seminars and social events.

About VenuWorks Theatricals
Ames, IA based Venuworks Theatricals, is a collaboration of VenuWorks founder Steve Peters and leading Irish performing artist and producer Michael Londra. Its focus is on producing unique theatrical events for tour throughout North American and Europe, as well as Broadway productions and summer series on Broadway and, in tandem with VenuWorks current programming. With vast experience in venue management, production and performance, the company brings a wealth of experience to theatrical entertainment. Steve Peters is a Tony® Award nominated producer (You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones). He has been recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers with the Charles A. McElravey Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and has recently been named the Association’s International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) 2018 Legacy Award winner. Steve and his wife Randi live in Ames and are active supporters of local organizations, including United Way of Story County, The Ames Chamber of Commerce, Youth and Shelter Services, League of Women Voters, and Bethesda Lutheran Church. Steve was also one of the founders of the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About VenuWorks
VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing.  VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996.  For more information, please visit www.venuworks.com.

CONTACT:
Brianna Hall, Iowa State Center, 515-294-3569, email: bschwind@iastate.edu
Holly Boman, Iowa State Center, 515-294-3566, email: hboman@iastate.edu

Submitted by Iowa State Center

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