Chipola Artist Series tickets on sale

MARIANNA—Chipola College Artist Series season tickets are now on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at

Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  The Box Office will be closed on all college holidays. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.

Events are pictured from left: (top) Two on Tap, Sept. 22; singer Melinda Doolittle, Oct. 8; (bottom) The Cashore Marionettes, Feb. 16; and Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces, Mar. 28. 

Events are pictured from left: (top) Two on Tap, Sept. 22; singer Melinda Doolittle, Oct. 8; (bottom) The Cashore Marionettes, Feb. 16; and Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces, Mar. 28.

The 2016-2017 season promises to be an exciting line-up of great entertainment for all ages opening Sept. 22 with an enchanting, energetic, and simply adorable show. Two on Tap brings audiences back in time to an era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in a show that has entertained tens of thousands worldwide! Learn more at

Described as “a young Gladys Knight,” Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress who will perform on Oct. 8. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening. Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. She came in third in the voting, first with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite” and quickly became the sweetheart of American Idol winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.  Learn more at

The Cashore Marionettes are unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. The internationally acclaimed marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing. The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary. The Feb. 16 performance will entertain all ages of your family.  Learn more at

The season rounds out on Mar. 28 with Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces. Having become the first ever band to reach the semifinals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and performances for both the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK’s top Jive & Swing band. Together for over a decade, The Jive Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music (the exciting sound where Swing meets Rock ‘n Roll) and spectacular stage show. They combine a mixture of fresh arrangements of swing/Jive/R&B classics – songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner and Sammy Davis Jnr – along with a selection of superb swinging originals taken from their studio albums. Learn more at

Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Season tickets are expected to go quickly, so don’t miss out. Some events are expected to sell out when single event tickets are available.  Season tickets are the best way to be sure to get the best seat in the house.”

Season tickets—$60—are a bargain price when compared to sister institutions where prices are double or triple this amount.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

Single event ticket prices will vary this year between $20-$25 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Two on Tap go on sale Aug. 22, $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and under.  Reserved seating for season tickets will be limited after Aug. 22.

For more information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit