Shakespeare classics, a SpongeBob Musical and Laura Ingraham are scheduled to appear at various East Texas theaters and event centers during their 2019 seasons.

Performances and other events have been announced for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, UT Tyler’s Cowan Center and LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center.

Texas Shakespeare Festival

The Texas Shakespeare Festival returns for its 2019 season beginning June 27 through July 28 in the Van Cliburn Auditorium on the Kilgore College campus.

The festival’s company of professional actors appeared in costume June 10 for the annual media day.

Productions scheduled this season are “As You Like It” by Shakespeare; “Born Yesterday” by Garson Kanin; “Othello” by Shakespeare; “Into the Woods” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim based on the book by James Lapine; and “The Girl Who Cried Throgmonster” by Grace Abele, based on Aesop’s fable.

For a schedule of plays along with ticket information, go to

UT Tyler’s Cowan Center

Eighteen live events have been announced for the 2019-2020 season for the University of Texas at Tyler Cowan Center.

The events range from Broadway musicals and acrobatics to concerts and guest speakers and will take place between September 2019 and April 2020.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about the diverse lineup we have planned for the upcoming season,” Cowan Center Executive Director Susan Thomae-Morphew said in a news release.

Season ticket orders for all series has begun. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cowan Center box office at 903-566-7424 or visiting in person 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit for more information.

Broadway Series:

  • Jersey Boys, Oct. 28
  • Bandstand, Nov. 7
  • The Color Purple, Nov. 18
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, March 26

Performing Arts Series:

  • DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion, Sept. 26
  • Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical, Oct. 22
  • STOMP, Feb. 6
  • Cirque Eloize Hotel, Feb. 29
  • Menopause the Musical, April 2

Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series:

  • Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Sept. 10
  • Martina McBride, Dec. 3
  • Rita Moreno, Jan. 30
  • The Pointer Sisters, Feb. 20

Distinguished Lecture Series:

  • Laura Ingraham, Oct. 10
  • Carly Fiorina, April 14

Arts in Education:

  • DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion, Sept. 26
  • The Little Mermaid, Nov. 14
  • Cuentos by David Gonzales, Feb. 27

LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center

LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center is celebrating its 13th season with “The Next Big Thing” season of events.

The Performance Series includes:

  • Chonda Pierce, a comedian on her “Still Laughing” tour, Oct. 5.
  • The Magic of Bill Blagg, an interactive magic and illusion show, Nov. 2.
  • The Vienna Boys Choir, a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria, on their world tour, Nov. 23.
  • “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Dec. 15
  • “SpongeBob the Musical,” the multiple-award-winning Broadway hit, Jan. 23.
  • Three Redneck Tenors, a musical comedy group who were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” Feb. 22.
  • Stray Cat Lee Rocker, the founder of rockabilly band the Stray Cats, March 28.
  • Home Free, an American a cappella group that won the fourth season of “The Sing-Off” in 2013, April 18.

A Special Event will feature:

  • “Wild Kratts Live 2.0,” a stage show featuring Martin and Chris Kratt, based on their popular television series, Jan. 17.

The School and Family Shows include:

  • “How to Survive Middle School,” Sept. 17.
  • “Maddi’s Fridge,” Oct. 21.
  • Bill Blagg, Magic in Motion, May 5.

The public can purchase tickets for the 12:30 performances of the school and family shows.

Season ticket holder renewals begin July 8. New season ticket package sales begin July 22. Individual show tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 6. To purchase tickets, call the Belcher Center Box Office at (903) 233-3080 or go online at

The “Build Your Own Season” option provides discounts on ticket packages for six, seven or eight shows. Purchasing all eight shows in the Performance Series provides a 15 percent discount. A package of seven shows provides a 13 percent discount, and people purchasing six shows receive an 11 percent discount. Season ticket packages include a pass to priority parking for those shows, plus the ability to select seats before shows go on sale to the public.