It’s all about Heart & Soul for Season 14 at the Belcher Center

A Season of Heart & Soul

It’s almost time for the 14th season at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic they’re focusing on bringing the East Texas community performances full of heart and soul.

Belcher Center Season 14 Heart & Soul

“For our new season, we came up with the theme, and the idea, to be a season of Heart & Soul,” said Cody Bowen, Senior Director at the Belcher Center. “When we started to plan toe season and we started to look at the shows that were starting to come together there was that theme of heart and soul.”

Bowen added that it’s important for the Belcher Center to provide some hope and love to their community through live performances on the stage.

“There’s absolutely nothing that beats live theater live concerts and right now, I think more than ever, we need to take of the fact that we can do this in smaller capacities,” said Bowen. “The performing arts is one of the things that provides happiness in our life. And with what’s going on in the world, it’s even more important to take time out of your day to let all of that go, to be able to focus and enjoy something.”

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

Public safety is extremely important this season, and everyone at the Belcher Center is making sure everyone is as safe as possible from the time they enter the lobby until they leave.

“You’ll see it immediately from the moment you walk in,” said Bowen. “We are trying to be as thoughtful as we can to all of the social anxieties that are involved with getting out in public right now, and when you get here you’re going to realize that you’re much further than six feet from everybody.”

Here are some ways you’ll see safe social distancing:

  • Masks: All guests are required to wear a mask when they enter the facility, but they can be removed once they’ve reached their seats.
  • Touchless Tickets: A new scanning system allows guests to print their tickets at home, or use their cell phone as their ticket at the event. When guests arrive they will go to the scanning station assigned to their seating section and scan their ticket.
  • Decreased Capacity: The Belcher Center seats 2,011 guests at full capacity, but is currently seating just over 500. They are also skipping every other row, and skipping seats in between guests.
  • Color-Coded Systems: There are social distancing stars throughout the lobby to visually place guests 6 feet apart, as well as arrow with information on the floor and signs on the wall.
  • Hand-Sanitizing Stations: There are almost 40 stations throughout the facility, and they’re located roughly every 10 to 15 feet.

“The most important thing is not that we can continue having shows, but that we can have these events and shows and people come and they feel safe,” said Bowen. “They feel like they’re going to leave here and be healthy the next day. And we are taking it very seriously.”

While purchasing tickets online, guests have the option of choosing the exact seat they would like, and see the view of the stage from their selected seat. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, you can click here.

Here’s the 2020-2021 Performance Series:

For a list of all shows, click here.

Belcher Center Season 14 Heart & Soul

The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue

  • Date: Saturday, November 07, 2020
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)
  • Cost: $23.00 – $41.00 (Get tickets here)

In 2020, the Blues Brothers blockbuster movie turns 40! To celebrate, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue, produced by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi Pisano and the legendary Paul Shaffer as Musical Director, will embark on a World Tour with the 40th Anniversary Blues Brothers™ Revue. The duo, comprised of Kieron (Elwood Blues) Lafferty and Wayne (Jake Blues) Catania, were hand-picked by the producers to carry the torch first lit by the iconic duo of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

The 40th Anniversary Show will also feature guest tributes to Aretha Franklin, James Brown & Ray Charles paying homage to this incredible milestone.

Get tickets here.

Belcher Center Season 14 Heart & Soul

Leanne Morgan

  • Date: Friday, February 05, 2021
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)
  • Cost: $31.00 – $49.00 (Get tickets here)

Leanne’s style of comedy combines her southern charm and hilarious story telling about her own life into an act that keeps them coming back for more. As a stay-at-home, mother of three with a husband, people are always accusing her of spying on them because she seems to be living the same life that they do. The fact that everyone can relate to her comedy has made her a hit even among the strangest of audiences.

Leanne and fellow comic Reno Collier recently co-hosted Chewing the Fat, a weekly radio show on Sirius XM/Blue Collar Radio and her comedy is in rotation every day on Sirius comedy channels.

Get tickets here.

Belcher Center Season 14 Heart & Soul

The Music of Sam Cooke

  • Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)
  • Cost: $20.00 – $38.00 (Get tickets here)

Starring Bradd Marquis (alongside a live big band) in a new show depicting the life and music of one of America’s most iconic and talented performers, the Legendary Sam Cooke.

Cooke bridged the gap between black and white audiences and crossed generations. He is commonly known as The King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. This world premiere concert features the greatest hits from the Legend of Soul including You Send Me, Only Sixteen, Cupid, Chain Gang, Twistin’ the Night Away, A Change is Gonna Come, and Wonderful World to name a few.

Get tickets here.

Belcher Center Season 14 Heart & Soul

One Night in Memphis

  • Date: Friday, March 05, 2021
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)
  • Cost: $22.00 – $37.00 (Get tickets here)

Jam packed with over 90 minutes of pure rockabilly, country, gospel, and rock-n-roll in an authentic and energetic presentation.

The show recreates that magical night of December 4th, 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash found themselves jamming at Sam Phillip’s Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. Little did they know that their jam session was being recorded and preserved for all time, representing all the performers in their prime and the very best music of that time.

Get tickets here.

Belcher Center Season 14 Heart & Soul

Yesterday & Today: An Interactive Beatles Experience

  • Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6)
  • Cost: $21.00 – $39.00 (Get tickets here)

The nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of the Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy and Matthew McGuigan, does away the worn out “tribute” format of bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show.

Every show is different, every show is interactive, and every show Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience proves that The Beatles music truly is the soundtrack to our lives.

Get tickets here.

Membership Programs

Belcher Center started their membership program in 2019, and it not only incentivizes many perks for guests to love the arts and live performances, but also ensures the Belcher Center can keep entertainment local, ticket prices competitive, and performances relevant.

There are 5 different membership levels, and each comes with a variety of ways to enhance your experience.

Benefits for all levels include pre-sale ticket purchasing opportunities, premium parking pass, members-only reception invitation, access to a pre-show lounge for members and more.

Membership prices range from $100 to $1,000, and the more you contribute the more benefits you get.

The Belcher Center is located at 2100 S Mobberly Avenue in Longview.

You can reach the Box Office at (903)-233-3080.

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