The Fairfield Community Arts Center will kick off its 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season on Saturday, Oct. 4, with “Peter Pan” presented by DuffleBag Theatre. CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield’s Performing Arts Season to kick off with ‘Peter Pan’

The Fairfield Community Arts Center will kick off the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season on Friday, Oct. 4, with “Peter Pan” presented by DuffleBag Theatre.

“We have the same four series that we have had the last couple of years with the Fairfield Signature Sessions, Wine, Women & Song, the One Stage Series, and the EnterAct Series, so we’re excited we have a wonderful assortment of shows for everybody. We open on Friday, Oct. 4 with DuffleBag Theater, who we’ve never had before, and they are doing a performance of ‘Peter Pan,’” said David Sheldrick, marketing specialist for Fairfield Parks & Recreation.

He said the show is interactive, and the audience will have an opportunity to participate. There are some improv elements to the show as well.

“It will be a fun night for all ages. It’s a great way for families to come out and help us kick off the season with a bang,” Sheldrick said.

Other season highlights will include The McCartney Project on Saturday, Nov. 2; Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza on Friday, Jan. 24; Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats on Friday, Feb. 7 and the Luke McMaster: Icons of Souls Tour on Saturday, March 28.

“As far as our big, spectacle performances, Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza is comedy, music, and he does all sorts of interactive tricks and games with bubbles. It’s almost magical what he can do with them. People end up in bubbles, he fills bubbles with smoke, and all kinds of cool stuff. We’re also bringing in a mentalist for the first time. Craig Karges, he is mentalist and an illusionist. Tables float, he reads minds, and you’ve seen these kinds of acts on ‘America’s Got Talent’ every year,” said Sheldrick.

“We’ve got Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats, he and his band are going to come and play hits of the Stray Cats like ‘Stray Cat Strut,’ ‘Sexy and Seventeen,’ and ‘Rock this Town.’ He will also tell stories about life on the road, and what it’s like to lug that giant bass all over the country and the world. So, that’s going to be an exciting night,” Sheldrick said.

A.J. Croce, a roots-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is the son of well-known artist Jim Croce. On Saturday, March 7, he will perform classics from his father, his own original tunes, and other timeless songs that have influenced both him and his father, such as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Workin’ At the Car Wash Blues,” and more.

All performances will be held at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (513) 867-5348, visit or stop the Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive in Fairfield.

The 2019-20 Season is sponsored in part by the Journal-News, Courtyard by Marriott-Hamilton, and funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

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