Opera House expands Main Stage Series

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The Sumter Opera House Main Stage Series has announced three new additions to its 2017-18 roster. The performances exemplify the variety offered in the entire 2017-18 series.

City Cultural Manager Seth Reimer said he plans to continue adding shows to the schedule.

"We'll keep rolling out the acts as we book them," he said. "People can check back weekly, and those who become (Main Stage Series) members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets early, as well as get other perks of membership."

He plans to present a series of 16 to 24 shows - "two or more a month this season," Reimer said.

The newly booked concerts are:

- Dwayne Johnson & Soulfood Jazz Band - Jan. 12, 2018

Johnson calls Rembert home. The saxophonist created what he calls "Soulfood Jazz," defined as a blend of gospel, smooth jazz "and Old School R&B with classical undertones." A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music, Johnson said his band's music "delivers food for the soul."

- The Lettermen - Jan. 14, 2018

The close three-part harmonies of The Lettermen and their repertoire have made the trio an enduring favorite since their 1961 recording of "The Way You Look Tonight." Since then, the pop legends have recorded scores of songs, earning 18 Gold albums and several Grammy nominations and continually making the list of Top 10 singles. The group is also in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

They're known for their love songs - "When I Fall in Love," "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "Turn Around, Look at Me" to name just a few - and their Christmas album, "It Feels Like Christmas," remains popular.

Many Sumterites may remember that, in 1966, The Lettermen selected Edmunds High School senior Diane Parnell as Miss Gamecock.

- Jeanne Robertson - April 12, 2018

Robertson is a former Miss North Carolina who was named Miss Congeniality in the 1963 Miss America pageant. She's a former college basketball player and physical education teacher and has been a professional speaker and humorist for many years, winning dozens of awards over the years, including the Master of Influence Award from the National Speakers Association.

Robertson has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, including 60 Minutes. She's also performed at the Grand Ole Opry, has been featured in numerous publications and is in demand for performances and other speaking engagements. Robertson mines her own life, finding humor in her many experiences.

For more information, visit www.sumteroperahouse.com. To find out about membership or sponsorship in the Main Stage Series, visit http://bit.ly/2y1NtSM