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Special Stars Will Perform at Reynolds

Reynolds Performance Hall will celebrate its 16th season with an array of diverse entertainers.
When comparing the upcoming season to the success of last season’s sold-out “The Best of Reynolds” series, UCA Public Appearances Director Amanda Horton said she anticipates this season to be just as successful. “We are steadily selling tickets,” she said. “In fact, on opening ticket day, we averaged almost $700 more per show than any other season.” Horton said she anticipates Bill Nye’s guest lecture to be the most popular event this semester, since almost 2,500 tickets have already been distributed.
“Bill Nye was a hero of mine growing up. He’s ‘my guy’ you could say,” senior Jake Lurvey said. “He inspired my love of science and aquatic animals— whales especially. I’m super stoked to see him this semester.”
 Horton said the popularity of last year’s Neil Degrasse Tyson’s lecture inspired organizers to move the speech into the Farris Center, which accommodates 4,000 people instead of the 1,175 that Reynolds holds.
 Tyson’s lecture sold out in 45 minutes and was simulcast to several lecture halls across campus for students unable to obtain tickets.
This semester’s events are divided into four series: Broadway, Night Out, Pops and Distinguished Lecturers.
The season will kick off with Wynonna & The Big Noise on Sept. 18, which is part of the season’s Pops Series. The Blind Boys of Alabama, from the Night Out Series, will close the first half of the 2015-2016 season Dec. 6.
The Reynolds staff uses student and faculty input, community feedback and success of previous acts to decide each season’s entertainment acts. “We keep a list of artists that we would like to see perform in the hall,” Horton said. “Many factors determine whether we can book an artist, including routing, budget and interest.”
Performance fees for this year’s 15 performances totaled $439,000, Horton said.
The shows lined up for the spring 2016 semester include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Elvis Lives!, An Evening with Sinbad, Mamma Mia!, Saturday Night Fever, PostSecret: The Show, Josh Radnor and Disney In Concert: with Conway Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are available at the Reynolds Box Office and online at
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