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Music and laughs fill TCT line-up
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Legendary comedian, "Mr. Warmth" Don Rickles, will perform on the Turlock Community Theatre stage on Jan. 25. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Community Theatre is going to be bringing a legendary comic, a young singing sensation, and renowned musical performers to the area as they raise the curtain on their new season.

The 2013-14 season at the theatre will open up with a return visit from country music superstar Vince Gill on Oct. 26. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 19 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male country artist. Ticket prices are $89, $76, $49.

TCT’s second show of the season will be a return to the banging Rock n’ Roll of the late 70s and early 80s as Foreigner takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Foreigner has been behind some of rock n’ roll’s greatest anthems, including  “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide number one hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Foreigner has sold more than 75 million albums over the span of their 30 years of making music. Ticket prices are $99, $79, $59.

At the age of 10 years, Jackie Evancho, stepped onto the “America’s Got Talent” stage and floored the judges and audiences with her perfectly performed soprano solo. Three years later, the young singer is still wowing crowds with her stunning voice and poise, whether she’s singing an aria or a pop hit. When Evancho comes to town for her show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, she will be joined by a 28-piece orchestra. Ticket prices are $119, $89, $59.

The fourth show of TCT’s season will feature some vintage rock n’ roll when the music of Buddy Holly is featured in “That'll Be the Day: The Music of Buddy Holly with Orchestra” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Ticket prices are $39, $35, $29.

“The star of the show is John Mueller as Buddy Holly,” said TCT Managing Director Kit Casey. “John has been to our neck of the woods many times with his wildly popular Winter Dance Party show.  This time he will be performing the music of Buddy Holly with the backing of a 28-piece orchestra.  To add to the excitement, we will be filming this performance live.”

Mr. Warmth himself, Don Rickles, will bring his biting comedy to Turlock for a show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014. Rickles is one of comedy’s most famous funnymen. For over 55 years he has appeared in top showrooms and concert halls throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is regarded among the world’s top entertainers. In the spring of 2012 at the Comedy Awards in New York City, Rickles became the second recipient of the prestigious “Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.” The previous honoree was David Letterman. Ticket prices are $129, $99, $69. The show is meant for a mature audience.

The final performance of TCT’s season will be comedian Jim Breuer, a veteran of “Saturday Night Live.” Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour, “Something for Everyone,” Breuer can be heard on his weekly Sirius/XM Radio show “Fridays with Breuer.”

Season tickets are currently on sale for TCT. There are two options for purchasing season tickets.  Patrons can purchase the full season of six shows or a partial season of four shows.  Season ticket prices range from $236 to $507. Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 14. To purchase tickets call 668-1169, or visit (individual show tickets only). Tickets can also be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 1574 E. Canal Dr., in Turlock. The box office is closed from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.