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TCT books new winter lineup
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Upcoming shows at the Turlock Community Theatre include a viewing of “The Polar Express” with special guest following the show - Santa Claus.

The Turlock Community Theatre will be ending its 2023-24 season with a host of new shows scheduled, including an acoustic tour, soul and R&B powerhouse bands and Grammy-award winning rock star Melissa Etheridge.

Santa and the Polar Express will be coming to town this weekend, as TCT is hosting a viewing of the popular holiday film alongside a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick after the show. The public is invited to come in their comfiest pajamas and cozy up with a cookie or two to watch “The Polar Express” at 2 p.m. Sunday.  Santa Claus will be making an appearance right after the movie, and children will have the opportunity to whisper a wish to him before he heads back to the North Pole. Tickets are $5 each.

Aaron Lewis will bring his acoustic tour to Turlock for a show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis

Lewis grew up in Springfield, Vermont, listening to his grandparents’ country 8-track tapes. Those roots inspired the multi-platinum Staind founder to return to his origins for the #1 Billboard Country Album debut “Town Line and Sinner,” as well as Billboard’s #1 Hot Country Song debut “Am I The Only One,” only the 9th time since 1958. His latest album, “Frayed At Both Ends,” offers the country star at his most personal and unplugged – making for an intimate record that reflects his 2024 acoustic tour.

Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show will come to the TCT for a show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

Rumours — comprised of Jesika Miller as Stevie Nicks, Rebecca Fishman as Christine McVie, Ned Brower as Mick Fleetwood, Taylor Locke as Lindsey Buckingham, and  Nic Johns— has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. Recreating the band's legendary persona, in all its youthful glory from 1975-1987.From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, Rumours takes audiences back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and bands weren't afraid to put on a show.

Thee Sinseers x The Altons will bring their individual brands of soul to Turlock with a show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Thee Sinseers are a powerhouse of soul and R&B; evocative of their hometown of East L.A.’s Friday evening cruises, Saturday night backyard boogies, and Sunday afternoon barbecues that helped shape a resurgence and interest in this modern wave of soul music. Led by multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter Joseph Quiñones, Thee Sinseers features a full band that includes a three-piece horn section (Eric Johnson [Tenor Sax] Steve Surman [Baritone Sax] and Joseluis Jimenez [Trombone]), sweet vocal harmonies (Adriana Flores, Bryan Ponce, Luis Carpio), and a tight rhythm section (Christopher Manjarrez [bass], Francisco Flores [guitar], Bryan Ponce [guitar], and Luis Carpio [drums]).

The Altons, natives of Southeast LA, combine dust kicked up from backyard parties with evening Art Laboe listening sessions, evoking a sound that veers far from the shadows. The Altons curate a ballad of retro-indie-soul that has captivated local audiences for several years, quickly driving them to become a staple of the scene.

Rock star Melissa Etheridge will bring her I’m Not Broken tour to Turlock with a show at 7:30 p.m. March 27.

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge

Multi-Grammy Award winner Etheridge has remained one of America's favorite female singers for more than two decades. her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs," and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy in 1992.

Wrapping up a performance-heavy year, the tour comes following Etheridge’s critically acclaimed Broadway engagement of her one-woman show, “My Window – A Journey Through Life.” Etheridge also recently released a memoir, “Talking to My Angels,” which debuted at #9 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The TCT season will end with the rescheduled show for James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash at 7:30 p.m. May 11. The show celebrates the life and music of the legendary 'Man in Black' with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash's biggest hits, including stories and personal anecdotes about America's most beloved singing storyteller.

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