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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:10 PM

Pianist/composer Bill Carrothers kicks off the 2012 “Gem of a Season” at the Crystal Theatre on Sunday, June 3. Season tickets are available May 1 at several locations in Iron and Dickinson counties. (Crystal Theatre photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—Tickets for the 2012 “Gem of a Season” at the Crystal Theatre will be available Tuesday, May 1.
 The ticket package, which includes all eight events, may be ordered at the following ticket outlets beginning May 1: Ben Franklin in Crystal Falls, Central Arts and Gifts and the Iron County Chamber Office in Iron River, Steamin’ Joe Coffeehouse in Florence, Wis., and the Music Tree in Iron Mountain.

 The ticket package include eight events, which kicks off Sunday, June 3, with pianist/composer Bill Carrothers on the Steinway Model ‘D’ concert grand piano.
 Recently gifted to the theatre by songwriter and music producer Patrick Leonard, the piano will be the focal point of a trio of talented musicians who improvise in the moment.
 Other events in this year’s Gem of a Season are:
 Sunday, June 17, the musical style of classic folk with Jackie Davidson and Gary Brandt “Singing the Good Old Songs Again.”
  Davidson was a founding member of the New Christy Minstrels, a popular folk music group of the ‘60s.
 Otis and the Alligators, touted as Central Wisconsin’s premier blues band, will take the stage Sunday, July 1.
 Fronted by the wailing harmonica playing of Otis McLennon, the group features old soul and rhythm and blues classics.
 A unique form of entertainment in the character of Snowflake played by Gale Lajoye promises to delight the audience Sunday, July 15.
 Reminiscent of Jackie Gleason’s “Poor Soul” of yesteryear, Snowflake speaks to the power of human kindness without speaking a single word. 
 Golden oldies will be celebrated Sunday, July 19, with a group appropriately named Studebaker 7.
 Organized in 1973 for a fraternity party, the group performed for 14 years, disbanded and reformed in 2002 with six original members.
 Sister Wilene returns to Crystal Theatre Sunday, Aug. 12.
 Drawing from the vintage material made popular by the likes of Patsy Cline and Bob Wills, the group’s first Crystal Theatre performance received rave reviews by country music enthusiasts. 
 Another performer brought back by popular demand is ragtime pianist Bob Milne, who will appear Sunday, Aug. 26.
 Milne returns for the third time but will tickle the ivories of the new Steinway for the first time.
 The “Gem Season” will conclude with a sparkling performance by the renowned theater organist Dave Wickerham Sunday, Sept. 9.
 Wickerham’s respect for Crystal Theatre’s vintage “Mighty Moller” pipe organ influenced his decision to actually take up residence in Crystal Falls.
 “Our ‘Gem of a Season’ once again offers a wide variety of entertainment–there’s something for everyone,” says theatre manager Charlie Sandstrom.
 “Our season ticket package has to be the best deal in entertainment anywhere,” said Sandstrom.
 “Where else can you enjoy such amazing talent for less than $8?  And you can save on gas by finding the entertainment close to home.”
 Ticket packages may also be purchased online at or by phoning 875-6867. 
 Season package prices are: single adult, $90; couple,  $135; single senior (min. age 60), $75; senior couple, $125; family, $135.
 Tickets for individual performances will be sold for $12 two weeks prior to each event. Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $5 for youths under 18.