Tusculum University has planned a variety of stage and musical performances and academic lectures in the coming months through its Acts, Arts, Academia series.

A program of Tusculum University Arts Outreach, the performance and lecture series is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Outreach and donors and volunteers, a news release from the university says.

‘UNCRAPIFY YOUR LIFE’

The 2018-19 Acts, Arts, Academia season will begin Wednesday with a program by motivational speaker Jeff Havens, entitled “Uncrapify Your Life.” The presentation starts at 7 p.m. at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University, Havens “has quickly become one of the most in-demand presenters in North America,” the news release says.

“His truly unprecedented ability to deliver high-quality education and motivation in an undeniably entertaining way has earned him accolades nationally. Jeff has found enthusiastic audiences in government, academia, small businesses and several Fortune 50 companies, all while still being one of the youngest members of the professional speaking circuit,” the release adds.

‘TRAIL OF TEARS’

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with author Jerry Ellis, who is the first person in the modern world to walk the Cherokee Trail of Tears,” the release says.

Ellis will present “Walking the Trail — One Man’s Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears,” beginning at 7 p.m., in the Behan Arena Theater. The program is part of the Cicero Lecture Series.

‘WWII ALASKA’

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Cicero Lecture Series will continue with a presentation, entitled “WWII Alaska.”

Tusculum’s Frank Mengel will present the program, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theater.

‘TARZAN: THE STAGE MUSICAL’

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring “Tarzan: The Musical,” to the stage in November.

Based on the Disney film and book by Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, the show will feature music by rock legend Phil Collins. It is being directed by Marilyn duBrisk. Performance dates are Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

CHORUS, BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

Christmas will be celebrated at Tusculum with performances by the Tusculum University Community Chorus, directed by Kathryn May, on Monday, Dec. 3. Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum University Band, directed by David Price, will present its Christmans concert on Thursday, Dec. 6. Show time is 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

CENTRAL BALLET’S ‘BOAZ AND RUTH’

The first performance in 2019 will be Central Ballet Theatre’s presentation of “Boaz and Ruth: A Love Story,” taken from the Book of Ruth.

Performances are scheduled for Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

NICK BLACK BAND

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Nick Black Band will be in at Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Show time is 7 p.m.

The band is noted for its modern soul and R&B sound, the release says.

WINTER BAND CONCERT

The Tusculum University Band Winter Concert is scheduled Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’

In March, Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring “Little Shop of Horrors,” under the direction of Brian Ricker, to the stage.

The show has been acclaimed as, “a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical,” the release says.

Performances will take place on March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and March 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre.

DES AMIS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

The Acts, Arts, Academia’s series will continue on Thursday, March 21, with the Des Amis Chamber Ensemble.

The concert, entitled “Chamber Music with Some Friends,” will feature the works of Douglas, Gershwin & Beethoven. Show time is 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Special student performances, “5x10 Plays,” will be presented in April.

The performance will consist of five, 10-minute plays, written by Tusculum students, and produced in collaboration with Theatre-at-Tusculum, Tusculum University English Department and The Old Oak Festival.

Performances will take place on April 11, 12 and 13, at 7 p.m., and April 13 and 14, at 2 p.m., in the Behan Arena Theatre.

SPRING BAND, CHORAL CONCERTS

The Acts, Arts, Academia series will conclude its 2018-19 season with spring concerts by the Tusculum University Community Chorus and the Tusculum University Band.

The choral concert will take place on Monday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The band concert will be held Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m., in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

MORE INFORMATION

Admission is free for the Tusculum University Community Chorus and the Tusculum University Community Band concerts.

There is an admission cost to other events in the series.

For more information on any of these events, call Tusculum University Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.