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Since 1986, MainStage Morganton has consistently provided the City of Morganton, Burke County and the surrounding areas with quality entertainment and world class acts. All MainStage performances are presented in CoMMA's main theatre. Reserved seating tickets to MainStage Morganton events are available at a significantly discounted subscriber rate, saving patrons off the Adult individual tickets rates. Single tickets vary in price depending on the type of event and seating selection. The word is out that the best of the best of live concerts, Broadway musicals and other special stage attractions are to be found and enjoyed in Morganton at CoMMA.


October 14 - 19, 2019 

Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition

 Mandala Website

October 15                 Opening Ceremony 12pm, Live Exhibition until 6pm

October 16 – 17         Live Exhibition 10am – 6pm

October 18                 Live Exhibition 10am – Closing Ceremony at 3pm

Lectures - 6:30pm

October 16                 The Ancient Art of healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach

October 17                 Meditation for Focus and Stress Relief

October 18                 Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition

Lectures are free and open to the public, however a ticket is required for entry.

Sacred Music Sacred Dance For World Healing

Saturday October 19, 2019   7:30pm

This two-hour stage performance combines multiphonic chanting, music and dance into an unforgettable experience. The pieces are drawn from authentic temple dances, performed for thousands of years in Tibet. The ancient rhythms and colorful, intricate costumes delight audiences of all ages.

 Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$35                  $30                  $28



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Thank you to our local sponsors for their support of the Mystical Arts of Tibet Lecture Series and the Mandala Sand Painting! 


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 This week-long residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the                                      North Carolina Arts Council.  






Thursday October 24, 2019 - 7:30pm

 Founded in 1960, The National Dance Company of Siberia, has been a success from the outset with their performances of original Siberian dances. Audiences are captivated by the vivid character portrayals, the musical movements, and the choreographic design. The dances follow one after another in a kaleidoscope manner and are perceived as a single choreographic symphony, as a continuous stream of folk dance elements. Since their foundation, the company has appeared in all parts of the Russian Federation, as well as in more than 60 countries around the world.

 Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$35                  $30                  $28

  Siberian Website


Tuesday October 29, 2019 - 7:30pm

 London’s The Kingdom Choir™ is best known for their show stopping performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The group’s performance of  seen by a global audience of over two billion, instantly catapulted the Choir to worldwide fame.  Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. Karen Gibson is an award-winning gospel choir conductor who has conducted some of the most prestigious, large-scale choirs across the UK. The high standard of her work has taken her across Europe and further – Japan, Rwanda, Nigeria, Guyana, and the USA. Karen’s choirs are regular finalists or winners of choir competitions, including BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of The Year. After 11 years in IT and a further 7 in teaching, the positive impact of gospel music has led to her current vocation. The Kingdom Choir is one her many choirs that have spread the joy of the genre.

Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$   40                $ 35                   $30

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Monday  November 11, 2019 - 7:30pm

Stu proudly served in the U.S. Army from January 1968 to January 1970.  Through much of 1969, he was a combat photographer/journalist with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam; it is that service which provided the impetus for this solo, stage performance.

This is a soldier’s story, told by an awfully good story teller.  No blood and guts.  No political statements that try to tell you why America’s involvement over there was right or wrong.  What you get is simply a woven stream of memories and reflections . . . stories!  Just one guy’s intensely personal perspective on the most significant period in his life. Share the odd path by which Stu ended up in Vietnam, some of his misadventures as a journalist and photographer, and (perhaps most importantly) how the experience has colored his life.  Vietnam, it turns out, had tentacles that reached into the future.

During the course of the show, his words are made even more vivid by video projections of some of his Vietnam photos.  Those shots bring his memories . . . and the difficult period of the war . . . into focus, for you, the 21st century audience.  His stories will touch your heart . . . and bring on a smile.  And along the way, Stu’s stories . . . the pathos, the joy, the humor, the pride . . . may just give you pause to think about friendship, country, important people and moments in your life . . . things that matter, things that count, as we all stumble along and do what we can.

StageOne Pre-Show Reception – 6:30pm

Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$25                  $20                  $15

 Vietnam Website

Thursday November 21, 2019 - 7:30pm

 Michael Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency have marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when Michael formed his own band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, in which he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since, constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward. “He plays fearless and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “He takes no prisoners but he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon.” Clearly, the IBMA agrees as he’s their most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 11 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times, and fronts their 5-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. “It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow,” continues Vince. “He’s untouchable.”


 Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$25                  $ 20                   $15

 MC Website

Thursday December 12, 2019 - 6:30pm

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring — because Santa missed his house last year and he can’t let that happen again! Before you can say “Merry Christmas!” we’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!

Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$30                     $25               $20

Twas The Night Before Christmas website



Thursday December 17, 2019 - 7:30pm

The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.

Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart.

The quintet has garnered extensive coverage from media outlets ranging from The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The View, to CNN, Fox and Friends, Public Radio’s Performance Today, as well as The New York Times, Parade, People, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday London Telegraph and Entertainment Weekly.

 Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$50                  $45                  $40

the five browns website 

Tuesday December 31, 2019 - 9:00pm

Join us for our second annual Masquerade Party to ring in the New Year!!

 We’re pulling out all the stops with a Champagne toast at midnight, a DJ, Dancing, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and casino games.

 Dress Code: Cocktail or Costume / Masquerade Mask Mandatory

Age: 21+


General Admission


Masquerade Website


Thursday January 17, 2020 - 7:30pm

Leanne Morgan exudes southern charm. She is a naturally funny story teller who gives an honest look at suburban life and the challenges of keeping her husband happy while juggling kids, dogs and cheerleading camp at the same time she’s racing to get her hair highlighted, have a colonoscopy and join weight watchers for the 7th time!  Leanne will take you on a hilarious journey through motherhood and beyond as she finds comedy amidst the chaos.  

Leanne’s funny but honest point of view has earned her spots on the Dr. Phil show as part of his “advice panel.”  She’s also worked with Paula Deen both “Live” in theaters as well as numerous appearances on her cooking shows.  Leanne was chosen by The View as one of their most hilarious housewife’s and she was a finalist on Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America.  

Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$25                  $20                  $15

 Leanne Morgan Website

Thursday February 6, 2020 - 7:30pm

 Experience the nostalgic celebration of America’s rich movie and music history with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra! Hailed as “the premier American ragtime ensemble” by The Washington Post, Peacherine takes you back in time to hear the syncopated stylings from a bygone era - ragtime, theater, and dance music, all played with zip and pep from the original historic orchestral scores. Sparkling vocal and instrumental favorites bring back to life, leaving audiences tapping their feet and humming along to classics by Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, and The Ragtime Masters. Closing the program is a silent film from the 1920s, underscored just as it was 100 years ago, with live music and sound effects!

StageOne Preshow Reception - 6:30pm

Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$25                  $20                  $15



Thursday February 27, 2020 - 7:30pm

THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).

With a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.”


Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$65                  $60                               $50

The Color Purple Website


Friday March 20, 2020 - 7:30pm


In post war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret - and realizes he is not her only suitor.  Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite production features your favorite Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.”  

“Pure Joy…An American In Paris is a TRIUMPH!”    New York Times

 Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

 $65                 $60                     $50


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Friday April 3, 2020 - 7:30pm

Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US. Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike.

Tier I                      Tier II                     Youth/Group

$30                         $25                         $20

 Edwin website



Sunday May 3, 2020 - 3pm




From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes a poignant and inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.

It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind.

When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

BANDSTAND is “both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally” (The New York Times). “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).

Tier I                Tier II               Youth/Group

$65                  $60                     $50

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