PLANO (June 3, 2016) — Do you remember when rock was young? Ever lived your life like a candle in the wind? You can feel the love (tonight) as The Collin Theatre Center kicks off its 2016-17 season with a tribute to Sir Elton John, June 17-19 and June 24-26. The summer musical is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“The Songs of Elton John” will feature a cast of 30, performing in original costumes and wigs created by Collin College Professor Robin Armstrong. Conceived of and directed by Brad Baker and Chris Crotwell, the musical revue will be great, family-friendly fun.

This show, like the majority of the Collin Theatre Center’s 2016-17 season, will be mounted in Collin College’s Black Box Theatre on the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. This is a change from previous years, when the musical was held in the John Anthony Theatre. Organizers believe the change will bring the audience closer to the musicals than ever before.

Other shows planned for the 2016-17 season include:

  • 24 Hour Play Festival – Students in Collin College’s theater program will converge with students across campus to create six brand new plays written, directed, rehearsed and performed in just 24 hours. Show date: Sept. 10.
  • Anon(ymous) – Separated from his mother, a young refugee called “Anon” journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people – some kind, some dangerous and cruel – as he searches for his family. Show dates: Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 12-16 in the John Anthony Theatre.
  • God of Carnage – A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Show dates: Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 7-11.
  • First Date – When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. Show dates: Feb. 9-12 and Feb. 15-19, 2017.
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Show dates: April 29-30 and May 1-6.

Season tickets are on sale now at and range from $55 to $70 for tickets to all five shows. Visit the website for more information.


About Collin College

Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Allen, Plano and Rockwall. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas. For more information, visit