Shows catering to the parents, not the kids, are getting an increased emphasis in the upcoming 2012-13 season at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.
The calendar includes a new food facet, with Food Network stars Robert Irvine of "Restaurant: Impossible" and Ina Garten, author of "The Barefoot Contessa."
Garten will have an on-stage conversation with chef David Albright of The Left Bank in York, while Irvine will cook on stage.
Many other acts cater to the adult crowd, too, such as musician Lyle Lovett, comedian Ron White and "Deer Camp, The Musical," a story about four hunters whose wives warn them to bag a deer or they are done hunting for good.
Spokeswoman Erin Stine said the Strand-Capitol generally does better in sales for shows geared toward adults than family shows.
"Music and comedy always seems to do the best," she said.
Still, there will be family-friendly shows such as the River City Brass and Honors Choir and Cirque Chinois acrobats.
Stine said about 40 programs are booked so far, about half of what will eventually be booked.
Ticket prices are going up about $2 per show compared to the past season, according to Strand-Capitol CEO Ken Wesler. He said it's not due to any particular reason, but
rather just the way contracts with artists worked out.
"The Strand tries to keep the ticket prices as low as possible, but some shows cost more than others," Wesler said.
And people can still get a full refund of their ticket price for any reason, from a baby sitter canceling to just not being up for going.
To order tickets, visit the box office or order online at www.strandcapitol.org, or call 846-1111.
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