MASON CITY — "Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" will be presented at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
It is presented by the NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series as part of the 2016-2017 series.
"Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" is an innovative show using the works of the Beatles, according to promoters.
The group, anchored by brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, does away with the tribute format of bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience.
Audience members fill out request cards prior to the show with their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and a set list is created two minutes before the show based on the songs chosen by that audience. The reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.
The stars of the show, Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, originally from Largo, Florida, were 21, 18, and 15 years old in 1996 when their father, William McGuigan, died after a difficult battle with leukemia.
Their dad owned every Beatles album there was. The family was quite poor. So rather than going out, Bill stayed home with his young boys and shared his love of the Beatles catalog with them. It would turn out to be one of the greatest gifts a father could pass on to his children.
The McGuigans have combined their musical talents, charms and passion for performing to create the ultimate living tribute to their father, whom they call the greatest man they’ve known.
Since debuting the show in 2007, they have found that not only do people have a story to tell, but they are ready and willing to share when they can tie it to their favorite Beatles song. On some level, it goes beyond entertainment, and perhaps becomes a hint of music therapy.
Every night the songs, faces and stories change, but a respect between the McGuigans and their fans for why they are there is the same. And the McGuigans get to do what they love most – honor the memory of their hero and the gift he gave them.
Tickets are available at the NIACC Box Office, 888-466-4222, extension 4188, or online at www.niacc.edu/boxoffice.