This year MSC OPAS celebrates its 44th year of hosting captivating shows at Texas A&M, entertaining audiences on campus. The season began on August 27 with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, which will be followed by a comedic performance by the group, The Capitol Steps. With the presidential election at hand, this group attempts to create a parody of candidates and their issues on October 13, making the act as entertaining as current politics.

On October 18 and 19, magic group, The Illusionists: Live from Broadway, take the stage to enchant audiences with their best-selling acts. The seven talented members have already surpassed box office rankings globally and are prepared to take magic to the next level at Rudder Auditorium. Each magician has a specific role in the show to dazzle audiences in various ways and create an astonishing show overall.

While the Anti-Conjouror performs shock illusions, The Escapologist prepares to defy death in blazing cars, water boxes, and explosions. For many members of this group, the inspiration is Houdini, one of the most famous illusionists of all time. This show is not for the weak-hearted; be prepared to be stupefied by the enchantment of this group.

For those still seeking a sensational experience beyond illusion, The Aluminum Show shakes the stage on October 23 with its enthralling dance moves and visual effects. With a futuristic view, this group presents the story of a machine through rhythmic moves and vivid sounds.

Rudder welcomes its first holiday act on November 9 and 10 with “Elf The Musical” featuring hit songs from the popular Christmas movie, Elf. The audience journeys from the North Pole to New York City with the main character, Buddy, as he attempts to find his human family.

The 14 members of the creative team have worked on various popular Broadway shows, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Les Misérables,” and “Tangled.” This classic is known to be creative for children, while perfectly witty for adults. All around, it is the ideal holiday show for families. With seventeen tour performances around the country, this group is only on campus for two nights; purchase tickets early so you don’t look like, in Buddy’s words, a ‘cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.’

Tickets can be bought online and at the box office in Rudder Theatre complex. You can still buy season tickets, but be aware that there is no general admission as each ticket has assigned seats. Coordinate with friends and family to all sit together during these incredible shows.