A unique Christmas gift idea is being provided by East Central University where, for a single bargain price of $30, a ticket package can be purchased to see two touring shows at the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

On Jan. 24, Chicago Tap Theatre will perform, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and on March 6, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, will be staged by Aquila Theatre, also at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the ECU Box Office at 580-559-5751 or go to tickets.ecok.edu.

The acclaimed Chicago Tap Theatre will bring the Chicago Jazz Club experience to ECU, by recreating the sights and sounds of a smoke-filled Chicago supper club with internationally acclaimed dance works and music. Chicago Tap Theatre was founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Mark Yonally, an internationally acclaimed dancer with experience with the Bill Evans Dance Company and E.T.C. Yonally believed that the time was right for tap dance to expand its artistic horizons and formed a company with a mission to innovate tap dance while simultaneously helping preserve its rich history.

One of the most revered novels of the twentieth-century, “Fahrenheit 451,” will be brought to life by the Aquila Theatre Company.

Written in 1953 by Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” is the tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. The main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman with the job of starting fires to destroy books and the houses that contain them. When his eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, forces Guy to confront the emptiness of his life, he begins to question his job and the oppressive society he lives in.

Considered a work of science fiction when first published, “Fahrenheit 451” has been debated for decades – issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained – continue to be concerns today.

With its skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great works of literature, the Aquila Theatre brings new life to Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry. The New Yorker describes Aquila’s productions as, “The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging,” while The New York Times exclaims, “The excellent Aquila Theatre, an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”