Performing Arts Center Celebrates 40th Year with Fundraiser on Nov. 19 and Wide Variety of Shows


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Contact:         Maryjane Briant
                        News and Media Relations Director
                        Galloway, N.J. 08205
                        (609) 652-4593

Galloway, N.J. - Back in the day, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel both played 91视频鈥檚 Performing Arts Center, which is celebrating its 40th year of providing entertainment and educational programming with a reception featuring music, wine and hors d鈥檕euvres, followed by musical show on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 2 p.m.

鈥淭he Performing Arts Center has a rich history of presenting the very best in music, theatre and dance,鈥 said Suze DiPietro, manager of the PAC. 鈥淲e want to share the memories and create some new ones for the community with this fun event, which supports the PAC.鈥

The catered reception will be held in the Upper K-Wing area, adjacent to the PAC on Stockton鈥檚 Galloway campus, 101 Vera King Farris Drive from 2 - 4 p.m. with music from the Stockton Faculty Band.

It will be followed by a performance of Neil Berg鈥檚 widely acclaimed 鈥103 Years of Broadway,鈥 a musical revue of Broadway鈥檚 most celebrated shows, featuring a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. The show recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century, featuring original cast members from 鈥淭he Phantom of the Opera,鈥 鈥淟es Miserables,鈥 鈥淐ats,鈥 鈥淛esus Christ Superstar,鈥 and 鈥淛ekyll & Hyde.

Tickets for the reception and show are $75 and may be ordered online or by calling the Box Office at (609) 652-9000.  The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 90 minutes before the performance.  For group sales, call (609) 652-4786. 

The Performing Arts Center holds special memories for Stockton鈥檚 fifth president, who began as a member of Stockton鈥檚 inaugural class.

鈥淎s a student here in the 1970s and through all the years, I have enjoyed many shows including performances by Tommy Tune, Ben Vereen and Harry Connick, Jr. and numerous outstanding lectures at the Performing Arts Center, which was - and is - a jewel of a venue,鈥 said President Harvey Kesselman. 鈥淭here was nothing like it in the area, and today the Stockton PAC  continues its mission of providing outstanding cultural programming, diverse guest speakers and entertainment to the region.

鈥淭he PAC also offers our Dance, Theatre, Voice and Music 91视频 and faculty a welcoming setting in which to perform and direct shows, gaining valuable experience and honing their skills,鈥 Kesselman noted.

Professor Beverly Vaughn is Music program coordinator as well as Vocal/Choral program coordinator at Stockton. 鈥淭his wonderful facility has provided our 91视频 and the community with opportunities to see first-class performances in productions both large and small. Students who have never been on stage before are inspired by the creative learning experiences the PAC offers them.鈥

Over its four decades, the PAC has developed partnerships with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Stockton鈥檚 orchestra-in-residence, along with the Atlantic City Ballet Company, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company and the South Jersey Wind Ensemble.

"The PAC offers something different for the region from most other venues,鈥 said Jed Gaylin, music director and conductor of the Bay Atlantic. 鈥淏ecause it is based at Stockton, the mission is diverse and rich, mirroring and even helping to shape Stockton's distinctive identity. The PAC brings in a range of compelling performance not just varied in genre but also in type - from enchanting to provocative. Students and the greater Atlantic County region benefit tremendously from the dynamism of this cultural hub.

鈥淏ay Atlantic Symphony performs at Stockton anything from towering classics such as Mahler and Beethoven, to a collaboration premiere commemorating Krystallnacht, to chamber orchestra staples, a Veterans Day salute, and more," Gaylin added.

The PAC鈥檚 40th year includes a wide variety of upcoming shows, from classics to psychics:

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.:  Kim Russo, the Happy Medium, who has appeared on shows including A&E鈥檚 鈥淧aranormal State鈥 and 鈥淧sychic Kids.鈥

Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.:  鈥淭he Most Wonderful Time of the Year,鈥 a concert by the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble;

Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10:  鈥淭he Nutcracker,鈥 performed by Atlantic City Ballet Company;

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.:  The Stockton premiere of the late David Fanshawe's world-renowned 鈥淎frican Sanctus,鈥 a monumental work that combines the rich history and performance style of the Latin Mass with the rhythms and melodic traditions of Africa鈥檚 many cultures.

Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.: The Bay Atlantic Symphony plays Copland鈥檚 鈥淎ppalachian Spring鈥 and Vivaldi鈥檚 鈥淭he Four Seasons.鈥

Also coming in the new year are:  Philadanco on Feb. 17, Neil Simon鈥檚 play, 鈥淭he Last of the Red Hot Lovers,鈥 by the Walnut Street Theater on tour, March 8, and 鈥淚nto the Woods,鈥 by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim on April 5 and April 9.   

鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to go to Philadelphia or New York to enjoy top-notch entertainment,鈥 DiPietro said, 鈥渁nd the PAC has free parking and affordable prices right here at home.鈥             

The PAC also provides a children鈥檚 summer theatre series, Imagination Station programs including 鈥淗ow to Build a Storm鈥 by the Franklin Institute, and other educational shows for area 91视频. 鈥淎 Voyage that Will Forever Change Your Perspective of Home,鈥 by Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in Washington, D.C. is one such program for area schools.

Goldstein鈥檚 ties with DiPietro led to an exciting new frontier for Stockton 91视频 and faculty: designing experiments that will be tested on the International Space Station next year. Stockton has been accepted to participate in Mission 11 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program through Goldstein鈥檚 center, a process that began with DiPietro introduced Goldstein to Dean Peter Straub of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

鈥淚t all ties into the PAC鈥檚 mission to entertain, to educate and to connect with the community,鈥 said DiPietro.