Although it was never officially gone, the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University in Tuscarawas has been wiped out from the entertainment industry by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement of a 2021-22 calendar means one thing …
The PAC is back.
The Performing Arts Center season 2021-22 is celebrated by Grammy® winners Amy Grant, Ricky Skaggs and Richard Marx, music icon Dennis DeYoung and country star Easton Corbin. Broadway shows including Waitress and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will welcome audiences back to the theater, and late-night legend Jay Leno will appear to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Performing Arts Center (one year late). The full season of 27 diverse performances will also include additional concerts, family shows and comedians.
“After 15 long months without a show, the Performing Arts Center is ready to resume operations,” said Dr. Brad Bielski, Dean and Executive Director of Kent State Tuscarawas. “Because of the way this community has come together, the Performing Arts Center is poised to emerge strong after the pandemic. I thank everyone for their dedication and commitment to our beloved place.
In November 2020, the Performing Arts Center celebrated its 10th anniversary.
“Plans were in place for a big party,” said David Mitchell, CEO of the Performing Arts Center. “We’re not the type to let a good milestone go so we are moving forward with our celebration and are delighted that the legendary Jay Leno is joining us for an incredibly special night to celebrate our anniversary, even though it is. is a year delayed. It will be one of those ‘pinch me’ moments knowing that we will have an artist of Jay Leno’s caliber coming to New Philadelphia. “
In addition to Jay Leno’s stand-up comedy, an optional post-show reception will take place on stage to include live music, bar service, and big appetizers.
Other comedic offerings of the season that will put a smile on everyone’s face include stand-up comedian Jeff Allen, The Cleverlys, a one-of-a-kind comedy / music group that has put their unique bluegrass twist on covers by all. genres, That Golden Girls. Show: A Puppet Parody, one of the greatest hits of Off Broadway and Magic & Mayhem, a combination of fast-paced physical comedy and jaw-dropping magic that will leave you breathless.
The highly anticipated return of national Broadway touring shows slated to stop over in New Philadelphia includes Waitress and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
Inspired by the beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, an expert pastry chef who dreams of getting out of her small town. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may give her a fresh start, but Jenna must find the strength to rebuild her own life. Don’t miss this exhilarating celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. This hilarious Broadway hit musical features original music and lyrics by Grammy® Award-winning Sara Bareilles.
“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” tells the story of a Boston girl with a voice from heaven, who walked through the stars from the gospel choir to the diva of the dance floor. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked everything to break down barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for all the music divas that followed. With a score featuring over 20 of summer’s classic hits, including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a touching tribute to the voice of a generation.
In the breathtaking multi-character solo show Beyond Glory, stage and film star Stephen Lang tells the remarkable stories of eight Medal of Honor recipients on stage in a performance that will touch the soul. Adapted from Larry Smith’s moving book, Beyond Glory presents first-hand accounts of these veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, whose courageous actions led them to receive the country’s highest military honor.
“Due to the generous sponsorship of New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 and VFW Ohio Charities, tickets to this event will be free for veterans and active duty military personnel and their families,” added Mitchell. “We are very grateful for their service and sacrifice. “
“At the Performing Arts Center, we take great pride in our educational outreach efforts,” Mitchell continued. “In a typical year, we are able to reach almost 10,000 local students and provide impactful learning experiences. One of the challenges that we take up with enthusiasm each year is finding artists who are equally adept at entertaining the community and educating the students. This season’s artists have traveled the world and our audience will be in for a treat.
Third Coast Percussion is a Chicago-based, Grammy® Award-winning percussion quartet. An enthusiastic Mitchell adds, “For the first time ever, we will be taking Grammy-winning musicians to our local schools. “
Also in the season is The House Jacks, which redefines what people consider “vocal music” and is at the forefront of the contemporary a cappella scene. The unauthorized biography series combines biographical hip-hop songs and documentary-style music videos in a motivational, critically-acclaimed musical presentation. Finally, multilingual singer, guitarist and cellist Eleanor Dubinsky offers a mix of world rhythms, jazz and pop music with emotionally candid songwriting.
“There is nothing we love more than being part of family traditions,” Mitchell said. “When you create memories with your family and friends around a shared experience, those memories last a lifetime. These traditions are even more special during the holidays, and we have several shows with that in mind. In December, The Midtown Men, stars of the original Jersey Boys cast, will present their show Holiday Hits and Christian singer David Phelps, best known for singing the tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band, will present his solo show It Must Be Christmas. . In March, the creators of Celt-grass We Banjo 3 return to New Philadelphia and perform on St. Patrick’s Day, live from Ireland, Velocity Irish Dance is hailed as the next generation of Irish tap dance.
The season also has something for those hungry for nostalgia. The Purple Xperience presents the largest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution in the world and for those who love the iconic British pop sound of the 60s, The British Invasion will rock audiences.
The season also includes a wide variety of shows that will appeal to families of all ages. In addition to the Magic & Mayhem family comedy, Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory takes the audience on a spectacular ride full of daredevil antics, circus acrobatics and mechanical wonders and for the little ones of the Paddington Gets family. in a Jam, based on the popular children’s book series, will have everyone screaming with delight.
“To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PAC and thanks to an investment from the First Federal Community Bank, we are delighted to announce our new First Fed 15 Package. First Federal and the Performing Arts Center share a commitment to invest in our community by keeping the arts accessible and affordable. This 10-show package for just $ 15 each when purchased as a full package illustrates this common goal, ”said Mitchell. The shows included in the First Fed 15 package are: We Banjo 3, Magic & Mayhem, Jeff Allen, Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory, The Cleverlys, Eleanor Dubinsky, The House Jacks, Third Coast Percussion, The Unauthorized Biography Series and That Golden Girls Show: A parody of puppets.
The popular Cabaret series is also returning, featuring performances by Yankee Bravo and Wild Carrot. Cabaret Series tickets cost $ 49 and include a three-course dinner.
“New this year, we are delighted to welcome the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation as a season sponsor, the First Federal Community Bank as a sponsor of our new First Fed 15 Package and the New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 and VFW Ohio Charities for their generous sponsorship of the exhibit, “added Bielski.” Additionally, we are grateful for the continued support of Alonovus as Platinum Sponsors and Series Level Sponsors AquaBlue Inc. and House of Stones. Western Reserve Public Media also continues to be our official media partner for the season, and these ongoing partnerships demonstrate these organizations’ commitment to the arts and help us enrich the life of the community around us.
A full list of performances and ticket prices is online at www.kent.edu/tuscpac. PAC members will be able to purchase tickets for the 2021-2022 season from June 14 to 23. Presale packages, six or more shows, as well as the First Fed 15 package, can be purchased starting June 24. Ticket sales for a single show starting June 28. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at www.kent.edu/tuscpac. The ticket office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and convenient parking is available for all shows. The Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center is located at 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia.
Performing Arts Center Season 2021-2022