Announcing the 2007-2008 Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center season:
Island Party with RESONANCE PERCUSSION
Sunday, September 23, 3 p.m., Mainstage
Get away to the islands for a special island party of refreshments, food, fun, and feel the music of Resonance Percussion. African dances to contemporary Caribbean percussion, a superb bassist and three percussionists including steel drums get you in the groove! Resonance Percussion is an intense and energetic ensemble who presents a concert experience that musically traverses the world. Resonance Percussion has captured the percussive heartbeat of musical cultures from West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, Japan, and the United States. Special island party begins at 1:30 p.m. with refreshments included! Dress code optional: Panama shirts and Bermuda shorts for casual fun and good time. For more information visit www.resonancepercussion.com.
PETER PAN THE HIGH-FLYING BROADWAY MUSICAL
Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
With the delightfully dangerous Captain Hook and the perennial charm of the boy who won’t grow up—Peter Pan! A classic tale of youth, joy and freedom—all captured in a lavish, new production of this Tony-Award winning Broadway Musical. Fly with Peter to the “second star to the right” and don’t miss the beat of this fun-filled adventure and magical journey to Neverland, for you and your entire family! Supported by the Performing Arts Endowment. For more information visit www.gmartists.com
CZECH PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
Truly brilliant, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s major chamber orchestras. The orchestra has come to be internationally known and lauded for the characteristic sound of its “Czech Strings,” an expression that applauds the Czech tradition of sensitivity to sonority and unique tone color. Its unique sensibility and mellifluous sounds are its signature traits! Supported by the Coppersmith Endowment. For more information visit www.ceskafilharmonie.com
November 1, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
Aquila Theatre Company will bring one of Shakespeare’s most relevant and timely works to vibrant life in Julius Caesar, a production that is visceral, challenging and, above all, an entertaining performance. Julius Caesar will follow the epic story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most notorious leaders, Marcus Brutus. Supported by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Council. For more information visit www.baylinartists.com/aquila.htm
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
Heart-warming! Join us for the National Touring Production of Charles Dickens’ family holiday classic, A Christmas Carol by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan—and discover the spirit of Christmas through a kaleidoscope journey to help Ebenezer Scrooge find the true meaning of Christmas. This performance is incredibly packed with laughter, pageantry, and gorgeous costumes! Ever since legendary theatre pioneer Charles Jones adapted the Dickens classic for Nebraska Theatre Caravan nearly three decades ago, the national touring production has delighted audiences across America. Every memorable detail of Dickens’ classic springs to life, from spine-chilling ghosts to heartfelt renditions of traditional British carols. Crotchety Scrooge, lovable Tiny Tim, and all the fascinating characters that audiences have come to love make Dickens’ enchanting story a treasured holiday event. For more information visit www.nebraskatheatercaravan.com
TERRANCE SIMIEN AND THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE
Thursday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
Peace, love, and —Zydeco—the low down, tail shaking party music will heat up winter with Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. Terrance Simien “probably has the best voice in his genre” and a live performance that was voted by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Ten Live Performance Acts of the Year. This eclectic artist headlines festivals worldwide. Ecstatic audiences everywhere groove to these Creole tunes performed on accordion and rub board! The Mardi Gras party continues with a “Folkfest favorite!” For more information visit www.terrancesimien.com
Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
BLAST!, winner of the 2001 Tony Award for “Best Special Theatrical Event” and the 2001 Emmy Award for “Best Choreography,” is comprised of 35 brass, percussion and visual performers brought together in a unique explosion of music and theatre. Born on athletic fields across the nation, BLAST! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. According to Bruce McCabe of the Boston Globe: “BLAST! is an exuberant 15-number show that doesn’t falter while bridging the categories of classical, blues, jazz, rock n roll, and techno-pop music. BLAST! stands, blows, pounds, marches, and whirls with panache. Supported by the Pasquerilla Family Fine Arts Endowment.
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE
Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
One of the world’s most exquisite modern dance companies, Paul Taylor Dance. Without question, the greatest living American choreographer! Stunning, cutting-edge performances to include Diggity, Musical Offering and Black Tuesday. The San Francisco Chronicle raves, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance.” MetLife Foundation is proud to sponsor the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 2007-2008 National Tour. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and donors to The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, Inc. Supported by the Frank Blackington Endowment. This performance is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. For more information visit www.ptdc.org
FIVE BY DESIGN IN CLUB SWING
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
The setting is the fictional Club Swing where “the music’s hot, the drinks are cool, and the dance floor is always open.” Five by Design in Club Swing celebrates the rich harmonies of five outstanding vocalists creating America’s swing era with a Big Band sound. Here at Club Swing, the music sizzles featuring Glenn Miller’s In the Mood to the blockbuster Louie Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing. For more information visit www.fivebydesign.com
NEIL BERG’S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage
The fun, crowd-pleasing Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway entertains audiences everywhere. Fifty of the greatest characters in Broadway Musical History in One Gala Evening! Five of the actual singers who played many of these roles on Broadway! An extraordinarily-magnificent performance! Supported by the Abe and Janet Beerman Endowment. For more information visit www.neilberg.com
WINTER JAZZ 2008
Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Multi-Grammy award-winning sensation, trumpeter and showman Arturo Sandoval, burns through Afro-Cuban grooves, tears up Bebop tunes and soothes you with luscious ballads on the piano. Proceeds benefit the Blackington Endowment. Mark E. Pasquerilla, chairman and CEO, Pasquerilla Enterprises, spearheads the Winter Jazz effort, now in its 13th year and was established to honor Frank H. Blackington III, former president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown from 1974 to 1993. For information visit www.arturosandoval.com
STAGE DOOR SERIES for Families and Schools
If You Give A Pig A Party
Tuesday, March 11, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Adapted for the stage by Nancy Schaeffer; music and lyrics by B. Wolf, this performance is based on the book, If You Give A Pig A Party, text by Laura Numeroff illustrations by Felicia Bond, and presented by the Dallas Children’s Theater National Tour. The Mouse, the Moose, the Pig, together at last! Join all three for the biggest party of the year. When a young Girl decides to throw a party for the Pig for no special reason, it isn’t long before the raucous entertainment begins. A motley group of friends are invited: Mouse, Moose, Cat, Dog, and Snake. Before the party starts these curious and energetic chums soon lead the girl on a whirlwind of events creating much more work than she originally anticipated. Join us for this world-premiere musical celebration. Settings leap from the page to the stage and are true to Felicia Bond’s wonderful illustrations. With live musical accompaniment and outrageous comedy, audiences are in for a compelling theatrical experience. Most enjoyed by grades pre-K-3. Perfect for school field trips! Created as school performances, The Stage Door Series offers educators, home schoolers, caregivers, and others an opportunity to plan a day’s lesson using programming designed for the younger audience.
UPJ THEATRE DEPARTMENT
The UPJ Theatre Department presents three wonderful performances!
The season opens with You Can’t Take it With You. What’s not to like about the Sycamore family? Xylophones, snakes, a printing press, fireworks, ballet lessons, playwriting, and painting, and that’s just in the living room! But stuffy Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, not to mention the FBI, are on their way. Bring your hanky, but only to laugh at this beloved 1938 classic, the ultimate FAMILY PLAY. October 18, 19, 20, 21*, 25, 26, 27, 28*, 8 p.m.,*2 p.m. matinees, Studio Theatre
Maybe you’ve already been there, but come again to a South Sea island during World War II, where a self-declared “little hick,” Ensign Nellie Norbush, falls in love with a dashing French planter, Emile de Becque. Try to hold the theatre down when the full pit orchestra plays Some Enchanted Evening, Wonderful Guy, and Bali Hai in this our valentine to Johnstown. February 22, 23, 24*, 8 p.m., *2 p.m., Mainstage
Two housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages. A recipe for disaster? Discover for yourself why The Hartford News described this special comedy as “the kind of play that reminds you of why you love theatre.”
May 29, 30, 31, June 5, 6, 7, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre
FRANK J. AND SYLVIA T. PASQUERILLA LECTURE SERIES
Robert Young Pelton
Wednesday, October 10, 7 p.m.
The man, the adventurer, the writer Robert Young Pelton is known for overcoming extraordinary obstacles in search for the truth. Mr. Pelton makes a career out of bypassing media, border guards and military to get to the “heart” of the story. Free and open to the public. For more information visit ComeBackAlive.com or www.thelavinagency.com.
Michael L. Bodolosky, executive director, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, has specially designed the 2007-2008 series to offer an exciting variety of shows for many different audiences. The season includes some of the finest music, theater, and Broadway shows available. Beginning with a Special Island party and ending with a magnificent event on Broadway, the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center season will prove to be memorable for folks of all ages.
Season tickets are available for purchase beginning August 14 by mail or by telephoning a credit card order to the Artsline at 1-800-846-ARTS. This year a “New PPAC Flex Series” is being offered. Patrons create their own Series by selecting four or more performances and receive a 10% discount off the Regular price. PPAC Flex Series tickets sales begin August 14. Ticket sales for individual performances placed by phone, fax, or mail only, will be filled beginning August 28. These tickets range in price from $24 to $46. The Box Office opens for in-person, at-the-window sales on August 28. It will be open for window and telephone sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and one hour before all performances. There is a $2 handling fee on all mail or phone orders.
Artist interview and photo opportunities may be arranged with each of the artists appearing during the 2007-2008 season. Arrangements can be made by calling the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 814-269-2080. For more information, visit the Arts Center website at www.upj.pitt.edu/ArtsCenter. Photos and graphics are enclosed.
The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose facility operated by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Arts Center presents a variety of events, including musicals, adult and children’s theatre, dance and music productions to 12,000 patrons annually.