Givens Performing Arts Center opens its 37th year with an eclectic selection of performances.
The 2013-13 Professional Artist Series offers a line-up including everything from Broadway hits to classic beach and Motown.
The Broadway and More Series kicks offs on Sept. 28 with Tony-nominated “Smokey Joe’s Café’.” The rock-n-roll musical by Leiber and Stoller is sure to send the audience on a trip down memory lane. The songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller penned over 40 classics featured in this performance, including “On Broadway,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” and “Spanish Harlem.”
The Broadway and More Series also includes a tribute to rhythm and blues with an evening of soul with Clarence Carter, Percy Sledge and Roy C. These legends of American music will lbe on the GPAC stage for a one-night-only performance.
The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China brings Cirque Chinois to the GPAC stage for the first time with a flying trapeze, contortionist and all the acts, which kicked off the Cirque genre.
Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas will bring in the holidays in November. They have become one of most successful Irish-American groups in Celtic music.
If you love comedy, this season will also offer Monty Python’s “Spamalot.”
In the spring, Jim Quick and Coastline, Robert Lee Smith and The Original Tams and The Embers will usher in summer with an evening of beach music.
The Midtown Men bring back classic Broadway with the cast from the “Jersey Boys.”
The season concludes with Russian National Ballet’s “Swan Lake” and the dramatic play, “Of Mice and Men” by the Acting Company.
GPAC welcomes the country music sensation Gloriana to the stage in October in the Special Events Series. The chart-topping country music trio Gloriana is bringing their act to GPAC on a promotional tour for their second album, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind.”
GPAC welcomes in the New Year with a look at American Indian culture with The River People Music and Culture Fest in January. The two-day festival will include American Indian music, dancers, storytellers and artisans.
Tickets prices range from $10-30. For full details about each show and The Act 1 Diners Club, call GPAC at 910.521.6361 or visit the website at www.uncp.edu/gpac/.