2014-10-02 / News

Magic, music, melodrama Entertainment abounds at PAC this season

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Confederate Rail Road Confederate Rail Road SWARTZ CREEK – The second season of the Performing Arts Center offers a diverse array of performances, from professional touring shows to local talent showcases.

“We’ve got some great shows coming up,” said Craig Martin, PAC executive director, who recently release this year’s lineup.

Frequent visitors may notice a couple of changes this year, he said.

First, admission to school band and chorale concerts will cost $2. Last year, it was free. The money will go directly back to the music programs, said Martin.

“It shows them that their talent has value and that people believe in their programs,” he said.

It also relieves some of the fundraising pressure on the musicians.

The PAC also will offer print-at-home tickets.

And for the Confederate Rail Road concert in October, they will have tiered seating with varying ticket prices.


Baffling Bill the magician, Marcus Belgrave 
Courtesy photos Baffling Bill the magician, Marcus Belgrave Courtesy photos Martin said he’s eager for the fun to begin.

“Not every show is everybody’s taste,” he said. “But we have something for everyone. You name it, we booked it.”

The touring shows begin Oct. 25 when Confederate Rail Road takes the stage.

“If you’re a country fan, you’ll like this show,” said Martin.

Jan. 24, Marcus Belgrave will perform a tribute to Louis Armstrong.

“If you know jazz, you know Marcus,” said Martin. “He is world renown. We’re lucky to have him.”

Both Belgrave and his wife, Joan, will lead workshops before the performance.

“They’re phenomenal,” Martin said, adding that Joan is “a world-class jazz and gospel singer.”


The Shades of Blue and the Marcels The Shades of Blue and the Marcels Martin is currently looking for sponsors to underwrite the workshops.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for our students,” he said.

The PAC will host a variety of children’s performers, including one of last year’s favorites, Baffling Bill the Magician, who will entertain Jan. 23.

Laffing Gass will bring improve to the stage Jan. 16, and the Capital City Brass Band will get toes tapping Feb. 22.

The Beat Club, a tribute to The Beatles, will entertain April 17, and the highly popular Shades of Blue and the Marcels will return June 20.

“Everyone loved them last year,” said Martin.

Animal acts, comedy, hypnotism … they’re all on the playbill.

Local performers also have some fun and interesting shows in store this season, including “Almost Maine,” in November, “Heaven Help the Po’Taters!” in March, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in February and “Leader of the Pack, the Ellie Greenwich Musical” in May.

Center Stage also will host its spring mystery dinner theatre in March, and “Rockin’ Through the Ages,” a musical revue dinner theatre, in November.

The Kiwanis will bring Bob Milne, a bona fide “national treasure” and top boogie woogie pianist, back to the stage.

Dance parties, talent shows, fundraisers and more are also in the works.

For details, pick up a brochure or visit the PAC website at www.swcrkpac. org, or keep an eye on the Swartz Creek View for information on upcoming events throughout the season.

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