PEMBROKE — the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has released its 2013-14 season lineup, which features Broadway hits through rock ‘n roll legends.
This year’s Professional Artist Series is divided into three sections, including the “Broadway and More Series,” the “On Stage for Youth Series” and the “Special Events Series.”
“I think it is one of the best seasons we have done, because it covers a broad spectrum,” said Chad Locklear, director of marketing at the Givens Performing Arts Center.
The season kicks off at 8 p.m. on Oct. 3 with the Broadway musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this is the story of Belle, a young woman, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
According to the Givens Performing Arts Center, the musical has been performed more than 5,400 times during the past 13 years for more than 35 million people worldwide.
“All of the shows for this series were hand picked by the center’s executive director, Patricia Fields, and assistant director, David Thaggard,” Locklear said.
The series continues on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., when the S.O.S Band will perform during The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Homecoming Celebration. The band became famous for the hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” and went on to craft a string of hits including “Just Be Good to Me,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” “The Finest” and many more. The band originated in Atlanta in 1977 and was originally known as Santa Monica. The band changed its name to SOS, which stands for Sounds of Success.
On Jan. 16, “Memphis, the Musical” will be performed at 8 a.m. The Broadway show is based in underground dance clubs in Memphis, Tenn., in the 1950’s. Inspired by actual events, the show is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. It tells the story of fame and forbidden love through songs and dancing. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Memphis was declared “the very essence of what a Broadway musical should be” by the Associated Press.
Musical acts this season include Grammy-award winner, Peter Nero, who will perform at 8 a.m. on Feb. 21 and the musical icon, Three Dog Night, who are famous for their songs “Joy to the World,” and “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” will perform on April 4.
The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra brings both classical and contemporary Austrian music on Jan. 28 and the Russian National Ballet Theatre will present “Giselle” on April 1.
On April 15, the Special Events Series will begin with the musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the best-selling album.
Also a part of the Special Events Series is the fourth annual River People Music and Culture Festival. The two-day event showcases American Indian musicians and dancers. The festival will be held on April 25 and April 26.
For the kids, the “On Stage for Youth Series” will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 28 with the musical “Skippyjon Jones.” Based on the book by Judy Schachner, “Skippyjon Jones” is a musical about unleashing your imagination and following your dreams.
The youth series continues at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13 with “The Monster Who Ate My Peas,” and ends at 10 a.m. on Feb. 25 with the show “Dinosaur Train Live.”
Single tickets are on sale now. Subscriptions and special discounts are also available.
For details about each show and The Act 1 Diners Club, call the center at 910-521-6361 or visit the website at www.uncp.edu/gpac/.