GPAC announces 2018-19 lineup

PEMBROKE — The Givens Performing Arts Center has announced a 2018-19 show season with “The Three Musketeers” leading the lineup on Sept. 20-21.

“We’ve got music concerts, symphony orchestras, magic, Broadway, Motown and more all wrapped into this year’s package. We are especially happy to be presenting two completely original productions this year that will be available nowhere else,” said James Bass, GPAC executive director.

“The Three Musketeers” will be produced at GPAC, using professional actors from New York City, and will be available as a school matinee and two main-stage performances.

“This is the second time GPAC has presented its artist-in-residence program where professional actors come to GPAC and work with us,” Bass said. “And ‘Comte Dracula, is going to be unique because it’s going to make its world debut at GPAC before moving on to the New York Opera.”

The season lineup also features the world premiere of an original musical written by Lumberton’s Mark Andersen, an Eagles tribute band, an appearance by The Russian Ballet and the Broadway musical production of Cinderella.

“Last year was one of our biggest seasons yet, and we’re hoping to take it further this year with our diverse series of performing arts events,” said Bass.

The 2018-2019 season will include:

— “The Three Musketeers,” a farcical historical romance detailing the adventures of four swashbuckling heroes who lived under French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV in the 17th century. The show will be held Sept. 20-21.

— “Jessica & Niels Magic and Juggling Variety Act” offers an escape from reality with mind-blowing magic and zany comedy bits. Jessica Jane Petersen has appeared on the television show “Penn & Teller’s Fool Us.” Niels Duinker is a Guinness World record juggler who currently holds the record for most cups (14) juggled at once. The two will perform together as the Comedy Juggling Variety Show on Sept. 28. This show is part of Family Weekend events.

— Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (“A Night of John Williams”) is scheduled for Oct. 5. From Harry Potter to “Jaws,” “Star Wars” and Indiana Jones, the music of John Williams is some of the most celebrated in movie history. The Fayetteville Symphony will perform an evening of John Williams’ classics and some special surprises.

— Hotel California (A Salute To The Eagles) features the ultimate tribute band, which has been recreating the legendary sound of The Eagles and thrilling audiences all over the world for nearly three decades. Founded during a time when The Eagles were disbanded, Hotel California filled the void for fans until the band’s returned. The show is Oct. 19.

— “Comte Dracula: A New Musical Drama” is written by Lumberton native and award-winning composer of classical and Broadway music, Mark Andersen. “Comte Dracula” is an original musical making its world premiere on the stage of GPAC on Oct. 27.

— UNCP Holiday Extravaganza features the faculty, staff and students of the UNCP Music Department presenting their 10th annual concert of holiday favorites on Nov. 30. Money raised from the concert goes to music scholarships at UNCP.

— “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the classic holiday TV show and a thrilling Broadway musical, offers area residents a chance to come and get in the holiday spirit on Dec. 2.

— “Good For The Soul — Motown Revue” will feature hit songs of the Motown 60s in a revue of some of the greatest hits of all time. The show is set for Jan. 12.

— “Cinderella The Broadway Musical” is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning musical. It will feature an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all of the favorite characters that made this fairy tale a classic. It will be coming to GPAC on Feb. 20.

— The Russian Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” comes to GPAC on March 11. The Russian Ballet returns to GPAC as a fan favorite, this time to perform the fairy tale classic “Sleeping Beauty.”

— The Red Hot Chili Pipers (Scottish Bagpipe Band) is not to be confused with the world famous rock band. The Red Hot Chili Pipers hail from Scotland and have become well known for their incredible covers of songs by Journey, AC/DC, even “Amazing Grace.” They will rock the GPAC stage on March 20.

— The Midtown Men are four members of the original “Jersey Boys.” Join this dynamic group of Tony Award winners and nominees for a memorable night of classic 1960s hits on April 15.

“Cinderella The Broadway Musical” is on the 2018-19 season lineup at the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The classic is scheduled to come to GPAC on Feb. 20.“Cinderella The Broadway Musical” is on the 2018-19 season lineup at the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The classic is scheduled to come to GPAC on Feb. 20.

Staff report