It starts with “Welcome Home – PAC celebration for our community” on Friday, September 10th, at 5 and 8 pm. Guests can enjoy goods from multiple food trucks followed by live performances on the kiss stage by local country performer Wyatt McCubbin, the Brass Quintet of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and others.
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“We not only welcome the community back to the venue, but also our wonderful local art groups, who also have a place in the evening. I don’t like the “something for everyone” motto, but in this case I think the adage is true, ”said Adkins.
The pandemic left uncertainties and it felt like Adkins had been trying to program this series for a year without always knowing if certain tours would be canceled.
“There were so many starts and stops because of the uncertainty of the live performance,” she said. “Sometime in January, much of the industry took a leap in confidence and touring and programming took shape.”
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About half of the shows were planned beforehand.
Adkins said the PAC is allowed to move forward with 100 percent seating capacity and the health and safety of guests, staff and volunteers will be a priority at all events. Participants must follow the guidelines of the Department of Health at a specific point in time.
Tickets for all events will be available from mid-July on ticketmaster.com. Please visit the PAC website or social media pages for more information.
Waitress National Broadway Tour, October 20, 8pm. This Tony Award nominated musical was originally intended to round off the 2019-2020 season. This works better as the rehearsals and technical phase will take place in the kiss, according to Adkins, which will also result in the 60-strong cast and crew boosting the city’s economy for the three weeks they’re here.
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Diamond Rio, 7pm, October 7th. The country’s long-time favorites will play their hits while Wyatt McCubbin will open the show.
Hairspray National Broadway Tour, 7pm, December 14th. A newer classical musical that has been long awaited to tour. Adkins was able to meet outside some of the larger markets due to her rescheduling.
Mannheim steamroller, 7 p.m., December 20. The group that sets the sound for the Christmas season for many people will perform the PAC’s annual Christmas show for all ages.
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Anais Mitchell and the Bonny Light Horseman, February 20, 8:00 p.m. A Tony Award winner combined with a two-time Grammy nominee for a super group that will play traditional folk songs with a contemporary twist.
Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar, February 20th, 8pm. A group that Adkins has tried to bring in for a while can make audiences laugh, cry, and dance, all within their show from contemporary gospel, musical theater, and original compositions.
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The Aquila Theater Company from London presents “The Great Gatsby” on March 3rd at 7pm. Back on the series, the Aquila Theater will play the timeless story, and Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin will give a talk on the classic book before the show.
“Fiddler on the Roof”, March 19, 7pm. A popular classical musical with many well-known melodies and the themes of family, belief and tradition.
The ten tenors – “Love is in the air”, March 20, 8:00 pm. The Australian ensemble, which had international success, will fill the Kuss Auditorium with love and song during this upbeat presentation.
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The British Invasion – Live on Stage, April 20, 8:00 p.m. The PAC, a new multimedia tour from the UK, was the first venue to submit an offer in the US. It puts the audience at the center of the swing. 1960s with projection photos, footage and live British pop music that set the time. Adkins said this might be the show she’s most excited about, and the producers and Sony Music are planning a surprise when they’re here.