Performers include James Cotton, Atlantic City Ballet, Janis Ian, Bay-Atlantic Symphony
Very early in the development of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey more than 40 years ago, the liberal arts campus was designed to provide a new source in the community for quality performing arts programs.
That mandate has continued unabated over the decades. This year’s announcement of the Stockton Performing Arts Center and new Campus Center Theatre features an eclectic blend of classical music, jazz, children’s programs, ballet and even performing pets.
Regular contributors like the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, presenting five programs, and the Atlantic City Ballet with its Nutcracker and Dracula presentations, are back for the new season. Stage shows include Churchill, about the masterful statesman, Seussical, the Dr. Seuss musical, A Couple of Blagards, about lifelong friends growing up in poverty in Ireland, and Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?, Sister’s Easter Catechism that unearths the origin of Easter bunnies and those yummy Easter Peeps.
Other highlights include Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company, an acclaimed company on the national stage; The Capital Steps, a group of singers whose parodies take jabs at Washington politicians with satirical glee and Elisabeth Von Trapp & the Empire Brass, presenting The Sound of Christmas at Cape May Convention Hall.
The Monday Night Jazz and Blues Series features a performance by the Grammy Award-winning James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton, a blues harmonica master who is celebrating his 68th year as a professional musician. His 30 solo albums include the acclaimed Harp Attack! (1990) with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch.
Another musical legend scheduled to appear is singer-songwriter-guitarist Janis Ian, who began her career with the hit single “At Seventeen” and was praised by Ella Fitzgerald as “The best young singer in America,” while guitar legend Chet Atkins once said of her, “Singer? You ought to hear that girl play guitar; she gives me a run for my money!”
As for the aforementioned pets, the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater features the juggling and comedic skills of Gregory Popovich and the talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now they show off their skills in amazing stunts and skits.
(See schedule below)
Shows with * are in the Campus Center Theatre. Listed are single ticket prices. Buy three or four shows for 10 percent discount, or five shows or more for 20 percent discount. Children’s prices are $10 with an adult ticket purchase unless noted otherwise. Seniors, $5 off. Box office: 652-9000. Stockton.edu/pac.
Oct. 16: Koresh Dance. Tues., 7pm, $40, $25.
Oct. 18: Capitol Steps. Thurs., 7:30pm, $45, $30.
Oct. 22: James Cotton. Mon., 7:30 pm, $40, $25.
Oct. 24: Atlantic City Ballet’s Dracula. Wed., 7pm, $35, $20.
Oct. 28: Bay-Atlantic Symphony Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music. Sun., 2pm. $25, $15 children w/adult ticket.
Nov. 4: *Churchill. Sun., 2pm. $35, $40
Nov. 18: *Shopping! The Musical. Sun., 2pm. $35, $40.
Dec. 1: Simon Wiesenthal Nazi Hunter. Sat., 7pm. $40, $25.
Dec. 7-8: Atlantic City Ballet’s Nutcracker. Fri., 10:30am (Children’s Show, $9 all seats); Fri., 7pm; Sat., 1 & 5pm. $35/$20.
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