PEMBROKE — Givens Performing Arts Center will open its curtains for comedies, Broadway musicals, ballets, concerts and more during its 2016-2017 season.
Included in the lineup is an October tribute concert to Prince, who died earlier this year.
“This season, we’re thrilled to bring popular Broadway shows like STOMP and Pippin but we’re equally excited to highlight local performers like the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble and the UNCP Department of Music’s Annual Holiday Extravaganza,” said Chad Locklear, director of marketing for GPAC.
The 2016-2017 season, announced last week, will include:
— Unelectable You: This Sept. 29 improv comedy show about the presidential campaign will feature sketches, music, improv and multi-media.
— Shanghai Nights: The 100-strong Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will bend and flip as they tell stories about Shanghai through movement, music and color on Oct. 18.
— The Purple Xperience: Celebrate the life of Prince with a funky R&B tribute to the late singer during homecoming week at UNCP. The tribute is led by three-time Grammy Award winner and original member of Prince and The Revolution, Matt Fink. The show will be held Oct. 21.
— Annie the Musical: Sing along with America’s favorite orphan Annie on Nov. 17. The show is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro.
— The Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza: Nothing says “we wish you a merry Christmas” like UNCP’s long-running holiday show. The show will feature the talents of UNCP performing groups, students and faculty. The Dec. 2 event will also feature a singalong. Proceeds from the extravaganza will go to support music scholarships at UNCP.
— The N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble: Delight in that state’s best youth tap ensemble on Jan. 19 with the 40 dancers in the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble.
— 42nd Street: This novel-turned-stage-show explores the story of an American Dream and the fable of Broadway. The show, on Jan. 26, will feature songs including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
— STOMP: Feel the beat and “stomp” your feet to the rhythmic sounds of STOMP on March 21. The eight-member international percussion sensation trades conventional instruments for things like matchboxes, trash cans, brooms, hubcaps and more.
— Swan Lake: The 50-member Russian National Ballet Theatre will present “Swan Lake,” a classical production that debuted in 1877, on March 27. It tells the story of Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
— Pippin: From the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” is Broadway’s high-flying and death-defying musical, featuring acrobats who perform soaring songs that earned the production four 2013 Tony Awards. The production will be performed April 7 at GPAC.
Season subscriptions are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale Aug. 31. For details about subscriptions or tickets, call the box office at 910-521-6361 or visit uncp.edu/gpac.
Gabrielle Isaac can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.