Chinese acrobats perform free show Tuesday at GPAC

PEMBROKE — In an effort to help the local community regain a sense of normalcy in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is offering a free show at the Givens Performing Arts Center tonight.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy the high-flying act, “Shanghai Nights,” which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available in advance at the GPAC Box office and first-come, first-served at the show. There will be a limit of six tickets per person. The box office is located at 1 University Drive.

“The UNC Pembroke family is fully supportive of our community as it continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew,” said Wendy Lowery, vice chancellor of Advancement.

“In the spirit of renewal for our neighbors and friends, we are pleased to offer an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us, free of charge, for an outstanding performance by the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China,” Lowery said.

This show features more than 100 of China’s top acrobats, blending breathtaking excitement with beautiful elegance. The stories presented will be told through the beauty of movement, music and color, each highlighting the wonderfully diverse nature of Shanghai.

The campus re-opened on Sunday. Classes will resume today. Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Student Body President Logan John met with more than 200 faculty, staff and students during an emotional gathering inside the University Center Annex Monday morning.

“Employees and faculty tell me all the time that UNCP feels like a family,” Cummings said. “That is more true today than ever before. Although many of us were separated over the past 11 days, we had a shared experience that has brought us closer together.”

Cummings recounted stories of campus police officers who waded through water to deliver meals to students who were unable to leave campus, as well as employees who have been volunteering in local shelters. One officer navigated detours for two hours while driving students to their parents in Lumberton.

“And while I am pleased our university has been able to help as an institution, it’s what you’ve done as individuals that is most commendable,” Cummings said.

The university is in the process of establishing a scholarship fund to assist students affeccted by the storm. UNCP also plans to create a relief fund for faculty and staff who were affected, as well.

For more information about the GPAC show, call (910) 521-6361 or visit

Mark Locklear is a Public Communications specialist for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Mark Locklear is a Public Communications specialist for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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