Performing Arts Center 2016-17 Season Announced

On Sept. 10, the Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center 2016-17 season launches with Resurrection – A Journey Tribute, the first of 21 diverse and high quality performances. The season will also feature comedy, dance, broadway shows and additional concerts.

“We have four outstanding broadway shows on this year’s schedule,” said Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “David Mitchell, our general manager, applied his extensive theatre and broadway show background to carefully choose 42nd Street, Saturday Night Fever, Riverdance and Once for this upcoming season. The series will appeal to broad audiences.”

According to Mitchell, “The quintessential backstage musical comedy, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American dream story.” Many of the songs from this musical have become classic hits, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and “42nd Street.”

Saturday Night Fever, which has a large following, is based on the hit film featuring songs by The Bee Gees. Once is the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. 

“Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs,” explained Mitchell. "During my career, I've worked on more than 130 broadway show engagements and the musical Once is in my top five that I've seen and worked with. It should be the "don't miss" show of the season. There will be an actual Irish pub on stage which audience members can visit prior to the show and at intermission. Do I need to say anything more?"

Due to popular demand, the international Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance is returning to the Kent State Tuscarawas stage for the second time, with three performances scheduled over three days, March 14 -16. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and a new number, Anna Livia, featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number. 

GroundWorks Dance Theater explores the nuances of the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. This exciting, eclectic work brings audiences face-to-face with fresh, fascinating performances of passion, intellect and humor.

Mitchell selected GroundWorks to be able to invite community participation in the show. "In coming to Kent State Tuscarawas, one of my goals for the Performing Arts Center was to increase community involvement,” commented Mitchell. “With Groundworks Dance Theater, we've commissioned them to create a dance piece specifically for local dancers. Auditions will be held and this piece will be incorporated into the show."

Headlining the diverse Music Series are country favorites Lonestar and the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Beatles tribute show The Fab-Four – The Ultimate Tribute, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the nationally recognized pop quartet Under the Streetlamp and the a cappella group VoicePlay.

"Another goal I have set for the PAC is to get artists into the schools to work with local high school students,” said Mitchell. “We're bringing the a cappella group VoicePlay in three days prior to their show to enable them to go into the schools and work with students. Some of those students will have the extraordinary opportunity to perform with VoicePlay during the concert at the PAC on Saturday evening, Oct. 15."

Memorable holiday performances will include Mannheim Steamroller, who are returning for the second time and will perform two shows; and Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas, which includes timeless holiday hits by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

Adding to the rich variety of the season’s shows are: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live!, based on the award-winning PBS television series, it is a fun and heartwarming musical that shares the importance of volunteering in your community; Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, the hysterical, improvised and unscripted theatrical awards show; and Men are From Mars/Women are From Venus LIVE!, a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray.

The Cabaret Series features performances by the Paul Ferguson Sextet, The Blue Drivers, Honeybucket and returning by popular demand is Kristine Jackson and Austin Walkin’ Cane. The cabaret tickets are $45 and include dinner.

“For the second year, Michael Taylor Insurance & Financial, Inc., will sponsor the upcoming season,” added Bielski. “We are also grateful for the second consecutive year sponsorships of AquaBlue Inc. for the Cabaret Series and the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation’s sponsorship of our Broadway Series. And new this year is Alonovus who is sponsoring our Music Series. These partnerships enable us to keep our PAC ticket prices affordable and accessible to those who want to attend our shows.”

A complete list of performances and ticket prices are online at PAC members will be able to purchase tickets to the 2016-17 season from May 20 to June 5. Pre-sale packages, four shows or more, can be purchased June 6 - 12. Single show ticket sales begin June 13. Tickets can be purchased by mail, in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at The box office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free and convenient parking is available for all shows. The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE, in New Philadelphia.


Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center 2016-17 Season


       Resurrection-A Journey Tribute                                                         Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute                                                   Thursday, September 15, 2016

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical                                                            Friday, September 30, 2016

VoicePlay                                                                                            Saturday, October 15, 2106

Paul Ferguson Sextet                                                                          Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lonestar                                                                                              Saturday, November 5, 2016

Under the Streetlamp                                                                          Saturday, November 12, 2016

Kristine Jackson and Austin Walkin’ Cane                                          Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas                                    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mannheim Steamroller                                                                        Thursday, December 15, 2016

Men are From Mars/Women are From Venus LIVE!                           Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band                                                                           Friday, January 13, 2017

42nd Street                                                                                           Monday, January 23, 2017

The Blue Drivers                                                                                 Saturday, January 28, 2017

GroundWorks Dance Theater                                                             Saturday, February 11, 2017

An Evening of Romance with

    The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra                                                       Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Honeybucket                                                                                       Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Night Fever                                                                          Thursday, February 23, 2017

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood-LIVE!                                                     Sunday, February 26, 2017

Riverdance –The 20th Anniversary Tour                                              March 14-16, 2017

Once                                                                                                    Tuesday, March 28, 2017


** A complete list of performance descriptions and ticket prices are online at



POSTED: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 10:19am