|2013-14 NPAC season to feature big names Adkins, Pickler|
|Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:43 AM|
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
VAN WERT - Wednesday, June 12, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) of Van Wert announced its upcoming 2013-2014 concert season schedule with some exciting new and returning guests including popular country artists, Trace Adkins and Kellie Pickler, and a variety of other special performances.
“It seems like just yesterday we were fighting to build this place,” said NPAC Executive Director Paul Hoverman. “Now, we are getting ready to celebrate our seventh season. We are very excited for this year’s season, and with 24 scheduled events we have something that will tickle the fancy of everyone.”
The process of planning and scheduling this year’s season began many months ago in November thanks to the tireless work of the NPAC Programing Committee.
The season is set to kick off in less than four months on Oct. 5, with contemporary Christian artist, Michael W. Smith. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner and has sold more than 13 million albums. His biggest success came in 1991 with his hit, “Place in this World”, which reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100. This is an artist that Hoverman has been hoping to bring to Van Wert for a long time.
The lovely Debby Boone will be visiting the NPAC on Oct. 20, with Under the StreetLamp on Nov. 1, and the Ohio State Marching Band will be making an appearance on Nov. 7.
“This season, we are expecting by far our biggest concert we have ever brought in, and we expect to sell out very quickly” exclaimed Hoverman. American country music artist and 2013 winner of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Trace Adkins, will grace Van Wert with his huge presence on Nov. 16. Adkins has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts including, “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Songs About Me”. If any tickets are left remaining for the public following Grand Series and Select Series ticket sales, they will go on sale 90 days prior to Nov. 16.
Adkins will be followed by a variety of Christmas performances including Sonos Handbells on Dec. 1, returning performer Tony Orlando, on Dec. 7, Dave Koz and Friends on Dec. 10 and Point of Grade on Dec. 15.
January will kickoff with two exciting performances, The Cinderella Ballet and Kellie Pickler. The Cinderella Ballet will be returning to Van Wert from Russia for their second performance on the NPAC stage. Kellie Pickler is another American music country artist who gamed fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Pickler recently made her way back to television on ABC’s hit series, “Dancing with the Stars.”
“We weren’t sure we could get Pickler, but everything landed just right,” noted Hoverman. Van Wert will also be welcoming two Broadway plays, The Addams Family on Jan. 31 and will conclude with the West Side Story on May 11, just in time for Mother’s Day.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, “The Newlywed Game” host, Bob Eubanks, will host The Not So Newly Wed game with a variety of bloopers from the popular American television game show that pitted newly married couples against each other in a series of revealing question rounds to determine how well the spouses knew each other.
The month of February will conclude with Orion Samuelson, and March will begin with American soul music group, The Spinners, on March 1. This R&B group has been active for over 50 years, and Hoverman noted that people will be surprised how many of this group’s songs they recognize.
The Toledo Symphony will be performing the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein on March 9 with the addition of two local vocalists Mary Ann Faulk and Jake Wilder. On March 15, children of all ages can come to enjoy Dinosaur Train Live. Dinosaur Train is currently the third highest rated kid’s show airing on PBS. Join Buddy the Tyrannosaurus Rex on the train to explore and meet all other sorts of dinosaurs.
March 19 will feature speaker Courtnee Carrigan of Columbus talking about diversity. The Church Basement Ladies will be performing an all new show on March 23 when the ladies of the Lutheran Church see one of their own married to a boy of the Catholic church. This show is expected to bring a lot of laughs as it has in the past.
HMS Pinafore is a comic opera of New York City by Gilbert and Sullivan and is set to take the stage on March 29. Jungle Jack Hanna and a variety of his furry guests will be making their way to Van Wert on April 5. Hanna, an American zookeeper of Columbus, Ohio, has travelled all over the world as one of the most notable animal experts in the states. Hanna will be followed by the Voices of Unity Choir on April 26.
“This is our season,” concluded Hoverman. Grand series sales are set to begin at noon June 20. The grand series includes 19 events at one value price dependent upon the section of seating. Select series sales will begin on June 26, at noon. The select series allows you to pick 3-5 or 6 or more concerts at a discounted prices. All other sales begin 90 days prior to each event.
“This would not be possible without our sponsors,” said NPAC Marketing Director Tafi Stober, who presented this year’s sponsors to those attending Wednesday’s press release. The 2013-2014 season sponsor this year is Statewide Ford of Van Wert.