What’s Happening at the PAC this Spring?

Pictured below — student performers in Cabaret, directed by Maya Dwyer.


Carly Nicolai, Staff Writer

The W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts (the PAC) has so many exciting events and opportunities this season!

The semester kicked off with the Spring Arts Festival in January featuring a special circus and aerialist performance, as well as announcements for all that is coming up in the next few months. So, here is what is happening at the PAC this semester! 

Student performers in Boot and Buskin were hard at work since winter break on the spring musical Cabaret, directed by Maya Dwyer and with music direction by Greg Giovanini. It is one of the most ambitious shows to have ever been performed at the college, selling out on opening night. With a bar in the lobby and special stage seating, audience members were able to truly experience the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin! 

Major Arcana will be presenting Harvey, a dark comedy directed by senior Aidan McKenna. A Pulitzer prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, it is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a perfect gentleman, whose best friend is a six-foot-tall imaginary rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood’s family and friends attempt to put him in a mental institution, their plan goes hilariously awry. It’s a narrative about judgment and how it is passed all too frequently. The play is being performed on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st. 

The college’s choral groups have also been preparing their pieces for this spring! The Jazzuits, directed by Carol Jacobe, will be presenting a selection of Disney tunes with a jazz twist on March 5th. The Singers, directed by Caryn Patterson, will also be performing in a choral cabaret on March 22nd, along with some other student soloists.

In April, the Le Moyne Student Dance Company will be presenting their show which includes more than a dozen performances. Guest choreographer Tricia Zegarelli of Dance Works Studio in Utica, NY, has choreographed a piece inspired by Zeus and Poseidon of Greek mythology. Student choreographers have been developing their own pieces as well! Student dances have been choreographed to a number of songs, including “Strange” by Celeste, “Fever” by Peggy Lee, “Didn’t Wanna Have to Do it” by Cass Elliot, “Come Together” by Jamie Cullum, and “Don’t You Remember” by Adele. 

The entire Visual and Performing Arts Department is banding together this spring to create an extraordinary evening of the arts with theater, music, dance, and the visual arts. Macbeth in Concert will be presented on April 27th, 28th, and 29th, an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and thrilling works! Auditions for singers and actors are on March 5th, please contact Matt Chiroini for more information. 

And finally, in May, the Rock Ensemble, Singers, Chamber Singers, and Jazzuits will be holding their respective end-of-semester concerts.

For more information about these events and other happenings in the department of Visual and Performing Arts, check the Le Moyne VPA website or stop by the Arts Hub at the PAC!