FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center Tuesday celebrated the artistic and financial success of its inaugural season, and announced plans for the upcoming year.
FMU President Dr. Fred Carter said the PAC hopes to build on its successful first season which saw the facility actually make a small profit as it fulfilled its mission to serve students and the general public. Some 25,000 people attended events at the PAC which included more than 100 performances as well as academic and community events.
In addition to those performances, thousands of school children from all over the Pee Dee area enjoyed programs selected especially for them from the Family Series. The PAC was also able to showcase performances from the Florence Symphony Orchestra, the FMU Department of Fine Arts, and the Masterworks Choir. Also, a number of performers, organizations, businesses and individuals rented the facility for public and private events.
The new season will have five different series performing on the main stage that include Broadway shows, Americana, dance, family oriented shows and a variety series as well as a wide range of acts in the more intimate Black Box Theatre.
The 68,000-square-foot center can seat 850 in the Mainstage Auditorium and up to 125 in the Black Box Theatre. As an educational facility, the center houses classrooms and office space for the FMU Department of Fine Arts. In addition, the building houses offices for the Florence Symphony, the FMU Music Industry faculty and the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation.
Development and construction of the FMU Performing Arts Center was made possible by the generosity of the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation, the state of South Carolina, the city of Florence and several private benefactors including BB&T, McLeod Health, Adele Kassab and others throughout the community.
Tickets may be purchased at www.fmupac.org, via telephone at (843) 661-4444, and at the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office. Telephone and personal ticket sales are available Monday through Thursday between 12-5 p.m. Subject to availability, tickets for individual performances will be available 30 days prior to the show.
2012-2013 Season at a Glance by Month
Sept. 27, 9 and 11 a.m. Kid Power’s Operation Lunch Line in 3D! Mainstage
Sept. 29, 2:00 p.m. Mallarmé Chamber Players: Classical Revolution Black Box
October 11, 7:30 p.m. Koresh Dance Company, Mainstage
October 13, 2:00 p.m. Allan Wolf, Black Box
October 22, 7:30 p.m. Fiddler on the Roof, Mainstage
October 27, 7:30 p.m. The Fairfield Four, Mainstage
October 30, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Frank Vignola, Mainstage
November 1, 6:30 p.m. Wings of Courage, Mainstage
November 2, 9 and 11 a.m. Wings of Courage, Mainstage
November 17, 7:30 p.m. Pam Tillis, Mainstage
January 15, 7:30 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mainstage
January 19, 7:30 p.m. Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Black Box
January 22, 6:30 p.m. Soul Street Dance: “Breakin’ Backwards,” Mainstage
January 23, 9 am and 11a.m. Soul Street Dance: “Breakin’ Back to School,” Mainstage
January 25, 7:30 p.m. The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke, Mainstage
February 7, 7:30 p.m. Darryl Littleton, Mainstage
February 12, 7:30 p.m. The Travelin’ McCourys, Mainstage
March 3, 2:00 p.m. Charlotte’s Web, Mainstage
March 5, 9 and 11 a.m. Charlotte’s Web, Mainstage
March 16, 7:30 p.m. Broadway’s Next H!t Musical, Mainstage
March 28, 7:30 p.m. Glenis Redmond, Black Box
April 5, 7:30 p.m. The Good Lovelies, Mainstage
April 23, 7:30 p.m. Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway, Mainstage
April 27, 2:00 p.m. Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart, Black Box
April 30, 7:30 p.m. The Water Coolers, Mainstage
May 2, 7:30pm, Stomp, Mainstage
May 16, 7:30 p.m. The Piano Men – Starring Jim Witter, Mainstage
May 23, 7:30pm Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories, Mainstage