From chart-topping pop, R&B and rock classics, to traditional Broadway, opera and mariachi to dance and acrobatics to family matinees and evening cabaret —plus a special Opening Night performance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton — the 2010-11 season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons will include something for everyone.
With more than 53 million albums sold, and numerous Grammy Awards for Best Male Vocalist, Bolton has touched the hearts of legions of fans. Now his 2010 “One World One Love” tour will take the PAC stage by storm Opening Night, Sunday, August 22, as part of the Chancellor’s Choice series.
“To land an artist as talented and world renowned as Michael Bolton for our Opening Night performance is a tremendous coup for the PAC, College of the Canyons and all of Santa Clarita,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director, “This is a testament to the growth and maturation of the PAC, as well as the tremendous support our patrons have shown for the performing arts.”
Other acts and artists featured in the 2010-11 PAC season include: War, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Vicki Lawrence, San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema, Pilobolus, One Night of Queen, Gloriana, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, “All Shook Up,” “Seussical” and the Peking Acrobats.
The 2010-11 PAC schedule will offer shows spread across six series selections: Chancellor’s Choice, Great Performances, In Motion, Cabaret on Stage, Almost Free Family Series and the all new Broadway at COC series.
Michael Bolton, 7 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2010 — From Shanghai to Singapore and now Santa Clarita, this stop on Bolton’s “One World One Love” 2010 Tour will be a performance sure to be talked about for years to come.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8 p.m., Saturday, November 20, 2010 —With irresistible live shows and a singular swingin’ sound, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy quickly established itself as the standout group that launched the ‘90s swing revival. This high-energy concert is sure to rock the PAC, and make instant fans of anyone who attends.
War, 8 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2011 — Even after four decades of performances and nearly 10 dozen albums, War’s critically acclaimed sounds are as fresh and as timely as ever. With hit singles including “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” the group has deeply impacted its fans and other musicians alike —using “War” to truly bring people together, regardless of race, generation or genre.
Vicki Lawrence, 8 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011 — Vicki Lawrence, the star of the beloved TV Show “Mama’s Family” brings her equally funny stage show “Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show” to the PAC. With a decades long career that began as reoccurring character on the legendary “Carol Burnett Show,” Lawrence is also a veteran of the stage and screen having appeared in numerous theatrical productions in addition to starring as the host of her own daytime talk show, “Vicki.”
Pilobolus, 7 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010 — Renowned around the world for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus will celebrate its 40th year during the 2010-11 season. Since its inception the company has continued to expand and refine its unusual collaborative methods to produce a body of more than 100 choreographic works.
Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2011 — Just in time to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo comes the 25th anniversary tour of Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz. Founded in 1985, this international dance troupe has crisscrossed the globe performing for audiences of all ages, having earned standing ovations from Cuba to Malaysia, with their visual fiesta of culture, live music and traditional folkloric dance.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano - Festival Navidad, 8 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010 — One of the most popular mariachi ensembles in the United States, Mariachi Los Camperos is renowned for its innovative shows and distinction as a Grammy Award-winning concert ensemble which has thrilled audiences for nearly 50 years.
Peking Acrobats — 7 p.m., Sunday, January 23, 2011 — Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs...treacherous wire walking...a trick cycling kaleidoscope of magnificent movement...powerful precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics...amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control...incredible balancing feats showcasing tremendous skill and ability...extraordinary exhibits of agility and grace...high-tech special effects and all the excitement, pageantry and atmosphere of a Chinese carnival.
One Night of Queen, 8 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2011 — One Night Of Queen has rocked sold out audiences all over the world including UK, Germany, Holland, France, New Zealand — and now Santa Clarita. Fresh from their second tour of the USA, singer Gary Mullen and “The Works” return with a stunning live concert including all of Queen’s greatest hits including “We Are The Champions,” “Somebody To Love,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” set together with fantastic staging, sound and lights. This show will rock you!
Cabaret on Stage
Sam Harris, 8 p.m., Friday, September 24, 2010 — With a career than has spanned more than two decades and run the gamut from singing, songwriting, and involvement with performances on stage and screen as an actor, producer and director, Sam Harris has epitomized the true Hollywood story — having risen to fame after being discovered on “Star Search.” His phenomenal success has included a successful recording career, concert tours, creating and writing a sitcom for TBS and roles in several notable Broadway productions. Light fare will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m.
David Burnham, 8 p.m., Sunday, February 13, 2011 — Spend a romantic evening with two of Broadway’s finest starts: David Burnham and his special guest Karen Fineman Roberts! Burnham has lent his engaging persona to productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and "Jesus Christ Superstar,” and recently starred as Fiyero in the Broadway production of “Wicked.” He’ll share the stage with Roberts, who, besides performing in her own cabaret act at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has appeared in several television shows and national commercials. Light fare will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Broadway at COC
“Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!” 8 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2010 — Over his 30-year career, Jay Johnson has rallied generations of Americans to the world of ventriloquism with his charm, anarchy and innovative wit. In the Tony Award-winning “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!” he takes audiences on a multidimensional journey that combines his skills with a parade of hysterical characters.
“All Shook Up,” 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, 2011 — Described as being “Footloose,” “Grease” and “Happy Days” all rolled into one zany story, this Elvis-inspired production features more than two dozen of the King’s hits. Audiences will experience a chain reaction of romance and rebellion described through the power of rock’n roll. This feel-good story of crazy love triangles and laugh-out-loud comedy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes!
Almost Free Family Series presented by McDonald’s of Santa Clarita
“Click, Clack, Moo,” 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 2010 —“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?” When Farmer Brown’s granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone,” placing her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows — who proceed to use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. Don’t miss this hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
Pushcart Players – “Happily Ever After-A Cinderella Tale,” 2 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2011 — Based on the beloved classic tale of Cinderella, “Happily Ever After” takes audiences on a timeless journey of transformation filled with themes of inner beauty, courage, kindness and triumph over greed, arrogance and bullying behavior.
“Seussical: "Oh, the thinks you can think!" 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011 — The Cat in the Hat serves as host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this fun-filled romp through all the Seuss classics! When the sweet, good-natured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because "a person's a person, no matter how small." On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. Adapted from the Broadway production, “Seussical” brings Dr. Seuss's beloved classic characters together in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever combine to save the day!
Other PAC Performances
United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2010 — Returning to the PAC for a third season, the Band of the Golden West concert will focus on a variety of styles, including traditional band repertoire and patriotic music and marches. Tthe Band of the Golden West is the only remaining active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies.
San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema: “Madama Butterfly,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2010 — One of the world’s leading opera companies, San Francisco Opera remains a top destination for international singers, conductors, stage directors and designers alike because of the company’s unique brand of theatrical productions and strong, cherished tradition. “Madama Butterfly” is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 19th-century Japan and featuring some of Puccini’s most popular music. A pre-show lecture about the opera will begin at 6 p.m.
Gloriana, 7 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2010 — Go Country105 FM returns to the PAC for its annual Holiday Concert with a band that is steadily gaining legions of fans! Nominated for the Academy of Country Music Award’s Top New Artist award and fresh off its tour opening for pop sensation Taylor Swift, Gloriana is one of the hottest new groups in country music today. Don’t miss your chance to see a band destined for greatness!
San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema: “Don Giovanni,” 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, 2011 —The Don Juan legend crackles to life in the hands of the world’s most well known classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the sparkling overture to one hit musical number after another, Mozart’s score comes to life in this fast-paced San Francisco Opera production. A pre-show lecture about the opera will begin at 6 p.m.
College and Community Groups Performing at the PAC include:
- “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” Oct. 15-17, 22-24
- “Death of a Salesman,” March 30-31, April 1-3, 2011
- New Works Festival – April 28-30, May 10, 2011
- “Lysistrata by Aristophanes” – May 19-22, 2011.
- Fall Jazz Band Concert – Nov. 5
- Symphony At The Canyons – Nov. 6
- Winter Spectacular – Dec. 4
- Choir Holiday Concert – Dec. 11
- R. K. Downs Jazz Festival – Feb. 26, 2011
- Winter Concert – March 25, 2011
- Symphony of the Canyons - March 26, 2011
- A Choral College - May 7, 2011
- Annual Pops Concert – May 13
- Fall Dance Concert – Nov. 11-12
- Spring Dance Concert – May 5-6, 2011
Santa Clarita Regional Theatre
- “Annie” July 24, 25, 31, Aug. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15
- “Chicago” March 12, 13, 19, 20, 2011.
Santa Clarita Ballet
- “Nutcracker” – Dec. 17-18-19
- TBA performance – June 11-12, 2011
- “Peter Pan” – Feb. 4-6, 2011
- “Annie” – June 24-26, 2011
Series subscription sales will begin 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10, while individual tickets for Michael Bolton and all other performances will go on sale 9 a.m., Saturday, July 17.
Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the PAC box office.
However, it’s recommended that you plan to purchase your tickets early for Michael Bolton, as this once-in-a lifetime performance will sell out fast.
For more information about the PAC 2010-11 season or to purchase tickets please visit www.canyonsPAC.com  or call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304.