Variety show to spice up PAC’s anniversary

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Plymouth Arts Center is presenting A Variety Show showcasing its many Performing Arts Groups. Weekend #1, Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 will feature four groups: Mill Street Live, Celtic Folk, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, and the PAC Theatre Company.

Weekend #2, Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, features the Plymouth Arts Center Singers; Acoustic Open Mic Group; PAC Theatre Company, and the Sartori Concert Series.

It’s two different shows, so please consider attending both.

The Variety Shows are directed by Barb Zirwes Nysse and Kerrylynn Kraemer. The PAC is offering a discounted ticket for those wishing to attend both shows.

Tickets for one show: $14 PAC members; $17 non-members. Attend both shows and save: $25 PAC members; $31 for non-members. The shows are suitable for all ages and families are encouraged to attend.

A Variety Show is sponsored by Sargento and 1420 the Breeze Radio Station. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Plymouth Arts Center, (920) 892-8409; (voicemail 24hrs) or conveniently online at: www. email: or visit our box office at 520 E. Mill St., Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

The Featured Performers:

“Mill Street Live,” now in its 10th year, was established at the Plymouth Arts Center in 2009.

This summer musical revue features 10 to 12 performers (17 and over) who come together with a common goal to provide an exciting and highly energetic song and dance show. Their music selections span five decades and the show is appealing to all ages. Musical direction and choreography are organically produced within the group, as well as utilizing talents in art, costumes, staging, and general organization.

In addition to the summer series, the group has presented several fundraising productions for the PAC… “Broadway Bound I & II;” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee;” Love is An Open Door;” “A Valentine’s Evening of Mill Street Live; “Duets for the Arts;” “MSL Date Night;” and “A Walk Down Lover’s Lane.”

This summer, seven shows will be presented on Friday nights featuring the MSL Alumni group.

The first “Shamrocks and Shenanigans,” Irish Music Show was presented in March 2006.

Plymouth’s own Irish Lass, Mary Calvey, is the creator and director of this spirited show now in its 13th year. Each year is unique, but you can always be sure there will be traditional Irish ballads, pub songs, audience participation, a wee bit of Irish humor, possibly an Irish Dancer or two, and lots of fun.

Musicians accompany on a variety of instruments, i.e. fiddle, flute, bass, bodhrán, penny whistle, guitar, etc.

“Celtic Folk” and “Celtic Folk Christmas” were created and directed by Kerrylynn Kraemer and Tom Clegg. Inspiration for these shows was derived from the beautiful music of the popular national touring group Celtic Woman, and the wish to bring cherished traditional Carols and Celtic music to the PAC stage.

The group consists of the lead singers, Kerrylynn and Tom & Friends, a chorus, and an acoustic band. Since 2013, three Celtic Christmas shows and Celtic Folk Memories have been presented. Look for two brand new Celtic Folk productions in 2019.

THEATRE productions over the past 20+years have included, dramas, musicals, comedies, melodramas, farces, and more.

PAC’s Black-Box/Studio Theatre offers a flexible space that allows for temporary seating in a number of different configurations, thus serving as the perfect setting for an intimate theatre experience for audiences and the actors too.

Under the direction of Kerrylynn Kraemer, PAC Theatre Company’s most recent productions were: The Carol Burnett Show; “Ring of Fire….a Tribute to Johnny Cash;” and “Nunsensations: The Las Vegas Revue.”

PAC has also collaborated with the Youth Theatre Company on seven productions, and with the Theatre for Young Audiences’ Summer Traveling Shows.

This fall and Christmas, Kraemer will be directing three musical productions, “Annie,” “The String-Along Band Musical” and the “Story of the Nutcracker” (in partnership with In-Motion Dance Studio.)

The Plymouth Arts Center Singers made their first appearance in June 1999 with a concert entitled, “Broadway Revue.”

Freddie Noordyk was the musical director and pianist. The group was organized to offer an opportunity to adult singers in the greater Plymouth area to participate in a choral setting. The group has grown from 12 members to over 40 singers, who enthusiastically love to rehearse and entertain the community with their Annual Spring Concert, “Musical Potpourri,” and an Annual Christmas Concert, “Colors of Christmas.”

The group is directed by Barb Zirwes-Nysse, who is also PAC’s performing arts coordinator, and her co-directors, Mary Fellenz and Freddie Noordyk.

Pete and Karen Scheuerman initiated the Acoustic Open Mic in August 2003 to provide opportunities for the “play at home” folks, of whom many are awesome musicians, to mix and network with musicians of all abilities.

Typically, it runs once per month on a Friday evening, September through May. Today, Jamie and Amy Odekirk continue the Scheuermans’ tradition and have been coordinating the event since 2013. The PAC great room offers a cozy, friendly, atmosphere with excellent acoustics.

The Open Mic has proved to be a great way for musicians and singers to gain stage experience and to make new friends. Over the years, several small bands have formed as a result of the Open Mic.

Whether you play an instrument or sing, and whatever genre of music you enjoy – folk, bluegrass, country, Irish, blues, jazz – everyone is invited to come on down and play/sing along. It’s a great, free family night out in downtown Plymouth.

“An Evening of the Classics” The Joseph Sartori Concert Series, made its debut in November 2008 with Ensemble `Eclatant, directed by Riley McKinch.

The concert featured six accomplished performers who had either performed for PAC art show receptions or had presented their own recitals at the PAC. The concert pays tribute to the late Joseph Sartori and to thank the Sartori Family for the use of Papa Joe’s Steinway piano. The Sartori Co. sponsors the series.

Jim Sartori offered these comments at after the first show: “Our dad, Joseph Sartori, while known primarily for his work with S & R Cheese/Sartori Foods, for most of his life, was also known as a highly accomplished pianist. Joseph’s aunt, Ada Lombardi, an acclaimed concert pianist with the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra, taught Joseph the piano, and especially ‘the classics.’ While he did not pursue a musical career, as his aunt thought he should, he did continue to play, practically daily, for the rest of his life. The Steinway grand piano used for ‘An Evening of the Classics’ is the one our dad bought in the early 1960s. He played many of the same pieces performed for this concert for his own enjoyment, as well as that of his family and friends. The Sartori Steinway piano is on loan to the Plymouth Arts Center to allow others to play it, and for all of us to continue to enjoy the music that our father loved so dearly. Many pianists who have played “Papa Joe’s” Steinway speak highly of its sound and feel privileged to have the opportunity to play such a wonderful instrument. Our dad will be listening to the concert, and the Sartori family is proud to be a part of ‘An Evening of The Classics.’”

The Joseph Sartori Concert Series continues twice per year in April and October and is coordinated by Barb Zirwes-Nysse.

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