The PAC, a 30-year spectacular


How many times have you missed a performance at the Newport Performing Arts Center only to learn that it was a phenomenal show?

Let us excite and delight you on Sept. 15 with bits of performances you missed ,as well as those you loved and want to see again. People are invited to help celebrate 30 years since the PAC first opened its doors.

“Isn’t it amazing that the PAC opened its doors 30 years ago on Sept. 17, 1988? It all began with a group of visionaries and support from the public and Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, as well as a partnership with the City of Newport. The PAC has become the hub of culture for residents and visitors alike,” said OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone.

Coastal Act Productions, Central Coast Chorale, the International Film Series, New Vision Arts, the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean, Oregon Coastal-Aires, the Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association, the Pacific Dance Ensemble, Porthole Players, Red Octopus and TJ Hoofers are bringing back some of their favorites for this one-night extravaganza.

“As a board member and a member of the performing community, it is my great honor to co-host this spectacular show celebrating our 30 years in this fabulous building. I was something of a nomad for much of my adult life, and while I originally moved to the coast from southern Oregon decades ago for my job, once I got a taste of the arts scene here I just never left,” said Akia Woods.

Directed by Sara Coxen and Ron Miller, the retrospective includes, in addition to all the live performances, videos and clips of the ground breaking ceremony for the PAC, along with vintage posters and pictures from prior shows, special events and photographs of those who were instrumental in creating this community asset.

“It was the PAC that drew me to Newport as my new home. After 43 years in Palm Springs and greater Los Angeles, I was astounded by the caliber of performances and breadth of cultural experiences produced here,” said Andrea Spirtos, OCCA Capital Campaign consultant. “The sound system and acoustics easily rival larger theatrical and musical venues in cities from San Francisco to the Canadian border. We are so fortunate.”

This event is a fundraiser for the “Entertain the Future” PAC capital campaign. Tickets for dinner at the PAC, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the show afterward are $100 each, or purchase a table of eight for $750. Single tickets for the show only, at 7:30 p.m., are $30 plus ticket fees. Seats for the dinner are limited, so people are encouraged to make reservations early.

Contact Bonnie Prater at 541-574-2655 or [email protected]. For more information about OCCA and the PAC, contact Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2650 or [email protected].