PAC’s Spring Season A Mix of Culture, Comedy and Music

"Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo" will be performed by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company on Friday, April 26, 2024.

Galloway, N.J. – Stockton University’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) is still jam-packed with something for everyone during its spring 2023-24 season. This spring is a perfect time to catch a show or two on the mainstage.

Here’s a detailed look at the shows concluding the 2023-24 season:

Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular – Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.  

BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular traces the history of Hip Hop Dancing. It is an electrifying show for the whole family that features a high-energy tribute to this creatively charged American art form, which finds its roots in the inner-city streets. A combination of pure physical strength and agility propels this group of New York's finest urban artists through a show of breathtaking movements to a pumping soundtrack with a live DJ and master percussionists. 

A dancer in "Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular"
The show promises to be a "combination of pure physical strength and agility." 

Danú: Traditional Music of Ireland – Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

Hailing from the historic county of Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. The group’s standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland feature high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Danú’s popular recordings are available on the Shanachie label, and live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC, and the BBC. 

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz – Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves, including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French or anyone who is unduly tan. This event will feature a 30-minute conversation followed by a 60-minute audience Q&A, with a book signing after the presentation. Books may be purchased in the Performing Arts Lobby that evening. 

Fran Lebowitz
Lebowitz on herself: “Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.” Photo by Brigitte Lacombe. 

Mutts Gone Nuts – Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Imagine nine of the world’s most talented four-legged performers in an uproariously funny, comedy dog spectacular, and you get Mutts Gone Nuts! The lineup includes Feather, the Guinness world record holder for highest jumping canine; national champion Frisbee dogs; a hilarious six-pound Pomeranian Pikachu mix; and a host of previously discarded dogs that will dance, prance and skip their way right into your heart. The family-friendly show runs about 75 minutes and was created by veteran comedy team Scott and Joan Houghton, who performed their duo act Jessie & James on a variety of stages from Tokyo to Las Vegas. 

Dogs featured in "Mutts Gone Nuts"

Come see the highest jumping dog in the world and her amazing canine cohorts in an All-star revue of doggie derring-do.

Puebla: The Story of Cinco De Mayo – Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

"Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo" was conceived by artistic director and co-founder Alberto Lopez Herrera, who sought to honor the culture of his birthplace in Puebla, Mexico. At the same time, he wanted to take advantage of the American celebration of Cinco de Mayo and the many misconceptions about what it represents and why. Lastly, it retells history through their eyes as Mexicans, Poblanxs, and immigrants. 

Dancers in "Puebla: The Story of Cinco De Mayo"
Founded in 2003, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates and explores Mexican and Mexican-American culture via dance including live music. 

Logo for Mid Atlantic Arts 2023

This engagement of “Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo” by the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is made possible through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

– Story by Loukaia Taylor