VAN WERT — The Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert unveiled the entertainment for its 12th season coming in 2018-2019 with its “Ignite” series on Tuesday afternoon.
“Today is a huge day. It’s the culmination of many, many, many hours and weeks and months of work. I would say seven or eight months of work has gone into what we are about to show you today. We are already working on the 2019-2020 season,” said Paul Hoverman, executive director of Niswonger Performing Arts Center. “We are excited about this year’s artists and can’t wait to ignite your life with the star powered entertainment we have chosen.”
The season kicks off with country star/actor Trace Adkins on September 9 and ends with The Sound of Music on May 4.
Other highlights from the season’s entertainment include: An Evening with Pete Rose LIVE, The Illusionists; Jazz musician Boney James; Amy Grant; Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker; All is Calm; Jefferson Starship; Candid Camera - 8 Decades with Peter Funt; Texas Tenors; Travis Tritt; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.
For ticket information, call the box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419-238-6722.
“I tell you one thing, you cannot say that we don’t have variety when you go from Jefferson Starship to the Very Hungry Caterpillar,” said Hoverman. We certainly have variety in this season like we so often do.”
Hoverman announced a building campaign for an addition to be built onto the center.
“The Van Wert City Schools have been gracious enough, as owners of the building and the property, to build an addition for some needs that we have had. This is our 12th season now, and for 12 years we have grown in leaps and bounds. With that growth we have had some challenges, as we have gotten bigger and bigger and have programmed more and more concerts and especially larger productions. What we hear from the performers is what we would like to be able to address,” said Hoverman.
The new addition will house two star dressing rooms; private rest rooms for both males and females; a laundry facility and a storage facility.
Niswonger Performing Arts Center received $100,000 from an estate gift and most recently were awarded a $200,000 reimbursable grant from the Ohio State Facilities Fund. With the $300,000 already committed, the facility estimates needing to raise an additional $500,000 for the building addition.
To contribute a tax-deductible gift toward the building addition, mail a check to Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation, 138 E. Main St., Van Wert, OH 45891 or call Paul Hoverman at 419-238-1743 or visit npacvw.org for more details.
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