Vicksburg Community Schools

Vicksburg Performing Arts Center

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The Vicksburg Performing Arts Center is committed to supporting diverse cultural and educational activities in the performing arts for the school and community which will enrich both audience and performers.

We present a broad range of programming each season, including internationally acclaimed musicians, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, music performed by orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming and many other special events.

We engage the entire community in new and exciting ways through an array of inspiring programs, our current season includes:


Western Jazz Quartet/VHS Jazz Bands

Vicksburg welcomes back the Western Jazz Quartet, in the Vicksburg Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. The WESTERN JAZZ QUARTET (Andrew Rathbun sax, Jeremy Siskind piano, Tom Knific bass, Keith Hall drums) is a resident faculty ensemble in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. Formed in 1974, and recently re-energized with three new members, the quartet combines performing and teaching with uncommon success as they promote jazz music and jazz education through a very active schedule of tours, concerts and workshops.

The WJQ has performed from Boston to Los Angeles, and tours regularly worldwide. It has been featured at festivals in Canada, Europe and the United States, and at a week of performances at La Villa in Paris, France. The group often tours as artistic ambassadors for the U.S. Department of State including Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. In 2011 and 2012, the WJQ was in residence for The International Festival of Music in Mozambique and recently returned from a residency in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The WJQ has released six CDs in the United States: Free Fall (2014), Mayan Myths (2006), Premiere (2005) with trumpeter Scott Cowan, Sabine’s Dance (2000), Blue Harts (1995) and Firebird (1992) with Billy Hart. Both Firebird and Blue Harts received top reviews in DownBeat magazine, with Firebird being named one of the best CDs of the 1990s. The group has released several CDs in Europe with pianist Wlodek Pawlik: Waning Moon (2000) on Universal Mercury Records, Turtles (1996) with Randy Brecker on Polonia Records and Live at the Jazz Club Aquarium (1995) with Billy Hart on the Koch International label.

The WJQ was recently honored with a Chamber Music America residency partnership award. The Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects.

In addition to the public performance, the program has made it possible for the WJQ to hold a residency for the students in the Vicksburg Band program. Material covered during the residency will be showcased by the students at the public performance on September 15.

Admission for this event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 8:00pm


VCS Fall Choir Concert

Don't miss the opportunity to hear one of the State's premier choir programs.

Join us on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00pm. Admission is free.


Seussical, Jr.

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold - not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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All In The Timing, Six One-Act Comedies

This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.

SURE THING is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love. WORDS, WORDS, WORDS recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce HAMLET and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters? THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love. PHILIP GLASS BUYS A LOAF OF BREAD is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery. THE PHILADELPHIA presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into "a Philadelphia," a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants. VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber's axe he's discovered in his head.

Friday and Saturday, November 20 & 21, 2015 - 7:30pm., Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 2:00pm

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Pirate's Christmas

Tobey Elementary 4th and 5th grade presents Pirate's Christmas. Christmas is approaching, and the elves are exhausted and tired of the cold. A few days of R-and-R in the warm island sun is just what they need - snorkeling, collecting seashells, building sand castles, catching a wave behind that huge pirate ship. What? Pirates?! ARRRR!! Ahoy, mates! Get ready for one mighty adventure when the legendary White Beard (aka Santa) and the elves teach a salty crew of colorful scallywags all about true treasure.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7pm. Admission is free!


VMS Holiday Band Concert

Don't miss the opportunity to listen to the VMS Bands perform all of your holiday favorites.

Join us on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00pm. Admission is Free.


VMS Holiday Choir Concert

Don't miss the opportunity to listen to the VMS Choirs perform all of your holiday favorites.

Join us on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm. Admission is Free.


VHS Holiday Concert

Get in the holiday spirit as you listen to one of the State's premier choir and band programs.

Join us on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00pm. Admission is Free.


VHS Video Show

Join us on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is Free.


Bugz! the Musical

Tobey Elementary 2nd and 3rd grade presents Bugz! the Musical. There's going to be a picnic and everyone is pitchin' in...the Lady Bugs are in charge of proper etiquette, the Army Ants will handle security, the Fireflies are in charge of lighting, and entertainment will be provided by the Bumble Bees. Looks like everything is set! But what's this!?! The Stink Bug wants to come too! Buzz on over to the country-style hoedown and help the critters rescue the party!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:00pm.


VHS Pre-Festival Band Concert

Don't miss the opportunity to hear one of the State's premier band programs prepare for the annual MSBOA Band Festival.

Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is Free.


VMS Pre-Fesival Band Concert

Join us on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is Free.


VMS Pre-Festival Choir Concert

Join us on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is Free.


VCS Community Ed Dance Recital

Saturday, May 7, 2016. Recital performances at 10am & 1pm.


VCS Choirs present "Cabaret 2016"

Don't miss the opportunity to all your favorite pop and show tunes performed by of the State's premier choir programs while you enjoy a fabulous dessert onstage!.

Join us on Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2016 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:00pm.


VMS Spring Band Concert

Join us for the Vicksburg Middle School Band's Spring Concert, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is Free.


VHS Spring Band Concert

Please join us for the VHS Band Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:00pm.


VMS Spring Choir Concert

Join us on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00pm. Admission is Free.

Ticket & Reservation Information

The ticket office is open Weekdays 9am-5pm and one hour prior to scheduled performances. To reserve your seat(s) call the Performing Arts Center at (269) 321-1193 or visit us at the Vicksburg Community High School Campus.

About the Vicksburg Performing Arts Center

Located at 501 East Highway Street, the Vicksburg Performing Arts Center opened its doors in 1994 to support arts-in-education programs, offering many programs designed to inspire young people through the arts, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.

The Performing Arts Center soon became one of Southwest Michigan's premier entertainment venues and the artistic home to South Kalamazoo County's performing arts organizations: Vicksburg Rotary Club, The Vicksburg Community Association and the South County Players.

The Vicksburg Performing Art Center features a large modern stage with handicap access, orchestra pit, grand piano, make-up room, green room, wardrobe and dressing rooms and a convenient cargo loading area. Equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, rigging, and electrical supply systems, the venue has been host to a wide array of entertainers from television and film stars John Astin, Dick Van Patten and Frank Gorshin to the world-renown Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Gilmore Keyboard Festival and WMU Children's Dance Theater routinely use our stage.

In addition to performance space, the Performing Arts Center Staff and volunteers offer support in technical theater to lessees, plus advice to community organizations interested in producing event such as concerts, theater performances, workshop services, recitals, corporate meeting and speakers.

The Performing Arts Center has 1011 fixed seats and 16 wheel chair spaces for total seating of 1027.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers give the valuable gift of their time and we welcome and appreciate all who contribute in this important way. From ushers to ticket office assistants, the volunteers are an integral part of the operation of the Performing Arts Center. Volunteering not only enhances PAC activities but also creates rewarding opportunities for social contact in an exciting atmosphere.

Additional Information

For more information about the Performing Arts Center, contact Tim Fuller at (269) 321-1192 or via e-mail at tfuller@vicksburg.k12.mi.us

If you are a performer or production group and need the technical specifications of the facility, click here to download a PDF version our data sheet.