Vicksburg Community Schools

Vicksburg Performing Arts Center


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:

Indian Lake Elementary presents Update Earth: Kids Rock the World for the Enviornment

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! We now have cell phones (and what to do with old ones), the internet (for a wide range of information on the environment), and hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles. Are we keeping up with the times? What are we doing to make our world a better place to live? "Update: Earth" is a musical review about our ongoing quest to better the world's environment.

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:00pm. Admission is free!

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.

Little Shop of Horrors

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey It's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

March 11, 12, 19, 2015 - 7:30pm. March 20, 2016 - 2pm.

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Gilmore Family Concert

A grand piano. An internationally renowned artist performing on your community’s local stage. Get a taste of Kalamazoo’s Gilmore International Keyboard Festival right in your own backyard. Experience a 50-minute concert of world class piano music accompanied by engaging visuals. Admission is always free, and the entire family is invited.

Pianist Terrence Wilson will guide you through the world of dance and movement through the sounds of the grand piano. The repertoire is still in development, but selections will be pulled from Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and other piano works from ballets or works influenced by dance.

March 21, 2016, 7:30pm Doors open at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. Free Admission.

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!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:00pm.

VCS Community Ed Dance Recital

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

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Young Artist Award Winner Daniel Hsu

The 2016 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival returns to Vicksburg! Every two years, The Gilmore announces two new young artists of exceptional talent and presents them with the Gilmore Young Artist Award. The award comes after an extended period of critique by a six-member panel… while the artists in question have no clue they’re being judged. The New York Times recently called The Gilmore’s selection process “the music world’s version of the MacArthur Foundation’s ‘genius’ grants: a prestigious prize that cannot be applied for or sought.”

A San Francisco Bay Area native, 18-year-old Daniel Hsu will perform his debut recital as a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist. Daniel currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 3pm.

VHS Film Festival

Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is Free.

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

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.