By VINCENT JACKSON
MAYS LANDING — Richard Stockton College’s Performing Arts Center brings its summer concert series this year to the mainland for the first time with three shows scheduled at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology auditorium here.
Acts booked for the concert series are The Letterman on July 21, former Monkees member Micky Dolenz on July 28 and Dickey Betts & Great Southern on Aug. 4. All the shows will start at 8 p.m.
The groups will perform in the state-of the-art, 974-seat Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2012. The theater has digital controls for lighting, sound and rigging systems as well as a motorized orchestra pit that goes from stage level to the basement. The center was part of a $40 million renovation and expansion at the school.
The concert series started for free at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City. It spent four years at the Ocean City Music Pier and the last two years at Cape May Convention Hall.
“We are thrilled to have such legendary performers at our school,” said Superintendent Dr. Philip J. Guenther of the Atlantic County Vocational School District, who added some of the school’s students will be here this summer to learn how to put on a live show from a production standpoint. “We are excited about this great partnership.”
The school will be the only location for the concert series this summer.
Suze DiPietro, the interim director of the Stockton Performing Arts Center, said this specific partnership between the college and the school is part of the college’s mission to reach out to the community and build relationships. The hope is that area restaurants will see an economic benefit from people coming into town to see the concerts and eating dinner before the shows, DiPietro said. The bookings were made not to conflict with the casinos’ entertainment lineup, but at the same time to offer something for everyone, DiPietro said.
Atlantic County Institute of Technology founded a Performing Arts Academy at the start of the current academic year. One of the academy’s disciplines is technical theater, so students will assist in putting these performances on. Students from the school’s Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management also will benefit from the PAC hosting the concerts, as there might be opportunities to prepare and sell snacks during show intermissions, Guenther said.
Tickets to all shows in the summer concert series are $37 and are now on sale. Tickets may be ordered online at stocktonpac.org or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000.
The Lettermen, a vocal trio founded in 1959, had songs that were characterized by close harmonies and light arrangements. Their hits include “Hurt So Bad” and “Theme From A Summer Place.”
Dolenz is best known for being the drummer and one of the lead vocalists for the 1960s rock band The Monkees, whose hit singles included “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.”
Dickey Betts & Great Southern features Betts, who is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.
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Stockton Performing Arts Center presents three concerts this summer at The Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) auditorium in Mays Landing. The entertainment lineup is:
•July 21: The Letterman
•July 28: Former Monkees member Micky Dolenz
•Aug. 4: Dickey Betts & Great Southern
All concerts start at 8 p.m. Tickets, at $37, available at stocktonpac.org or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Stockton PAC and 90 minutes before the performance at ACIT.