Performing Arts Center


The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located on the Silver Creek Campus in Snowflake. It is home to music, theatre, and dance classes for students, dinner theatre performances, music concerts and other entertainment offerings for all community members. The PAC opened in 2003, and features a flexible black box performance space which can be configured in a variety of seating arrangements including proscenium, thrust, and arena. The space typically seats up to 300 patrons. The building also features an intimate Drama Lab performance space which seats 50 audience members.
For more information about the music program, students should contact Julie Neish at (928) 536-6247 or email. For more information about the theatre program, students should contact Dr. Mike Solomonson at (928) 536-6217 or email.

Auditions and Helpful Information

Auditions are conducted at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters at NPC. Auditions are open to everyone, as you do not have to be a current NPC student to audition.

Coming up for Spring 2014, will be auditions for the Oscar Wilde satirical comedy Lady Windermere's Fan. Auditions will be Tuesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. There are roles for 7 men and 9 women with some walk-on roles.

For details on the audition process, see the information below.

  • For Lady Windermere's Fan prepare prepare a 1-minute comic or dramatic monologue.
  • Be prepared to participate in cold readings from the script with other actors.
  • Bring your calendar with you and know your personal schedule.

Individuals who are cast in acting or technical support positions must enroll in Play Production I or II (SPT 200 or 201) or Play Production for Advanced Students (SPT 199).

Northland Pioneer College
Performing Arts Center

Silver Creek Campus

For more information, call: (800) 266-7845
Dr. Mike Solomonson, ext. 6217 • Julie Neish, ext. 6247


The Performing Arts Department is pleased to Introduce the new head of THE NPC Music program:

Julie Neish

Miss Neish (rhymes with “dish”) earned her Bachelor of Science in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance in 2006, from Brigham Young University—Idaho. She completed her Masters in Music with an emphasis in Music Education and Choral Conducting in 2009, from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA. While at GMU, Miss Neish assistant-directed and conducted the 100-member University Chorale and conducted GMU’s finest chorale ensemble—the 16-voice Vocal Chamber Ensemble. She also co-founded and co-directed the musical theatre ensemble, The Timesquare Singers, and she served as co-director of Soundcheque, a vocal jazz ensemble group. She worked as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist for the GMU Opera program and she has been a musical director for over 20 musical theatre productions and cabarets since 2002. She has additional experience in organizing touring group ensembles.

Beyond her varied choral, opera and musical theatre experiences, Miss Neish has worked as a professional stagehand and lighting designer for 9 years with employment at Prism Lighting in New York City, the Berrie Performing Arts Center in northern New Jersey, the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina, Disney World in Florida, and the Regency Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina. While at Disney World she was a certified pyrotechnician and a member of IAATSE. At the Regency Amphitheatre she designed and ran lights for concerts with Bobby McFerrin, K. D. Lang, and Harry Connick, Jr., among others. While lighting design is her technical specialty, Miss Neish has filled the roles of sound technician, rigger, stagehand, stage manager, projectionist, spotlight operator, costume designer and manager, and technical director.

Julie Neish directing a fall 2013 rehearsal

Music Professor Julie Neish directing
a fall 2013 rehearsal of the Northland Master Chorale.


101 Dalmations cast

In addition to our normal production schedule at the Performing Arts Center, we also tour educational performances to area elementary and junior high schools. Since 2006, NPC touring shows have played to approximately 12,000 children. In addition, for 8 years NPC has hosted a summer Children's Theatre Project which teaches children ages 8-14 about different aspects of Theatre and performance. Pictured above is the 2010 Children's Theatre Project cast for 101 Dalmatians, which was produced through a licensing agreement with Music Theatre International and Disney.
For more photo images of shows we have offered in the Performing Arts Center, check out the "Photo Gallery" link above.