Northland Pioneer College
Performing Arts Center
Silver Creek Campus • Snowflake/Taylor
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 theatre and music programs, students should contact Dr. Mike Solomonson at (928) 536-6217 or email.
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. 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). Auditions are usually the week prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters.
Performing Arts Chair
For more information, call: (800) 266-7845
Dr. Mike Solomonson, ext. 6217
FILM and digital video
Mark Ford Joins NPC to Coordinate Development of a New Film and Digital Video Program
Mark Ford is an award-winning filmmaker with significant international experience in film and video production. His documentaries have taken him across the United States, to China, Japan, India, Cambodia, New Zealand, and Great Britain. He lived in Taiwan for eight years, where he was nominated for the Golden Bell (Taiwanese Emmy) and the Golden Horse (Pan-Chinese Oscar). Mark worked extensively with visionary filmmaker Lee Chi-Yuan, and was part of the creative team on Tsai-Ming Liang's Stray Dogs, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. Mark often co-directs with his wife, Mei-Fang Hu, and the two share numerous credits, including their short film Run Away Home, winner of the 2002 Humboldt International Film Festival, the 10-part documentary series Taiwan Fans, released in 2008, and the feature-length documentary Ripples Apart, screening nationally and internationally in 2014. Mark has taught media arts for more than a decade. He earned his B.A. in Film at Indiana University and his M.F.A. at Syracuse University.
Students who are interested in studying vocal music can enroll in the Northland Master Chorale, which rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the NPC Performing Arts Center.
Soundcheck vocalists (l to r) Judy Staley, Skai Wahl, Ashley Nudson, Madison St. Hilaire, Ariel Roes and Jewel Busch perform Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy backed by the swing band Snap at the 2014 Cinco de Mayo Swing Club Night at the NPC Performing Arts Center.
Children's Theatre Project
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 11 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 2013 Children's Theatre Project cast for Willy Wonka, which was produced through a licensing agreement with Music Theatre International. For more photo images of shows we have offered in the Performing Arts Center, check out the "Photo Gallery" link above.