12 web1 5Our community offers a unique structure of residents and it’s fair to say that many know firsthand the struggles of war. It is because of this very reason that Givens Performing Arts Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke chose the play “Bandstand” as one of its performances for this year. It’s a one-night-only performance Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Directed by three-time Tony winner and “Hamilton” choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, the musical “Bandstand” is a top notch-production with upbeat music. It’s a compelling story that portrays the undeniable impact of war and the lifelong consequences on those who serve. The play takes place in 1945. There’s a homecoming and a joyous celebration of such. “Bandstand” will have you tapping your feet and snapping your fingers to the lively music of jazz and swing. But it’s not just about the celebrations of those who have returned. It also how addresses the tough question of to deal with getting back to so-called “normal” life once one has been to war.

“Bandstand” is a play that will captivate your emotions by weaving the struggle of war with the main character Pfc. Donny Noviski, who is thrilled to be home but also laboring to find his way to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a singer and songwriter.

“This story is one that moves the heart and honors our women and men who serve our country,” Givens Performing Arts Center Marketing Director Chat Locklear said. “And although the music is inspired by the 1940s, it is all brand-new.”
If you want to feel nostalgic, you like swing and jazz music, you want to honor our military or you just want to understand what service members and their families go through, this play is something to put on your calendar. There will be only one performance of Bandstand and it is Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $21 - $46. The show is recommended for those 13 and older because of some adult language and some subject matter that may not be understood by younger children. Audiences can expect the show to last two hours and to include an intermission.

Call 910-521-6361 or visit https://www.uncp.edu/resources/givens-performing-arts-center for tickets and information.

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