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Originally Published: 10/06/2022

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) — Bergen Performing Arts Center The School of Performing Arts Show Choir (bergenPAC) will take the stage with MANIA: The ABBA Tribute on October 28 as part of the theater’s grand reopening this fall.

bergenPAC undertook a major renovation project earlier this year to upgrade its facilities and restore the historic ornate elements of the theatre. Improvements include a larger lobby with additional restrooms and concession stands. Restrooms are also being added to the mezzanine. Inside the auditorium, attendees will enjoy comfortable new seating and an exciting lineup of bergenPAC favorites and diverse headliners.

Mania: The ABBA Tribute will perform at bergenPAC on October 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm Tickets are $29-$69 and are available at MANIA (formerly ABBA MANIA) was formed in 1999 and since then the program has been filling theaters and concert halls internationally. This show has gone around the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish ‘supergroup’ to its millions of fans, old and new!

The Show Choir is part of The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s Young Professionals Vocal Academy. Teens can audition to join the group, which offers unique opportunities to share the bergenPAC Taub Stage with headliners. Past acts have included Foreigner, The Irish Tenors, The Midtown Men and Kristin Chenoweth. The Choir also sings at a variety of community events.

The Young Professionals Vocal Academy is led by Amelia DeMayo, a renowned veteran voice coach. Together with her skilled co-teachers Liliana Sotirova, Gulnara Mitzanova, and Glenn Gordon, the program uses a holistic approach to preparing 5-year-olds for college. Both the recreational singer and those on a professional track receive career guidance and guidance to reach their full potential.

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Current students of the academy recently performed in Disney’s Lion King on Broadway (Vince Hermitage as Young Simba) and Annie Live! (Felice Kakaletris and Sophie Knapp as orphans Molly and July). DeMayo students have also appeared in productions on Broadway, regional theater and national tours, including Dear Evan Hansen, School of Rock, curly bootsY a tale from the bronxand the international tour of The Miserables. Many also do voice-over work for children’s animated features, including Rosalicious Y Nella the Princess Knight.

Its students have also been accepted into prestigious pre-university, college, and conservatory programs, including NYU’s Tisch School of Performing Arts, the Manhattan School of Music, the Royal Scottish Conservatory, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and the BFA program at Pennsylvania State University. at State College, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 2003, the 1,367 seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco theater featuring one of the best acoustic rooms in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC, the innovative performing arts educational initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows and shows presented in the main theater, reaches more than 30,000 students and youth from the community annually. The School of Performing Arts provides community youth, ages 2 months to 21 years, with unique, hands-on training in music, dance, and theater from industry professionals. It is through the continued generosity of patrons, donors, members, and patrons that the bergenPAC 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and The Performing Arts School are able to prosper and enrich our community.

PHOTO: School of Performing Arts at bergenPAC Show Choir with Kristin Chenoweth in 2019, courtesy of Jeremy Lebled.

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