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New Offerings at PAC

By Mary Adair Trumbly

Highlands Performing Arts Center expands it offerings with in-depth looks at the world of art, the aesthetic possibilities afforded by exotic footwear, and a classic of American musical theater.

The Live via Satellite Series is expanding the offerings at Highlands Performing Arts Center.

Great Art on Screen (a collaboration with The Bascom) has added three new documentaries for the fall.

The first new documentary will be presented on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 P.M. “Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice”  fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance.   With the enchanting narrative voice of twice-Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.

Join us at 5:30 P.M. Friday, November 1, for “Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost,” and 5:30 P.M. Friday, December 6, for “The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders.”

By-Experience is bringing a new genre to our screen, musical theater. The first offering will be “Kinky Boots,” on Saturday, October 5, at 1:00 P.M., captured live from London’s West End.

With songs by Grammy- and Tony-Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, “Kinky Boots” is inspired by true events and tells the true story of Charlie Price, the new owner of his late father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.

The West End production of “Kinky Boots” features a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction by Jerry Mitchell, whose credits include “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical,” “Hairspray” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

The Highlands PAC will screen “42nd Street” at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 2.

Tickets for all of these shows are available at highlandspac.org or at the door – 507 Chestnut Street.

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