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Performing Arts Center “Cautiously Excited” to Reopen

Main stage at UAlbany Performing Arts Center. (Photo Credit: UAlbany)

By Brianna Collora | October 4, 2021

Over a year after the theater went dark, the Performing Arts Center has begun hosting shows open to students and the public, including concerts and plays.

“We’re cautiously excited,” Patrick Ferlo, the director of the Performing Arts Center said. “We’re very happy to be able to do what we do again, but we want to make sure that people are safe while doing it.”

So far this semester, ticket sales have been down by about 40% from 2019 rates, but Ferlo said that had been expected.

“People are certainly going to be nervous about heading into a room full of people at this point, but I think audiences are excited about getting back to live performance,” Ferlo said.

Any attendee should prepare to follow state and campus COVID precautions, which at this time, means that the audience must be masked, regardless of vaccination status. According to Ferlo, the audiences have been following the rules without problems thus far.

Despite the attendance rates and Covid policies, the PAC has a multitude of shows that they are excited for students to attend, including vocal and instrumental performances, plays, and more. Ferlo said that the events that have already closed, such as film screenings and musical performances, have gone well.

Performing Arts Center view from the Podium. (Photo Credit: Brianna Collora / The ASP)

Students who are interested can go to the Performing Arts Center’s website for performance times and ticket information. The price of a ticket varies depending on the show, and is sometimes free.

After a year of there being few activities on campus, the PAC hosting shows again offers students something to do in their free time.


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