Performing Arts Center

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What has become a prized community venue, the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center is a place where the arts come to life on stage, pleasing audiences of all ages throughout the year.

Entering its ninth season of providing affordable and noteworthy entertainment, the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association (DCAA) was organized in 2004, in conjunction with the construction of the 800-seat auditorium. The DCAA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture the arts by supporting artists and arts events in the community.

Located on the DC High School and Middle School campus, the PAC offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting creating a professional theatre atmosphere which keeps entertainers and audience members coming back.

“It’s always fun to greet the performers when they arrive, and take them onto the stage,” said Colleen Compton, executive director of the DCAA. “Not only are they impressed with the design and seating in the auditorium, but when they test the acoustics . . . they are always amazed with the quality of sound.”

Last season, Cirque ZUMA ZUMA, an African troupe of acrobats featured on “America’s Got Talent,” amazed the audiences, and an Eagles tribute band brought back the 70s-80s hits with “Takin’ It To The Limit.”

Other events hosted in the PAC have included numerous school programs, such as holiday concerts and school drama productions, as well as various area church events.

The Performing Arts Center will also be the stage for the 2013 DC Community Theatre summer musical production of “Oliver!” DC Community Theatre is co-sponsored by the DC Arts Association and Dassel-Cokato Community Education. Performances will be July 27, August 2-3 at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee performances on July 28 and August 4.

Among some of the highlights in the 2013-14 season are Monroe Crossing, a popular bluegrass band, whom will return to the PAC for the association’s annual Christmas show Saturday, Nov. 30. Then in April, the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, made up of four musicians fusing together jazz, classical, bluegrass, southern rock, and will provide a multi-media experience complete with images from the Hubble Telescope.

For more information, including a schedule of upcoming events, visit the website atwww.dc.k12.mn.us/artscenter. A seating chart can be viewed on the site, as well.

Tickets can also be ordered online or by calling (320) 286-4120. The PAC is located between Dassel and Cokato on Highway 12 in the DC High School/Middle School complex.