Concerts at the Encore Theater are more than just a concert!

 

If you have not seen one of the concerts the Wynn puts on in their intimate little 1,500 seat Encore Theater, you are missing out on a wonderful show. I’ve now seen Garth Brooks, Billy Joel & John Fogarty there… When I saw Billy Joel, I was enthralled by the stories he told between songs. He talked about his journey through music as if he were talking to Barbara Walters… (I thought maybe she was in the audience). Now, I have seen Billy Joel 4 other times in concert, however, I enjoyed this one the most (by far…) but I just thought he was choosing a different approach, and I felt lucky to have experienced it.

A few months later I was invited to see Garth Brooks perform there, and although I’m not a real big fan of his music, I always love a good concert and figured he would be very entertaining. He opened the show talking about the music played in his home growing up, and (again) took the audience through his journey in a way that made me feel like we had become friends. Of course, he played plenty of music, but it was more than a concert; it was like we were in his living room.

And again, a few months later I took the opportunity to go see John Fogarty at the Wynn… I’ve always loved CCR and just never saw him perform previously. It was not until my 3rd show at the same venue that I realized that the Wynn was approaching concerts very differently. Of course I’ve been to a couple of shows where the artist spouted some political point of view about guns or war or Apartheid or whatever was the hot topic at the time, and many artists will pepper their show with brief anecdotes. But John told a captivating tale about his first guitar… and how much it meant to him… and why he gave it to a poor musician who showed promise… He talked about the honor of having certain other musicians “cover” his music, and various other stories, and he was so human… once again I left there feeling like we had really connected.

What I eventually decided was that these concerts were more than concerts. They were intimate gatherings with real people, who have great stories to tell, and since at least pre-school, I have loved story-time and I have loved great music. John Fogarty is performing there again in April and Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson & Sarah McLaughlan all have 2019 dates there. Go to https://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Entertainment for details and get tickets. I’m betting you’ll have a concert experience unlike any you’ve had before. And you may even run into me in the refreshments line.

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is coming to Las Vegas

Well, you know the holidays are upon us when Santa is in town and Willy Wonka is on stage.  A great show to take the whole family to see will be at the Charleston Heights Art Center at 800 Brush Street 89107.  The dates for the show are December 7, 8, 14, 15 @ 7 p.m. and December 9, 15, 16 @ 2 p.m. Tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at www.rainbowcompany.org for tickets.

This delicious adventure is experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.  The stage lights up light up in this enchanting adaptation of Roald Dahl’s captivating story.  The play follows the mysterious candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.  Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy!  Four of the five winning children are not the nicest of kids– however the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie, who takes the tour along with his very likeable grandfather.  The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.  This is a timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate covered life for a fun-filled holiday family treat for all.

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“Oh What a Night” at the Summerlin Library

Who loves Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?  Everyone!  Good news for Las Vegans –“Oh What a Night” will be performed at the Summerlin Library from October 17 to November 10 by Signature Productions.

The show is packed with many of the group’s songs so you will be dancing in your seats and maybe in the aisles.  Take the whole family to see this performance – Signature Productions always does a great job with any play they produce and the you would never guess that the actors are all amateurs.

Signature Productions began in 1989 as a nonprofit community theatre company by Dr. Karl M. Larsen a local Optometrist, and attorney Victor J. Austin. Originally, the company moved into a 3500 sq. ft. storefront unit at the corner of Charleston and Decatur where they built a small 200 seat theatre. Currently, they are housed in the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, where they rent the space for each production.

The goal of Signature Productions is to provide a venue for young performers, designers and technicians to grow and develop their natural abilities while veteran performers, designers and technicians teach and inspire! The company has 2-3 major productions per year, usually musicals, which require approximately 4 months per production. The auditions have drawn as many as 350 aspiring artists to audition.

The Summerlin Library Theatre has 284 seats and every seat has a great view of the stage.  This is a great place to see a show (I have seen at least 3 there).  Tickets cost $30, and offers a senior (60 and over) discount as well as student discount of $28 per ticket and children tickets are $20.

For tickets and more information go to https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=0919260609022

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Great Local Theatre in Las Vegas

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This is the first of my monthly blogs about the wonderful local theatre scene in Las Vegas.  Most Las Vegans are aware of the many the productions on the “Strip”, however many are not aware of the great amateur productions (the shows are so good that you will think that professionals are running the show) in our non-stop city.

If you know me, you know I love live theatre – I love to attend and I love to perform (see me in Pirates of Penzance at the Super Summer Theatre’s Spring Mountain Ranch thru September 22nd)

Looking ahead to October there is a must see play at the Cockroach Theatre that has its residency at the Art Square Theatre at 1025 South First Street in the Arts District.  The play is The Dog/The Cat.

The Dog/The Cat is a comedy; actually two comedies.  Alex and Albert have decided to get a divorce and wouldn’t it be great if they could see their break-up through the eyes of their Dog and rap-star Cat.

The Dog –It could be called Two Men, One Woman, a Park and a Dog – and everyone knows that nothing breaks the ice like a cute dog. This funny play paints a not-so-flattering portrait of the tricky line between friendship and romance, and of the insatiable appetite of Jack Russell terriers for the most disgusting things they can find.

The Cat– Owning a cat is not easy. Co-owning a cat with your ex is less easy. Co-owning a smart-talking, irritable, meddling cat with your ex is comedy.

Need a laugh? Well look no further. You should come and see these two charming and funny plays.

The show’s premiere is Thursday October 25 and it runs through Sunday November 11.  For tickets and more information visit:  http://www.cockroachtheatre.com

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Pirates of Penzance will be at the Super Summer Theatre and I’m in it

Arrgh maties the Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch production of Pirates of Penzance opens in just over a week and I am a pirate!  We are working hard in rehearsals and having the best time – so come out and enjoy an evening under the stars watching this timeless play by the masterful team of Gilbert & Sullivan. Bonus: It’s about 10-15 degrees cooler there then in the valley.

This show is presented by the Sin City Opera with a few of its own twists and includes one of the best patter songs of all time, along with swoon-fully, catchy tunes in this funny and hopeful operatic farce featuring the least brutish pirates that ever lived. You’ll be hooked on this swashbuckling favorite about love, laughter, and loyalty. The approximate run time is 2 hours and 20 minutes with no intermission.  The show will be performed on three consecutive Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting Thursday September 6 with the last show on Saturday September 22 (the 8th is already sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets).

Super Summer Theatre is located at Spring Mountain Ranch. This State Park is exactly 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection.  Bring your blanket, chairs and picnic dinner to enjoy this great operatic comedy. “The mission of SUPER SUMMER THEATRE is to promote the use of Nevada State Parks by providing quality, family-oriented, and reasonably priced outdoor cultural entertainment to the community including theatrical arts educational opportunities.”

All SST productions are performed by amateur actors which means no one gets paid for their performances, but don’t think for a minute that the shows lack talent (let’s face it in Las Vegas there is no shortage of people that love to perform).  Prices are very reasonable $15 per person for general admission plus a service fee of $2.50.

To learn more and buy your tickets visit http://bit.ly/2wpu9Pu

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Las Vegas Little Theatre is host to the Vegas Fringe Festival

The ninth annual Vegas Fringe Festival has begun with performances from June 8 – 17 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre at 3920 Schiff Drive near the corner of Spring Mountain and Valley View with performances in both the Mainstage and Black Box Theatres.  There are many new and established plays and performances being performed several times through the dates of the festival and the performances are no longer than 90 minutes. I, myself am performing in one of the shows entitled “Any Body for Tea?”, a whimsical story about a handsome homicide detective who learns his neighbors would “kill” to have tea with him!

So what is a Fringe?  The Fringe started in 1947 as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Though not invited to participate, groups of actors, musicians, and the like decided to perform at various venues on the fringe of the EIF. Robert Kemp, a local journalist,  in 1948 gave the festival the name Fringe: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…” Kemp wrote.

In the United States no one organization or individual owns, controls or regulates the name “Fringe”. There are no national rules for how each individual festival operates; festival content, finances, and structure vary from city to city.  Generally, all festivals are committed to an open forum of expression that minimizes the financial risks for both artists and audiences. Fringes work hard to keep production fees and ticket prices low so that more people can participate in the festivals.

The performances are not censored – you will find anything from bawdy to family-friendly.  Fringes are a vast variety of genres and feature a wide array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes do naturally well.  The festivals take place in many different cities and countries and can last a few weeks.  In Las Vegas the Fringe lasts for 10 days.

Now you know what a Fringe is – so what is stopping you from getting tickets – there is still time. The website is http://www.lvlt.org/fringe2018

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Please Support The Third Annual Super Summer Gala Under the Stars

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Click the bit.ly link below to register for this amazing event or to bid on a role

This Sunday, May 20, starting at 6 p.m. is the Third Annual Gala supporting the incredible Super Summer Theatre, which has been providing Las Vegas residents with top quality amateur theater for over 40 years!  This year they are honoring a founding board member Carolyn Sparks.  The event will be held at their outdoor theater at Spring Mountain State Park.

Sparks is a lifelong resident of Clark County and involved with many, varied humanitarian efforts for the community. She was an original board member of the Super Summer Theater and has served on the boards of Southern Nevada Best Coalition, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Nevada Ballet to name a few.

I feel that keeping cultural events nurtured is important in Las Vegas and 100% of the funds raised at the Gala remain in Southern Nevada to help continue bringing affordable, high-quality productions for our theatre-loving residents to enjoy.

There is a bidding part of the Gala when you can bid on roles in “Wizard of Oz” as well as remarkable donated auction items at the event (or on-line).  If you ever wanted to be a good witch, a wicked witch, a tin man, a lion, a scarecrow, a little girl from Kansas named Dorothy or even a Wizard you’ll have your chance at the Gala’s “Casting Auction”. Top bidder’s get all of the roles, not the director’s sister (unless she is the top bidder). To attend the Gala, or just donate click this link; http://bit.ly/2rHPxxT

This year the Super Summer Theatre is presenting 5 great productions –
Big Fish in May & June
She Loves Me in June & July
Peter Pan & The Wizard of Oz in August
Pirates of Penzance in September (I will be in the cast for this one)

You can go to https://supersummertheatre.org for dates and times. If you can’t make it to the gala (or even if you can), make sure you get out there this summer and see a great show or 2 (or 5)

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