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  • Mary Poppins Coming to Yavapai College Performing Art Center

    Mar 12, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Feature, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Mary Poppins Coming to Yavapai College Performing Art CenterRead More »

    By Kennan King and Adriana Hurtado “Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin,” sings Bert, the charismatic chimney sweep, in the opening lines of one of Walt Disney’s most successful and popular musical movies ever, Mary Poppins. Sure enough, something is brewing, as Mary Poppins: The Musical blows onto Yavapai College’s stage April 5-7. With a talented cast, a Tony Award-winning script, and timeless Disney magic, this production will delight audiences of all ages. Director Nanette Hofer, associate professor of musical theatre at YC, is joyfully at the helm. “The story centers around the Banks family, who live at Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane, London in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Banks are involved with the demands of daily life and cannot give their children, Jane and Michael, the attention they need. Jane and Michael, in turn, are misbehaving to get attention, which results in their current nanny quitting. Enter Mary Poppins, the ‘practically perfect’ nanny, who teaches with magic and a good dose of plunk. She bonds with the children as no other nanny has.” Hofer continues, “When Mary suddenly leaves the position and mother Winifred hires George’s childhood nanny to take on the job, it sends George and the children fleeing from the comforts of their home. The absence of Mary Poppins becomes more valuable than ever, and the family

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for March 2019

    Mar 5, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for March 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady If you’re looking for entertainment and crave the “same old-same old,” your best bet is to put this magazine down, stand absolutely still…and another Spiderman sequel will be along in a few minutes. If, however, you’re looking for something that offers a bit of surprise, Yavapai College is throwing plenty of fantasy, comedy, glitz and grace around – in Prescott and Sedona. Take a look…   Aquila Theatre Company A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $26 “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s primary troublemaker, declares at one point. And he’s right: people behave horribly during Midsummer. Especially where love is concerned. What Midsummer may be is the world’s first rom-com. If you think “Shakespeare” is all wordy, dark and pretentious, Midsummer is a refreshing change. Hermia and Lysander meet in the forest to elope in defiance of the Duke. At the same time, a rift in the fairy kingdom sets … oh, who cares? Love is making people crazy. They collide like hormone-driven bumper cars, and hijinks ensue before the morning sets it right. It’s a story that spins on broad physical humor and precise comic timing … the sort of thing at which Aquila Theatre Company excels. The New York-based theatre company, hailed as “excellent” by The New York Times and “magical” by Backstage, has

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019

    Feb 7, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Theatre, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady Into the cold, grey heart of February, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center brings three bold and evocative acts: dancers, musicians, and vocalists who will take you (in spirit, at least) to the verdant hills of Ireland and the hallowed halls of Cambridge – with a smoldering dose of modern song and brass in between. For reservations – or additional show information – call the YCPAC Ticket Office at (928) 776-2000, or visit www.ycpac.com.   Bria Skonberg Friday, February 8, 7:30pm Tickets from $32 How good is Bria Skonberg? Good enough to get the buttoned-down Wall Street Journal raving: “One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Vanity Fair dubbed the Canadian singer/songwriter/trumpeter as a millennial who is “shaking up the jazz world.” Bria Skonberg’s ability to work new sass and pop into jazz classics – and then segue gracefully over to her own musical creations – makes her that rarest of creature: a living jazz innovator. She alternates her amazing trumpet skills with smoky, torch song vocals that recall the sound of Norah Jones. Her flair for contemporary songwriting creates a sophisticated jazz sound reminiscent of Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., or Michael Bublé. Lest you think her just a critical darling, Bria and her band have left a trail of enthusiastic crowds across the entire Jazz-osphere: the Jazz Festivals at Monterey, Newport, Montreal,

  • Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy Harvey

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy HarveyRead More »

    Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What. By Kate Howell   Her message is universal: “Hope. Dream. Believe. No matter what.” Mandy Harvey is an award-winning jazz and pop singer-songwriter who turned a pivotal life event into her strongest asset. In 2007 due to a connective tissue disorder she completely lost her residual hearing at the age of eighteen. Mandy made the difficult decision to leave the music program at Colorado State University forfeiting her lifelong dream of becoming a music teacher. Following a subsequent bout of depression, Mandy pursued several career options but returned to her original love —music— in 2008. As fans of TV’s juggernaut America’s Got Talent will recall, Mandy made a tremendous impact in 2017 as a “Golden Buzzer Winner”. Given the opportunity to go directly to the competition’s live rounds, she eventually placed fourth and became the breakout star of the show’s twelfth season. Since then, her career has skyrocketed, and she’s been touring and performing nonstop. “I’ve only been home maybe three days a month. It’s a lot of travel.” Hard of hearing throughout her childhood, Mandy began singing in a local choir at the age of four as a way to express herself. The choir also served as an outlet for her to understand all the words that were being spoken. “I had to get close to the piano to hear the pitch,” she

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