Posts Tagged ‘Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’

  • 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

  • Moving pictures: Prescott Film Festival turns nine

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Helen Stephenson, founder and executive director of the Prescott Film Festival. The ninth annual film fest is is June 8-16. Individual tickets are $12 ($6 for students). For a full schedule of screenings, workshops, and other events plus ticket packages, visit PrescottFilmFestival.Com.] How did the Prescott Film Festival get started? It started with an idea — which is how most things start, especially creative things — which was to bring independent film to Prescott. Then I formed a nonprofit. Elisabeth Ruffner helped me with that. Doing all the business parts of this, the marketing, all of that, too, makes it a left brain/right brain endeavor. You have to figure out how to bridge that creativity, the fun, the education into something that’s still got legs as a business. You have to write grants. Fortunately, we have a handful of granters, but you can’t rely on that and you have to constantly do grant applications. You have to sell tickets, and you have to do marketing. I didn’t have Facebook until I realized the Prescott Film Festival needed to be on Facebook. How has the goal of the film festival changed from its inception through today? The original end goal was to bring filmmaking back to Arizona. Arizona has a long history in film. And,

  • “Walk in … Dance Out!”: Summer’s DanceWorks celebrates a decade of dance

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Summer Hinton and Russ Hausske, co-owners of Summer’s DanceWorks, who are celebrating 10 years of dance with a recital at 5:45 p.m. June 1 & 2 at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Visit Summer’s DanceWorks at 805 Miller Valley Road and SummersDanceWorks.Com.] How did Summer’s DanceWorks get to where it is today? Hinton: Aug. 4, 2008 is when we officially opened our doors and started classes in a little one-room studio up the street from where we are today. I had been teaching in Prescott for 10 years before that. Hausske: It was maybe 600 square feet of floor. We also had a viewing room, but it was half the size of the one we’re sitting in today. Hinton: I taught all the classes then and Mr. Russ taught all the partner dancing. Hausske: We met on Sept. 8, 2007. I was a private investigator — actually, I’m still licensed in Arizona and California — and met her when she was looking for someone to do a master class in West Coast Swing. Hinton: For years, people had been telling me I should open a studio. Even though my dad didn’t get to see it — he passed away — he always wanted me to open my own studio. It seemed like

  • Fancy footwork: Local youth take the stage in touring ‘Nutcracker’

    Nov 22, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Marina Rogova O’Brien, director and choreographer for the local portion of Ballet Victoria’s “The Gift of the Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, YCPAC.Com, $18-$38.] How did you get involved in the production? I’m a professional dancer and choreographer. I’ve been teaching at Yavapai College for the past nine years — dance and fitness classes. About two years ago, we got a new dean in the Performing Arts Department, Dr. Craig Ralston. Since Craig has taken that position, we’ve gotten a lot more musical theater. He’s gotten the staff involved in a lot of artistic performances. Last year, I was involved in “The Secret Garden” show, and this year we’re getting “The Nutcracker.” It’s an adapted version called “The Gift of the Nutcracker” done by a professional troupe, Ballet Victoria company from Canada. They bring their professional dancers here, and they do most of the solo dancing and lifts, but the corps of ballet is local kids. Craig said it’d be a nice show for Prescott to feature local kids, but we needed to have a local choreographer. I agreed and started working with Paul Destrooper, the artistic/executive director on the Canadian end. I became 100 percent responsible

  • Hyde & seek: Storied film a storied treat

    By Helen Stephenson It’s time for Halloween and that means things that go bump in the night, Mt. Vernon decorated with spooky or fall-themed houses, pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, and a silent film with live accompaniment from the Prescott Film Festival. This year, the festival is screening the 1920 John Barrymore version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” This version of Robert Louise Stevenson’s 1886 classic tale is considered by many to be the first horror film ever made. It’s also the film that skyrocketed John Barrymore to stardom. Barrymore didn’t want to follow in his family’s footsteps — his father Maurice, mother Georgiana, sister Ethel and brother Lionel were all actors — but eventually he started working on the stage. His sister Ethel got him acting jobs, and occasionally supported him financially as well. He lived a life of, well, old-fashioned debauchery. Kicked out of many schools, many times for drinking. There’s a long-standing rumor that he was kicked out of one school for being caught in line at a brothel. That begs the question: Who else from the school was in the brothel line? He actually wanted to be an artist, and did illustrations for the New York Evening Journal. He was eventually fired for being drunk and turning in a poor quality illustration. He knew that the acting jobs paid more, and his family could get him

  • A shorts history: Findings on first films

    By Helen Stephenson Short films. Fantastic bits of celluloid (or, more common today, bits and bytes). This art form continues to grow and gain popularity. Why do filmmakers make short films? For many filmmakers, a short film is a calling card to prove their storytelling skills. Can they direct? Light? Tell a story? The proof is in the film. How can audiences support these filmmakers? There are several ways. First, if you see a short film you like, and it becomes available on iTunes or some other platform, spend a couple of dollars and purchase it. Nothing shows support for the arts like cash! Short filmmakers also want live input from audiences, and what better way to do that than at a film fest? This month, the Prescott Film Festival will once again be supporting and showcasing the art of independent short films when they present the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. These short films follow a long tradition in filmmaking. The very first films ever were short films. Who made the first film? Film scholars credit Frenchman Louis Le Prince with that honor. (Though Thomas Edison tried his best to take the credit.) The first film, “Roundhay Garden Scene,” was shot in 1888. This was simply a scene of Le Prince’s family walking around the garden. The

  • Happy Oscars! … And Valentine’s Day

    By Helen Stephenson There’s a huge party, and you’re invited! February marks a tradition at the Prescott Film Festival — namely, Oscar Month. Each February, the festival screens as many Oscar-nominated films as possible. Screenings culminate in “An Evening at the Academy Awards,” where the event is broadcast live at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. The broadcast itself is, ahem, free. However, if you’d like to support the Prescott Film Festival, please come early for the “Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.” Tickets are $50 for the party and reserved seats in the auditorium, plus two drinks. If you want to go all-out, there are just 16 tickets available in the VIP suites. These film festival supporters get a swag Bag, reserved seats in the VIP suites, additional drinks and special treats, along with their own waiters. This year, the film festival got a jump on Oscar Month by screening two films before nominations were announced: “Boyhood,” with six and “Ida” with two. As we’re writing this article at the last moment possible, nominations were just announced. Organizers are busily writing to distributors and producers to see which films they can bring to Prescott in February. We do know we will be screening all of the Oscar-nominated short films. Animated films include Disney’s “Feast,” which is about a rescue dog observing the romantic life of a new couple, “My Single Life,” which

  • Nun, the wiser

    By Helen Stephenson “Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, “Ida” would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.” — Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.Com “Ida” is Poland’s entry into this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Film. The movie is shaping up to be a favorite, featured on many short lists from critics across the country. The Prescott Film Festival features the film at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. The film, which takes place in 1960s Poland, is about a young novitiate nun who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. An orphan brought up in a convent, she is preparing to become a nun. But, before she takes her vows, the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her Aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. Kimberly Gadett writes of the film: “‘Ida’ should be required viewing for all budding filmmakers. Rather than relying on any preceding work that had been driven by the written word, director Pawel Pawlikowski and

  • March marvels

    Feb 28, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the CornerNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson How many tribute bands can you fit into the Prescott Elks Theatre? The answer: an awful lot. By press time, the Franki Valli and the Four Seasons December ’63 concert recreation will have already occurred (March 1) on the heels of February’s Neil Diamond and Celine Dion tributes. The Hollywood Stones (who play Rolling Stones hits) will be there on March 8, followed by the Catch a Wave tribute to the Beach Boys on March 14 and the Paperback Writer Beatles experience on March 15. The month wraps up with the Magic of Manilow on March 23 leading up to ABBAFAB on April 19. Evidently the massive renovations and rehab to the building aren’t slowing the theater down one bit, and clearly they’ve found their money-making niche with simulated band experiences. Even so, as a big fan of the Prescott Elks Theatre, it would be lovely to see movies offered (on a semi-regular basis) and occasional acts/bands that appeal to the younger set (or at least the set aspiring to be youthful). This theater, in its present incarnation, has infinite potential. A few of my favorite words these days are “happy hour” and “free.” Health Hub Network, an online forum facilitating connections between medical physicians, natural health practitioners, fitness professionals, and the community at large, sponsors a monthly Healthy Happy Hour Mixer that’s free to the public

  • February favorites

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner5,416 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Due to the absence of wintry weather, I’ve found myself out-of-doors a good deal lately watering thirsty plants and trees, hiking and biking, and generally enjoying balmy above-average weather. But part of this time has been allotted to wondering where the heck winter is and — dare I say it? — craving snow. I’m ready: I’ve got a new all-wheel drive car, snow pants, boots, and sleds all accumulating dust. There are benefits to the lovely weather, though. Instead of building snowmen, I’ve been shopping the first season of the Prescott Community Market’s outdoor Winter Market over at Prescott College. There are quite a few vendors including two of my favorites from the regular farmers market: Whipstone Farms and Burning Daylight Farm. In mid-January, I purchased the most amazing fresh carrot bunches — a welcome alternative to the ones I’d been buying at the grocery that seem straight out of a Dickens’ novel. You’ll also find local honey and lavender along with baked goods, samosas, and homemade pastas. Visit 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every Saturday through April. Whipstone Farms’ produce is also enhancing plates at Soldi Back Alley Bistro (formerly Soldi Food Cart), 111 Grove Ave. The restaurant is still serving up gourmet street food out of their cute-as-a-button kitchen on wheels, but now, in addition to the patio, they offer indoor seating. The grand reopening was Jan

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