Posts Tagged ‘Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’

  • 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 Corner4,076 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

  • Serious play

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: What follows are excerpts from a conversation between the reporter and John Pinero about the latter’s one-man play “Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi.” The show is 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-18 at the  Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon Ave. Tickets for cabaret seating are $36.] BLOOD: You bear a striking resemblance to Vince Lombardi. PINERO: Well, I didn’t know I did until I put on the glasses and the makeup. All of this originally started with a play. I was taking an acting class here in the San Fernando Valley, and I was approached about playing Vince Lombardi in “Coaches,” by Buddy Farmer, which is about Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi and Knute Rockne. I looked at it, went home, starting doing research, and we set it up. The play had some success — we did it for the (California) Special Olympics at UCLA and a few other places. One of the players, Willie Davis, who played for Lombardi, suggested I perform my part of it for the Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic (in Wisconsin). A lot of his ex-players were there, there was a silent auction, and, after that, they announced a special guest. That was me. And Ray Nitschke, who played middle linebacker, he looked at me and he said to a friend, “The son of a bitch is

  • January hijinks

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner4,290 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson I try to shop local whenever possible. However, holiday shopping necessitated a trip to Prescott Valley’s Kmart. In line, I heard customers commenting on how they thought the new Walmart Supercenter opening this month in Prescott Valley was going to negatively impact other chain stores. Though decidedly not a fan (I’ll spare you my anti- Walmart rant), the fact that our adjoining burgs of Prescott and Prescott Valley can potentially sustain three Walmarts and a Sam’s Club within a seven-mile radius truly mystifies me. It also perplexes me that folks might wait in line before 5 a.m. for a chance to win a card entitling them to a free McDonald’s Big Mac each week for a year, special sauce or not. The new McDonald’s at Prescott’s Frontier Village opens 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. The first 100 customers get the Big Mac card. Technically, since the price of a Big Mac is nearly $4, you’d receive around $200 of Big Macs in a year, which is no small fry. Suffering from post-holiday blues? The Second City’s production “Happily Ever Laughter” at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Jan. 19 should have you rolling in the aisles. The famed Chicago-based company has been in the business of funny since 1959. Alums include Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Mike Myers, and Jason Sudeikis as well as

  • November nourishment

    Nov 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner3,592 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Love art but don’t always have the means to procure it? Boy, do I have a solution for you! If a local weekly scavenger hunt where the reward is a piece of art to keep for your very own (gratis) sounds too good to be true, look no further than Found Art Fridays hosted by Ollie’s Project Free ART on Facebook (search armyoart). Every Friday, a hint is posted on their Facebook page as to the location of a piece or pieces of to be found art, and all you have to do is … find it. The Project started back in September, and the treasures already found range from hand-knit, rainbow legwarmers to canvas paintings to jewelry, all created and donated by local artists. Artists are encouraged to share their love of art by participating — there are absolutely no rules to govern the medium of what you contribute. The possibilities are endless, and the results (abundant smiles of joy) are a sparkling reminder of why most of us create in the first place. Ollie’s community enterprise is chock full of heart and inspires warm, fuzzy feelings upside downside. While we’re talking art, Textiles & Textures Artisans Studio has fostered a creative exhibit titled “Prescott on Camera” featuring 17 artists who, for 48 hours, photographed 17 pieces of our local topography. (The original billing was 48-48-48,

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