Posts Tagged ‘Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for April 2019

    Apr 4, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for April 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady On the surface, Yavapai College’s spring season might seem like just a flying nanny, a brass band, a singer, and a guy with a tiny guitar. But a closer look reveals attractive details beneath: an emerging drama program, an innovative brass ensemble, a classic tenor voice, and a ukulele that must be heard to be believed.   Mary Poppins Friday, April 5, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2 & 7.pm. Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m. Tickets start at $25, with $10 youth tickets No, Mary Poppins is not new. Everyone remembers the iconic 1964 movie, with an attractively aloof Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke murdering a cockney accent. The star here is Yavapai College’s Performing Arts Department. The drama program has hit its stride doing large-cast, family-friendly musicals. It helps that the Performing Arts Center has an enormous proscenium stage that’s perfect for big musicals. YC knows that, and fills every inch of it with spectacle. With that in mind, Mary Poppins is worth a look. The songs are legendary, the local performers are always good. And it’s fun to revisit the dynamics of upper-crust British family life, and wonder how all those kids aren’t in therapy.   Presidio Brass Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25, with $10 youth tickets Maybe you think brass music isn’t your thing. But if you appreciate the way

  • 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 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

  • 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

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