Heroes, gangsters, despots, do-gooders, villains, and cherubs — all will gather at St. Regis Deer Valley for the impishly delightful, Second Annual Saints & Sinners Ball on Saturday, March 16. Proceeds from this St. Paddy's celebration benefit Park City Performing Arts Foundation's Student Outreach Program. The revelry begins at 6 p.m. Dressing the part is encouraged, but not required.
A sprightly affair, the Saints & Sinners Ball includes cocktails, dinner, an auction (with devilishly clever and positively heavenly goods on the block) and dancing with "The Soulstics." And there will be shenanigans
But in the end, it's all about the kids. Student Outreach has been a vital part of PCPAF's mission since the organization's inception. Bill Cosby was the first artist to perform as a part of program in 1998. Since then, hundreds of world-renowned dancers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, tech-savvy production artists, comedians, authors and cultural groups have worked with students in Summit County. These performers and innovators put on workshops, classes, lecture-demonstrations and student-only performances.
"Without the support of saints and sinners among us and we put the St. Regis in the 'saints' category for countless reasons we couldn't offer the free, student outreach events, which are integral to our organization," says PCPAF executive director Teri Orr. "Student outreach is about introducing young people to the arts the magic, the hard work, the inspiration, the limitlessness of creativity. It's transformative. And it's necessary. We can't thank our supporters enough for keeping this program going strong for 15 years."
This year alone, students have taking master dance classes with Ailey II and Parsons Dance Company. They've chatted with Sundance filmmakers and learned songwriting tidbits from the rockin' musicians of Delta Rae. In the past, they've watched Tibetan monks create a sand mandala, learned ribbon dancing from Chinese dancer, Lily Cai, jammed with The Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael), conducted a Q&A with actor Jeff Daniels and glimpsed the gravity-defying art of cirque acts.
Another aspect of PCPAF's Student Outreach Program, The After-School Tech Program, allows students to learn the backstage ropes from experts in the field. In some cases, the weekly program has given those "at risk" a creative outlet and a sense of belonging. For others, it has led to college scholarships and career opportunities. Working towards a journeyman's certification, many technical theater students leave the program equipped to work the lights, sound and stage management of theaters around the country. Today, these former tech program students are some of PCPAF's most valued crew members.
Student outreach may inspire a career or simply capture a child's imagination for an hour. As luck would have it, joining in the merriment with fellow lads and lasses on March 16 at the lovely St. Regis is a wickedly fun way to keep this program going strong.
Tickets to the Saints & Sinners Ball are $175 per person or $1,750 for a table of 10. Please call The Eccles Center box office at 435-655-3114 or purchase tickets online at www.ecclescenter.org.