Mummenshanz, which produces a mix of visual, dance and theater performances is one of the 18 Main Stage performances scheduled for the Park City Institute's 2014-15 season. (www.MUMMENSHANZ.com)
Take a little folk and bluegrass, acoustic and electric blues, classical and pop violin, contemporary dance, theater and performance art and a dash of storytelling and you have the basis of the Park City Institute's 2014-15 Eccles Center Main Stage season.
The nonprofit organization's performance schedule was announced Thursday night by Executive Director Teri Orr to an audience of potential donors during a fundraiser at the home of sponsors David and Jane Perkins.
Also in attendance were new board Chairwoman Phyllis Robinson, Park City Institute Managing Director Sarah West, board members and special guests.
"This is the most ambitious season ever," Orr said to the crowd who attended the announcement and fundraiser. "What happens here is remarkable. It doesn't happen any place else. And our ability to present the arts is due to all of your great support."
The 2014-15 Eccles Center Main Stage schedule is as follows:Nov. 1: "Witness Uganda" — a two-man musical about Matthew Griffin, a gay man who volunteered his talents in UgandaDec. 6: Choo Choo Soul "With Genevieve" — a Parents Choice Award-wininng performance featuring rhythms, visuals and sing-a-longsDec. 13: Parsons Dance Company — contemporary dance led by artistic director David ParsonsDec. 30: Cirque Mechanics' "Pedal Punk" — a rowdy acrobatic circus on wheelsDec. 31: Jane Lynch — actress and comedian will present her one-woman cabaret showJan. 3, 2015: Keb' Mo' — Grammy Award-winning acoustic blues guitarist and singerJan. 10: Green River Ordinance — up-and-coming folk rock band from Fort Worth, Texas, known for the songs "Come On" and "On Your Own"Jan 17: Aoife O'Donovan — lead singer of the bluegrass band Crooked Still. Her name is pronounced Ee-fuh.Feb. 7: Momix "Dreamcatcher" — Award-winning, illusion-inducing dance by artistic director Moses PendletonFeb.
14: Marcia Ball and Elvin Bishop — Two Grammy Award-nominated blues musiciansFeb. 21: Lucia Micarelli — a musical prodigy who knows both classical violin and fiddle playing and appears on HBO's "Treme"Feb. 28: Sam Bush — Grammy Award-winning bluegrass and jazz mandolinistMarch 7: L.A. Theatre Works' "In the Heat of the Night" — a radio-theatre performance based on John Ball's novel, which became an Academy Award-winning filmMarch 21: Suzanne Vega — a pioneer in the female singer and songwriter folk-pop genre, known for her hits "Luka" and "Tom's Diner"April 4: Mummenshanz — visual dance-theater performancesApril 11: Hot Sardines — an eight-member, New York-based band that revives the styles from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940sApril 18: An Evening with Neil Gaiman — Award-winning and best-selling author Neil Gaiman, known for his dark-fantasy novels, comic books and film scripts, will spin some of his imaginative talesApril 25: Alonzo King LINES Ballet — a contemporary and classical dance company led by Alonzo King
Hot Sardines is an eight-member, New York-based band that revives the styles from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. (Harry Fellows)
"When I was thinking of what to say tonight, I kept going back to the word 'present,' " Orr said about the season's performers. "Depending on the emphasis it can mean something different.
"It's what we do," she said. "We present the most amazing seasons of performing arts for our community. [But] the arts are also a gift. They are a present that we give to our families, our clients and community."
Orr said she tried to find another community of less than 10,000 people that present this level of performing art and couldn't find one.
"We present the arts collectively and they are a present that we hope to give," she said. " us being present, that little transactional space where the magic happens, we are looking forward to create some magic again this year at the Eccles Center."
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, Sept. 8, for Park City Institute members, and Monday, Sept. 22 for nonmembers, according to Orr. Tickets will be available for purchase by visiting www.ecclescenter.org.