‘Cupid’s Revenge’ fundraiser will target Prospector upgrades
Giving a Bleep, which raises money for local nonprofits through its annual autumn musical comedy at the Prospector Theater, wants to help locals artists present their own productions in that venue.
In order to do that, the Prospector would need an audio and lighting upgrade, according to Park City Attorney Dwayne Vance, a member of the Giving a Bleep board of trustees.
"Giving a Bleep currently does one annual production that is used to benefit all the local nonprofit organizations selected by those who buy tickets," Vance told The Park Record. "To put that performance on, we have to rent a lot of equipment for lighting and sound in order to make that venue usable for that type of theatrical production."
Unfortunately, it would be cost-prohibitive to rent the sound and lighting system in order to present a small local production, according to Vance.
"This highlights the fact that there really isn’t a true community theater here that locals can use as a venue for their own productions," he said "That’s what we’re trying to turn the Prospector Theater into."
So, Giving a Bleep will present Marcus Hardy, simply known as stand-up comedian Marcus, who was a finalist on the sixth season of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing," for a two-night engagement called "Cupid’s Revenge" at the Prospector Theater on Friday and Saturday night.
Marcus will be joined by fellow comedians Guy Seidel and Eric Ripley.
"The format is Eric come out first and do some stand up and then Guy will then do his stand up and then I will come out and do my set," Marcus said. "Then during the second hour of the show, Guy and I will come out and do our musical impressions, which include medleys, mash-ups and tributes of some of the best-known voices, genres, songs and themes of the last 50 to 60 years. We cover everyone from Frank Sinatra to Dave Matthews to Korn."
The idea to help facilitate local artists has been in the works since Giving a Bleep was established a few years ago, and it’s board wanted to start producing these local productions this year, Vance said.
But the more the board got into the logistics, the more it realized the privately-owned theater wasn’t capable of hosting these types of events on its own.
"Anyone who has been in that theater during Sundance and has been in that theater during a different part of the year knows that it looks, feels and acts substantially different because Sundance brings in it’s own equipment during the festival," Vance said. "When we talked to the Prospector about permanent upgrades, they were a little wary about putting a lot of money into it because they don’t know what the returns will be."
So, Giving a Bleep decided to present a series of fundraiser performances that will work with the theater in its current stage and raise money for Giving a Bleep to contribute toward those upgrades, Vance said.
This is where "Cupid’s Revenge" comes into play.
"We don’t need the complicated lights and sounds for this type of show, but we’re hoping this will be a good kick off to our campaign to raise funds to make improvements to the theater," Vance said. "Since Marcus is an established comedian and is so good, we hope he will be a good draw for this fundraiser."
Marcus met Vance through a mutual friend, Ben McKeeph.
"Four of five years ago, I got into the paranormal and would go ghost hunting," Marcus said. "That turned into a show I host called ‘GhostHopping,’ where I go and look for ghosts after my stand-up shows.
"I met Ben and told him about what I was doing and we’ve been working together since then on this show," Marcus said. "He’s also shot my comedy stuff and Guy’s comedy stuff as well." McKeeph introduced Marcus to Vance, who helped set up the production company for "GhostHopping."
"When Dwayne told us that there may be an opportunity for us to do this fundraiser show, I told him we’d do it," Marcus said.
Marcus and Seidel have been performing this show for years.
"It’s a fun and natural back-and-forth with music but it’s never the same," Marcus said "Guy is such a great musician and he throws new things at me."
This weekend will be the first time the two will bring the show to the Wasatch Back.
"We’ve done it in Salt Lake and in Ogden and have been hired out to do it at company events," Marcus said "We’ve even flown around the country to do it, but we’ve never done it in Park City. We hope that we can get people to come out so we can raise money for Giving a Bleep."
Giving a Bleep, a nonprofit that raises money for nonprofits, will present a fundraiser "Cupid’s Revenge" featuring Salt Lake-based comic Marcus, who will be joined by Guy Seidel, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at the Prospector Theater, 2200 Sidewinder Dr., at 8 p.m. Marcus and Seidel will present a musical comedy show and funds will help Giving a Bleep help the Prospector Theater renovate its performance space. Tickets are $20 and they can be purchased by visiting http://www.givingableep.com .
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