Egyptian Theatre ushers in the season with second annual Holiday Spectacular
The holidays are one of the great things about living in a small town. There is something comforting and enjoyable about celebrating the season with your neighbors as well as your friends.
This is the reason the Egyptian Theatre will present its second annual Holiday Spectacular and Community Sing-Along concerts next week.
The idea for these special events is to highlight local talent, according to Christie Dilloway, the Egyptian Theatre’s marketing director.
"Every time we put out a call, we find there is such a depth of talent in Park City," Dilloway told The Park Record. "In a setting like this, even those who feel like they may not be able to compete with Grammy winners, may feel more comfortable trying this out to take the stage."
"I think a lot of adults who are in the show are also used to performing at a certain level, but may not be out booking themselves in a bar," she said. "So, this is a nice opportunity for them to get back out."
Another reason was to bring a little bit of nostalgia back into the season.
"A community sing-along is a cherished memory for many of us who have grown up with something like this," Dilloway said. "We also wanted to do this before the throng of holiday visitors arrived in town, which is a great time for locals to enjoy a show for them in their own community, featuring community members on stage."
The performances will feature the following acts:
"We had 35 acts show up for auditions and we tried to be as inclusive as we could," Dilloway said. "The performers range in age from 8 to senior citizens. We dared not ask how old some of the older acts were, but we do have some amazingly talented grandmothers in the show."
Nate Sears from the Not PC Players, a local improv comedy group, will emcee each evening.
"The shows will not be the same each night, even though some of the acts are the same acts," Dilloway said. "And even then, they are only doing two nights at most."
The acts will include mainly singers, pianists and dancers.
"One number will feature a three-piece band that includes a trombone," Dilloway said. "We looked for a wide variety of acts."
In addition to the individual performances, the evening will include an audience-participation sing-along, led by the band Blue Christmas, which features B.B. Melanson, Amber Hansen, Mary Anderson Bailey and Addie Clifton.
"The band will lead things along, so the audience members won’t have to jump in on their own," Dilloway explained. "And the words of the songs will be projected onto the screen on stage."
The performances are open to all ages.
"This is something to get people ready for the holidays and I think this will be a fun show for families, especially those families with kids who have not seen other youngsters on the stage," Dilloway said. "It’s always fun for kids to see other kids performing, especially if some of the performers are people they know or go to school with. I think that inspires the creative voice in everyone."
Presenting the Holiday Spectacular is one of the ways the Egyptian Theatre gets involved with the community.
"Part of our mission statement is to provide community entertainment for local residents and visitors," Dilloway said. "We like to believe we involved people in different ways, whether its having an audience member getting pulled up on stage to dance with Chubby Checker to someone who comes in costume for the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ to someone who likes to sing during this sing along."
While the Spectacular is community based, the staff will be sure the performances are presented with the same production value that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, national-touring comedians and award-winning theater groups enjoy when they perform in the Egyptian Theatre, according to Dilloway.
"Even though the cast for the sing-along is comprised of a mix between professionals and amateurs, they will all get professional lighting, sound engineering and front-of-house professionalism," she said. "We have the facility, sound system and staff to do that."
The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will present its second annual Holiday Spectacular and Community Sing-Along from Friday, Dec. 18, to Sunday, Dec. 20, with all shows at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $25 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com .
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