Egyptian Theatre will host first Park City Spectacular
December 16, 2014
The holiday season is a time for traditions and Debra Cook, managing director of the Utah Conservatory and director of the Park City Singers, hopes the Egyptian Theatre’s Park City Spectacular and Sing-along, will become one.
The family-friendly event, which will run from Thursday, Dec. 18, through Saturday, Dec. 20, will feature local talent, Cook said during an interview with The Park Record.
Egyptian Theatre Manager Randy Barton conceived the idea.
"He wanted to do something similar to what he did a few years ago called Park City Wonders, where he found a whole lot of local talent and presented a variety show," Cook said. "For the sing-along, Randy thought it would be a wonderful thing to start a new tradition that combined a variety show and a sing a long with community members who have had national exposure, a few fresh faces and feature some special sing a long conductors that will be a surprise."
Barton reached out to Cook to see if the Park City Singers would be available to perform.
"After the singers finish our Christmas concerts (earlier in the week), the members disperse to the far ends of the Earth and we didn’t have enough people to sing a full concert," Cook said. "So Randy had his ideas and got other performers together. However, we did end up with one ensemble member from the Park City Singers who will present a segment called Elvis and the Elvettes."
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Cook will also perform a solo piece and a duet with Dr. Fred Cook, executive director of the Utah Conservatory.
"I’ll perform a rendition of ‘Jesu Bambino,’ which is one of my Christmas favorites," Debra Cook said. "Then Fred and I will do a scene and we’ll perform ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ as two senior citizens who meet on the Internet."
The evening will also feature another local singer, Teresa Eggerston Cooke, who just finished singing her third engagement at the Manhattan Room in New York City.
"She will sing a medley for us as well as a Melissa Manchester piece, ‘You’re Still My Joy,’" Cook said. "I’m so excited that she will be part of the program."
Among the new local performers will be tenor Jared Clark, who will sing "When You Believe."
"Jared also creates custom music by reading the energy of the environment around him and feeds back beautiful music he does extemporaneously," Cook said. "We’ll have the opportunity to enjoy that during intermission. He is intuitive and a delightfully interesting young performer with a gorgeous voice."
The program will continue with another young performer, Zoe Heiden, who has been in three productions at Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
"She’ll perform ‘The Christmas Lullaby’ from Jason Robert Brown’s musical ‘Songs for a New World,’" Cook said.
Rounding out the young and fresh performers will be Ellie Fischer and Brytan Todd.
"Ellie has gone on the Utah Conservatory’s Julliard trips in the summer and has performed a lot with the Egyptian Theatre," Cook said. "Brytan will sing the performance’s closing ‘Silent Night.’ She is just an angel and she may be dressed as an angel.
The evening wouldn’t be complete without another one of Park City’s senior-citizen elements, according to Cook.
"We will have a lovely jazz singer named Teresa DeVonne," Cook said. "She moved with her family from London to Park City three or four years ago and is enjoying all the musical opportunities here with her family."
DeVonne will present two selections with pianist John Wright, a Salt Lake-based musician who has played in Park City on numerous occasions.
"Those are our musical headliners, and I can’t divulge the secret performers who will participate in the sing-along," Cook said with a smile in her voice. "But the sing-along words will be projected on the movie screen and we’ll also show some wonderful scenes of Park City."
In addition to the main-stage artists, there will be some pre-show entertainers who will sing in the lobby while the audience files in.
"Randy thought the Park City Spectacular and Sing-along would be something special for the locals before the influx of visitors come to town," Cook said. "I hope it becomes a tradition."
The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will present a Holiday Spectacular and sing-along Thursday, Dec. 18, through Saturday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. The program will feature several of Park City’s best performers in a holiday-inspired variety show. Tickets range from $10 to $28 and are available by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com.
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