Local talent will share the holiday spirit at the Egyptian Theatre
Park City Spectacular opens Dec. 15
The Egyptian Theatre, located in the middle of upper Main Street, has always been an artistic and social hub in Park City.
It welcomes an array of performers that range from professional theater and dance companies to world-class musicians, singers and comedians.
It also offers performances that showcase Park City-area talent.
In addition to the spring Park City Follies musical comedy that has run for decades, the Egyptian Theatre’s presents a winter talent show: Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along. This year, it will run from Dec. 15-17.
“This will be the third year for the Holiday Spectacular,” said Amber Hansen, director of the Egyptian Theatre programming and operations. “It’s grown so much that we are doing four nights this year.”
The first year, the concert ran two nights. Last year, it was three.
“It has become so popular, and we have so many new talent come in every year,” Hansen said. “And with that said, no night will be the same.”
That’s due to the overwhelming response to auditions that were held in November.
“We had amazing talent that sort of came out of nowhere,” Hansen said. “We had
between 20 to 25 acts audition and we will have 12 to 14 acts perform each night.”
There were many people who showed up for auditions who Hansen, a staple in the Park City talent pool, had never seen or met before.
“They were all amazing and all had great stage presence,” she said. “It wasn’t hard casting the show. We just had to do a different show each night.”
The concerts are set up to be like a “who’s who” in regards of Park City talent.
“There will be all different ages performing,” Hansen said. “ Our youngest performer is 5, and she will melt your heart. Then our oldest performer is in the 60s and will blow your mind.
“If you’re a local resident, you will know most of the people in the show because this is a fun way to see friends on stage,” she said. “If you’re not a local, you will see how talented our local residents are.”
The growth in the show’s popularity did surprise Hansen.
“We tried something like this before with a Park City talent competition, but that didn’t take off as well as we thought it would,” she said. “I think this show is a different take on the same thing. It’s a Park City talent show, but I think it works better because it’s a holiday themed show in the middle of December. This is something that is festive and tied in with the season.”
Hansen and her staff wanted to make sure the Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along was family friendly because it is a holiday show.
“This is an all-ages variety show and we asked for all different talents to audition,” she said. “A majority of the acts are singers, because we didn’t have any dancers audition this year. But there will be some touching moments and funny stuff as well.”
The Utah Conservatory’s founder Debra Cook is the production’s musical director.
“She fell into that role because many of her students from the Utah Conservatory are performing in the show,” Hansen said.
Projected videos and photographs will highlight each concert.
“Local photographer Mark Maziarz provided a lot of the images he shot around town that we will implement into the show,” Hansen said.
In addition, the show will hold nothing back in production value.
“Performers will get the full treatment with sound and lights,” Hansen said. “They are going to sound and look great.”
Each concert will also feature five sing-alongs.
“The shows will be emceed by Nate Sears, who will lead a couple of sing-alongs, and we have a cute stage manager, Brooke Mitchell, who is also a really fun and talented singer who will lead another,” Hansen said. “We have another singer, Illa Lineen, who auditioned and during her audition, encouraged us to sing with her. So, she’ll sing ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’ and lead that as a sing-along. And at the end of each show, the entire cast will lead the finales.”
The Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along continues the Egyptian Theatre’s mission to serve as an artistic outlet for local residents.
“I think it’s really important to give local talent opportunities when we can,” Hansen said. “When there’s local talent on our stage that draws the local community, especially those who don’t come to the theater that often, it means a lot to us.
“We try to come up with ideas to get locals on our stage as much as possible,” she said. “This is one of those ideas and it has turned into a yearly holiday tradition.”
The Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 15-17, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St. Tickets range from $12 to $25 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com.
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