Park City Community Theater readies opening night
‘A Tony Cabaret’ runs July 27-29
Quinton Holmes is looking forward to curtan call for Park City Community Theater’s debut of “A Music Revue — A Tony Cabaret,” the company’s first show.
The production will run from Thursday, July 27, to Saturday, July 29, at the Prospector Theater and feature a night of songs culled from Tony Award-winning musicals from the 1940s to the present, said Holmes, vice president of the Park City Community Theater.
“We’ll have an emcee who will tell a little bit about the songs and the shows that they came from and how many Tonys the shows have won,” Holmes said. “I think we’re going to perform 21 songs. It’s a nice selection of music.”
The program will feature works from “Cabaret” and “Newsies” to “Les Miserables” and “Rent,” as well as “Hamilton” and this year’s Tony winner, “Dear Evan Hansen,” Holmes said.
“Dear Evan Hansen,” which is about a high-school senior with a social anxiety disorder who lost a classmate to suicide, won a string of Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and more.
The book was written by Steven Levenson, and the music and lyrics were written by Benn Pasek and Justin Paul, who are known for “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “Dogfight,” “Edges” and “James and the Giant Peach.”
“We really tried to spread things out over the years to get some variety in the show,” Holmes said. “I love that we selected Tony winners the audience could recognize, like ‘A Chorus Line,’ ‘Wicked’ and things like that.
“Then we also threw in ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ and things that some people may not be too familiar with. We wanted to get people thinking about these shows and pique some interest.”
Holmes enjoyed selecting the songs for “A Tony Cabaret.”
“It was cool because unlike a regular musical, there isn’t a story that goes along with the revue,” he said. “So, we chose songs that tell a little bit about the musical. At the same time, these songs are great within themselves and could actually stand out of their [respective] musicals.”
There are 10 singers, including Holmes, who will be in the revue.
The cast includes Katy Geacta, Curtis Graf, Johnny Hebda, Katrina Kmak, Robert Nelson, Haley Thomas, Rebecca Tibbits and Aubrie Walker.
“It’s cool because they are all great singers,” Holmes said. “I don’t think we’ll have any dancing.”
There will be an accompanist, Mary Antinori, who is part of the music department at Park City High School.
“We kind of divided the show so there will be songs that will require an accompanist, and then there were will be songs that will use a background music track,” Holmes explained.
Park City Community Theater held auditions for “A Tony Cabaret” last May.
“We had some great talent who came out to join us, and a lot of the people who came out seemed a little unaware that they are so talented,” Holmes said. “It was fun because some told us that they have never sang in a theater or a group before, and then they opened their mouths to sing and it was like, ‘Wow!’
“These guys are either very humble or really don’t know what they can do. It was great that we found so many awesome people who might not be known in the theater scene, but still wanted to have fun and share their talents while sounding so awesome doing it.”
The group has rehearsed for two hours every Tuesday and Thursday for the past four or five weeks.
“A lot of times they would rehearse on their own and we’d glue things together when we met,” Holmes said. “Once we did that, we would see where we were and then make more preparations.”
Park City Community Theater will present “Music Revue — A Tony Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday, July 27, to Saturday, July 29, at the Prospector Theater, 2200 Sidewinder Drive. The production is sponsored by Este Pizza. Student tickets are $15. Adult tickets are $19. They can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcitycommunitytheatre.com.
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