Park City will show her talents at the Egyptian Theatre
November 27, 2012
Park City has a plethora of talent.
So, Randy Barton, manager of the Egyptian Theatre, decided to showcase some of these local residents in a show called "Park City Shows Our Talent" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.
The Egyptian Theatre hosted auditions last week and selected 14 acts, seven for each night, to perform.
The concerts will feature performers of all ages, said Egyptian Theatre manager Randy Barton.
"We have some kids who want to grow up and be stars, and then we have a gentleman who told me he hasn’t played guitar for more than 30 years who decided to come out and try it again," Barton said during an interview with The Park Record. "He brought his guitar and amp and sang and it was great."
In addition, a family of percussionists will present a choreographed skit and a nine-year-old dancer will do a solo.
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"We also have some young women who sing pop and theatre tunes, and we will showcase a singer who performed in New York, who hasn’t performed for awhile but wanted to sing on stage again," Barton said. "It’s a nice cross-section of talent."
The Friday-night line-up is comprised of singer Lisa Menninger, guitarist and singer David Oyler, dancer Quince Alex Barton, singer Korie Bayne, singer and guitarist Sophia Dion, vocalist Debra Cook and guitarist and singer Nicole Paradiso.
Saturday night’s performers will be singer and guitarist Brooke Williams, piano duet Matt Groy and Elizabeth Braden, singer Nina Williams, drummers Paul, Sam and Cole Tan, dancer and singer Ellie Gallagher, guitarist and singer Darrel Draper and singer Michelle Crisp.
Barton wanted to emphasize that "Park City Shows Our Talent" is not a contest, but a showcase.
"I’ve presented talent contests in the past and the Egyptian Theatre is not in the business of making people angry," he said with laugh. "If you pick a winner, you’re essentially picking a bunch of losers. So, we’re not going to do that."
"Park City Shows Our Talent" is a time where residents can strut their stuff and perhaps, have an opportunity to return to the Egyptian stage later in December, Barton said.
Kurt Bestor, who will play a series of concerts at the Egyptian Theatre from Dec. 23 through Dec. 25, will select one of the ‘Park City Shows Our Talent’ acts to perform with him on one of those nights, Barton explained.
"They’ll be able to come out and do something with him with the full band," he said.
The idea for a town talent show came after a brainstorming session.
"We thought we needed something, a performance, that appeals to local residents at this time of the year," Barton explained. "I mean, we have the ‘Park City Follies’ in the spring. So we asked ourselves what could we do in the fall that would put locals on the stage who don’t have a lot of opportunities to perform and the talent show came to mind.
"Since our website is http://www.parkcityshows.com , we thought it would be fun to name the production ‘Park City Shows Our Talent,’" Barton said. "This is our inaugural year and we think it’s a good community event. We hope this can become an annual event. It’s not an expensive production to do and we hope it will appeal to the local crowd and that the performers will bring their families."
The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will present "Park City Shows Our Talent," on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $20 and are available at http://www.parkcityshows.com.