Archive for April, 2010

Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

April 26, 2010

The Performer Studio

presents

A Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

at the Midvale Main Street Theatre

WHY MJ? Because as a performer he was pure genius! His attention to detail and dedication to his craft provides such a rich landscape of material to learn from for young performers to strive to be their best. He also embodied the saying we use most at The Performer Studio: “Amateurs practice until they get it right, but Professionals practice until they CAN’T get it wrong.” -unknown author-

WHY THIS Tribute? Both students and audiences can learn a great deal about this incredible performance and pop music icon. His devotion to children, the Earth and justice in our world is monumental. His songs teach us, his actions as a private citizen teach us and his artistry teaches us about how to care better for our world and each other, how to get more out of life and how to honor who we each truly are as individuals.

WHY NOW? With his untimely passing last June, the sting of his absence still rings in our hearts. Kait Kingston-Eckman, as director of The Performer Studio, hopes to educate both our students and our audiences about the REAL Michael Jackson. I personally was one of the many, many people who went from being an avid fan back in the 1980’s to misunderstanding the many changes and media gossip that spread about MJ. I sadly was one of the people who judged him without knowing the full story. Since researching MJ for this tribute and working so closely with all the aspects of his repertoire with my students, I have come to know him in a very new and eye-opening way. One that made me so sad I had waited until after his passing to truly understand this amazing artist and human being. I bemoan the fact that I cannot ever experience seeing him perform live. I also think it important to “not judge a book by its cover” because until you have “walked a mile in his shoes” you cannot throw that first stone. I believe MJ was more widely loved all over the world than any other artist, possibly ever. And I ALSO believe that he was one of the most ostracized artists in the world…possibly ever as well. I hope with our small Tribute to his life and art we can help more people see his beauty than did before. It’s important to realize the beauty that we each have contact with while it is still in our lives. MJ wherever you are…we thank you and hope to make you proud with this small tribute. We miss you. We invite you all to join us in this tribute on May 8, 2010 for two performances (2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) at the Midvale Main Street Theatre. For tickets please click on this Midvale Main Street Theatre link.

Footloose!

April 18, 2010

Footloose at the Midvale Main Street Theatre

The first week of the Midvale Main Street Theatre musical performances of Footloose not only exceeded our expectations, the audience responses have been magnificent as well.

This production has a terrific mix of  actors in their debut performances from our own community as well as many who have polished their abilities over years of live theatre performing. Regardless of the amount of time they have previously spent on stage, the performances have been delightful.

It is truly a joyful experience to see such dedication to live musical theatre performances. Footloose is fun in the fact that it has small-town atmosphere, yet an entire High School worth of students. The roles, themselves, are energetic and relatable to issues we all deal with periodically in our lives. There are a lot of roles and those who perhaps did not have a lead role this time around, feel happy for yourselves! You are a part of a major team effort. Without you, the show would not be the same. Every one of you continues to be an important addition to our Footloose cast and we look forward to this next week of performances with great expectations, excitement, and gratitude!

A slideshow featuring members of the cast of Footloose during rehearsals may be seen here. Footloose!

We do still have tickets available online for our performances next week and hope you all will join us!