If you weren’t able to make it out to Damn Yankees over the weekend, not only did you miss a hilarious show, but you missed the Youth Advisory Council’s “Art 4 Kidz” auction. The pieces and prizes were geared towards things that kids could use, but there were a few pieces that I bid on because they did a wonderful job of selecting prizes that appealed to everyone. Well done guys, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.
This weekend we don’t have any performances at the Center, but we do have rehearsals for Awesome 80s Prom, which kicks off next week. That means for the next week I’m walking around with a side ponytail and leg warmers that are so neon they make my eyes hurt. Oh yeah, it’s all 80s, all the time.
And lets not forget Spring Glee Camp is back! I’m about to head out to find out what songs their doing, and as always, I’ll post them so that proud moms, dads, grandparents and family can share the love.
This is probably one of our busiest weekends of the year, and we have so much to get through in today’s Weekend Preview
Ready. Set. Go.
– Tonight we’re starting it off with Alpin Hong at 8pm. Alpin is a classically trained pianist with a passion for education. He was kind enough to spend the entire week with students from CHS, fine tuning their music skills and then giving them an outlet to show off their skills at a performance with him this morning. When you come to his show tonight, expect to hear some classic and contemporary pieces, but also expect to hear what makes those pieces so unique and what the composure was trying to get across to the audience. Tickets are $15 and you won’t regret it.
– Just when you think it’s safe to sleep in on a Saturday morning, we’re coming at you bright and early with Awesome 80s Prom Auditions. We’re still looking for talent, so even if you haven’t acted before, or aren’t sure you can pull off a 1980s Valley Girl, you should still come down and give it a shot. Details are here, and if you miss me this afternoon (after 2pm) show up at the Center tomorrow at 10am and I’ll make it work. (Bring a head shot and resume, and prepare a monologue from a 1980s movie.)
– After auditions, we’re running straight into Ballroom With A Twist, and we’re bringing in our very own ballroom dancers before the show, so really you’re getting two performances for the price of one. If you don’t think you’re interested in dance, or aren’t a Dancing With The Stars fan, don’t worry. Not only will there be dancing, but we have a few extra perks tucked up our sleeve. You can snag tickets here, but make sure you do it quickly.
– Take a breath, but then dive back in on Sunday with Wyatt Earp: Life on the Frontier. This is one that I’ve been looking forward to for months. I love Arizona history and anything related to the O.K. Corral, so getting to see it told by a relative of Wyatt Earp is probably going to be the best to spend a Sunday afternoon. Tickets? Get them here.
Who needs sleep when you work at an arts center? Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to set up base camp and my sleeping bag.
Be the star of your own prom when Chandler Center for the Arts presents, “Awesome ’80s Prom,” a popular off-Broadway production in which the audience is invited to dance, don blue eye shadow and flaunt teased hair do’s alongside the cast. Performances will be taking place nightly March 19-24, 2012.
Casting for the show has just been announced, and the search is on for local talent! Awesome 80’s Prom is looking for actors to portray the variety of characters in the show, reminiscent of the classic archetypes from all the beloved 80’s films, including: the jock, bad boy, class president, mean school principal, nerds, foreign exchange students, cheerleaders and more. Dancers with energetic and sociable personalities and impersonators of celebrities from the 1980’s are also needed.
Lastly, for those who have been bit by the comedy bug rather than the dancing bug, the show is also seeking a performer to play the part of the DJ. It’s the perfect role for karaoke hosts, stand-up comedians or other lively individuals who can keep the crowd engaged and experiencing an awesome 80’s night!
Actors cast in the Prom will be given $100 stipend (per actor) and ticket vouchers.
Auditions will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, located at 250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85225. Call-backs will be on the same day. The national touring director for “Awesome ’80s Prom” will be present. Interested actors should prepare a brief monologue, preferably from an ’80s movie (ex: Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles) and bring a headshot and resume. To schedule an audition, please email: YOUR NAME, AGE, E-MAIL ADDRESS and CONTACT PHONE NUMBER to the Chandler Center for the Arts Marketing Assistant, Caitie Quick: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form. A confirmation of an audition appointment will be sent via email.
Prom will be better this time around because:
1. No curfew
2. You’re officially out of your awkward teenage years.
Plus for $50, you can be a Cool Kid, rather than spend years scheming and shelling out massive amounts of yours/your parents dough to become and then stay one. Prom is a week-long event, but every show will be different. (I hate calling it a show, because it is and it isn’t. I need to come up with a better description).
Right now we’re only selling Prom tickets to groups of 10 people or more, so grab the prom crew you went with in high school, or roll with new people and get ready to bring out that inner Valley Girl and make your life a John Hughes movie for a night.
It’ll be, like, totally awesome, dude.