We're not running a movie New Year's Eve weekend, but we're gearing up for our New Year's Eve party on December 31. We'll start at 6:30 pm with a special showing of the 1973 Academy Award-winning hit, "The Sting." Afterward we'll enjoy a menu of Chicago-style food (setting for the movie) and everyone will receive a flute of champagne for ringing in the new year in sync with New York's ball drop, welcoming 2019. All of this is included in the $20 ticket, although folks interested only in the movie can pay regular admission prices ($9 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+) to see the film. This is an adult event, and you can purchase tickets on the Special Events page, or call the office at 382-1380 for help.
I'll be in a pin-stripe suit, a-la the prohibition 1930's, thanks to our illustrious house costumer, Mary Luce. It's nice to work at a job where half your wardrobe is downstairs. A lot of those clothes have my name on them because I've spent so much time here over the years. Little did I know I was racking up an extra closet.
Anyone else showing up in a suit or "flapper" dress will get a free small popcorn. I love the idea of making events out of movies and just generally having a good time with it. I think the community deserves these kinds of opportunities to let the creative spirits run free. I hope to create more of these opportunities in 2019. A few folks have already asked about the revival of Classic Movie Nights, one version of this kind of thing. Check off your preferences in the survey below.
We'll start films back up on January 4 with the much-anticipated "Bohemian Rhapsody." Even those who've already seen it are lining up to see it again. It's an impressive biographical drama as well as a music experience. Well, it would be; it's Queen, for heaven's sake. I've been joining in the virtual harmonic chorus on "Rhapsody" since I was in junior high school. For heaven's sake.
In other news, we're gearing up to change ticket vendors for the new year. I've been less than satisfied with some aspects of our arrangement with Tix.com, the company that handles ticket sales for us. We are creating a new interface with Arts People, based in Portland. When you click to purchase tickets for the "Show Stoppers!" variety show (March 29-31), you'll see a new integrated ticket purchase page. I believe it will be handier for us here, and more customer-friendly for you. Be on the lookout.
May 2019 be prosperous and peaceful for all of us!
I don't own that title. It belongs to Monty Python. Basically, it means something new is always going on around here, and you don't know what it is until it shows up.
However, long-term planning is necessary in a theater - cinema, live stage or otherwise - so WE know what's coming up before our patrons do. Three new stage productions are on the calendar, and they WILL be fun.
"Nana's Naughty Knickers," our first live comedy of 2019, already sounds like it'll be a bit of Monty Python. Which means you'll laugh and shake your heads at the same time. Snorting might be heard in the auditorium. Tickets are on sale now. Please don't wait until the last minute. (We had sad and sorry would-be customers for "Willy Wonka" who didn't heed our advice.) "Nana" plays January 25-27, and is directed by Bev Startin and Leah Stockton.
The Spring Variety Show is on the schedule for March 29-31! Patti Jo Amerein and Julia Mead are directing. You should stay tuned here for more information, coming soon. I'll wait until then to surprise you with the theme for this year. (Hint: it's going to be superbly full of wonderful memories.)
Finally, auditions for this year's Melodrama, "Peril On the High Seas" are held the first week in February, the first step in preparation for only one weekend of performances, May 10-12. This happens to be Mother's Day weekend, and provides a great opportunity for a unique Mom's Day gift. The show is directed by Meghan Bromley.
All of these events are posted on our Facebook page. "Like" us and you'll receive regular updates on our live shows and movie schedule, which is rolling out like a New Year's train. Speaking of which, join us for the fun at our East Coast New Year's Eve Bash December 31 featuring "The Sting." Buy your tickets now and dust off your costumes!
See you in the lobby...