Garden of Delights Gala– Live!

Due to the extension of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home” mandate, Tacoma Arts Live’s annual gala is taking a new shape as it pivots from the traditionally formal, in-person occasion to a creative, digitally produced live experience. Tacoma Arts Live’s 2020 Gala: Garden of Delights is a fundraiser to support education through the arts programs. It will be held on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m., and will be streamed on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. The Gala is free to view, and guests are encouraged to register in advance to participate in the auction.

The event will share entertainment provided by Enjoy Productions and several deluxe auction packages. Additionally, an online silent auction begins May 23 through June 1.

Patrons who already purchased tickets to the in-person Gala will receive a Party Package delivered to their home that includes specialty cocktail ingredients and other festive party surprises to enjoy during the main event. Guests who register in advance to bid online will be invited to join an exclusive virtual happy hour that will share step-by-step instructions to create their cocktails for the night.

Tacoma Arts Live has developed one of the largest arts education programs in the nation, and the annual gala supports their arts programs, which serve between 55,000 students, teachers, and family members annually through a rich blend of services in the South Sound region and beyond. Tacoma Arts Live invests in the future by providing dynamic programs that focus on shared growth and expression and using the arts as a tool for social development.

The Tacoma Arts Live 2020 Gala: Garden of Delights is free to watch, but to participate in giving, guests must register early for the online auction. To make a donation in advance, visit the Tacoma Arts Live website here.

MARTINA PRESTON

The Choir of Man Comes to Tacoma

Tacoma Arts Live will present The Choir of Man on Thursday, January 30 at the Pantages Theater, as part of their 2020 North American tour. This worldwide smash and runaway hit of numerous musical festivals is getting stateside audiences on their feet again! 

Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show,” The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert, it’s a pint-filled good time set in a real, working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever attend!

One of the show’s producers, Nic Doodson states, “After a whirlwind kick-off US tour in 2018, the guys have spent the last months touring the UK and Australia and they are ready to bring this show back to American audiences! This concert is such a great time for all – whether it’s a ladies night, first date, guys night out or even a bachelorette party! So, grab your best mates and we’ll see you at the venue.

Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to, multiply it by ten, and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout. The show celebrates music that has wide appeal including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The cast features world-class tap dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this joyous and uplifting show for all ages.

Before the show begins, guests who are 21 or older can step on stage to enjoy the real, working pub with the guys from the show. Once everyone’s taken their seats, the show will start rocking and rolling with tons of classic and modern tunes that everyone will enjoy. Audience participation is highly encouraged and will include a lucky member or two getting pulled up on stage to be serenaded by the amazing performers. Tickets for The Choir of Man are on sale now.

Tacoma City Ballet’s Dracula

Tacoma City Ballet’s Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet tells the legendary romantic tale of Vlad the Impaler, notably recognized as the infamous Transylvanian Count Dracula. An original Tacoma City ballet production, Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet is filled with brilliant dancing, a lush haunting musical score with live orchestral music conducted by Maestro Bernard Kwiram, opulent scenery, and extravagant costumes. Appearing for its second consecutive season by popular demand, Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet is destined to become a Halloween tradition.

Vlad the Impaler is a brutal yet tragic character who has suffered the loss of his beloved wife, Elisabeta. His rage over the Church denying her entrance into Heaven because of her suicide caused him to renounce his faith in Almighty God and embrace the immortal curse of the Vampire.  Mixing historical fact with mythical lore, four-hundred years pass and Vlad goes to London to seek out Mina Harker who he believes is the reincarnation of Elisabeta. His intention is to bite Mina turning her into a Vampire so they can be together for all eternity, as he and Elisabeta were meant to be. Dracula captures Mina and returns to Transylvania. However, his love for Mina prevents him from completing his plan, and instead of inflicting the “immortal bite” on her, he allows her to thrust his sword into his heart finally sending his spirit to eternal rest.

Presented in the beautiful Pantages Theater, which lends an ornate gothic feel to the production, Dracula ~ The Romantic Ballet is suitable for audiences of all ages, and the perfect addition to your celebration of Halloween. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. 

For more information visit: 

tacomaartslive.org

A Rich Array of Cultural Selections This Fall

Musical legends. Shakespeare in the theater. Christmas with Sherlock Holmes. These are just some of the live music and theater offerings that abound in the South Sound this fall.

A lineup of musical legends and tribute performances will get you out of your seats and dancing in the aisles. October begins with the awe-inspiring production We Will Rock You. Based on the songs of Queen, the story follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock-and-roll in a post-apocalyptic world (Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, Oct. 1.)

After thousands of rollicking performances and the global success of La Bamba, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity (Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 1; Federal Way PAEC, Oct. 5).

A Roy Orbison tribute band, The Lonely, will be celebrating the timeless hits of The Traveling Wilburys and Everly Brothers(Washington Center, Nov. 8).

Cool days will stay hot with great American jazz, blues and folk. The Simon and Garfunkel Story chronicles the journey of the legendary folk-rock duo. The nostalgic and immersive concert-style theater show includes a full live band (Washington Center, Oct. 10).

The Duke Ellington Orchestra celebrates the legacy of one of the most influential musicians in American music (Pantages Theater, Nov. 2). And Taj Mahal brings his heart and soul to the stage with traditional country blues and Afrocentric roots music (Washington Center, Nov. 20).

South Sound theater lovers can choose from a wide range of selections this fall. Tacoma Arts Live will present Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit movie about the Bard’s quest to overcome his writer’s block (Theater on the Square, Oct. 13 to Nov. 7).

Evil Dead: The Musical includes both scares and laughs—and musical numbers such as Ode to an Accidental Stabbing (Tacoma Little Theatre, Oct. 25 to Nov. 10).

A new twist for the holiday season is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, by Seattle writer, director and playwright John Longenbaugh (Harlequin, Nov. 27 to Dec. 10).

Rounding things out for a holiday to remember are the Herdmans invading Lakewood for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Lakewood Playhouse, Nov. 29 to Dec. 23). And Elf: The Musical, the adaptation of Will Ferrell’s cinematic twist on Christmas, will be performed at Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Nov. 29 to Dec. 22).

HILLARY RYAN