Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s ‘Stage to Screen’ Streaming Party Begins with Jesus Christ Superstar Friday April 10
Prescott AZ (April 9, 2020) – The stages may be empty for now. But the spirit of theatre is alive – and streaming.
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is joining legions of music and performance halls around the world by presenting filmed editions of great stage productions. YCPAC’s Stage to Screen Watch Party will blend a local, Zoom-led Curtain Talk with an iconic musical production, every Friday at 5 p.m., wherever you call home. The entire event is free of charge.
Stage to Screen premieres this Friday, April 10 – Good Friday – with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s legendary rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
From the same people who brought you Social Distance Dinner Theater, the Stage to Screen Watch Party will start with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Shows Must Go On” initiative. Stage to Screen will wrap pre- and post-show Zoom discussions around Webber’s most famous works (Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera), as they are aired free on YouTube over the next several Fridays. Stage to Screen will then continue its Friday night screenings with a varied roster of classic musicals and plays.
Stage to Screen adds an interactive element to viewing by prefacing each production with a live local Curtain Talk via Zoom. Friday’s 5 p.m. chat will feature YC Humanities Professor Suzanne (Sukey) Waldenberger, offering insights and background on the show. The curtain talk will conclude with a countdown. Viewers will then switch over to the musical on YouTube. (No log-in or password necessary.) Then, they can rejoin local theatre fans for a post-show discussion hosted by YC Film & Media Arts Director Helen Stephenson and Waldenberger.
Stage to Screen is Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s latest invention to provide the local community with entertainment during the coronavirus lockdown. “We want to create virtual communal events that are unique and give us all a fun launch into the weekends,” YCPAC Managing Director Stephenson explains. “With Stage to Screen on Friday night, and its Saturday-night film companion, Social Distance Dinner Theater, we hope to offer stage and cinema fans a chance to see, discuss, learn about and enjoy the art forms they love so much.”
For links to the Zoom Curtain Talk, Jesus Christ Superstar streaming details and the post-show discussion, please visit the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s Facebook page or their website: www.ycpac.com. For more information on Stage to Screen, Social Distance Dinner Theater or related programming, please call the YCPAC Ticket Office at (928) 776-2000.