by Wendy Randall
Red Mountain Music Company
Red Mountain Music Company (RMMC) is turning ten in 2008, and here are ten big reasons to celebrate!
1. Red Mountain Choir. It all began with this choir in 1998. Now things are really heating up. The 100-member Red Mountain Choir is currently rehearsing for “Too Darn Hot: The Golden Age of Broadway.” Joining them in this sizzling performance are Broadway and Las Vegas Strip sensations Brent Barrett (Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate), Reva Rice (Starlight Express, Spamalot, Fosse), Tina Walsh (EFX!, Mamma Mia!, Phantom), and a 30-piece orchestra.
The cast will perform favorites from South Pacific, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man, and West Side Story, to name a few. Because there is not yet a stage in Boulder City that will accommodate a production this large, “Too Darn Hot” will be performed at Cashman Theatre (850 Las Vegas Blvd. North) on April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, $25 and $35.
2. Red Mountain Youth Choir. Our Youth Choir (ages 8-15) may be small, but they’re making it big this season with “Bigger Isn’t Better: Classic Broadway Hits.” Join them March 1st at 7:00 p.m in the L.A. Water and Power Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
3. Tenth Anniversary Gala (March 14). Please come to our birthday party! Held in honor of Myron Martin, President of the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation, this fun evening includes dinner, prizes and fabulous entertainment (provided by the Las Vegas Phantom himself, Brent Barrett)!
4. Second Saturday Concerts. Back by popular demand in 2008, these intimate, cabaret-style shows, featuring vocal soloists and musicians, transform audiences to the Broadway stage. Next up: “Heart and Music,” February 9th at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the L.A. Water and Power Auditorium. Admission is $10.
5. Red Mountain Music Camp (June 22-28). Music. Dance. Theatre. Sky . . . Students entering grades 8-12 experience a canyon-sized portion of each at this weeklong camp, where experts teach the fundamentals of musical theatre. Located at the spectacular El Splendido Canyon Ranch, a working cattle ranch near Panguitch, Utah, this unique and exhilarating training ground inspires campers to grab Broadway by the horns! Call 351-6552.
6. Power Light Playhouse. That is what we’re calling RMMC’s proposed adaptive reuse of the historic Los Angeles Water and Power Building (formerly the Los Angeles Bureau of Power and Light). Imagine a community performing arts center with a spacious stage, intimate seating, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, practice studios, a recital hall, visual art displays and public restrooms all in a historically preserved structure in the heart of the historic downtown business district. That is our vision.
We look forward to working with the City, the State Historic Preservation Office and Boulder City residents on this exciting community project, and we’re extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received thus far. As we move forward into the formal design phase of the structure, there will be many opportunities for residents to have input. We welcome your participation and ideas as we work to build a facility that all Boulder City residents and community groups can be proud of.
Rest assured, our friends at Emergency Aid of Boulder City will be settled in a new, equally suitable home before we even think about breaking ground. Furthermore, the historical integrity of the building will remain intact, as we work under the direction of State Historic Preservation officials. And, finally, professional assessments show that there is ample public parking available within just a few blocks of the facility, even during peak parking hours.
7. Mediterranean Cruise. You take a 16-day dream vacation . . . a portion of the proceeds benefit RMMC. Everybody wins! Set sail April 13-30 on the Emerald Princess for only $2,499 (inside room), $2,599 (outside room) and $2,999 (balcony). Call 294-1242.
8. The Skouson Brothers. One is a world-renowned vocal instructor and conductor (Jeffrey, our Artistic Director); the other is a much sought-after Broadway conductor and pianist (David, our Musical Director). Together, this talented twosome performs musical magic on RMMC’s many programs. We couldn’t be luckier.
9. Board and Staff. RMMC’s extraordinary Board and Staff are, to say the least, a “Dream Team.” We can’t thank them enough for their countless hours of hard work on behalf of our organization.
10. Our participants and fans. You, our devoted choir members, performers, campers and fans, make us a perfect 10. We hope RMMC has enriched your lives as much as you have enriched ours.