The Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, UT has been under a bond for over 20 years. There have been various parties, including Cache County, who have worked to pay off this bond. These parties saw the value of the theater and the potential it had for bringing in artistic groups to enrich our community.
The Herald Journal has published a story relating this news here: http://bit.ly/XljX4b
The theater has faced various issues and successes repaying this bond throughout these 20 years, such as this: http://bit.ly/Yo4yPm and this: http://bit.ly/XRPg3c. For more past news on the theater, please visit http://www.centerforthearts.us/news.html.
I began performing in the theater during my years at Utah State University as a member of the USU Chamber Singers and the USU University Chorale. I have had even further opportunities to perform there with the American Festival Chorus and the American Festival Singers. I cannot remember, but I would not be surprised if I attended various events at this theater while growing up in Northern Utah. I would imagine that I attended at least one musical. Since moving to Cache Valley in 2004, I have attended plenty of events at this theater ranging from stand up comedy by Brian Regan to operas and musicals. While my budget does not always allow me to attend everything I wish I could at the theater, I am very appreciative that we have this icon in our community. I can only hope that I progress enough in my profession to garner a large enough salary to allow for more of these entertainment opportunities. This news of the theater being paid off is great for Logan City funding and for all Cache Valley residents. I, personally, am very appreciate as well for the RAPZ tax that has helped to pay off this theater. Yes, it is a tax, but I feel it has helped preserve the uniqueness of this community.
I am eager to perform with the American Festival Chorus and American Festival Singers in future appearances at the theater. And I can only hope that the Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley progresses throughout the years to be able to warrant a performance in this theater as well.
Cache Valley Fun (blog) has posted a nice write-up on the upcoming American Festival Chorus Christmas performances. Give it a read!
The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present its annual Christmas from the Ellen Eccles Theatre concert this Friday and Saturday in Logan. This year the concert will feature violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and singer Alexandria Sharpe.
“This year we have two guest artists,” said Craig Jessop, director of the American Festival Chorus. “We have Jenny Oaks Baker and she’s just outstanding. She’s a Utah girl, but lives and works in Washington, D.C. as a violinist. For many years she’s been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Soprano Alexandria Sharpe, she’s coming to us from Ireland. She was a member of the group called Celtic Woman and has traveled all over the world.”
Sharpe and Baker will perform with more than 300 musicians in front of a sold out crowd.
“The singers are all volunteers and are members of the community,” Jessop said. “The orchestra are professional players. We…
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