PCPA returns with its first live performances for over a year
SOLVANG, Calif .– After spending more than 16 months away from the stage, the PCPA is making their highly anticipated return to live performances for members of the public tonight at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Friday the curtain rises for Together: a musical journey, the first of two shows that PCPA will be performing this summer at this popular outdoor venue.
The original musical was written by longtime PCPA resident artist Erik Stein, who said everyone was thrilled to have the opportunity to work in front of a live audience for the first time since March 2020 .
“As actors we’ve always believed that shared lived experiences are vital, but I’m not sure if we knew how vital they were until they were taken away,” said Stein. “So the idea of being in a room to share an experience, I forgot that you laugh more when you see a performance with a large group of people, you bend over. You experience bigger things when you have them. live with a group. “
During the pandemic, PCPA continued to perform, switching to a variety of virtual productions.
Using the slogan, PCPA is activated, the virtual performance series proved difficult, but was hugely successful.
Now, after spending more than a year performing online, people with PCPA say they are ready to return to the stage.
“Sometimes it feels like riding a bike, going back to normal, then other aspects, sometimes I’m struck by this just intense realization of what we used to do, and trying to get back to that. is a big change from what it has been in the past year and a half, ”said resident artist Katie Fuchs-Wackowski.
While the pandemic is still ongoing, Stein stressed that the Solvang Festival Theater is a great place for PCPA to come back to action.
“Because this is an outdoor location, we are lucky that we are able to comply very easily with all of the CDC, State of California and Santa Barbara County guidelines. “Stein said. “Looking from the stage, it doesn’t seem necessary to put in place a lot of restrictions because we are in an open-air theater. We always have the concession stand available for people, people can bring food. People can sit next to each other. . People don’t need to wear a mask if they’ve been vaccinated. “
As for the opening show, Together: a musical journey, it is 75 minutes long and features a number of songs performed by some of the PCPA’s best-known actors, including Stein, Kitty Balay * Andrew Philpot, Yusef Seevers, Emily Trask and George Walker, as well as guest artist Annali Fuchs -Wackowski.
“It’s a celebration to be in a room together, to share an experience,” said Stein. “We celebrate stories that we know. Stories that we have in common, and we celebrate stories that are new to us.”
Together: a musical journey from July 23 to August 7.
The second show this summer is Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a story featuring the music of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill from August 19 to September 5.
All the shows of the summer season start at 8 p.m.
The ticket office is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Solvang ticket office is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on no-show days and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on show days.
The latest COVID guidelines will be posted on the website as performance dates approach.
Currently, no mask is required and picnics and concessions are available.
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