The evening of Saturday, January 25, saw a flood of cocktail dresses
and dancing shoes at “Seas The Paramount.” The 10th Annual Grand
Marquee Gala—The Paramount’s biggest fundraiser of the year—was an incredible
success. We are thrilled to share that over $111,000 was raised in support of
the artistic, educational, and charitable benefit of this community treasure.
We are exceedingly grateful for our donors and sponsors whose support made such
a huge splash!
Our gratitude also extends to Rob Garland of Rob Garland Photographers, who captured so many memorable moments throughout the evening. Click here to view an online album of event photographs.
Endless thanks to the Grand Marquee Gala Committee and every set of hands
that helped make the night so magical. And to those of you who attended the
Gala—we hope you had as much fun as we did!
Next year’s Gala is slated to take place on Saturday, January 23, 2021, or Saturday, January 30, 2021, pending the UVA Basketball home schedule. To learn how you can support The Paramount Theater, visit www.theparamount.net/support-us, or contact Major Gifts Officer Chris Faulkner at 434-293-1009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yamato will perform their new show Jhonetsu – Passion live on The Paramount’s stage on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00PM. Tickets are available at www.theparamount.net/events.
Yamato’s director, Masa Ogawa, recently answered a few questions for Andrew Meacham.
MEACHAM:You are an artist, a glass blower. And a
drummer. What was the inciting event that led you to transform from a
relatively solitary activity to one that puts you in the center of a school, a
community, a thriving show that performs for a million people all over the
OGAWA: I think there is no difference between glass blowing and
Taiko drumming. In the university I recognized that I wanted to become some
kind of expresser. However, I did not have enough passion to create art out of
my mind. Unfortunately, I do not have the talent. Sadly, I did not like graphic
design either. I did enjoy playing music with friends in the band at the
university. I came to understand myself, little by little. I knew that I had a
need to make something, by myself, for someone. But I did not know what I could
do or wanted to do. I wanted to make my handmade glass by myself and give it to
someone who wants to have it. In that creating process, I was hoping that my
piece would give a little energy to someone else. After I gave it to them, the
smile on their face or just that warm feeling would become my energy. That is
still my motivation now.
were those early years in creating Yamato like for you?
O: Yamato was started by something my mother did. She found a big and old Taiko drum in storage of a traditional shrine in our town. She said, “You should do something with this for the Shrine Festival.” I wrote a song and performed it with my brother and friends. It was just one time, and we figured it would be a nice memory. To our surprise, we started getting a lot of requests to play for other people. We didn’t have enough Taiko drums. Nor did we have costumes or any more songs. But nearly 10 people had already joined Yamato. Some of them quit their jobs. Something was happening. We practiced a lot, early in the morning until midnight. We ran 10 kilometers every morning to get stamina. We were feeling that Taiko drumming was giving us the power to discover something, and one of those things was our future. The life itself was so hard, but there was no hitting the wall with stress. We said yes to all booking requests, and also got energy from street performances.
writes the music? If you write it, can the music change in rehearsal, or
through some other kind of collaboration?
O: I write a score on paper with all
the notes. Then I pass it to the Yamato members, who try to remember the notes
in their head and also in their minds. After the members memorize it, we start
practice. Every song has a title. It is important to create with a story in
mind. We work to put impart meaning with each sound, connecting some sounds and
dividing others. The notes have no meaning just on the score. A sound can be
gentle or powerful to be able to describe an image or the story’s title to the
audience. In that process, we will be able to find more good notes to suit that
image. On the one hand, we follow the score. On the other hand, we throw some
notes out. That way our performance is a living thing. It can be continued
effect do you hope the performances have on the audience, beyond being
O: I hope to be able to enfold people into the big vibration of
the Taiko drum. I hope the audience heartbeat will synchronize with our beat.
Then I hope people will be drawn into the circle. We want to cheer them up. We
hope people can catch their own energy.
has surprised you most about this journey?
O: We are still traveling the world with the Taiko drum. We never thought life would turn out like this in the beginning. If you do something your whole heart and mind, the road you must walk will appear. Just to do desperately. Then on your journey, many wonderful things will happen.
This year marks the 10th Annual Grand Marquee
Gala at The Paramount Theater. The Gala serves as the main fundraising event
for the nonprofit Theater, and supports the dynamic programming, arts education
opportunities, and access to the arts for everyone in the community.
“Seas The Paramount” will take place on Saturday, January 25, and will include entertainment, food and cocktails, a silent auction, a raffle, and dancing on the stage. Our silent auction items are donated by generous community members, and include the following:
Ten days in London in a fully restored 1st floor Victorian bright and sunny pied-à-terre
A guitar signed by Ronnie Milsap, Del & Dawg, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Kip Moore
A watercolor painting of the Rotunda, by Lucy Clare Spooner
An eight-day Viking River Cruise for two people
A one-hour family portrait session in Charlottesville
Two signature epicurean experiences showcasing food and wine pairings from Easton Porter Group’s Charlottesville collection: Red Pump Kitchen and Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
A Wilderness Systems Ride 115 kayak
A basketball signed by legendary Coach Tony Bennett
A private movie screening on The Paramount’s Big Screen
Personal training sessions from Elevate Training Studios and yoga classes at FlyDog Yoga
Especially designed and constructed for the Gala by Lee Angelo Marraccini at Marraccini Designs: sterling silver earrings inlaid with black mother of pearl on sterling silver French hooks
The Paramount Theater’s own Executive Director Chris Eure was recently honored as one of TheDaily Progress’s Distinguished Dozen for her commitment to ensuring The Paramount is a place where everyone can gather to celebrate the arts. “Arts are the great equalizer,” Eure says in the article, “and The Paramount was built to be just that.” To read the full article, visit The Daily Progress online.
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Using AmazonSmile is just one of many ways you can support The Paramount. To speak with someone about making a gift, please contact Chris Faulkner, Major Gifts Officer, at (434) 293-1009 or email email@example.com. As always, The Paramount is grateful for its supporters, who make it possible for the Theater to put on free events, subsidize ticket costs and provide financial assistance to students via the Arts Education Program, and so much more!
America’s longest-running touring theatre company, National Players, performed The Diary of Anne Frank at The Paramount on Tuesday, December 3, as part of the Arts Education Program. The afternoon and day after the performance found the National Players conducting a variety of workshops with Drama and English classes at Charlottesville High School (CHS), impacting nearly 200 students, most of whom attended the play.
The National Players offer seven different workshops, three of which they brought to CHS: “Text in Context” and “Word to Action: Playwriting,” conducted in English classes, and “Acting and Improv,” conducted in first-year Drama classes.
Cathy von Storch, The Paramount’s Education & Outreach Manager, said of the workshops conducted in English classes: “Students had a chance to get an inside look at the lives of the Players as actors and educators, discuss themes of the play and historical context, and engage in sharing their own stories through short writing exercises. They created one-act (3 line) plays, and did other activities to help contextualize understanding the events of the play, and draw connections between Anne’s world and their own.”
“Drama students learned some tricks of the trade from the Players,” von Storch added, “and they even had a chance to impress the Players with their own amazing talents!”
CHS theater representatives took to Twitter to thank The Paramount and National Players for “[providing] these amazing young people with both an incredibly powerful production of The Diary of Anne Frank…and two days of workshops with members of the [National Players] ensemble.”
The Diary of Anne Frank was just one of eleven live arts performances scheduled for area students during the 2019-20 school year. The Paramount Arts Education Program is committed to presenting the finest arts education performances for students in Central Virginia. A record-breaking 18,667 students and teachers attended Arts Education performances last year, and over 195,000 have attended since 2004. With the support of Arts Education Partners, The Paramount Theater is able to offer performances at a reduced cost or free of charge, thus ensuring that these programs are accessible to all students.
Nearly two hundred elves descended upon The Paramount on Sunday, December 8, for the 3rd Annual Brew & Buddy Run. Participants, decked out in their most creative holiday finery—from Rudolph onesies to light-up sweaters—ran a two-mile loop with stops at Three Notch’d and Champion for a free pour at each brewery.
The Brew & Buddy Run was originally inspired by the movie Elf (2003), in which Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa’s toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots.
Upon returning to The Paramount, the runners received a 2019 Brew & Buddy souvenir cup and had the chance to participate in a costume contest on The Paramount’s stage, in which a glow-in-the-dark elf and a mother-son Christmas tree duo took home the grand prizes. The festive evening concluded with a presentation of Elf on the Big Screen.
From the very first “Thank you, Thank you very much” after Matt Lewis, aka Elvis, first stepped on stage to the Theater’s applause, this year’s Christmas with Elvis did not disappoint. The event opened up with Big Ray and the Kool Kats’ set list consisting of funky classics such as James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and The Isley Brothers’ “Shout.” Once “Elvis” joined Big Ray and the Kool Kats, all eyes were glued on the King as he performed all of the fan-favorites such as “Burning Love,” “Always On My Mind,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Audience members spent the night “shake, rattle, and rolling” in their seats as Matt Lewis worked the stage with all of the famous Elvis dance movements and three costume changes. The show concluded with women running to the stage as Matt Lewis handed out his scarves with a touch of sweat to all of the eager ladies. After the performance, Matt Lewis took to the Lobby for a Meet and Greet with hundreds of fans that made their way to the Theater. If you happened to miss this epic evening of Rock and Roll be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the King’s return to the Theater!
The Paramount Theater is proud to join forces with community leaders to bring high quality performing arts to our community. We would like to humbly thank all of our sponsors for their support that has meant so much to so many.
Marquee Producers Club Sponsor
Producers Club Sponsors
Support for the Arts
Thank you to The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their generous support of The Paramount Theater.