Paramount featured in The Scout Guide

Thank you to The Scout Guide for featuring The Paramount! Though our stage is dark, we hope we can add some brightness to Charlottesville residents’ lives with fun and free activities like our weekly crossword puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Check out the article here.

Blast From the Past: Peter Rabbit Tales

Peter RabbitTM Tales brought the classic story by Beatrix Potter to the stage for this heartwarming Arts Education show. The students journeyed along with Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny as they escaped from Mr. McGregor, outfoxed Mr. Tod, and rescued the Flopsy Bunnies from the disagreeable badger, Tommy Brock. But it wasn’t just the students who were enthusiastic about the play – Education Committee member Lisa Cogswell dressed up as a rabbit, much to the students’ delight! “She greeted the children upon arrival, with Peter Rabbit books in hand, making sure that each and every child felt the warm embrace and welcome from their Paramount Theater,” said Cathy von Storch, The Paramount’s Education & Outreach Manager.

One group of 1st graders loved the show so much, they even wrote thank you letters to The Paramount. One student wrote, “Thank you for having us see Peter Rabbit. My favorite part was everything.” Two more students agreed that their favorite part was when Peter “saved the day.”

One of our Paramount Volunteers, Marty, who has been volunteering for more than 15 years, usually keeps an eye on the students in the balcony during Arts Education shows. “I give them the three rules for sitting in the balcony,” she shared. “1. Backs against the back of the seat. 2. No feet on the railing (if in the front row) or on the chair in front of you. 3. Clap really loud for the performers. The kids really love to show how loudly they can clap.” Marty told us that one time, after an Arts Education performance, one student stopped to tell her which actor he’d clapped the hardest for. “He wanted me to tell the actor,” Marty said. “I told him I would try to get the message to the performer. Then the next ten or eleven youngsters had to stop and tell me who they clapped loudest for. Whenever I think of it, I smile.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly

The Arts Education Program’s 6th season of bringing Dallas Children’s Theater to The Paramount saw a joyful, brilliant production that cleverly integrated three books by award-winning author Doreen Cronin into one play: Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. “Chock full of earth science facts while celebrating tolerance of others, it was a perfect grand finale to our 2018-19 Arts Education Season!” said Cathy von Storch, The Paramount’s Education & Outreach Manager.

Many teachers commented on how well the performance connected to curriculum, SOLs, and Social Emotional Learning. One teacher wrote: “This was one of our favorite plays to go see! We loved how diverse the characters were and the language they used. It really reflected where our kids come from.”

Cathy also shared a special memory for many of us at The Paramount: “Sponsors Mia and Keith Gardiner (Sarah Lahr Educational Fund) and family and friends of Tana Taylor, in whose memory the show was sponsored, honored us with their presence for the April 15th morning show. It was a special day to celebrate and remember Tana, a dear friend of The Paramount and devoted champion of live theater for young audiences, as it was also her birthday, and there was no better way to celebrate that than with 1,000 happy children soaking up engaging live theater!”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Andrew Shurtleff

Blast From the Past: Yamato – The Drummers of Japan

In honor of what would’ve been spring break for some local area schools, we’ll be featuring shows from our Arts Education Program this week. Yamato – The Drummers of Japan, brought their contagious energy to the stage earlier this spring, both with an Arts Education show and an evening show that was open to the public. Yamato travels the world to share the ancient art of Taiko drumming, and they definitely did not disappoint: the drums could be heard throughout the building and even from inside the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on East Market Street!

One educator said of the experience, “It was like traveling to Japan without ever leaving our hometown! I thought it was wonderful how much was conveyed by the music and performance.”

“It was phenomenal!” another educator shared. “Our students benefit so much from seeing diverse groups and learning about the different ways that stories are told and valued. It led to an extremely productive conversation about the ways we tell stories and celebrate people.”

The goal of the Arts Education program is to present the very best educational theater that engages youth in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation of the performing arts. Since the program began in 2004, we have served more than 195,000 students and teachers, averaging 16,000 served on an annual basis. Because of the support of generous sponsors and donors, all tickets are available at subsidized prices for students and teachers.

We are devastated that this year’s season was cut short due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, but optimistically look to the future when we can delight some of our youngest audience members again!

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Lee Ann Womack

Country star Lee Ann Womack took to The Paramount’s stage in April 2016. Her performance was truly a treat for fans, especially when she performed her hit song “I Hope You Dance.” This was just another example of the wide array of performers hosted by the Theater for our community. From live performances to screened events, programming at The Paramount strives to provide a little something for everyone.

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Bryan Adams

“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” singer-songwriter Bryan Adams had The Paramount audience on their feet in 2009. Ashley Brill, who has been a Paramount Volunteer since 2008, shared her memories from assisting at Mr. Adams’ concert that night:

“I was assigned the duty of guarding the stage. Being less than 10 feet from an artist who I loved listening to as a child of the ’80s – and continue to love listening to – made my night! I also remember one of the ladies in the audience was a diehard fan, and she presented him with a bouquet of roses at the end of the performance.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Lang Lang

World-renowned pianist Lang Lang awed a sold-out audience with his mastery of the instrument. The Paramount’s Director of Operations & Programming, Matthew Simon, and the Theater’s Executive Director, Chris Eure, reflected on this extraordinary performance.

“What an amazing show, and to have him play The Paramount was a really big deal,” Matthew said. “He played at the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Beijing, so to have him play for a 1000-seat hall was special. Lang’s performance did not disappoint. At the end of the show, during the standing ovation, he stood up to take his bow and, with a huge smile on his face, he patted (with some oomph, I might add) the Paramount’s 9′ Steinway as if to say ‘good job’ to it. It was an unforgettable moment, and I’m sure anyone who was at the show remembers it.”

Chris agreed, saying, “Lang Lang exceeded his love of music and was overflowing with joie de vivre. He was the first piano soloist I had experienced, and I will likely be disappointed by any who follow! He traveled with his mom, I believe, and while he was doing the meet and greet, she stood off to his side  It was a long meet and greet, but he kept looking over at his mom to be sure she was okay. He wore gloves the whole time, which at first we thought was to protect his hands from ‘strangers.’ In reality he said it was to keep his hands warm as they tended to get cold easily. You know the expression cold hands, warm heart? Well that was Lang Lang to a T.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers