It’s time for Big Sky locals to take the stage. Through the fall off-season, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center will host a variety of classes and performance opportunities that are open to the public. “The theater will be busy most nights of the week, which is exactly how it should be,” said John Zirkle, executive director of WMPAC.
Big Sky Broadway is the place to be this August 20th and 21st, when Big Sky’s first and only children’s theater company, now in its 11th year, presents Disney’s Descendants.
After completing a celebratory tenth season in 2019, Big Sky Broadway appeared to have settled into a secure spot on the local performing arts scene. Each summer show of the area’s only children’s theater company sold out easily, and over 130 youth were participating in the K-12 line-up each year.
The performances are back. After the James Sewell Ballet performance was cancelled last week due to COVID-19, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC) will be holding one of their first big events of the summer. On July 30-31, the world-renowned choir group, “The Crossing” will be coming to Big Sky for multiple exciting performances.
Amazingly, during Covid, when Broadway itself closed its shows- -Warren Miller Performing Arts executive director John Zirkle never stopped doing what he’s done for nearly a decade--bringing the most diverse, interesting performing arts he could imagine to audiences in Big Sky.
While best known for its winter season, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center has also established itself as a source for dynamic summer entertainment. During the pandemic, artists and performers continued to create new work, and WMPAC is pleased to present three incredible shows that were born in that period of creative incubation.
Lights, camera, action! Thirty-one student actors are vigorously rehearsing and an eight person crew is working diligently so the Lone Peak Thespians can bring Legally Blonde, The Musical to the WMPAC stage next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Pandemics and the worst that humanity can muster have never had the power to quash the artistic drive to create. From ashes, from war, destruction and loss, artists have stepped forth as vehicles of reflection and inspiration.
The ability to convey emotion with seamless navigation of the body. Fluid artistry by way of sinewy forms. Performers with the James Sewell Ballet have spent their lifetimes seeking perfection in movement. Dancers – and audiences – are transformed.
Like the rest of the world, Big Sky’s Warren Miller Performing Arts Center has had to adapt to an entirely different world during the pandemic. For an arts venue predicated on being a community gathering place, that’s looked like inventing new ways for people to come together safely (and often virtually) for arts experiences.