Inspired by Nevada?s abundance of awe-inspiring beauty and naturally formed concert shells, Dr. Madylon Meiling founded Lake Tahoe SummerFest to match the bounty of nature with some of humankind?s most captivating creative achievements. For nearly the entire month of August, her series fills the grounds of Sierra Nevada College with music, much of it under the able baton of Maestro Joel Revzen. Revzen?s resum? includes stints with the Metropolitan Orchestra and the Prague Symphony, two recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, and a Grammy-winning release with Arleen Auger.
For an aspiring star, getting cast on a popular TV show such as The Suite Life on Deck or in a McDonald's commercial can be the break that starts a career. Many Take 2 Performers Studio students have landed these gigs after cultivating their skills during hands-on programs. Led by expert instructors fluent in show business, fledgling entertainers build confidence as they develop convincing accents, tackle a difficult aria, or create a signature runway walk for particularly dramatic entrances to biology class.
Fascinating Rhythm's extensively trained dance teachers and former dancers corral students of all ages and skill levels into groups of 25 to 30 and then clear the cobwebs from unused toes with a full spectrum of classes. Two-year-olds in the Be-Bop Ballet Babies class bundle their energy into pliés, tendus, hopping, turning, and respectfully debating the superiority of Petipa's Don Quixote adaptation, all to the accompaniment of a spritely soundtrack. Flocks of less little ones (ages 3–5 and 6–9) migrate toward Happy Feet classes to dip toes into the foundation steps of ballet, jazz, and tap. So You Think You Can Dance spices up gyrating jives with hip-hop, hard- and soft-shoe Irish, and modern dance techniques for ages 6–13, and Reno Glee pipes in pop and rock vocal training on top of choreography, similar to the hit TV series The Deadliest Catch. Fascinating Rhythm also tailors classes to special-needs dancers, which focus on coordination and basic skills such as skipping, hopping, leaping, and balancing.
The downtown Silver Legacy Resort Casino quarters boarders with posh lodging and a night of activities and entertainment. Each of Silver Legacy's 1,700-plus rooms comes furnished with flat-screen LCD TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and wireless Internet. Ease into the evening with a well drink, domestic beer or house wine from any of Silver Legacy's four on-site bars or casino bars before snagging a pair of seats at Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club. Having helped launch the careers of celebrated side-splitters such as Robin Williams, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and Jerry Seinfeld, the comedy-club chain boasts shows Tuesday–Sunday nights. After the show, shuffle across Silver Legacy's 85,000-square-foot casino floor complete with 1,600 slot machines and 85 table games.
Created exclusively for the Eldorado Showroom—an intimate 580 theater—Illuminaire celebrates the manifold forms of light in a pulsating multimedia experience. The spectacle is the brainchild of the European-based Phoenix Productions, who have created customized shows for the world's richest horse race in Dubai, the release of the Euro in Brussels, and the discovery of life on Alpha Centauri. Illuminaire uses black lights, LED effects, lasers, and fire as the visual backdrop for fabulous feats of martial artistry, acrobatics, and other acts of derring-do. Elaborate costumes and elite performers engender the uncanny combination of strangeness and familiarity that is the hallmark of great theater or stumbling upon a forgotten fingernail collection.
This family-friendly performance, led by master hypnotist Chris Cady, is unplanned and unscripted, resulting in a completely new comedy show each evening. The audience becomes the star of the show and hilarity ensues as volunteers are hypnotized to become famous celebrities, scientists, and politicians. Along with soft drinks and admission, your Groupon gets you two DVDs of the night's show to take home, so you can watch Aunt Sally do the worm over and over and over again. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and all shows start at 8:30 p.m.; reservations are required.