The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
With resum?s that list extensive travels from venue to venue, the instructors at The Pointe Dance Center embody Shakespeare's famous sentiment, "All the world's a stage." Owner Donna Frias has appeared on television and in famous venues?Madison Square Garden and the Civic Light Opera among them?as a member of Bella Lewitzky's dance company.
At their Las Vegas studio, professional instructors combine their experiences to spark a passion for dance in students of all age groups. They concentrate on the dual development of technique and confidence, leading classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and acrobatic disciplines including gymnastics and cheer. They acclimate tiny legs to new rhythms with sessions for toddlers, and they also host Stretch, Turn & Leap seminars that help with general poise. By relying on positive reinforcement rather than giant, screaming metronomes for motivation, they encourage pupils to view choreography as a flexible medium for self-expression.
When it premiered off-Broadway in 1988, Tony n' Tina?s Wedding quickly gathered a following for its unconventional send-up of the Italian-American wedding between the Nunzio and Vitale families. The interactive performance has since been lauded by almost every major publication. Covert performers are placed at the tables of seated audience members, with each guest having a one-of-a-kind theatergoing experience based on seating, interactivity, and promising to not dig their own plot holes. A robust Italian dinner and slices of decadent wedding cake precede a rush onto the theater?s sprawling dance floor, where toe-tapping tunes bridge the gap between the Nunzio and Vitale clans. Like jokes from a cigar-chomping uncle, the reception includes appearances from a pregnant bridesmaid, a stripper girlfriend, and a drunk priest, with all of them speeding the evening?s festivities to an unpredictable and sidesplitting finale.
A nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, New Vista Community hosts festive fundraisers throughout the year. Savvy to the pulse of the community, event organizers throw raucous events such as wine walks, which regale guests with the foolproof combination of fine food samples, wine and cocktails, and live music. Guests at the Brew's Best Hand-Crafted Beer festival sip free samples of regional brews, and at the lighthearted Adam & Eve's Love Fling, love-happy attendees and confused mannequin collectors bid on bachelors and bachelorettes.
Though many in the community may know New Vista Community primarily for these events, the organization dedicates its best energies to help those with disabilities. Founded in 1984 by three sets of parents with intellectually challenged kids, the charity provides group homes, assisted living, job training, and field trips to kids and adults.
Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy is the topmost ranked dance academy in the entire state of Nevada, and places comfortably in the top 25 nationally, according to the Federation of Dance Competition. The school is dedicated to dance styles of all types and across many age levels, focusing on the flexibility and coordination necessary to take on a life of dance. Creative Movement classes inside the expansive studio space put parents and their toddlers together to help in their development, while the academy’s competition team, Innovation Dance Company, gives dancers with a keen eye something to shoot for. A dance store is located next door to the academy, which carries the latest styles and brands dedicated to all things dance. An added bonus is the monitor in the waiting area, which allows parents to view their child rehearsing without making them nervous.
Producer and V Theater owner David Saxe was born into Vegas show business, raised by a mother who danced at Les Folies Bergere and a father who led the band for the Rat Pack. The Saxe family’s entertainment legacy continues with the V Theater. The venue runs its 12 concurrent shows in a 40,000-square-foot space divided into four showrooms on multiple floors, each retaining an intimate feeling with seating that brings the audience closer to performers. The V Theater’s current shows range from a seven-act, family-friendly Ultimate Variety Show to Marc Savard’s Comedy Hypnosis, where Savard persuades audience members to hilariously dance, act like animals, and ghostwrite his autobiography.