The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center presents Five By Design in Club Swing on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. From the fast paced opening of Benny Goodman's Bugle Call Rag to the show's blockbuster finale featuring Louis Prima's Sing, Sing, Sing, Five By Design, an extraordinary vocal ensemble celebrates the swing era from 1937 -1955 with a live 13-piece Big Swing Band on the Pasquerilla stage. The repertoire embraces a rich harmonic treatment of Nat King Cole's Mona Lisa while Something's Gotta Give parallels the style of Steve and Edye.
The setting is the fictional Club Swing, a soon-to-be shuttered nightclub built during the heyday of swing. As construction sounds filter through the Hotel Crosby, a news report echoes the impending demise of the once popular nightspot. But before the wrecking ball falls, Joe Sullivan, the club's former mixologist visits the establishment one last time. As drop cloths are removed, the neon marquee flickers and then begins to glow as Club Swing is transformed to its former splendor.
The stage design evokes the ambiance of a nightclub cut from a vintage movie. The Club's marquee floats above the orchestra surrounded by palm trees, an art deco bar, and linen covered tables. Each decade highlights the songs, events, and personalities that defined the era. Whether listening to Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine or the musical depreciation of Spike Jones Cocktails for Two, Five by Design's "Club Swing" personifies American popular culture during the swing era.
Other production numbers include It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't got that Swing), In the Mood and other fabulous flash backs from the 1930's through the 1950's.
For more information regarding Five By Design in Club Swing and other upcoming events, to make reservations for the pre show dinner, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Arts Center by phone at 269-7200 or 1-800-846-2787 or visit our website at http://www.upj.pitt.edu/ArtsCenter. Tickets are $28 regular, $26 discount and $10 for students. For additional information about Five By Design, visit their website at http://www.fivebydesign.com
A PRE-SHOW DINNER BUFFET at SUNNEHANNA COUNTRY CLUB THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008, Cocktails– 5:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet – 5:15 p.m.
Chicken Noodle Soup, Mushroom and Onion Soup
Iceberg Lettuce, Steakhouse Tomato Salad
Chicken Pot Pie
Ritz Crusted Haddock
Chive & Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetables
Classic Fresh Apple Pie
Red Devils Food Cake
Parkerhouse Dinner Rolls
Coffee, Tea, Ice Tea
$25.00 Complete Per Person
Call the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center for Reservations, (814) 269-7200 or 800-846-2787