The Paramount Theater took advantage of its glamorous décor and big screen to announce the upcoming 2012-13 season during a festive preview party on Monday night. The red carpet was rolled out and movie star look-a-likes greeted guests under the marquee. A retrospective of the theater was shown before Executive Director Chris Eure took the stage to introduce the event line-up by greeting the crowd, touting the arts and then stated, “Now we’re going to get fancy!” Theater supporters and community members watched as the new season was revealed in video clips followed by a surprise ending when Paramount Idol winner Jennifer Stuart (backed by The Design) performed a rendition of “Unforgettable” to reveal an appearance by quiet storm chart-topper Natalie Cole.
The Paramount line-up also features country classic Don Williams, political satire from The Capitol Steps, Ted Neely of Jesus Christ Superstar movie fame, a series of MET Opera broadcasts, comedians on the stand-up circuit including Paula Poundstone and holiday film classics such as Carrie and The Exorcist for Halloween, along with It’s A Wonderful Life in December. Seasonal traditions continue with the Oratorio Society’s Christmas at The Paramount, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and the addition of Ash Lawn Opera’s Amahl and The Night Visitors. The venue’s education series will offer public performances for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Velveteen Rabbit, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Step Africa. More details and ticket information can be found at www.theparamount.net.