More than just laser lights and loudspeakers, once completed, the Huish Performing Arts and Cultural Education (PACE) Center in Payson will be the most state-of-the-art performing arts facility located in all of North America.
During a recent one-on-one interview with the executive director and consultant to the Huish PACE facility, Cary Stockwell, Serve Daily discovered that phase one of the planned three-part endeavor has now been completed.
Huish PACE has embraced the various talents of local artists and invites the community to come join with them.
You may not feel as if you have a well-developed talent at this point, but Huish PACE has you covered. They have many talented people that are able to serve as mentors and advocates for those just starting out or those on the sidelines wondering which talent path to travel.
It doesn’t matter if your talent is in voice, poetry, music, acting, dance, composing, storytelling, comedy, or some other form – you are invited to gather for the betterment of the community in a safe place for your individual expression.
Weekly “Open Mic” nights are events that currently take place each Tuesday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. One recent event had participants that ranged in age from five years old to nearly 90 years old.
Signups are in person beginning at 7 p.m. when the doors open. If you volunteer to perform, the $5 cover charge is waived for you. Seating is limited to the first 96 individuals at this time. Family-clean performances are a requirement, so count on that as a venue standard.
The Laugh Out Loud HQ series takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. It is family-friendly as well and performers there are selected from auditions. Quarterly tournaments are set aside for the best-of-the-best comedians. Tickets are just $15 and the shows run from 7pm – 9 pm.
Plans for Huish PACE include multiple classes on everything from the technical aspects of a show to multi-media production to audio engineering and more. Visit paysonbardschool.com for more details.
Although a bit early for any official proclamation, Cary Stockwell promises there are absolutely huge announcements that are soon to be revealed, and residents can stay up-to-date right here with Serve Daily.
Community support encouraged
While grants and donations have been received from various sources and generous donations of labor and materials have also been realized, the big elephant in the room is the need for more funding.
Stockwell was quick to point out that no donation is too small or too large. He also stated that businesses could benefit from donations that may lead to naming rights, sponsorships, endowments, and the like.
Donations can be accepted from anywhere, Payson and beyond. Not just from Utah County or even just from Utah. The primary goal is that the assistance aligns with the family values of the local community.
Conventional donations can be made through the website huishpace.com (which has been formed as a not-for-profit organization). More significant or complex donations can be discussed with the executive director and the board of directors if needed.
Stockwell also observed that funding is the key to making the Huish PACE an anchor in the city that creates an economic ripple-effect through the rest of the downtown area and beyond.