Park City Institute Looks Back As Season Draws To An End
The Eccles Center has a few more shows left to present in its regular season. We asked Teri Orr to take stock of the Park City Institute in 2019.
Orr said their season for 2018-19 has been a success, but maybe in a different way.
“It certainly didn’t have the number of dollars that we were used to,” Orr explained. “We lowered our ticket prices in December to $29 tickets for the rest of the season and then we kind of consistently hit about right under half-full for that theatre. It’s still about 600 people which is a lot of people. We always like to say two nights at the Egyptian is one night at the Eccles center.”
She said the Institute is continuing to re-evaluate its operation—to look at how they do what they do.
“Can we do it better and smarter and can we align our programming even better in the terms of what the community is looking for and what they’re hungry for,” Orr continued. “We know that our speaker’s series are something that folks really enjoy, and it has gained momentum. That’s one thing that we didn’t lose any traction on this year. Different kinds of family entertainment, the Nat Geo series was very popular this year where it was families as well as just everybody. Having an explorer come in, show us video as well as their actual photographs that appeared in Nat Geo and tell us stories about how they did what they did. Probably more along those things, still some dance, still some music all of those things.”
Finally, she reviewed the shows that are coming up to conclude the season.
“First we have Birds of Chicago which is this great couple from Chicago and their last name is Bird,” Orr said. “They call their music secular gospel music, which means that its really lively and great fun and not religious. Then we have Parsons Dance which we’ve certainly had before but not for a while. David Parson and company with his phenomenal dance and Dorance Dance company which is new after that.”
Orr added that the Park City Institute will have a summer season. They can’t say where at this point but they’re getting closer to an announcement.