Annual opening concert benefits college scholarships for theatre interns
Desert Ensemble Theatre takes up residence in its new home at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with its annual season opening concert, with three performances October 22–24. As always, the concert benefits DET’s theatre internship and scholarship program.
This year, DET presents “Reunited (And It Feels So Good),” a fast-paced cabaret-style revue, conceived and directed by Jerome Elliott. It features performances by popular local singers Charles Herrera, Darci Daniels, and Bonnie Gilgallon, who will join Elliott and music director Joel Baker.
Tickets are available at DET’s website, www.desertensembletheatre.org.
Elliott, the company’s artistic director, stated: “When planning this season’s concert, I asked our good friends Darci, Bonnie, Charles, and Joel to join me in a celebration of renewal. It’s a joy to be able to make music together in public again! We hope to share that elation by performing some of our favorite numbers. While I’ve had great fun in creating themes for our previous concerts, this year’s revue is a bit more loosely constructed. Basically, if it makes us feel good, we’re singing it!”
The Friday night opening performance includes a champagne reception, followed by Saturday night and Sunday matinee regular performances. Proceeds from all three shows will go to the internship program and scholarship fund. Committed to the safety of its audiences, DET requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend this season’s shows.
Founded by Tony Padilla in 2011, DET is committed to growing the art of theatre by producing innovative plays that underscore the complexity of human interaction. The company’s theatre internships give high school students the on-the-job experience of working in professional productions. At the end of each season, DET awards scholarships to graduating seniors who have completed internships and plan to continue their higher education in theatre arts. To date the company has awarded more than $18,000 in scholarship support.