|Joining Mayor Becker announcing both Architects and Contractor|
for the new Utah Performing Arts Center
This week we also named the architects chosen to help design it, HKS and Pelli Clarke Pelli and the contractor, Layton Construction. Local talent with some national expertise will assure a great finished product for our community. I also anticipate some good community outreach as designs come together and we truly make this a great project for downtown, the region and the State of Utah.
Yesterday, I also had a fun opportunity. "Wicked" is the current Broadway Play being shown at Capitol Theater. Tickets sold out early, but every evening, people have the chance to put their name in a drawing and 10 lucky people are chosen who can purchase 2 tickets for $25, which would otherwise cost them $135 a piece. On Thursday, I got to announce the names of the winners and it was fun to see their reaction. Below is a video of one of the 10 experiences.
Cathy and I also had the great fortune of attending Wicked ourselves (we also got to pay for the tickets!) We had an absolute fabulous time. Done a lot of reflection on the "Wicked Witch" who clearly is reflected with a different light in the play, and a reminder that we too often want to categorize others and label them for who they aren't. The crowd was clearly a crowd we don't see in Salt Lake City on a regular basis and they were just thrilled with the experience and contribute much to our local economy. As did we with dinner before and a CD purchased in the lobby!
I do have one mission as we build the new facility and that is LEG ROOM! I don't try to abuse my political power too much, but if I have any say over it, those of us who can't sit in Capitol look forward to liberation! Theater Fever is on its way!