As many local performers and touring shows have cancelled their holiday shows this season, Alisabeth Von Presley thought to try something she’s always wanted to do – perform in her own full-length production at the gorgeous Paramount Theatre. “Christmas In The Key Of A” will feature all of your favorite holiday music, choreographed dancers, backup singers, costumes, a live band and, of course, sequins! There also might be a few surprise visitors, including the big man himself.
“Christmas is truly my favorite time of the year! I’ve always wanted to put together a holiday special, complete with festive skits and dance routines, so when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t resist!” The show is being presented by her new company AEsthetix and with a generous sponsorship from Stillwater Coffee Company.
Making the decision to put on a Christmas show didn’t come lightly. With COVID numbers increasing, Von Presley carefully weighed her options. After experiencing VenuWorks strict social distancing guidelines for live events, and reading The Gazette’s article about procedures at The Paramount, Von Presley felt comfortable moving forward. All patrons are required to wear masks and seats are grouped into pods of 2, 4, or 6 (depending on your party size) and spaced 6’ apart.
To keep the performers safe, everyone but Alisabeth and singers will be masked during the performance and during rehearsals. “I don’t want to see anyone get sick,” said Elizabeth Kimmel, co-owner of AEsthetix. “With this being our first production as a company, we are going to take every precaution to keep our performers and audience safe while still keeping the spirit of the holidays alive.”
Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, November 6. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at artsiowa.com/tickets, in person at The Paramount Theatre box office, or by calling 319-366-8203.