Palm Canyon Theatre Cabaret will finish this season’s fundraising series with Michael Pacas’ Big ’n’ Easy concert on Wednesday, April 19.
Hailing from Louisiana, “Big Daddy” Pacas promises a decadent evening of Southern bawdiness and beads. Musical director Jaci Davis will join Pacas as they ladle out a spicy gumbo of jazz, blues, pop and unearthed comic treasures. Katie Dixon will sprinkle in her talents to add to the cabaret menagerie.
This season, Palm Canyon Theatre has hosted four unique cabaret nights, plus its annual holiday show and Valentine-themed show. The one-night-only performances often pack the house. Performers donate their time and talents to support the 26-year-old nonprofit theater, its education programs and the culture it cultivates in the Coachella Valley.
Big ’n’ Easy will include songs like “Mr. Bojangles,” “Moon Over Bourbon Street” and “The Tennessee Williams (Southern Decadence) Blues.” With a long resume in the Chicago theater scene, Pacas has been performing in the Coachella Valley for the last six years. Some memorable roles include Cyrano de Bergerac (Palm Canyon Theatre), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Desert Theatreworks) and Edna in Hairspray (Desert Theatreworks).
“People always seem so surprised that I’m from the South. I love introducing audiences to the sights, sounds, smells and the historical events and figures specific to that area,” said Pacas. “Mardi Gras, of course! But there’s also, Marie LaVeau and her white and black magic, Anne Rice’s vampires living in the Garden District, the tragic love affair of Evangeline and Gabriel, and much, much more!”
Michael Pacas’ Big ’n’ Easy is a one-night-only performance on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. All tickets are $30. Group discounts are available. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or other information, call the PCT box office at 760-323-5123 or order online at PalmCanyonTheatre.org. The Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Palm Canyon Theatre is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the education of live stage production and the enrichment of the greater Palm Springs community and its visitors. The regional repertory theater company operates primarily with volunteers and produces about 10 Broadway musicals and classic plays each year, plus offers a children’s theatre camp and production. The theater opened its doors in 1997 when Dr. William “Bill” Layne and his family renovated the historic Frances S. Stevens School located at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road in Palm Springs.
This was submitted on behalf of the Palm Canyon Theatre by Cara Van Dijk.