ECAC presents ‘Gatsby!’ Jazz Age lawn party on Aug. 11
FARMINGTON — In the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a classic tale of the Roaring Twenties, the Emery Community Arts Center is pleased to present “Gatsby!” a lawn party and jazz event on the UMF campus. The party begins at 7 p.m., on Saturday, August 11, and goes into the evening. Advance tickets can be purchased at Devaney, Doak and Garrett in Farmington for $15, or $12 for those wearing attire reminiscent of the 1920s. Tickets will also be available at the door.
This lively event will transport party goers to the era of the flapper and the Charleston where they can mingle with Gatsby, Daisy and other characters from Fitzgerald’s book; listen to the music of the Jazz Age and dance under the stars. The evening will begin with a brief introductory scene from Maine playwright Jayne Decker’s stage adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to help set the mood of the Gatsby period. Emery’s dramatic vertical foldaway performance doors will be open to the lawn behind Emery offering a cash bar, food inspired by the era and tables under the lights.
Jazz singers and pianists Hattie Simon and Marcia Gallagher are featured performers for the evening and will be joined by UMF student Brian Parise on the saxophone.
Simon, sixteen-year-old jazz pianist and vocalist, brings a pristine and innovative interpretation to standards from the Great American Songbook, contemporary jazz and alternative music of artists like Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Ben Folds. Singing and playing jazz since the age of twelve, she frequently performs at coffeehouses and live music venues throughout southern Maine and has appeared as a guest artist on 207, a WCSH 6 television show.
Gallagher is a local force in the music scene in Central Maine, performing as a vocalist and pianist for more than 30 years. She teaches music at St. Michael School in Augusta and is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta. She has also served as the musical director for Maine community theaters including Theater of Monmouth. Gallagher’s musical “The Three Little Pigs,” co-written with Dave Greenham, toured throughout Maine in 2009. She was also the writer/director for “Chizzle Wizzle,” Cony High School’s long running variety show from 2009 to 2011.
For more information, please contact Jayne Decker, UMF director of the Emery Community Arts Center, at 207-778-7319, or firstname.lastname@example.org.