Due to the generous support of a number of sponsors, organizers of the upcoming live concert on Oct. 3 featuring Internet sensation Maddie Wilson and American Idol season two contestant Carmen Rasmusen have announced that they are lowering admission fees.
The ticket price for balcony seating has been lowered to $15, general admission to $20 and orchestra seating, which includes a backstage pass to meet the artists, to $35. According to organizer Victoria Dickson, anyone who has already purchased a ticket will receive an upgrade.
“Our sponsors have been extremely generous and we want to show our appreciation by passing on these savings to those attending,” said Dickson.
The concert is designed to raise funds for much needed roof repairs at the historic Hyart Theatre. Estimates to repair the damaged roof of the 66-year-old structure range from around $35,000 for a “short term” fix to $175,000 for a repair with a long-term guarantee.
“As a member of both the Arts Council and the Hyart board I wanted our first show to not only provide entertainment to Lovell and the surrounding communities, but to help the Hyart raise money for much needed roof repairs,” said organizer Jack Brinkerhoff. “We thought this would be a great way for people to make a donation and in return enjoy an evening of music.”
Wilson, a country artist and songwriter, will bring a soulful country-crossover style of entertainment to the event. She has shared the stage with country stars like Chris Young, Lonestar and Danielle Bradery and performed at a number of famous Nashville venues, on live television and through Internet music providers like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora. She was a finalist in two national songwriting competitions and has a rapidly growing fan base on social media with more than 200,000 fans and followers.
Rasmusen, a former American Idol contestant, is also a country music singer and songwriter. Rasmusen took to the stage at the age of 5 and has been entertaining audiences since then. She came to the public’s attention in 2003 when, as a senior in high school, she auditioned for the second season of American Idol, where judge Simon Cowell chose her as his “wildcard pick,” allowing her to remain in the competition, where she finished in sixth place.
Rasmusen has a full-length album on the market entitled “Nothin’ Like the Summer.” She co-wrote several of the songs on the album.
The Hyart Theatre was built in 1950. In recent years the familiar landmark has become a hub of activity in Lovell on movie and other performance nights. A number of fundraisers have kept the building and its equipment in relatively good repair, in part due to a tremendous tradition of community support that has developed over the years.
The need for extensive roof repairs becomes more and more urgent as winter approaches. Dickson, Brinkerhoff and others are spearheading the current fundraising campaign under the auspices of the newly formed Big Horn Arts Council. Their hope is to raise enough money to make the needed repairs before wet weather causes further damage.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Dickson at 272-2630. To hear the performers, visit bighornartscouncil.org. Click on the “events” tab and then follow the links for each singer.
By Patti Carpenter