Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts turns 25 this year and they have a wonderful party planned. We’re all invited and it’s free. The 25th Anniversary Festival is August 6th, 2016 from 10 am - 4 pm.
There will be free 20-minute performances on all stages; MainStage, SecondStage and PlazaStage. This is a great chance to see some of the different types of shows that the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts offers, from comedy to dance, live music, theater and film. All of the performers on August 6th have performed before and are thrilled to be part of the anniversary festival, some are professional, some are community members and some are kids.
There will be set pieces available from some past favorite shows, so that people attending the festival have the opportunity to take selfies with the scenic elements. I got a chance to see the commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the festival, including those fun color-changing coffee mugs that look black until you pour hot liquid in them, t-shirts, sunglasses, pens, and flashlights. Two food trucks will also be at the event, Kushi Yaki Kuishinbo and ChickNChill.
The volunteers that will be helping during the event are some of the familiar actors and crew from Upstage Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and Peninsula Youth Theater, as well as many of the MVCPA trained volunteers.
Here’s a list of the performers. A Performance Schedule will be released on the day of the event. If you have your heart set on seeing something specific, wait until August 6th and check the schedule, otherwise, plan on attending as many as possible.
Now’s your chance to experience and explore the cultural center of Mountain View. In the last year, there has been 399 performances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. That’s an unbelievable number, when you think about everything that goes into a show. Yes, the theater space is available for rent.
I often walk through the lobby of MVCPA to look at the artwork. It changes every few months and the city’s Visual Arts Committee is responsible for selecting the artists. The MVCPA is run by the City, which is unusual. Most theaters are not run by the local government. This shows how forward thinking our city officials were back in the 80s, when they decided to include theater space right next door to their newly planned City Hall.
The first time I attended a performance was right after it opened, for the filming of an HBO Comedy Special. There were cameras and spot lights on the audience the whole time, and lots of pressure to look cute. It was pretty exciting and I love that I have such a fun memory of my first visit to MVCPA.
I’m looking forward to helping celebrate the 25 years that this beautiful facility has been part of our city. There is no doubt in my mind that this glorious building is one of the most photographed buildings in the Bay Area. Happy Anniversary to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.