An ‘Enchanted’ return; Veldman and Friends’ tickets go on sale Saturday
Published 10:43 am Wednesday, October 1, 2014
It’s not too early to get into the spirit of Christmas for Michael Veldman, Kaye Perry, Erin Schumacher and Brian Bawek.
The quartet is behind Michael Veldman and Friends are hard at work to bring the 11th Veldman and Friends show to life this year. It’s also not too early to buy tickets for the show, which begins with a presale this weekend.
“It will be very multigenerational,” Veldman said. “It’s going to be kid-oriented, very kid-friendly, kid funny but also adult appropriate, so everyone will have something to take away.”
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The Veldman and Friends Christmas musical show is a modern-day tradition within the Austin community. Ever since it started in 2002, the show has consistently drawn thousands of people to the Paramount each year to watch song and dance numbers, a mix of secular and traditional music and an emphasis on the spiritual side of Christmas.
It’s all for a good cause, and this year’s show, “An Enchanted Christmas,” is no different. Veldman and Friends started their annual show as a fundraiser to support the Paramount Theatre, which is the site for many of the quartet’s memories over the years.
Bawek remembers skating down the Cedar River and across Mill Pond as a child to see the Saturday matinee movies at the Paramount, before the movie theater closed in 1974. The last movie he saw there was the John Wayne movie “Rio Lobo,” which Bawek watched with his grandfather.
“We all have memories here,” he said.
Perry enjoys the history behind the Paramount and is pleased to help the Paramount with a large-scale production, especially given how few older movie theater buildings remain.
“Other people who are moving to the community can come here and go, ‘Hey, remember when we had that in town?’” she said.
Yet showtime will come soon enough, and Veldman and Friends are busy putting together the storyline, music, choreography, stage construction and more with the help of their promotional manager Scott Perry. This year’s show also honors Joel Nelson, the longtime sound engineer who passed away earlier this year.
“He’ll be sorely missed,” Veldman said.
This year’s shows will take place Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. this Saturday at the Paramount Theatre during a special presale period. After the presale, residents can pick up tickets at the Austin Area Commission for the Arts headquarters, the new Austin ArtWorks Center at 302 N. Main Street. For more information, call the Paramount at 507-434-0934 or visit michaelveldmanandfriends.com