Friday, April 29, 2016

Night Players show tonight


The Night Players Theater is celebrating the Fifth Friday in April with a show we think you will enjoy tonight at 8 PM sltime.

A New Dance Troupe called "Sweet Seduction" has joined the Night Players in performing in our NP Theater which was created for "Performance Art," Experimental Theater and Red Hot Dance Acts featuring some of the Best Dancers in Second Life.

In addition to Sweet Seduction, tonight there will be performances by Kyshra Rhiadra, Lotta Difference, Ariel Stokes, Queenie Acadia and the Night Players "Maestro of Insanity" - Pathmaker Campbell with an updated version of his "BDSM" act - with a cast of thousands (okay 7 but who's counting?) - a Very Extremely Mature and Adult Act . . . . of Exquisitely Good Taste, of course.

We don't think there is anything in Second Life that is quite like Night Players.  And we plan to keep it that way.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last show of the month

Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the PARAMOUNT GRAND THEATRE, the Paramount Players dance for you April 23rd at 7pm slt, Sweet Dreams. 

Whether it be a sweet dream or a terrifying nightmare, the Paramount Players will showcase themselves in a dream sequences this month.

Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Night Players show tonight!


The Paramount Players does a monthly "after hours" show. Starting at 8pm slt... we bring bring you the same performance quality we do at our Saturday shows, maybe a little more skin... little less costume. Some acts do contain adult content.

What's the diff? You already know what we present at the Paramount; Night Players will have some acts that are similar - but it will also feature acts that are more - Avant Grade - acts that stretch our creative wings - - push our boundaries.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sweet Dreams Sneek Peek Part 3

Last sneek peek of the month, booooo. Have no fear next month, new show! Last chance to see our dreams and nightmares show. Meanwhile to peek your interest, have a listen and read some facts on this fun tune!

 
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LBmUwi6mEo

Here are some song facts for you to enjoy...
(from Wikipedia)
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight", also known as "Wimoweh", "Wimba Way" or "Awimbawe", is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds[1] for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title "Mbube". Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing.

"Mbube" (Zulu: lion) was written in the 1920s, by Solomon Linda, a South African singer of Zulu origin, who later worked for the Gallo Record Company in Johannesburg as a cleaner and record packer. He spent his weekends performing with the Evening Birds, a musical ensemble, and it was at Gallo Records, under the direction of black producer Griffiths Motsieloa, that Linda and his fellow musicians recorded several songs including "Mbube," which incorporated a call-response pattern common among many Sub-Saharan African ethnic groups, including the Zulu.

(from songfacts)
The original title was "Mbube," which means "lion." It was a hunting song originally sung in Zulu in what is now Swaziland.
    

This was popularized in the 1930s by South African singer Solomon Linda, who recorded it in 1939 with his group, The Evening Birds. Apparently they were a bold bunch, and got the idea for this from when they used to chase lions who were going after the cattle owned by their families.
    

This was recorded in South Africa, where it was a big hit. Around 1948, the South African record company sent a copy to Decca Records in the US, hoping to get it distributed there. Folk singer Pete Seeger got a hold of it and started working on an English version.
    

In the 1950s, Miriam Makeba recorded this with the Zulu lyrics, and Pete Seeger recorded it with his band, The Weavers (who dominated the charts with "Goodnight Irene"). The Weavers recorded the refrain of the song (no verses) and called it "Wimoweh." Their version hit #15 on the US Best Sellers charts in 1952. In 1957, it was included on, The Weavers At Carnegie Hall, a very popular album in the world of folk music.
    

Seeger thought they were saying "Wimoweh" on the original, and that's what he wrote down and how it was recorded in English. They were actually saying "Uyimbube," which means "You're a Lion." It was misheard for "Wimeoweh" because when pronounced, Uyimbube sounds like: oo-yim-bweh-beh. (thanks to Stephanie Carruth, who performs this song and has studied the Zulu language)
    

The Kingston Trio recorded this in 1959 on their Live From The Hungry i LP. When introducing the song, singer Dave Guard stated that "Mbube" was a song about a sleeping lion (he doesn't refer to the song by name: he gives the background of the song before the Trio sings it). Part of the translated lyrics, as given by Guard: "Hush! Hush! If we all be quiet, there will be lion meat for dinner."


Opera singer Anita Darien was brought in for the soprano during and after the sax solo. Her voice almost sounds like an instrument on the record.
 

The Tokens sang backup on another version of the song made popular by Robert John 10 years later.
   


The original version by Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds can be found on the album Crocodiles, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Solomon Linda and The Evening Birds and Others: Mbube Roots--Zulu Choral Music from South Africa, 1930s-1960s.
    

The 3 surviving daughters of Solomon Linda sued for royalty rights to this song in 1999 and won a settlement in the case 6 years later. Solomon Linda died in poverty from kidney disease in 1962 at age 53. As part of the settlement with Abilene Music, who own the publishing rights, Linda's heirs receive 25% of past and future royalties from the song, which are considerable since it is used in so many movies and still receives airplay. In the 1950s Linda sold the rights to this song to Gallo Records of South Africa for 10 shillings (about $1.70), at a time when apartheid laws robbed blacks of negotiating rights. In the 1970s, Linda's widow signed over the rights to Abilene.
    

This song was also used in Disney's 1994 hit movie The Lion King. It was sung by Timon the meerkat (Nathan Lane) and Pumba the warthog (Ernie Sabella). (thanks, Caitlin - Upper Township, NJ)
 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sweet Dreams are made of these....

Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the PARAMOUNT GRAND THEATRE, the Paramount Players dance for you TONIGHT! at 7pm slt, in our new show, Sweet Dreams. 

Whether it be a sweet dream or a terrifying nightmare, the Paramount Players will showcase themselves in a dream sequences this month.

Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Deadline is April 22nd

Yup, we at Paramount want YOUR help! Help?! Help from us? Of course! You are the reason we dance afterall. Please send in a notecard with your favorites from the past year!

We, the Players, have decided for our May theme, that we would like the AUDIENCE TO PICK THEIR FAVORITE DANCE PERFORMANCE! Dance performance? You mean show? No we mean your favorite dancer doing what performance you loved to see again! 

Over the past year or more, YOU the audience, will pick what the dancers will perform on the Paramount stage in May 2016. Instead of a "Dancer's Choice Show," it's and "Audience Choice Show!" You pick your favorite "act" the dancers have done. If you need a refresher, click on over to the pictures page.

It can be anything done in the past year or two (2014-2015). Please nothing from the Night Players theatre, we do have some favorites of our own we did there, but this is for Paramount.

Please only the dancers that are currently employed at Paramount.You need a refresher on that too, just click on the performers page to see a list.

Please send a notecard to Lotta Difference and/or Pathmaker Resident with your choice. If you are in the neighborhood, drop off that notecard in the mailbox in the lobby! Jourdaine will be happy to show you. 

Deadline for "entries" will be April 22nd. This gives you plenty of time to remember what you want to see again and if the dancer has to do some editing to his or her dance and stage backdrop.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sweet Dreams Sneek Peek Part 2

Did you come to our show and enjoy it last Saturday? Did you even show up?! Well here is another sneek peek to peek your interest! Two more Saturdays before a new month, so come to this show soon!


Another Player chose a rock song that brings you to.... Neverland?!


Metallica - Enter Sandman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD-E-LDc384

Here are some song facts for you to enjoy...
(from Wikipedia)
"Enter Sandman" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their eponymous fifth album, Metallica in 1991. The music was written by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a child's nightmares.

The single achieved platinum certification for more than 1,000,000 copies shipped in the United States, spurring sales of over 30 million copies for Metallica and propelling Metallica to worldwide popularity. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured in all of Metallica's live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts.


(from songfacts)

Initially, the song was supposed to be about death, but the topic was changed to nightmares because Metallica's producer at the time, Bob Rock, thought that "Death doesn't sell." (thanks, Ariel - Tel - Aviv, Israel)
 

The line in the chorus, "Take my hand, we're off to Never Never Land" is a reference to the children's story Peter Pan, as Peter lives in the magical world of Neverland. In this song, the Sandman lives in Never Never Land, and it is a much less pleasant place. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
 

Pat Boone recorded a hilariously upbeat version of this for his In a Metal Mood album. He sang lyrics like "Dreams of war, dreams of fire" and "Exit lights" in an almost laughing manner. The music was jazzy and Vegas-esque, and the opening guitar riff was noticeably shorter.

At 5:23 into the song, there is a rendition of an ancient children's prayer performed by James Hetfield and the song of Metallica producer Bob Rock: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord, my soul to keep, if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." There have been many more cynical renditions of this prayer which have the child pleading with God to take their life. When Pat Boone covered this, he said the second part as "Guard me, angels, through the night, wake me in God's holy light," another traditional children's bedtime prayer. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)


Metallica used this on their 1999 live album with the San Francisco Symphony titled S&M. They weren't originally going to use it because they didn't think it went well with an orchestra, but then decided to because it was one of their most popular songs.
 

This is often played at baseball games when an intimidating relief pitcher comes in to finish off the game for the home team. The implication is that the pitcher is about to secure the victory and put the other team to bed. One example is Mariano Rivera, the closer for the New York Yankees. Members of The Yankees scoreboard operations staff chose the song, as Rivera didn't care or listen to the music played when he entered the game. A few years later, a reporter told Rivera about the song, and he approved, liking the idea of giving opposing hitters nightmares.
 


After the US invaded Iraq in 2003, this was one of the songs they played over and over is sessions designed to break the will of Saddam Hussein's supporters. The US military also played children's songs at these sessions, including selections from Barney the dinosaur.

Nielsen SoundScan announced in December 2009 that Metallica's self-titled album (sometimes known as The Black Album) had surpassed Shania Twain's 1997 CD Come On Over to become the best-selling album since they began tracking sales for Billboard on March 1, 1991.
 

In a 1991 interview with Guitar World, Hammett explained his penchant for the wah-wah pedal: "There's something about a wah pedal that really gets my gut going! People will probably say, 'He's just hiding behind the wah.' But that isn't the case. It's just that those frequencies really bring out a lot of aggression in my approach."

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pictures from Sweet Dreams show!

Thank you for Tristan for submitting pictures and Lotta added some too. Have a look on the pictures page, 2016! Tristan also took some video but I have no idea how to show those, they aren't on youtube ;D

Hope to see you on the 16th so you can see these visions in person!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sweet Dreams - New show tonight!

Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the PARAMOUNT GRAND THEATRE, the Paramount Players dance for you April 9th at 7pm slt, in our new show, Sweet Dreams. 

Whether it be a sweet dream or a terrifying nightmare, the Paramount Players will showcase themselves in a dream sequences this month.

Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sneek Peek: Sweet Dreams Part 1

It's a brand new month which means a brand new show! This month the Players take you with them into their dreams... and nightmares. Whatever and wherever you do, you are sure to be entertained! Show starts this coming Saturday!

One Player chose the song Sleepwalker by Adam Lambert. Click on the link below to have a listen. Try to think of what comes to your mind, but come to the show and see what one Player does!

Adam Lambert "Sleepwalker"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRlw6_3rZas

Here are some song facts for you to enjoy...
(from Wikipedia)
"Sleepwalker" is a song by American recording artist and American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert. The song was written by Ryan Tedder, Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey for Lambert's debut album, For Your Entertainment. It was released as a single in select countries. This song was written and recorded in 2009. It is the seventh and final single from the album on March 25, 2011. Germany was the only selected country where the single was released along with a music video; namely the live performance on the Glam Nation Live live album.

(from songfacts)
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder wrote and produced this song alongside the Nashville-based husband and wife writing team of Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey. Tedder also co-penned 2007 X-Factor champion Leona Lewis' international breakthrough single, "Bleeding Love."