The 2018 Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival is perhaps the most diverse and ambitious in its 39-year history. Tickets are on sale now for concerts, plays, comedy improv shows, fine art shows, movement and rhythm workshops, art camps and more starting on June 22 and running through October. Buoyed by eighty seven percent growth in attendance and the confidence that hiring a talented Executive Director to guide and administer the nonprofit organization, Valhalla Tahoe’s staff, board and volunteers are eager to deliver a memorable festival.
“The lineup provides a little something for everyone! Between the great performances and the natural setting you can’t beat Valhalla Tahoe for one of the best experiences on the lake. This year should be more fun than ever,” says Sharon Romack, Valhalla Tahoe’s new Executive Director. Making the move from Chicago, Romack brings a wealth of nonprofit administration, fundraising and organizational development experience to the job. She is especially excited to be part of an organization that presents premier arts programming in a historic setting of natural beauty – a truly unique professional opportunity.
Valhalla is a unique paradise that combines rich heritage, rustic elegance and stunning Lake Tahoe views to offer an enchanting setting for the area’s most eclectic seasonal arts festival. The site is hidden among the pines, fir and cedar on the southwest shore next to Camp Richardson. The vantage from the plush vintage seats in the historic Boathouse Theatre offers the illusion that the stage and performers actually float on the lake. Expansive shaded lawns blending into beach and shoreline provide the perfect setting for performance and art workshops, concerts and picnics. The Grand Hall, summer home for the family of timber baron Walter Heller in the early 20th century with its enormous stone fireplace and numerous French doors opening onto the deep wrap-around porch houses the Viking Gallery and is the setting for more intimate festival events.
The 2018 festival brings an exciting mix of musical and dramatic theatre, the 25th anniversary shows of the Tahoe Improv Players, concerts featuring Grammy winners and nominees, major TV talent show contestants, and local, regional and national acts that mine the depths of genre defying, world class talent.
2018 Festival Highlights
June 22 – Opening Night with Little Faith: Back by popular Demand! Little Faith is a unique R&B, Soul and Gospel collective comprised of some of LA’s finest singers and musicians coming together behind a universal, uplifting, and unifying message. For their latest release, Eternity, they welcomed Whitney Houston musical director Michael Baker into the collaborative family as producer and drummer.
June 30, July 10, 24 and 31 – The Tahoe Improv Players 25th Anniversary Shows: Celebrating their 25th year, the Tahoe Improv Players bring their best shows yet to Valhalla. Tahoe’s best value in entertainment fo the whole family. They make stuff up, you laugh…it’s simple!
July 5-8, 12-15 – Broadway in Blue: This intimate revue features songs from classic and contemporary Broadway shows and highlights the talents of performers in the South Lake Tahoe community. The simple yet elegant presentation and splashy musical numbers transform the beautiful Valhalla Boathouse Theatre into a cabaret for an evening of musical theatre fun.
July 17 and 18 – Capoeira, Dance and Drumming Workshops with SambaDa: California’s favorite festival dance band offers two days of workshops. Capoeira is a unique opportunity to experience a blend of Brazilian martial arts, dance and culture. Afro-Brazilian dance: focuses on folkloric and Orixa-inspired dance, Samba Afro, and samba reggae, as well as other Brazilian dance styles and featuring live drumming. Brazilian percussion class teaches basic Bateria rhythms and variations from the southeast and northeast of Brazil. Bring your shakers and bells.
July 19-22 – Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty reveals life and love in the White House. A one-woman show particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving performed by Emmy Award–winning actress Elaine Bromka, with 30 years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway.
August 1 – James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash: Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s biggest hits with stunning accuracy in this not-to-be-missed musical event. The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash’s life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three.
September 5 – Ultrafaux with Very Special Guest Evan Price: Baltimore-based Ultrafaux performs original music influenced by Manouche guitarist Django Reinhardt, Balkan folk, gypsy swing, be-bop, trad Jazz, funk, and French musette. Evan Price is a two-time Grammy Award winning classical-crossover violinist who now plays with the renowned jazz supergroup Hot Club of San Francisco.
And many more shows, artists and performances June through October. The full schedule and information are at www.valhallatahoe.com.
About Valhalla Tahoe:
Valhalla Tahoe was formed in 1979 (as the Tahoe Tallac Association) as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of assisting the Forest Service in restoring the Tallac Historic Site and developing the site as a historic center while sponsoring as well as producing the Valhalla Arts & Music Festival held annually on the Heller Estate of the Tallac Historic Site. The site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
Valhalla Tahoe and the U. S. Forest Service have enhanced and restored a significant heritage area in the Tahoe region. We are also enabling the public to learn about, as well as enjoy, many rich diverse cultural experiences. The organization annually sponsors the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival, which features events that reflect the art and music of many cultures and historic time frames while enriching the lives of those who attend. Visit www.ValhallaTahoe.com for more.