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Paramount Staff 16/17 Fall/Winter Season Picks

July 25, 2016 3:38 pm Published by


There’s no doubt that even if our staff was not employed at the Paramount & Stateside Theatres, they would be season ticket holders. We asked members of our team what their subscription to our 2016/17 Fall/Winter season would look like – take a look at who they are most thrilled about seeing and why – we hope their picks inspire your selections if you haven’t already signed up for our eclectic upcoming season!

Brooklyn Barbieri Henson

Marketing Director


Priscilla Presley: Seeing as how this crazed Elvis fan was born years after his passing, this is as close to Elvis as I am ever going to get! Not only did I dress up as Priscilla for my Elvis themed 30th birthday party, I put together an Elvis tribute band and sang Elvis covers in the Paramount lobby prior to Tuna Does Vegas performances back in 2007. I’m a huge ‘Cilla fan as well & hope there’s some opportunity to donate for meet & greet access. 😉

Hal Ketchum: One of my favorite male voices and true singers in country music today. His voice has always struck a chord with me as it is very haunting and expressive. My first night away at college (feeling homesick), I was taken on a bus with a bunch of other Freshman to the grand ol opry for a private show by a TBD performer. I was stunned when out walked Hal Ketchum to greet us and sing one of my favorite songs, “Past the Point of Rescue.” It made me feel as if I was where I was meant to be. Years later, my husband who is a country singer in town, opened for him at very intimate, outdoor show where Hal performed in a style that paid homage to his native American history – that was incredible to witness.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Her great voice just takes me back to childhood listening to her on the radio in my room and seeing her music videos – love when big voices like this come to our intimate, historic venue.


Bridget Everett: Two Moontowers ago Bridget picked up and carried around Jim Ritts, CEO of the Austin Theatre Alliance. I was at another venue and missed it. I’m not making that mistake again.

The Skivvies: They play cover songs in their underwear. I could fabricate a meaningful reason why, but honestly it just sounds hilarious. I think it’ll be a fun show and a fun audience.

Paramount Science Summit: Science is cool now—wish that was the case when I was a Science Olympiad throughout middle and high school. Physicists’ work is a long way from finished, and the opportunity to hear three leading experts in our own backyard is a rare treat. Physics breakthroughs from about the past 110 years have reshaped and re-informed the entire basis of physics. We’re in arguably one of the most exciting times of physics, and this show cannot be missed.

Krystal Parsons

Development & Patron Services Manager



Paige Deegan

Associate Director of Membership


The Discovery Series! I have two young kids, and the Discovery Series line-up this year is fantastic. I had the pleasure of seeing Petra and the Wolf last year, and it is such a beautiful performance, both visually and musically. It’s the type of children’s programming that is as engaging for adults as it is for children, which can be difficult to find. In fact, the full Discovery Series really has something for parents and children alike this year – The Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare is an immersive light-show experience, The Man Who Planted Trees provides more mesmerizing puppetry, and Call of the Wild will appeal to all of us who were introduced the adventure story when we were in school.


As a young man, I enjoyed taking in live music shows at my “other” favorite historic venue, The King of France Tavern at the Maryland Inn in Annapolis, where I often saw a sweet, shy Washington, DC-based folk singer named Mary Chapin Carpenter. Obviously this was before she became the prolific country music superstar we have all come to know and love. I’m very excited to welcome Mary into our beloved Paramount Theatre.

Going back a bit farther, what kid of my era didn’t watch The Monkees every day after school let out? Is this really their 50th anniversary tour? While working at my college radio station during the early 1980s, I had the opportunity to interview Peter Tork before a show at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club. I wonder if he will remember me?

I have worked every installment of The Moth since it started coming to the Paramount, and can tell you hands down that it is one of the best shows you will see on our stage. Hopefully this is the year that I take off and beg Maica for a pair of tickets so I can enjoy the whole show!

Chip Tait

Bar Manager



Cathy McDonald

Associate Director of Special Events and Volunteer Engagement

Priscilla Presley: I am so looking forward to attending the Elvis and Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley show at the Paramount! For those of us fortunate enough to have been alive when Elvis was in his heyday, although I did not ever see him in person, this will be an incredible way to get a glimpse into a life that few people have ever seen. Did I mention I have the Elvis channel on Sirius programmed in my car?

Mary Chapin Carpenter: What an amazing singer-songwriter! I have had the privilege of hearing MCC on a few occasions, but never in a venue with acoustics like at the Paramount. I have no doubt this will rank up there as one of my all-time favorite shows at the P!

Aaron Neville Duo: I first heard Aaron Neville at the New Orleans Jazz festival in the 90’s and have been hooked ever since! With his smooth style and wide diversity (he’s performed with George Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples among a few) there is something in this show for everyone!

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