Social Media Concert Series Solicits Online Dance Performances For Upcoming Event

Connection Week 3 Honored Essential Workers and Healthcare Providers

(Aurora, IL) – Local singers, storytellers and poets honored essential workers and healthcare providers with original new works created for Paramount Theatre’s next Connection Social Media Concert on Saturday, April 18.

On Saturday night via Paramount’s Facebook, Instagram or YouTube page, or, viewers enjoyed a free, eclectic collection of songs, spoken word pieces and poems centered on one common theme: memorable experiences or personal connections with doctors, nurses, food preparation workers, cleaning crews or any essential workers risking their lives to keep others safe.

Each song, story or poem, created by local artists in just the previous week as they were sheltering in place, was crowd-sourced by Paramount Theatre’s New Works Department via an open submission process. Together, they combine for an entertaining and poignant virtual event that salutes everyday heroes on the front lines helping others during this unprecedented time.

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Travis Austin, cast member in Paramount’s Broadway productions of The Secret of My Success, Newsies and The Wizard of Oz, debuted his new song “Thank You” as part of Paramount’s third Connection Social Media Concert

The inspiring results can be seen in the above video! Earlier online concerts are still available via the Paramount Theatre Aurora’s YouTube account.

Paramount’s Connection series is designed to help artists and audiences stay connected while everyone is asked to stay at home. The theme changes every week to encourage emerging and veteran performing artists to use their time in quarantine to create new work and keep Paramount’s patrons entertained in an innovative new way.

To date, Connection performers have included children, teenagers, emerging performers and professional artists, each debuting original works videotaped in their own homes. From serious to silly, Connection concerts are becoming the place and time for performing arts lovers to gather online every Saturday night and witness an evening of new works by talented local artists.

Now Connections is adding dancers to the mix!

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“Passage of time” is next Connection theme; Deadline to submit is Wednesday, April 22

Every Wednesday, Paramount’s New Works Department announces the next week’s Connection theme and submission guidelines.

Now that it is about one month since the stay-at-home and social distancing orders were put in place, Paramount announced it is seeking original songs and/or dance pieces that reflect the performers’ personal connections to the passage of time.

To submit, please fill out this form – – by Wednesday, April 22 at midnight.

The resulting Connection Social Media Concert dedicated to the passage of time will debut Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. across Paramount’s social channels and website.

Some submission hints: All ages and experience levels are welcome. If filming with a cell phone, horizontal orientation is preferred but not required. If you are a writer and not a performer, Paramount will connect you with singers who have volunteered to perform your material and record it.

For any other questions about the submissions process, please email:

“Since we have all been advised to socially distance ourselves, it’s become clear that we need to find new ways to stay in touch now more than ever,” said Amber Mak, New Works Development Director, Paramount Theatre. “While we may not be able to bring you live theater right now, Paramount plans to continue our Connection series to keep people connected until we can all see each other again at the theater.”

Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. More than 41,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices at Paramount Theatre. Since launching its Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount Theatre has grown to be the second largest subscription house in the nation.

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Press Release Via: Paramount Theatre

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