June 3, 2023


Art Is Experience

Las Vegan Katie Marie Jones balances hockey hosting, showgirling and more

Katie Marie Jones appears to be like a all-natural when she’s interacting with hockey admirers as just one of the in-arena hosts all through Vegas Golden Knights game titles at the Fortress. Perhaps it is the thousand-watt smile, or the reality that she’s a native Las Vegan. But there was a discovering curve to this large-profile sports gig, even for an skilled performer like Jones.

She has been onstage on the Strip for about 3 several years in magician Nathan Burton’s demonstrate at the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Stores at World Hollywood, and she has carried out in a number of musical theater productions throughout the nation. In October, the night immediately after this season’s VGK home opener, Jones executed her initial solo exhibit at the Room, bouncing via some of her preferred songs and sharing stories from her diverse leisure vocation.

“I desired to set with each other a present that confirmed every side of me, not just musical theater or jazz or pop,” she suggests. “It’s still a get the job done in progress, and I have currently transformed items. That is where by my heart is, on the stage and in the theater, and I believe this coming yr, that is heading to be in which my concentrate is.”

Past thirty day period was a bit ridiculous for you. I do not know what possessed me to put my present the working day right after opening evening for the Golden Knights, but I did, and I’m however sleeping from it. But it was also the most effective 7 days of my lifestyle. We last but not least were being in a position to be back in the stands with enthusiasts and executing interviews with players and all that stuff, and it’s been a long two seasons of not doing that. The working day after, I received to just play and put all my preferred music into a person demonstrate, and it was an extraordinary night, the to start with time I’ve completed nearly anything like that.

You’ve under no circumstances finished a solo demonstrate? That is the initial time it’s just me. Being 100% me onstage is a minor terrifying, even however I have been hosting in front of thousands of people at the arena, and been in a bunch of plays and musicals. For some purpose, placing a demonstrate with each other myself was terrifying but so exhilarating and so value it. I genuinely acquired to dig into who I am as a performer and what created me.

You’re a born-and-lifted native, so did increasing up in Las Vegas convert you towards carrying out? It was not until eventually significant university that I believed I could maybe do it for a living. Just before that, I was just seeking anything at all and all the things to see what caught. I feel I normally appeared up to the persons entertaining on the Strip, and I try to remember we went to see Donny & Marie and [other shows] increasing up. It’s truly incredible to be born in a town that has so a lot leisure.

What was it like adapting to the position of host at Golden Knights game titles? When they named me and explained to me I acquired the job, I stated, “Really? Are you positive?” When I got earlier the shock and stopped stressing about messing up in front of 18,000 folks every single evening, it is related to [other] productions. We’re putting on a present, there are phase professionals and lights fellas and cameramen and it’s a common setting for me.But I’m enjoying a entirely distinct part. That is how I assumed of it at to start with, that I’m actively playing the purpose of a host, and I researched different hosts in the NHL and distinct women who have blazed a trail for us in this marketplace and watched what they did.

And now you are balancing that demanding role with your showgirl gig in Nathan Burton Comedy Magic at V Theater. That is these kinds of a diverse experience, mainly because there are so quite a few items that can go mistaken at any instant and you have to know how to determine it out and make it glimpse like almost everything went according to program. It’s been so a lot entertaining, and I have learned so substantially about myself and other types of performance. Mastering all these different issues in sports, magic, dance and other avenues have built me a large amount more nicely-rounded.

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