The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will host a series of events this summer to celebrate its 40th season. In addition to presenting Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Thursday, June 26, through Sunday, Aug. 3, and “OZ,” the theater’s summer children’s show, Friday, July 11, through Saturday, Aug. 2, five shows have been announced to augment the season finale of “Shrek, The Musical” in its annual Labor Day show.
“We are very excited to have all this wonderful programming to offer locals and guests this summer,” said Frankie Hood, board president of the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre. “Instead of hosting just another fundraiser featuring typical silent auctions, we decided to add to the richness of what we already do culturally and showcase a wider dimension of who we are.
History and jazz
Following the unprecedented success of its original play “The 10th,” the Backstage will screen the Warren Miller documentary about the 10th Mountain Division, “Climb to Glory,” at the Colorado Mountain College Finkel Auditorium on Wednesday, July 2, and Saturday, July 5, to help celebrate the nation’s birthday over the Fourh of July weekend. Warren Miller’s own professional skier Chris Anthony will announce the show on Wednesday, July 2.
Nelson Rangell will appear at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, for an intimate night full of his jazz favorites from his illustrious career. Guests will be invited to an evening of up close and personal music when Rangell takes to the stage with three of his most treasured accompanists.
Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the jazz genre, equally adept at soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.
“Nelson is very supportive of arts in the community and was delighted to come back to Breckenridge to perform for us at the Backstage,” said Mark Lineaweaver, executive director. “We hope to do more intimate, acoustic-type shows in the future — our space is perfect for it.”
Cabaret, creative minds
Join cast members from “Spamalot” on Wednesday, July 30, for an evening of live music and fun at the Breckenridge Theatre, titled “Cabaret, Cabaret!” Wine and cocktails will be flowing as artists perform a variety of musical numbers in a very intimate setting.
Mark Rodgers, curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions, is the creator and host of “Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side,” appearing at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge on Monday, Aug. 4. He will take the audience on a journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of the timeless geniuses of DaVinci and Michelangelo.
The inspirational multi-media presentation compares and contrasts the two greatest geniuses of the Italian Renaissance. This historically accurate voyage is accompanied by video, animations of machines, artwork, inventions, paintings and sculptures that will captivate the creative mind. Rodgers originally developed the idea to compare and contrast the two artistic greats while curating the DaVinci and Michelangelo Exhibition in Denver.
“We hope to involve the arts community in Breckenridge,” Lineaweaver said. “With the imminent opening of the Art District, timing couldn’t be better. We are lucky to get him. Discussions are now taking place to incorporate local artists into the mix, giving them a platform to showcase their talents.”
Ending with Esteban
Internationally renowned master of acoustic guitar Esteban will dazzle audiences on Saturday, Aug. 23, with his amazing showmanship and musical skills. Known as one of the finest classically trained guitarists in the world today, Esteban and his daughter, Teresa, playing on violin, will take patrons on a colorful, emotionally moving “global musical journey.” Even though a flamenco flare is his specialty, the show proves to be truly an awe-inspiring testament to his acoustic guitar skills.
One of the few remaining protégés of the father of the classical guitar, Andres Segovia, left in the world today, Esteban has had a remarkable return to the stage after a devastating car accident that left the performer wondering if he would ever perform again. Recovered after 10 long years of intense therapy, the critically acclaimed artist with a flair for the dramatic will take to the stage with skills that will blow the mind.
Tickets are on sale now online at www.backstagetheatre.org, or call (970) 453-0199 to place a phone order. Group tickets are also available. Walk-ups are welcome, and tickets will be available for purchase on the day of each show starting one hour before curtain time.