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Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Author Capt. (Ret.) John S. Kistler will sign his new historical novel, “New Moon Rising,” on Saturday, May 23, at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco.
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Book signings for Memorial Day at The Next Page

The Next Page Books & Nosh, located at 409 Main St., Unit 101 in Frisco, will host a pair of authors on Saturday, May 23, for a dual book signing from 3 to 5 p.m.

“We thought there would be a lot of people in town, and they’re both Colorado authors, so we thought it would be a good experience for people coming up to visit to get to meet and ask questions of some Colorado authors,” said Lisa Holenko, of The Next Page.

The bookstore will welcome back author Stan Moore with his newest release, “Mister Moffat’s Road,” a story of the building of the famous railroad (Ski Train) from Denver to Salt Lake. A third-generation Coloradan, Moore is an award-winning American film director, screenwriter and film producer. His previous novel, “Over the Dam,” featured Summit County’s Dillon Reservoir as its setting.

Also in attendance will be author Capt. (Ret.) John S. Kistler, who will be signing his new historical novel, “New Moon Rising,” based upon his experiences in the Persian Gulf during the time that the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, was overthrown by the revolutionary forces in that country. Kistler was a Navy pilot for 30 years, which included two deployments on USS LaSalle (AGF-3) from 1979 to 1981. He also served aboard six aircraft carriers before retiring.

For more information about this event, as well as upcoming book discussions, visit or call (970) 668-9291.

Backstage Theatre announces auditions for ‘The Jungle Book’

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will hold auditions for ages 6 and older for its annual Labor Day musical, “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge Street in Breckenridge.

The story of Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India, is given a new adaptation full of songs, dances and puppetry in the spirit of Disney’s “The Lion King.” Christopher Willard will direct the production, with music director Keith Ewer, choreographers Abbey Austin and Emy Holden and puppets by Cory Gilstrap at Imagined Creations.

The theater is seeking girls, boys, men and women who sing and dance or move well to play various jungle characters and villagers in the story, as well as adolescents skilled in acrobatics. Roles to be cast include the man-cub Mowgli, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and narrator, Raksha the mother wolf, Akela the father wolf, Shere Khan the tiger, Kaa the snake and many more, plus chorus members to play wolves, jackals, monkeys and other jungle animals, villagers and puppeteers.

Performers can make audition appointments by emailing or by calling (970) 453-0199. Audition slots are an hour in length and will involve learning music from the show, dancing a short combination and possibly reading from the script. Potential candidates are asked to bring a resume and headshot, if available.

The theater is also seeking costumers, builders, technicians and scenic painters to participate in the show. The show will stage at the Riverwalk Center from Friday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 6. Rehearsals will be held at Summit Middle School and will tentatively begin in early July. Visit for a complete cast list with detailed descriptions of each role.

Silverthorne PD hosts Summit County Safe Summer Kick Off

The 15th annual Safe Summer Kick Off will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silverthorne Elementary School. This event is sponsored by the Silverthorne Police Department and other emergency service agencies in Summit County.

The Summer Kick Off is a great way to kick off the summer by providing education and equipment to keep children safe. During this event, there will be free giveaways of bike and skateboarding helmets, fishing poles and other safety equipment. There will be free fingerprinting for children, helmet decorating, music and fun activities and a chance to take a tour of emergency service vehicles and equipment. There will be a car seat inspection area to check for proper fit and safety by certified technicians, and with a donation, new car seats will be available.

Children will be given a passport while at the event and asked to visit each booth in order to obtain a stamp. Once the passport is completed, the child can turn it in for a chance to win a new bicycle. Winners will be drawn at the event, and you must be present to win.

For more information, contact the Silverthorne Police Department at (970) 262-7320.

Steampunk comes to Leadville on Saturday, June 6

Steampunk Leadville will be held Saturday, June 6, at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Dubbed an exquisite adventure into retro futurism, this benefit for the museum will feature inventive costumes, Victorian sensibilities and anachronistic technology. Dr. Zapper and his Tesla Coil, a ride on the historic Leadville Railroad and a tour of the museum, will intrigue Steampunk fans. Festivities include a downtown mosey, prizes for best-dressed, food, libations and an after-hours dance with live music by Ye Ol’ Dirty Bastards.

Tickets are available by calling (719) 486-1229 or visiting The cost for the museum tour, festivities and train ride is $40 through Saturday, May 23, or $50 from Sunday, May 24, through Saturday, May 30. May 30 is the last day to secure tickets for the train ride. Tickets for the museum events only are $35 at the door.

USAF Thunderbirds to Perform at Rocky Mountain Airshow

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, aka the Thunderbirds, will burst across the Aurora sky in their F-16C jets for the first time in more than 18 years at the Rocky Mountain Airshow, to be held Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, at the Aurora Reservoir Park.

The event starts with the Friday Night Twilight Airshow & Firework Spectacular from 4 to 10 p.m., followed by daytime shows Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where the Thunderbirds will demonstrate their full-scale aerobatic show, plus dozens of additional aerobatic acts and static ground displays, including fire rescue aircraft, helicopters, an F-16 jet plane, jet dragster and a flight simulator, which is open to the public. Hands-on activities and the Kids’ Adventure Zone are free with event admission.

Early-bird tickets are $25 for general admission, one child’s admission is free with a paid adult, and each additional child’s ticket is $5. Discounts are available for seniors, military and groups. Tickets are available online at, along with full event details and performance lineup. Pets are not permitted at the event.

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