Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
“Money makes the world go ’round.”
That little snippet from Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s “Cabaret” musical has been in my head for the last week since I saw the show in Silverthorne. Sitting at a two-person table set up right in front of the traditional seats, I couldn’t get any closer to the action without actually being in the performance. And actually, in those four little tables set up on the sides of the stage, we pretty much were a part of the show as dancers used the tables as props.
Executive director Josh Blanchard excelled in his role as the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club, alternately stalking, bounding and dancing across the stage. Drawing the audience in, he serves as a captivating guide to the story, weaving in and out of the action with an entrancing energy.
The slightly risque play is fun, with catchy songs throughout, but it also delves into darker themes of hatred and genocide during the time when Nazis were rising in power. Set in Berlin in the 1930s, the story follows a young writer and his English muse, and a Jewish and German widow who fall in love. While we now look back on this pitch-black time in the world’s history as something of an aberration, the song, “If You Could See Her” could serve as a strikingly fresh commentary on hatred we still see against the LGBT community today. “If you could see her through my eyes, You wouldn’t wonder at all. If you could see her through my eyes, I guarantee you would fall (like I did). When we’re in public together. I hear society moan. But if they could see her through my eyes, Maybe they’d leave us alone.”
“Cabaret” plays Tuesdays through Sundays until Aug. 14 at the LDTC’s interim theater at the Outlets at Silverthorne. For more information, go to lakedillontheatre.org for more information on tickets and showtimes.
Here are the best bets for this weekend:
COPPER MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Copper Mountain Resort is hosting three days of free live music, workshops and other activities this weekend. Whether you’re interested in learning more about songwriting on top of a mountain, want to jam with fellow musicians, or just want to hear some new tunes, the music festival is where it’s at this weekend.
BRECKENRIDGE SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL
Now in its 11th year, the Summer Beer Festival will bring more than 45 local, regional and national breweries to one location for over 100 beer samplings. The outdoor location at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center lends to the festival atmosphere, and there will also be around a dozen food vendors selling everything from burgers and brats to Indian dishes. Live music with three Colorado bands will round out the day. Go to breckenridgebeerfestival.com for more information.
OPENING RECEPTION FOR PHOTOGRAPHER CARL SCOFIELD
Local photographer Carl Scofield is debuting his new, two-part exhibit, “Off the Wall,” and “Closer to Home.” The exhibit will be on display at the Breckenridge Theatre through Aug. 8. The opening reception with Scofield will be Friday, July 8 from 5-6 p.m. at 121 S. Ridge St.
It’s hard to find anything that beats listening to good music in the sunshine and warm weather. This weekend, the town of Dillon hosts Bonfire Dub on Friday and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club on Saturday at the Amphitheatre, one of the most picturesque venues around. Both shows start at 7 p.m.
The first Sunset at the Summit Concert Series is Saturday, July 9, with Ron Ivory & One. The town of Silverthorne and Lake Dillon Theatre Company will host concerts through out July at Rainbow Park at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, July 14, the town of Frisco continues its concert series at the Frisco Historic Park with Face.
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