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Bernie Nagy, a ski pro for Breckenridge Ski Resort for the last six seasons, proved recently that he is also a professional author and photographer. On Saturday, March 27, he attended the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and walked away with top honors for his coffee table book, “Colorado’s South Park, High Country Paradise.” Nagy and his wife, Linda, did the photography, copy, design and artwork and then self-published their book. Nagy was recognized by CIPA with a first place EVVY Award for the category, “Best Travel Book.” In addition, he received “Tech” awards for “Best Cover Design” and “Best Illustrations.” “I want to thank all the CIPA members who helped me with my project. With the knowledge I have gained through this organization, I have fulfilled my dream,” Nagy said when receiving the prestigious EVVY Award.Just a few weeks ago Nagy won the Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Local Author and Best Local Photographer by Park County’s “The Flume” newspaper readership.When Nagy and his wife retired and moved to the High Country in 2004, they had no idea that they would be embarking on a new career. Nagy was so impressed with his new surroundings that he began exploring all of South Park and documenting his journeys with photographs. When South Park was designated a National Heritage area in March of 2009, Nagy felt compelled to publish his work because there were only history books and no photography books available on South Park. From years of exploring and thousands of photographs, he chose more than 270 images for his 120-page travel essay book. By late November, 2009, Nagy introduced his book and it was immediately well-received. “If my book helps bring more visitors to the High Country and South Park, that’s even better,” he remarked. Colorado’s South Park Book is available for $29.95 through http://www.southparkbook.com. The book can also purchased at The Next Page in Frisco and at Weber’s in Breckenridge.

The Backstage Theatre is offering the Actors Playground 9 a.m. to noon April 24. Join us for a workshop morning of fun and Theatre Games. Learn the basics of improvisation and working together as an ensemble. This workshop will focus on the importance of preparing your bodies, minds and imaginations for creative play on the stage. We will participate in favorite theatre warm-ups, activities and group collaboration while creating interesting characters and fun scenes. For ages 7-12. Instructor: Shelly Bordas. $40 tuition fee. Another offering: Improve your Improv from 9 a.m. to noon May 8. In this high energy and favorite workshop, we will be exploring the basics of improvisations for the stage. The art of improvisation, or acting without a script, is a wonderful tool for actors of all ages and an important skill for improving your acting and auditioning skills. Filled with games, activities and character building, this workshop touches on the basics, rules and unforgettable fun of improvisation. A morning of play for ages 7-12. Instructor: Shelly Bordas. $40 tuition fee.Call the Backstage Theatre at (970) 453-0199 to reserve a place. All workshops will be conducted at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is currently seeking submissions for its production of “The Little Dog Laughed” by Douglas Carter Beane. Headshots and resumes for the role of Mitchell are now being accepted through Sunday. Due to a last minute casting change, submissions are being accepted immediately. Mitchell is a male, age 25-35; a Hollywood movie star with the “Hollywood” look.Rehearsals start April 24. Performances are Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 7-30.NOTE: This production contains brief nudity. Nudity is not an optional part of the production, but nudity will NOT be required for any auditions. Weekly salary between $250-$300. Housing will be provided at no cost to the actor during the contract dates. Travel stipend provided.Send submissions of headshot, resume and any links of reel material to: chris@lakedillonfoundation.org. All submissions due by 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (970) 513-9386 or e-mail chris@lakedillonfoundation.org.

For 35 years Bill Miller has composed, recorded, produced and performed inspirational music that is true to his Native American roots. He is a multiple award-winning, transcendent artist who, through his creative expression and personal presence, embodies an essential experience. During his prolific career, Bill Miller has earned three Grammys for best Native American Music Album, with the most recent in 2010.Miller will be performing at the Old Church, Iglesia Siloe, 801 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, on Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Colorado Mountain College at Leadville Student Affairs Office or by calling (719) 486-4263. Advance tickets are $10. Tickets will be available at the door (unless sold out) the night of the performance for $15. Miller has co-written songs with Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes and Michael Martin Murphy, and shared the stage and toured with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the BoDeans, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, and Tori Amos throughout the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe. Learn more about this talented and inspirational Native American artist at http://www.billmillerarts.com. The concert is sponsored by Colorado Mountain College at Leadville, Student Affairs Office and Student Government.


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