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Summit County’s theatre for the community, the Backstage Theatre, announces auditions for its Labor Day production of “The Music Man.””The Music Man” is the classic Meredith Willson musical about fast-talking con man, Harold Hill, who arrives in River City, Iowa to try and convince the residents to buy (non-existent) uniforms and instruments for a boy’s band. Once there, he meets and instantly falls for local librarian, Marion Paroo. Soon, Hill’s charisma starts to transforms the citizens of the town as Marion’s charms begin to transform Harold Hill himself. With terrific songs such as “Till There Was You,” “Gary, Indiana” and “76 Trombones,” “The Music Man” is an affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era.Auditions will be conducted at the Breckenridge Theatre on Sunday, May 15 from 1-4 p.m. and 6 -8 p.m. and on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8 p.m. Bring headshot and resume (if you have either). Auditionees will sing a selection from the show – either “Gary, Indiana” or “76 Trombones” – so be familiar with these songs. Accompaniment will be provided. You will also be asked to cold read from the script. You may be asked to dance a small combination, so please wear comfortable clothes to move in. There are non-singing parts in the show. All roles are available to be cast. Seeking ages 7 and up. Families are especially encouraged to audition. The show will begin rehearsals in July and be conducted primarily on weekends. Tech week is Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Performances are Sept. 2-4 at the Riverwalk Center Amphitheater in Breckenridge.”The Music Man” will be directed by Christopher Willard. Music direction is by Mary Dailey. Choreography is by Kelly Monahon. Orchestra tracks are by Donna Debreceni.To book an audition, call (970) 453-0199. For more information, or details on The Backstage Theatre’s current season, visit http://www.backstagetheatre.org.

The Annual Summit High School Art Show features more than 25 students from the Class of 2011, 4:30-6 p.m. May 13.View beautiful works, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and metals. Also enjoy complementary snacks.

The Peak to Peak Chorale will again present its annual spring musical theater performances in May. This year’s production, the eleventh written by Cora Jean Leenheer for the Chorale, is entitled Colorful Colorado: Stories of Our Black Pioneers. In this performance, you will meet several African-American characters from Colorado’s early history. Gilpin County residents will recognize beloved Aunt Clara Brown, who helped found St. James Methodist Church in Central City and whose contributions to Colorado’s history have been recognized with her depiction in a stained-glass window at the State Capitol. They may also have noticed the mansion behind the courthouse with the word LEE carved into its faade, built by Jeremiah Lee, the successful black miner and businessman, whose friend was “Professor” Lorenzo Bowman. Unknown to many is James Beckwourth, the adventurous mountain man, who partnered with the likes of Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez. Breckenridge residents may know of Barney Ford, whose home there is now a museum. Ford was a run-away slave who came to Colorado to seek his fortune in the gold fields but made it instead with fine restaurants and hotels. Yankee Hill, between Central City and Georgetown, was once the scene of high drama when Will Kennard, a former Buffalo Soldier, brought law and order to that community. Residents of South Beaver Creek Road may know of the Lincoln Hills Resort and Wink’s Lodge, which, in the early 20th century, provided a refuge for African-Americans, such as entertainer Lena Horne, and girls at the nearby YWCA Camp Nizhoni. You will also hear the stories of Henry Poynter of Central City and O.T. Jackson of Dearfield.Director Ann Wyss and the chorale have prepared a varied program of music, ranging from spirituals to show tunes and folk songs, and Robert Frost poems set to music, ably accompanied by Andre Mallinger and her musical ensemble. Characters will be portrayed by actors from the mountain community and from Denver’s black community.There will be three performances this year. Tonight, at 7, the musical theater will be presented at the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association Hall, 31528 Highway 72. Tickets are $20 at the door.On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the chorale will present a musical dinner theater at the Stage Stop Restaurant, 60 Main St., Rollinsville. Tickets for this performance and dinner, at $28, must be purchased in advance.There will also be a performance at the Anchor of Hope Church, 2101 High Street in Denver on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $15.For more information and for tickets, contact Karen Swigart at (303) 642-7491 or Carol Mirarck at (303) 642-3056.

The Outlets of Colorado and its three centers in Castle Rock, Loveland and Silverthorne will host the sixth annual Strike a Pose modeling auditions on Saturday, May 14 at each of its three locations. The contest invites youth ages 5 to 23, and adults of parenting age, to try out. Each of the 22 Strike a Pose contest winners will receive an extensive prize package and will represent the Outlets of Colorado in print, web and television advertising for one year. Each winning model will receive a prize package worth well over $1,000, including three memorable days at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. The Strike a Pose photo shoot will take place at the resort and at nearby Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo attractions in early June.Everyone is invited to try out, and the Outlets of Colorado will have a goodie bag for each person who auditions. A panel of six volunteers at each of the three centers, ranging from news anchors, college professors, past models, retail representatives, travel and tourism industry professionals and a public safety community officer will judge the Strike a Pose competitions.The Outlets at Silverthorne will host its contest in the Green Village, starting with an 11 a.m. registration on May 14. For more information, call (866) 746-7686 or visit http://www.outletsatsilverthorne.com.


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