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A group of Summit County piano students will give a recital of classics to contemporary repertoire plus their own improvisations. The performance is 2 p.m. Sunday at Dillon Community Church, 371 LaBonte St.Participants are Ali Christiansen, Chloe Krasowski, Selah Kreeger, Dominick Leonardi, Anne Parker, Ian Parker, Emmet Sproul, Kaeli Subberwal and Priya Subberwal.The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Adrienne Sielaff at (970) 453-6243.

A live broadcast of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, in the auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The dramatic opera was written in 1835 by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti and is based loosely on the Sir Walter Scott novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.” Set in the hills of Scotland, the story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucia who is caught in a feud between her family and another. This production from the Met features Natalie Dessay as Lucia.The performance is presented in high definition through a partnership between the college and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge. The show is part of the Met’s award-winning series Live in HD. The next performance will be Rossini’s comic “Le Comte Ory” on April 9.Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and Met members, and $10 for students and children under 16. More information is available at (970) 453-5825, david@pessel.com or http://www.nromusic.com.The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg. The HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers.

The Backstage Theatre, winner of the 2010 Outstanding Regional Theatre by the Colorado Theatre Guild, is opening casting for its summer production of the Yazbek/McNally musical, “The Full Monty.””The Full Monty” is the raucous, heartfelt story of six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y. who go to great lengths to make some cash and help out a friend in trouble. When a local male strip show – whose dancers venture down to G-strings – is a hit with the local women, the cash-strapped factory workers figure they can really cash in if they go “The Full Monty.” Desperate for self-respect and financial relief, the buddies must overcome their fears, their nerves and their clothes for a shot at success. The Backstage Theatre production of “The Full Monty” will be directed by Backstage artistic director Christopher Willard, with music directed by Mary Gottlieb. Musical tracks are by Donna Debreceni. Set design is by Denver Post Ovation award-winner Tina Anderson. The show will perform at the Breckenridge Theatre from June 23 through July 23. Initial rehearsals will be conducted in Denver with final tech rehearsals in Breckenridge. Lodging will be provided for actors during their time in Breckenridge. Non-Equity performers only need apply. All positions are paid a flat rate of $650-$800, depending on size of role. Roles are available for nine men and seven women, most age 25-50. Special requirements are for a 12- to 14-year-old non-singing boy, an African American singer/dancer age 30-60, and a 60+ year old singing female. All ethnicities encouraged to apply. Contact the theater for specific positions available, as there are quite a few.Auditions will be March 13 and 20 from 1:30- 4 p.m. at Academy of Theatre Arts located at 6801 S. Emporia St., Englewood. Prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song and a one minute comic monologue. To book an audition, call (970) 453-0199.



Is there a story from your past, not-so-distant past, or present that you have kept hidden from the world -that you never thought you’d tell -that only an anonymous revealing can help remove the weight of guilt, secrecy or embarrassment from your shoulders? Is your secret something truly amazing that you did for another person but never admitted? Would your secret make jaws drop to hear? Make us bust out in laughter? Make us shed a sympathetic tear? Well, think of the Backstage as your “father confessor.” Tell us it all! And while we’re on the subject of things kept locked away, what about your dreams? We’re talking not only your personal aspirations, but also the images and stories that invade your sleep and leave you scratching your head come the morning. We want to hear each and every one of the juicy details!The Backstage Theatre is launching its Secrets and Dreams Project, a series of unique performances to be produced at the Breckenridge Theatre April 8-23. To realize this ambitious production, we are soliciting submissions from all ages in Summit County in order to create two separate versions of the show: one that shines a light on the secrets and dreams of adults, and one production exclusively geared for, and made available to, youth. Secure drop-off boxes will be placed around the county to receive these submissions in an anonymous fashion.Drop off your secrets at: the central library in Frisco, Curves in Frisco, Frisco Middle School, Clint’s in Breckenridge, the Silverthorne Recreation Center, Allure Aesthetics and Laser Center, Red Buffalo Tea & Coffee in SIlverthorne, and the Breckenridge Theatre. Put your information down on a piece of paper, taking care to keep it anonymous. You may submit as many entries as you like. You are encouraged to pour your heart out and confess any and all secrets and dreams you keep inside. (Confession is good for the soul, yes?) No limit to length. No secret or dream is too shocking or too tame for inclusion. The deadline is March 14. At the end of this period, all boxes will be gathered and opened, and shows will be crafted based upon these submissions. Summit County owes a great deal of success to the dreams of its great citizenry. But no community exists without a secret underside that pulses right beneath all that we choose to show to our neighbors, friends, and loved ones. It’s time to shine a light on all that goes unspoken and to give a voice to our aspirations, images and ideas that haunt us, and all those admissions we have – until now – been too afraid to reveal. For more information, visit http://www.backstagetheatre.org.


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