Arts and Entertainment Briefs
Viennese music from Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” and masters Johann Strauss and Johann Strauss Jr. will take center stage at the Breckenridge Music Festival’s “Wine, Women and Song,” evening on Saturday at the Riverwalk Center. Johann Strauss is known for his collection of waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, mazurkas and marches that supplied the Austro-Hungarian Empire with a selection of dance music for more than 50 years. In 1874 he gambled with an operetta titled “Die Fledermaus.” Strauss’ eldest son, Johann Strauss Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps into music and eventually exceeded him in notoriety. He wrote over 500 works in his 55-year career, including waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, fifteen operettas, an opera and an unfinished ballet. Saturday’s concert will include a performance of Strauss Jr.’s “Thunder and Lightening Polka.”Guest vocalists include soprano Jacqueline Culpepper, bass-baritone Daniel Boye, lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho and tenor Bradley Howard.
The Imagination Express series, formerly known as Kidz Calliope, presents “The Irish Miner: From Emerald Isle to the Rockies” from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Riverwalk Center as a benefit for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Listen to the true tales about the life of a miner in Colorado more than 100 years ago. Leadville experienced one of the greatest silver rushes in American history. This community quickly grew to the largest Irish enclave in the history of the state. Meet Michael Mooney, one of the Irishmen who immigrated to the United State around 1870 and made his way to Leadville during the silver rush, where he made his living as a miner. Imagination Express is an affordable family series presented by the Town of Breckenridge featuring a variety of performances highlighting the best in children’s entertainment. These interactive shows can feature everything from live animals to bike stunts to theater to music. Mark your calendars for the remaining Imagination Express performances on various Tuesdays and Sundays from 2-3 p.m. throughout the summer at the Riverwalk Center. General admission to Imagination Express performances are $5 per person and may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge (noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday), by calling (970) 547-3100 or online at http://www.BreckenridgeRiverwalkCenter.com. Presented by the Town of Breckenridge, Imagination Express is sponsored by the Summit Daily News, Beaver Run Resort, Colorado Mountain Express, Parent’s Handbook to Summit County, TV8 Summit and LIFT 106.
The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge is holding auditions for its upcoming winter shows of “Cannibal The Musical,” “A Christmas Story,” and “The Wedding Eve.” Auditions will be conducted at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St. in Breck on Sunday and Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All shows will be directed by Backstage artistic director Christopher Willard (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Full Monty”).”Cannibal the Musical” is the stage version of “The Book of Mormon” and “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker’s hysterical film about Alferd Packer, the only man in Colorado history tried for cannibalism. This play contains strong language and adult content. Rehearsals begin in early September. Performances are Oct. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 & 30. Seeking male and female performers age 16-60. Singers and dancers especially encouraged to audition. Please note this is a revival of our successful past production, and some roles have been precast. Please prepare a one-minute comic monologue and be prepared to sing from the score. Lodging will be provided for those living outside the Breck area. All roles are paid.”A Christmas Story” is the stage version of Bob Clark’s beloved film about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the perfect Christmas present – a red Ryder 100-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle. Rehearsals begin in late September. Performances are in November and December.Seeking men, women, and kids age 6-60+. Casting for two men, two women, five boys and two girls. Please prepare a memorized one- minute comic monologue. You may be asked to read from the script. All roles are paid.”The Wedding Eve” is a world premiere screwball comedy about an out-of-control wedding in 1930’s Hollywood. This production will feature Missy Moore and Bob Moore.Rehearsals begin in early November. Performances are in January and February. Casting for eight men and women. Please prepare a one-minute comic monologue. Lodging will be provided for those living outside the Breckenridge area. All roles are paid.All auditions are by appointment only. Call (970) 453.0199 to book a slot. Specify which show you would like to audition for. If you require further information, consult http://www.backstagetheatre.org. The Backstage Theatre is celebrating its 38th season in 2011-2012. It is the oldest operating year-round theatre on the Western Slope, recently named 2010’s Outstanding Regional Theatre by the Colorado Theatre Guild. The artistic director is Christopher Willard.
The Imagination Express series, formerly known as Kidz Calliope, presents Salida Circus “Around the World” on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 2-3 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. The acrobatic Scarlet sisters are back and they’re spanning the globe looking for new animal acts for their circus. The sisters will look deep into the audience to find exotic animals, whether it’s some lively lions from Luxembourg, elegant elephants from Ethiopia, show fish from the south of France, funny frogs from the Far East or acrobatic orangutans from Australia! And as always, they need the audience’s help!Imagination Express is an affordable family series presented by the Town of Breckenridge featuring a variety of performances highlighting the best in children’s entertainment. This show is the finale to the summer’s Imagination Express series. General admission to performances are $5 per person and may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge (Tuesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.), by calling (970) 547-3100 or online at http://www.BreckenridgeRiverwalkCenter.com.
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