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The Geiger Counter: Enjoying some song and dance

Don’t know what to do this weekend? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Pull up a seat to the counter and I’ll tell you about everything that’s hot and happening.

While Summit County may be miles from Broadway, that doesn’t mean show tunes can’t make their way to the mountains for a little weekend getaway. Thanks in part to a variety of venues and a vibrant arts community, the mountain community frequently hosts live productions of actors singing and dancing.

After performing a traditional repertoire at the venerable Carnegie Hall in June, The Summit Choral Society is presenting its contemporary summer concert Monday, Aug. 19, and Tuesday, Aug. 20. The concert is based on American songwriters and spans classic songs like those from the musicals “Wicked” and “The Sound of Music” as well as tunes by Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Sara Bareilles.

The public will have two opportunities to hear the program at two venues. The first is at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 65 U.S. Highway 6, Dillon, at 7 p.m. on Monday. A reception will follow the performance.

Then on Tuesday, the group will perform for the first time at 10 Mile Music Hall, 710 Main St., Frisco. The relaxed venue will have food and drink to be enjoyed on the deck before the concert.

Along with the singers and regular piano accompanist Caroline Hesford, the shows will feature local drummer Willie Hoevers and trumpeter Mark Dorn. Ron Walsh will play the harmonica on a Johnny Cash medley.

Admission to both shows is free with donations accepted.

Another notable first, the Alpine Dance Academy’s Alpine Conservatory Theatre program is producing a fully licensed junior musical. Featuring only local kids who participated in the organization’s new summer stock program, the students will perform Disney’s “101 Dalmatians Kids” on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at The Breckenridge Theater, 121 S. Ridge St. There will be a matinee at 1 p.m. and a second performance at 6.

The musical, a kids version of the popular animated film and Dodie Smith novel, portrays the monstrous Cruella De Vil attempting to skin the many Dalmatians of Roger and Anita. According to director Abbey Austin, performing a known musical like this is a chance for the children to bolster their resumes — unlike original works that may not have widespread recognition.

The Alpine Conservatory also is performing a cabaret titled “The Story of My Life” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at The Breckenridge Theater.

Tickets can be purchased at The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students.

What I’m Watching

‘The Terror’

The year was 2007, and I finally made the trek to the famed Tattered Cover bookstore for the first time since moving to Colorado. While perusing the multitude of shelves, a staff-recommend novel by Longmont local Dan Simmons caught my eye.

The year was 1845 and Captain Sir John Franklin’s expedition with the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail to locate the Northwest Passage, yet they eventually failed. Simmon’s book “The Terror” is a diary of the quest and blends historical fiction and fantasy, filling in the sparse details on the crew’s demise with a smidge of horror. As a high schooler, it was a very enlightening read on the technology behind long polar journeys and how serious scurvy can be.

The book was expertly translated into a wonderful television show on AMC, and its second season began Monday, Aug. 12. But being an anthology program, these new episodes have nothing to do with the namesake book or previous season. Instead, it’s an entirely new horror tale that takes place at a Japanese internment camp along the West Coast. Not only does George Takei of “Star Trek” act in the series, but he also served as a consultant since he and his family were held in camps.

Like any good horror story, it’s less about the scary monsters and more about human relationships and the terrifying things people willingly do to one another.

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