Heroes & Villains Cabaret comes to Avon
Ryan Summerlin August 14, 2012
AVON – The Vail Valley Theatre Company and Agave Restaurant are teaming up to present a cabaret night at Agave Restaurant in Avon on Thursday. This event is a fundraiser for the 25-year-old not-for-profit whose mission is to bring theater opportunities to the community. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and include Broadway tunes, traditional Mexican food and libations.”This is our third cabaret event,” said Nicole Whitaker, vice president of VVTC. “We look forward to showcasing impressive local talent through the Heroes & Villains of Broadway.” The Cabaret is directed and accompanied by Bob Finnie who has lived and performed in Vail and Aspen for the last 23 years. He has worked with the Vail Valley Theatre Company over the years, primarily as musical director for the “Evening On Broadway” series at the Vilar Center. You can sing with him at the piano bar at Splendido Restaurant this summer and fall on selected Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.The cast is made up of 20 local performers, including featured soloists, including:• Don Watson, who has been performing in Vail for more than 30 years. Although he is widely known as a singer and guitarist, he is also a respected composer. His opera, “Come to the River” premiered in Vail as did his ballet “A Place in the Wind,” which was choreographed by the Kirov Academy as part of the Bravo series. • Beth Swearingen, whose career as an entertainer has taken her from the Broadway stage, around the nation and around the world in such shows as Cats, A Chous Line, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and many others. She sings regularly with the Vail Valley Band, Bob Finnie Band and The Fabulous Femmes, a high-energy female trio. She is also very active in the valley as a teacher, director and choreographer. •Todd Santos will be the master of ceremonies, with a special tribute to local “Heroes” and veterans of our time, underwritten by the Vail Veterans Program. “This evening of Cabaret entertainment will be fast-paced and quite varied – everything from moving Broadway songs and opera arias to surprising comedy bits with a few rousing chorus numbers mixed in,” Finnie said.The cost of the event is $50 and includes appetizers, traditional Mexican buffet, dessert, two drink tickets and the entertainment. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show will begin at 7 p.m. and wrap up by 9:30 p.m. This event is expected to sell out, order your tickets early as seating is limited. Tickets are available online at www.vvtc.org or contact Vail Valley Theatre Company at 970-306-1086.