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A celebration of tragic comedy

by Carolyn Pope Special to the Daily

Shakespeare took on a new guise recently at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. Western was the theme as the talented actors with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, romped their way through Shakespeare’s classic comedy, “Much Ado about Nothing.”

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is the second-oldest in the U.S., and one of the largest. The festival also offers several other programs to accompany the festival, such as Shakespeare in Production, a sequence of courses that deals with all aspects of producing Shakespeare’s plays, greenshow activities, including free music and dance performances, and a free Sunday-night lecture series.

Living Shakespeare, the festival’s school outreach program, has given more than 600 performances throughout Colorado at public schools since its inception in 1991. It is seen annually by more than 5,000 teachers and students. This program has been utilized at the Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards.

Guests traveling from Boulder included the producing artistic director, Richard Devin, C.U.’s president, Elizabeth Hoffman and here husband, Brian Binger, and from the C.U. Foundation Micah Abram and Connie Graham.

On Saturday night, local alumni gathered at the home of Terie and Gary Roubos in Arrowhead to meet and greet Hoffman. Foods of Vail provided the fare, and the guests admired the Roubos’ collection of western art with the buffalo a dominant collection in their house. For those of us not “in the know,” the buffalo, Ralphie, is the university’s mascot.

Each summer for the past five years, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has brought one of its plays to the Vail Valley at the end of their regular season. The play gives local audiences a chance to experience the world-class performances, as well as give the actors a well-deserved break after the long season at the Mary Rippon Theatre on the C.U. Campus.

Next year? Could be another comedy, but with the company producing the very popular “Romeo and Juliet,” we could be in for a romantic tragedy!

For more information regarding the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, visit http://www.coloradoshakes.org.

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