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Acclaimed Irish music and dance ensemble brings ‘Spirit of Freedom’ to Beaver Creek

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Celtic Nights’ “Spirit of Freedom” centers on the music, dance, narrative, set and costume designs on the specific historical theme of the long struggle for Irish independence and self-determination.
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If you go …

What: “Spirit of Freedom,” with Celtic Nights.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $42.

More information: Tickets are on sale at the Vilar Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 and at http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — Experience the patriotism, revenge, love and courage of Irish independence, as critically acclaimed Irish music and dance ensemble Celtic Nights performs “Spirit of Freedom” at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

“Spirit of Freedom” is a musical journey of pride celebrating the Easter Rising of 1916, which marks the centennial event that gave birth to modern Irish independence. Referred to as The Poets Rebellion, Celtic Nights’ “Spirit of Freedom” intertwines the storylines of heroes and heroines and engages the audience through musical storytelling, dance, laughter, song, costumes and sets depicting the time period.

“‘Spirit of Freedom’ is a lively, entertaining show that tells an inspiring story, as seen through the eyes of its heroes and heroines,” said Michael Durkan, Celtic Nights producer. “You might be laughing one minute, pondering the next and then maybe wiping away a tear or two.”

Multi-Talented Cast

Celtic Nights’ “Spirit of Freedom” departs from previous theatrical productions Durkan has created (among them, “Gaelforce Dance”) by centering the music, dance, narrative, set and costume designs on the specific historical theme of the long struggle for Irish independence and self-determination. This struggle culminated in The Easter Rising, which, while unsuccessful at the time, was a milestone on the path to the establishment of an independent Ireland in 1922.

The production features a multi-talented cast of 14 singers, dancers, musicians and actors, many of whom are prize winners of various Irish competitions, in a free-flowing narrative conveyed through elements of authentic Irish folk song and dance within the context of a modern multimedia experience.

“One of my favorite parts of the show is the ‘unplugged’ section, where the cast comes to the lip of the stage in an informal way to talk, to sing songs, to lead the audience in singing along,” said Rebekah Shearer, co-producer, who plays the role of Rebekah Johanne in the performance. “It becomes a real Irish party, like one would find in a pub. It’s not just a show; it’s a friendship.”


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