Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre celebrating 30 years beginning Friday, June 24
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What: Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre’s 30th birthday party, the first of the summer.
When: 11 a.m. Friday, June 24.
Where: Beaver Creek Resort’s Beaver Creek Plaza.
More information: The Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre kicks off its 30th year with birthday cake. Email Director Brian Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Brian Hall laughs and grins from ear to ear as he and the Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre work another crowd at another show. Soon, everyone is laughing and singing and part of the fun.
This is his job, and he’s great at it.
The Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre is 30 years old, and it’s celebrating all summer. The celebration begins Friday at the Beaver Creek Plaza with birthday cake, of course.
Crowds these days are teeming with fans who grew up and brought their own children to the shows.
“I could tell you a lot of stories of kids coming back to say hello to us, and now they are parents and are introducing their children to us,” Hall said.
The formula is simple because the good stuff never changes.
“We’re playing on stage, and the kids, the parents can come along and play with us,” Hall said.
In the beginning
The Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre launched through Brad Quayle’s B. Quayle Productions to create some activity in Beaver Creek that appealed to families.
“You can do theater, right?” Quayle asked Hall in 1986.
“Sure, that was my college major,” Hall replied.
Hall put together a proposal for two shows a day, five days a week and off they went.
“Brian is the gold standard of children’s entertainment,” Quayle said. “It was done under my company, but Brian made it happen. Brian created it.”
The enormously talented Dana DelBosco had left her job selling ads at a local radio station to work with Quayle, and she joined the troupe. New New Razon was an original. The years saw Mike Boeke, Joe Davidson, Eileen Hall and Cooter Overcash join. Katie Jarnot is the principal of a local school; Mike Shim Konis is an executive in Telluride. Chris Romer and Stacie Romer were part of the Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre, as were a bunch of others.
“It’s an amazing group of people,” Hall said. “We took on big, crazy projects and knocked them out of the park. We’ve done a lot of great work and made a lot of people smile.”
They added Winterfest, Springfest … just about any fun fest. The Beaver Creek Children’s Museum grew out of a construction project.
They took their show on the road and did the London Daily Mail ski show twice, along with dozens of other venues.
‘I remember you’
People walk up to Hall all the time.
“I remember you. I used to go to your children’s theater shows,” they say, as they bring their own kids to a show.
“Was I funny?” Hall asks.
“Yeah, you were.”
Eileen was Hall’s assistant. She’s now his wife.
“I collected her, a mortgage and a couple boys,” Hall said.
The timing was right, and so was the venue, Hall said.
“The valley was built on family-oriented activities and entertainment. We were fortunate to be part of that success,” Hall said.
Hall is successful because he works at it and because he was in the right place at the right time.
In Hall’s case, opportunity, it seems, comes dressed in a Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre T-shirt and baggy, striped pants.
“I love it and have been lucky enough to be able to make our living at it,” Hall said.
Three decades later, Hall still loves his work.
“Holy cow! That’s all I can say … holy cow!” Hall said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and email@example.com.
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