"Broadway … with Altitude’ brings high drama and fond memories to Beaver Creek Chapel
It’s a showtune sermon.
“Broadway … with Altitude” breaks a leg Thursday night from 6-7:30 at the Beaver Creek Chapel.
The show features four of the Vail Valley’s finest, musically inclined thespians in Beth Swearingen, Lori Kay Brassfield, Mercedes Dauphinais and Mickey Poage.
“We have such incredible talent in this valley,” said Suzanne Dauphinais. “This is an opportunity for us to revisit our past and enjoy some of the best of Broadway.”
The program blends selections from various genres within musical theater, including tunes from “Chicago” and “West Side Story” to “Rent,” “A My Name is Alice” and “Candide.”
“There are thousands of Broadway songs that have grown near and dear to our hearts,” said Suzanne Dauphinais. “And, this is our first year. This is the inaugural event, and hopefully it’s the first of many.”
All of the proceeds benefit St. Clare’s and Vail Christian High School.
“We truly have an ecumenical event,” said Suzanne Dauphinais. “The Episcopal Church sponsors this event, Vail Christian is sponsored by Gracious Savior Lutheran Church and the Catholic Church sponsors St. Clare’s.
“It’s really an amazing gift that this community has in St. Clare’s and Vail Christian. I’m absolutely passionate about both of the schools, they both demand that students learn right from wrong.”
While the show includes a few solos, duets and trios, the majority of the program will feature ensembles.
“It’s an incredible honor to be on the same stage as these three,” said Mercedes Dauphinais.
Mercedes Dauphinais was born and raised in Vail, and she most recently performed at the Martini Ball at Sanctuary in Vail. She loves to sing almost all genres of music.
“Mercedes is an inspiring performer who hopes to eventually sing country music and become a nationally recognized performer,” said Suzanne Dauphinais.
Poage has won much local respect for the piano concerts he regularly puts on at The Lodge at Vail.
“Not only is he the best accompaniment a singer could ever hope to perform with, his individual talent is extraordinary,” said Mercedes Dauphinais.
Brassfield and Swearingen have both performed on Broadway.
“Beth and Lori Kay have incredible voices,” said Mercedes Dauphinais. “But, the three of us have very distinct and different voices, and I think the contrast makes the show that much better and more interesting.”
Currently, Brassfield plays piano and sings at Manor Vail.
“Lori Kay has a great energy and stage presence. She obviously has a phenomenal voice, but she also brings very positive enthusiasm to her performances,” said Mercedes Dauphinais.
Swearingen performs apres ski at Mickey’s Bar in the Lodge at Vail.
“Beth brings you into her world with whatever story she’s trying to tell and what she’s trying to get across, she just brings you right into it,” said Mercedes Dauphinais.
“Broadway … with Altitude” comes to the Beaver Creek Chapel Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.
For questions or to buy tickets in advance, call (970) 479-1272. Tickets are also available at the front desk of St. Clare’s and will be available at the door the night of the performance.
Andrew Harley can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 610.