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Colorado Children’s Chorale heads to the Vail Valley for its annual residency

Cassie Pence

It is when we’re young that life’s aspirations take hold. Some dream of space travel, some imagine scuba trips in search of long lost ships, while others gather their family members in the living room to perform an endless repertoire of songs and dance steps in a bay window stage.If your young ones have Hollywood stars in their eyes, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, in conjunction with the Vail Valley Foundation, is offering a free Workshop in Performance at the Ford Amphitheater from June 9-13.The Children’s Chorale is a professional children’s chorus that travels around the country and world entertaining. Last season the group did a show at Disney World.”We perform a broad range of musical styles. Americana, international and a hardy dose of musical theater, which is one of our trademarks. A lot of our songs are written especially for the chorale,” Beth Christopher, marketing director, said.The workshop is designed to develop performance skills such as singing, dancing, acting and stage movement. Chorale members and professional staff share music and theater skills with local kids, plus elements of teamwork and self confidence. “It’s a blast. The hours seem to fly by. They take away so many skills. If they like to perform, they will love this workshop,” Christopher said.Spaces are still available for motivated boys and girls, ages 8-11, to register. The four days will culminate with a performance, where local kids take to the stage with chorale members and alone.”It gives a chance for the local children to show off their new skills,” Christopher said.

The workshop kicks off the chorale’s professional season, so the young members will also be using Ford Amphitheater to rehearse, and the public is invited to watch. Vail Mountain School’s Sara Stookey recently finished her last season with the chorale, graduating because of her age. She highly recommends signing up for the workshop.”It is definitely a lot of fun. You can meet other kids in the valley and some great kids from Denver, too,” Stookey said.The Workshop in Performance is what prompted Stookey to audition for the professional chorus six years ago. Her experience at the workshop was so positive, she thinks it would be cool to be a permanent member of the chorale.”I like being up on stage, looking around and seeing the audience and hearing the applause,” Stookey said.Besides performing nonstop during a tour of the eastern part of Colorado, which Stookey said was a lot of fun, she cites friendship as what she will remember most about her time with the chorale.”I have made so many friends. We all have the same bond – we all like to sing,” Stookey said.Local kids interested in signing up for the workshop should contact Beth Christopher at 303-892-5600.Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555 ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com


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