Fostering the performing arts in Eagle County
Vail, CO, Colorado
Editor’s note: Director’s Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.
BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO ” The 10th anniversary season at the Vilar Performing Arts Center has certainly begun with a bang! Ticket sales are off to a record start. I can’t encourage you strongly enough to buy your tickets right away. Several shows will sell out any day now, so don’t wait. Also, through Dec. 1, you’re eligible for special pricing: buy tickets to five shows and get the sixth show free. So be sure to look at the full lineup, mark down your favorites and call the box office today.
The season officially kicked off on Monday with a fantastic performance of “The Producers.” The exquisite set, incredible cast and live orchestra made it an amazing night at the theatre. It also spoke volumes about the caliber of performers we’ll host throughout the winter at the Vilar Center.
This weekend, the season continues with two very special performances by the incredibly talented members of the Vail Performing Arts Academy on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. “You Can’t Stop the Beat” is the group’s fourth annual Broadway musical review, always met with delight and praise from audiences. This year’s theme is “The Funny Side of Broadway,” featuring scenes and songs from some of the most popular comedies to grace the Broadway stage in recent years. Featured shows include “The Producers,” “Spamalot,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Spelling Bee,” “Little Mermaid” and “Avenue Q.”
Featuring over 60 local performing arts stars between the ages of 8 and18, the show spotlights some of the valley’s most talented kids. The fourth annual edition features the biggest cast ever for this particular show. The review is directed by Colin Meiring, and special guests for the evening include former Vail Valley local and national headline comic Jeff Wozer, as well as Vail’s own Helmut Fricker.
Ticket sales for the two shows benefit both the Vail Performing Arts Academy and the Vilar Community Performance Fund. With a mission to provide community performance groups access to our beautiful theatre and the professional support of our amazing staff, the fund underwrites local performances throughout the year. We feel strongly that fostering the performing arts right here in the Vail Valley is a top priority, and the Community Performance Fund is a huge piece of making that mission a reality.
So please come out this weekend to support the amazing talent of the youth in our community. This annual favorite promises to deliver laughs, wonderful music and fantastic dancing once again this year. Please note that the show is rated PG, and may not be suitable for younger audience members.
I hope to see you at the Vilar!