Vail theater group puts on "The Things we do for Love" |

Vail theater group puts on "The Things we do for Love"

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
HL evening on Broadway 2 KA 02-17-09

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” In their latest musical review, the Vail Valley Theatre Company chronicles the various stages of love, from dating to marriage to having kids.

The progression goes a bit like this.

Dating: During one song, Avon resident Kathryn Bronn, 22, acts out a bad date with duet partner Lance Schober. The pair pretend to eat popcorn and watch a movie while singing “Tear Jerk” from the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Marriage: In another song, Avon resident Nicole Whitaker, 30, demands caviar, champagne and a big reception at the Waldorf, singing ‘If it’s not a big wedding, I don’t want to get married at all.” The lyrics hail from the song “Old-fashioned Wedding” from “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Children: A group of parents sing “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods.”

“I have a hard time not crying because I get to sing directly to my daughter,” said Vail resident Diana Kiss, who sings to her 16-year-old daughter Jillian Kiss.

When Bob Finnie and Beth Swearingen picked out the theme for this year’s “An Evening on Broadway” musical review, they were haunted by a ’70s pop tune.

Finnie, the musical director for the Vail Valley Theatre Company, and Swearingen, the show director, said the song is the muse behind their upcoming show.

“Beth and I have always loved this old ’70s pop song called ‘The Things We Do for Love’ by a one-hit wonder called the 10 cc,” Finnie said.

A week after Valentine’s Day, the theater company will put on a show titled “The Things We Do for Love” at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The musical review pieces together quirky love songs (Think “Taylor the Latte Boy”) with classic Broadway tunes (Think “Til there Was You” from the Music Man).

“There’s just such a wealth of great music that deals with relationships, so we wanted a chance to explore that,” Swearingen said.

“The Things We Do for Love” stars nearly 40 Vail Valley actors ranging from ages 13 to 69.

The show is a fundraiser for two causes. The first is the Vail Valley Theatre Company itself, a nonprofit group comprised of adults and children who put on two to three shows per year. Remaining proceeds will flow to the Vilar’s community performance fund. The fund defrays costs community groups face when they hold shows at the Vilar. “Love” organizers hope to raise $20,000.

“It’s important because the Vilar is just a premium, state-of-the-art facility,” Swearingen said. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity that benefits so many not-for-profit and small groups (for whom) it would normally be out of their price range.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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