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Vail Valley: You can’t stop the… Beatles

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley music: Hailey Vest and Susanna DeChant sing "Ascot Gavotte."

VAIL, Colorado – There’s a new generation in Colorado’s Vail Valley who is in love with LIverpool’s most famous band.

Need proof? Then listen for the strains of “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Twist and Shout” that have been coming from a certain SIngletree garage for the last few months. There, four local teenagers have been busy reviving the Beatles. Collin Idzikowski, a Battle Mountain High School freshman, rocks a mean George Harrison and it’s his garage that’s been home to the practice sessions.

“I like the Beatles – it’s fun to learn their music,” Idzikowski said. “And it’s pretty simple. We watched their videos and we’re just trying to get their actions down and everything.”

The boys will unveil their new personas, and even perform a number with the Rolling Stones’ “Mick Jagger,” at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. The annual Vail Performing Arts Academy “You Can’t Stop the Beat” performance is set for 6:30 p.m. both days. The theme for this year’s musical revue is, if you haven’t guessed it already, British Invasion.

So why focus on the Brits?

“I’m the Beatles No. 1 fan in America,” said Annah Scully, the executive director of the Vail Performing Arts Academy.

That’s a strong statement considering there’s literally millions of fans that could make similar claims. But Scully did see them perform at Red Rocks when she was 12 years old, something she hesitates to admit as it might “date her,” she said, laughing.

“I was in the fourth row,” she said. “I ran on stage and grabbed John Lennon’s microphone before they dragged me off by the throat.”

Scully and artistic director Colin Meiring agreed it was time to tackle the British Invasion theme this fall.

“The whole idea that British rock and roll took over for such a long time is reason enough to celebrate it, but we also thought it would be fun for the kids,” Scully said. “We want to keep it fresh, but educate them about different periods of music.”

An ecclectic offering

While Meiring, who is South African but lived in England for a period of time, is the expert on the classic British comedies and musical theater bits the kids will perform – everything from “Monty Python” to “Oliver” – Scully is the expert on the rock and roll side of the musical. The show is “very ecclectic,” Scully said. The cast, made up of 70 local kids ages 8-18, will perform 15 different numbers.

Battle Mountain High School sophomore Bailey Garton, 15, grew up listening to Queen, a band her parents listened to often while she was little, she said. That’s most of the reason why she’s so excited to close this weekend’s show with the band’s anthemic “We Will Rock You.”

Garton said she started listenting to the Beatles and soon fell in love. Now she owns “every song they ever recorded,” she said, including the one she’ll be helping belt out this weekend – “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Doing this play has taught her about British culture, too, Garton said.

“It’s crazy because you never really realize that all of these bands and these songs are from Britain,” she said.

Along with Beatles and Queen songs, the musical revue will include hits from Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Elton John and more.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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