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Vilar Center STARS series hosts ‘Mistatim,’ a coming-of-age story about friendships

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On Friday, Nov. 6, internationally renowned group Red Sky, of Toronto, will perform “Mistatim,” a play rooted in Native American mythology. The performance is part of the Vilar Performing Arts Center's STARS series.
David Hou | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: “Mistatim,” part of the STARS series.

When: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $11 for children or $14 for adults.

More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center continues its annual Supporting the Arts Reaching Students series with “Mistatim” on Friday, with two shows, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Internationally renowned group Red Sky, of Toronto, will perform “Mistatim,” a play rooted in Native American mythology. Red Sky has been continuously praised for its innovation and artistry, leading the way in world indigenous performances in dance, theatre and music.

The story begins with a wooden fence, which is all that separates Calvin’s ranch and Speck’s reservation. The two characters are worlds apart, but an improbable friendship is struck between the two 11-year-old boys when Calvin attempts to break the only horse no one else can tame. Working together to tame the horse, Calvin and Speck cross the divide of their own cultures. Through the journey, they learn to communicate with each other, the horse and their families.

This performance offers themes of cultural history, environmental care, responsibility and empowerment. The play is based around Native American oral communication, storytelling and traditions. It also incorporates lessons on animals and their habitats, all while showcasing intricate choreography. The show is recommended for grades 3 through 8, and the audience will experience drama, suspense and humor in this action-packed performance.

“Mistatim” is the fourth STARS performance of the winter series, which includes 11 shows in total. All STARS performances are offered to promote artistic, educational and cultural enrichment to local students, with in-school workshops and daytime shows at the theater. Each year, the Vail Valley Foundation and Vilar Performing Arts Center offers free transportation and tickets to more than 6,000 Eagle County students to provide them the thrill of live performing arts.

Single tickets are available for each STARS performance and can be booked directly through the Vilar Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or online at http://www.vilarpac.org.




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