Vilar’s summer slate draws lots of interest in Vail Valley |

Vilar’s summer slate draws lots of interest in Vail Valley

Kris Sabel
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily"Kung Fu Panda" kicks off the Vilar Center Family Film Series in the Vail Valley on June 24. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $10 for a family of 3.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Based on early sales, we expect this to be a great summer of sold-out performances in Colorado’s Vail Valley. It’s always informative to see what shows people buy early, and what shows sell out much closer to the actual performance date. The challenge is trying to predict what works, and know what doesn’t work when programming future events.

There are fans for every program we bring to the center. At every performance, some percentage of the audience approaches me to say “that was my favorite show, the best I’ve ever seen at the VPAC.” The trick is making sure there is enough of an audience for each show, not just a handful of die-hard fans. Based on early sales and comments, people are definitely interested in the variety of artists who will be performing here this summer.

The concert series kicks off June 28 with “American Idol” winner David Cook. It is exciting for us to have an artist like David, whose career is really taking off and is quickly making a name in the music industry.

Many people know him from his time on “American Idol,” and his fan base crosses multiple generations. The response to his albums has grown an even-larger audience, particularly among the younger generation. We look forward to welcoming this wide range of audience members to the VPAC for this show. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Star will open the evening, followed immediately by Cook. We expect this show to sell out early, so don’t wait to get your seats for this special evening.

June also marks the return of our VPAC Family Film Series. For four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning June 24, you can bring the entire family out to see recent box office hits back on the VPAC big screen for a fraction of the price of a movie ticket.

Each week, we hold a costume contest for the kids, giving them an opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters from that week’s film, with prizes awarded for the best dressed. The series kicks off with “Kung Fu Panda” on June 24, and continues for the next 3 weeks “Hotel for Dogs” on July 1, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” on July 8 and “Bolt” on July 15. All films are $5 for adults, $3 for children and $10 for a family of 3.

And there’s no rest for the weary at the theater this spring. Between now and the beginning of our summer events, the VPAC is the primary venue for the Colorado Suzuki Institute. This esteemed program brings music students from all over the country to Beaver Creek for intensive classes and musical events from June 6-21.

Please stay tuned to this weekly column as we examine, in depth, each of our summer artists. But in the meantime, for more information on the entire season, please visit where you can read bios, listen to music, watch videos and link to artists websites.

See you at the theater soon!

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