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Letter: Local production of ‘Sweet Charity’ provides best indoor entertainment

We are fortunate that there are numerous talented singers, dancers, musicians, directors and artists in the Vail Valley.

I usually do not like plays or musicals. I was fortunate to see the opening night of the Vail Valley Theatre Company’s performance of “Sweet Charity.” The Vail Valley Theatre Company is a local nonprofit community theater company. The show was directed by Beth Swearingen, a former Broadway performer who currently sings with The Vail Valley Band and the Fabulous Femmes.

“Sweet Charity’s” entire cast of locals (some being former professionals) and the sound system were fantastic. Katie-Jane Denton played the leading role. This young lady is an unbelievably talented singer, dancer and actress. Do not miss watching her before she becomes a national treasure.

Guys, you will reap the rewards by surprising someone special or your parents and/or treat yourself to an evening of enjoyment on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards at 7 p.m. Buy tickets online for $20 at http://www.vailtheatre.org or at the door for $25. If you miss “Sweet Charity,” you will regret it!

I recommend that all Vail Valley government decision makers and city managers spend $20 to personally witness Sweet Charity. If you can’t afford it, I will buy your tickets. Contact director Beth Swearingen for your refund.

Should local government sponsor performances?

The Avon Town Council appears to have lost a lot of money sponsoring the Ben Harper outdoor concert performed by expensive non-locals. Was weather a factor? Because outside talent was paid, a lot of the sponsor’s money left the valley.

Would it be wiser and less costly for local government to sponsor indoor performances to help create a reputation of great, inexpensive performances that can help entice tourists to visit the valley during iffy weather periods? It would give tourists more to do than just view the gorgeous colors during the fall and entice them to stay overnight.

Shouldn’t our local governments help local performers who struggle to live in this expensive valley? Doesn’t sponsoring local productions result in more revenue from sales taxes when locals spend money they earn?

Tom Ruemmler


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