Life is a Stage

Life is a Stage

I had the pleasure of going to a play recently at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Our local performing artists are truly a gift to the community. I always enjoy not only their talented performances but also the actions of the stage crew as they rearrange set pieces on a darkened stage for the ever-changing scenes. Everything is choreographed for smooth transitions, and it’s amazing to watch.

To Laugh, To Cry, To Learn

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“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
I watched as Prospero delivered these words during Thunder River Theatre’s recent production of “The Tempest,” recognizing one of the most well-known lines in all of Shakespeare’s canon. It’s been quoted time and again in popular culture, even misquoted, to the point that many aren’t aware of its origins—so to finally hear it live, in its true context, felt powerful.

Spring Creek Uprising

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September’s event at Gianinetti Spring Creek Ranch in Carbondale was a day of local music, food, and family-friendly fun to kick off YouthZone Ascent, the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser. Photography by Chris R. Kemp.

November 2017 Around Town

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The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will perform this month on November 12 in Aspen at Edlis Neeson Hall at the Bucksbaum Campus and on November 14 in Carbondale at the Third Street Center. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Families and young children are always encouraged to attend.

Hurricane Relief Effort

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Earlier this season, Network Interiors of Glenwood Springs hosted a donation event for hurricane and flood disaster relief in the south. The group loaded some 35,000 pounds of donations, mostly new, onto a 53-foot semi truck headed for affected areas. 

Spectrum Dance Festival

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This fall, Dance Initiative hosted the Sixth Annual Spectrum Dance Festival at The Launchpad in Carbondale, celebrating the art of dance in all its forms through demos, studio performance, film screenings, and a series of workshops for the Roaring Fork Valley community. Photography by Katherine Dessert.

Dressed to the K9s

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In September, Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) hosted its annual fundraiser at The Orchard in Carbondale. Festivities included a canine 
fashion show, music from Valle Musico, a performance by the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, and remarks from co-founder and valley 
philanthropist Jim Calaway. Photography by Jane Bachrach, Michael Schauber, and Joe Kracum.

Uncommon Opportunity

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How is anyone just suddenly supposed to know what to do with their life?

Under Alya’s Umbrella

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Choreographer, poet, and performing arts curator Alya Howe has an “umbrella.” What she needs now are additional rainmakers.
Over the past five years, Howe has curated three different performing arts series: Writ Large, the Poetry Brothel, and The Salon in Aspen. The Salon celebrated its fifth anniversary this past September with a huge gala, one that for the first time took place at the Wheeler Opera House. It also moved downvalley to run in Carbondale.

“Yes, and…”

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Consensual Improv! and Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) are building a performance relationship and so far, it’s a perfect match.
“It was amazing when Jeff [Patterson] reached out to me, because years before I was involved at Thunder River Theatre, I’d journaled about all of the exciting arts and cultural programming that could take place in a black box performance space. One idea that stood out to me was improv. When Jeff approached me, we had already started discussions about an improv group at TRTC, so it seemed like the perfect time,” says Corey Simpson, TRTC’s artistic director.

A Theatre’s Ritual

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Let’s be honest. We actors can be downright weird.
After all, there is nothing natural about repeatedly putting ourselves into embarrassing situations or weeping uncontrollably in front of a crowd of strangers. In the best moments there is a magical synchronicity that happens between actors in a scene; in the worst, our egos get in the way and our acting becomes stiff and unnatural.

Spice It Up

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What do you do with 100 mason jars left over from your wedding? If you’re Tony de Moraes and Jenn Dockery, you start a business with them.

The Magic of Mead

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“Most people, who are not only involved in magic but really big fans of magic for a long time, still have a misconception about what magicians are,” says Aspen magician Eric Mead. “There’s a huge spectrum. But the magicians that I like most—respect most—aren’t even on that spectrum. They’re in a different room, doing work that is aimed at really smart people. There are ideas behind magic besides what the trick part is.”