September 18, 2008
Aspen Community Theatre has announced the cast for its production of “Chicago.” The musical opens Nov. 6 at the Aspen District Theatre, with additional dates through Nov. 16.
“Chicago” stars Natalie Dulaney as Velma Kelly, the Vaudeville actress who has shot her husband; Jennica Lundin as the chorus girl Roxie Hart; and Franz Alderfer as Billy Flynn, the attorney representing both women. Additional featured actors include Jennifer Michaud as the cell block matron “Mama” Morton, Ed Foran as Roxie’s gullible husband Amos, and Nina Gabianelli as the tabloid columnist Mary Sunshine.
The cast is rounded out by Jason Burns, Krista Espelien, Jayne Gottlieb, Christy Hunter, China Kwan, Dana Laughren, Scott MacCracken, Lee Sullivan and Logan Walters. The ensemble members are Tim Beirne, Beth Brandon, Bryan Gonzales, Obadiah Jones, Ariel Lowell, Monica Montany, Emily Sarpa, Lucie Shore, Carla Van Deventer and Teresa Wiviott.
Written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, “Chicago” opened on Broadway in 1975. The 2002 film adaptation of the musical, a satire on celebrity criminals, earned the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Directing and choreographing for ACT is Marisa Post. The crew includes musical director/conductor David Dyer, set designer Tom Ward, costume designer Kathleen Albert, lighting designer Loren Wilder, and sound designer Arman Boyles. “Chicago” is produced by Rita Hunter and Jody Hecht.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 1. For further information, including performance dates, go to aspencommunitytheatre.com.
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The Glenwood Springs-based Symphony in the Valley will introduce its new conductor and artistic director, Carlos Elias, with the opening of its 2008-’09 concert season.
The season opens with From Germany with Love, a program featuring such Germanic masterworks as Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto, as well as Strauss’ “Emperor Waltz.” The concert, featuring Elias’ wife, pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, will be performed Oct. 18 at the Snowmass Chapel, and Oct. 19 at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.
Elias succeeds Wendy Larson, who served as conductor and director of Symphony in the Valley since the orchestra’s second year, in 1994. A native of El Salvador, Elias earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance at California’s Biola University, a master’s from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and an artist diploma from Duquesne University. He directs the strings and orchestra program at Mesa State College, and is concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Elias and Arese-Elias gave their New York debut in 2002 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.
Symphony in the Valley’s 2008-’09 season also includes the Tour of Europe program, Dec. 5 in Glenwood and Dec. 6 at Grand Valley High School in Parachute; the Symphony Swing dinner dance, March 7 in Glenwood and March 8 in Battlement Mesa; the annual Mother’s Day Concerts May 7 at Carbondale’s Roaring Fork High School and May 10 in Glenwood; and the free Fourth of July Concert in the Two Rivers Park Bandshell in Glenwood.
For further information on Symphony in the Valley, go to sitv.org.