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Casting announced for ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

Staff report

The Theatre Aspen School today announced the cast for its Winter Conservatory production of the eleven-time Tony Award-nominated musical comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" this week. Tickets are on sale now for the run of four performances at the Aspen District Theatre, Dec. 17 to 19.

Based on the hit 1988 movie, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" follows two con men on the French Riviera. At first, they team up to swindle rich socialites out of their fortunes but end up trying to out con each other to hilarious results. The show features music and lyrics by David Yazbek ("The Full Monty") and a book by Jeffrey Lane. The jazzy, big band score combined with irreverent, side-splitting humor, intrigue and plot twists make for a fun holiday outing.

The production features several returning students, including Emery Major, currently playing Gaston in Aspen Community Theatre's "Beauty and the Beast," and Lyon Hamill, who last summer appeared in "Junie B. Jones the Musical" as a 2015 Theatre Aspen Apprentice. Luke Ryan and Beth Fawley, also Theatre Aspen School veterans, were most recently seen in SoL Theatre Company's production of "Into the Woods." Newcomers include Jessica Garrett, a recent transplant from Mississippi, and Courtney Aitken, a senior at Basalt High School who appeared as Adelaide in last year's school production of "Guys and Dolls." The 18-member cast includes talented students from Aspen to Carbondale.

"We wanted a show that would deliver a natural progression in skill-building for some of our more experienced students as well as provide talented newcomers and younger teens with fun training in dancing, singing and acting," said Theatre Aspen director of education Graham Northrup. "And of course, it has to be highly entertaining for the community. 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' is that kind of show."

The show is the 12th production of the Winter Conservatory, in addition to over 15 summer productions. Northrup directs, with choreography by Marisa Post and music direction by Terry Lee.

Tickets are available at http://www.theatre aspen.org or by calling 844-706-7387. Prices are $20 for adults, and $12 for students.