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A great year for theater

Dear Editor:

I could not let 2011 pass without humbly recognizing the good fortune Theatre Aspen has experienced this year and expressing my gratitude for the numerous gifts we have received.

Led by Charles Cunniffe Architects and John Silich Construction Inc., so many residents and visitors to the valley displayed startling generosity and enthusiasm to help us open the new Hurst Theatre last summer in Rio Grande Park. World Series champion Tony La Russa not only donated baseball field tarps to our almost-finished tent project, but he came to Aspen himself to talk to our supporters about what goes into building a championship organization.

The Denver Post recognized Sandy Duncan, Julia Foran and Aaron Rhyne with Ovation Award nominations for their outstanding contributions to our summer season. A group of talented local youngsters delighted both summer and winter audiences with their knockout performance as orphans in Theatre Aspen’s “Annie,” while a passel of other young performers made our Theatre Aspen School proud.

Author Dan Elish wrote a new play addressing childhood bullying when we commissioned our first-ever new play award. While the vast majority of theaters and arts organizations in the U.S. are struggling, Theatre Aspen has managed to trend upward with growing audiences, subscriptions and supporters. We are determined to continue providing the best entertainment and education we can and are so grateful to be part of this community.

We hope you’ll keep telling us what you think.

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Paige Price

Artistic director, Theatre Aspen