Aspen hoopsters take the stage
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Players from the Aspen Basketball Academy have had to work on more than trap defenses and free-throws lately.
Players from the Academy, which is run by Aspen High School basketball coach Steve Ketchum, will be featured in Nothing But Net, a fundraising event at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wheeler Opera House. Appropriately, the approximately 20 young athletes, along with coach Ketchum and a dozen basketballs, will perform “Basketball,” a song by rapper Lil’ Bow Wow that was featured in the 2002 movie, “Like Mike.”
“It’s very gangsta-basketball, very cool. It will definitely impress the young ladies,” Meredith Daniel, a local stage performer whose son, Kincaid, is in the Basketball Academy, said of the piece, which is choreographed by Heather Starr-Kallas, of Dance Progressions. “It’s not exactly singing for their supper – it’s dancing for their supper.”
Nothing But Net will raise funds for the Academy’s trip to Germany, Austria and France, scheduled for June. It will be the Academy’s third excursion to Europe.
Also on the bill are a silent auction in the Wheeler lobby, with appetizers, cocktails and entertainment by juggler Jammin’ Jim; a cabaret revue featuring performers from Crystal Palace Productions, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and the Broadway Players; and a performance by the Derek Brown Band.
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