Aspen Community Theatre has announced the cast for its fall musical, “She Loves Me.” The production opens at the Wheeler Opera House on Nov. 8 and runs through Nov. 17. The musical, adapted from the Hungarian play “Parfumerie” and with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, tells the story of two bickering employees of a Budapest perfume shop who unwittingly fall in love through personal ads.Starring as the amorous pair is real-life couple Jonathan and Nikki Boxer. Jeff Bestic is featured as the Old World shopkeeper, with Bryan Gonzales and Jennetta M. Howell as romantically involved store clerks. Other featured performers are Hector Lopez, Brad Moore, Greg Larmoureux, Paul Jung and Ed Foran. Members of the ensemble are Therese Alpern, Jim Coates, Taylor Crist, Ginni Galicinao, Katriona Hembury, Christy Hunter, Michelle Masone, Oscar Gary Okicic, Jennifer Slaughter, Mary Sloop and Linda Talbott.ACT’s production of “She Loves Me” is directed by Michael Monroney, with Wendy Larson as conductor, Paul Dankers as vocal director and Eric Chase as choreographer. Set designer is Tom Ward, costume designer is Kathleen Albert, lighting designer is Loren Wilder and sound designer is Gordon Wilder. Rita Hunter and Jody Hecht are producers.
The Wheeler Film Series will present seven films in September and October.The schedule opens with “Once,” the acclaimed Irish drama about the friendship and artistic partnership between two young Dublin musicians, showing Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23. “Rocket Science,” about a stutterer’s joining the high school debate club to impress a girl, is set for Oct. 1-3. It is the feature-film debut of director Jeffrey Blitz, the award-winning director of the 2002 documentary, “Spellbound.” “Lady Chatterley,” a new, French adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s erotic novel, is scheduled for Oct. 7-9. Charles Ferguson’s documentary “No End in Sight,” which earned a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, will be screened Oct. 15-17. The film offers a critical insider’s look at the American occupation of Iraq, using interviews with the likes of former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Gen. Jay Garner, who was in charge of the occupation through May 2003. “My Best Friend,” a French farce starring Daniel Auteuil as an unlikable businessman, shows Oct. 21-23. “Sunshine,” British director Danny Boyle’s sci-fi thriller about a team of astronauts trying to reignite the sun, will be screened Oct. 24-25. The schedule concludes Oct. 29 with “Top Hat,” the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical that earned the 1935 Best Picture Oscar, screened from a 35 mm print. Aspen musical film expert Bob Klineman will introduce the film.Weekday screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. Films scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays will have a 4:30 p.m. matinee and an 8 p.m. evening presentation.
Charlie Rose, host of the eponymous television interview show, will conduct an onstage interview with actress Julie Christie at Aspen Filmfest 2007. Christie will be honored with Aspen Film’s Independent by Nature Award in an event at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 29.A former anchor of “CBS News Nightwatch,” the North Carolina native Rose earned an Emmy Award in 1987 for his interview of Charles Manson. “Charlie Rose” premiered on PBS in September 1991 and has been nationally syndicated since 1993.The British-born Christie earned a Best Actress Academy Award for her appearance in the 1965 film, “Darling.” Other film credits include “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Dr. Zhivago,” “Heaven Can Wait” and “Afterglow.” Aspen Filmfest will include a screening of this year’s “Away From Her,” in which she stars as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.For a full Aspen Filmfest 2007 program, go to http://www.aspentimes.com/film.
Roaring Fork Valley natives Emily Ridings and Nikki Ferry have come full circle when it comes to dance. Both studied dance with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) as kids, continued their training with other prominent schools, and now return this weekend, as ASFB presents “The Nutcracker” at Aspen District Theater.