Aspen Community Theatre has announced it will present “Pippin” as its fall musical. “Pippin” will be presented at the Aspen District Theatre Nov. 3-6 and 10-13.Auditions are set for Sept. 2 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Sept. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the District Theatre. Auditions are open to adults of all ages. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song with sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Scripts and the soundtrack of “Pippin” are available at the Pitkin County Library.
“Pippin,” which premiered on Broadway in 1972, was written by Roger D. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The comedy is about a young prince, the son of Charlemagne, who tries to find complete fulfillment in battle and romance.Wendy Moore will direct “Pippin” for ACT, with Jody Hecht and Rita Hunter producing. David Dyer is musical director and conductor, with choreography by John Goss, costumes by Kathleen Albert and sets by Tom Ward.ACT will hold vocal audition workshops Mondays, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, and an acting workshop on Friday, Aug. 26. To schedule an audition or register for a workshop, call Rita at 923-3327.
Robert Cray, Al Green and Joan Osborne have been added to the lineup for Telluride Blues & Brews. The 12th annual music-and-beer festival is set for Sept. 16-18.Headliners for Blues & Brews are the Black Crowes, Maceo Parker and Susan Tedeschi.Sept. 16 will feature a lineup of rock band the Black Crowes and blues singer-guitarist Tedeschi, as well as roots musician Corey Harris and soul-rock band the subdudes. Sept. 17 will have performances by funk saxophonist Parker, plus Southern rock band Mofro and Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory. The festival closes Sept. 18 with a lineup featuring guitarist Sonny Landreth, gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds and New Orleans pianist Henry Butler.Late-night Juke Joint shows will feature the subdudes, Colorado hard-rock band Rose Hill Drive, Mofro, r & b singer Hazel Miller and more. Also featured on Sunday night is the Fais Do Do jam, with Landreth, Butler and Hart.The Saturday Grand Tasting will feature samples from more than 100 microbrewed beers. The festival also features the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp and Competition, the Acoustic Artist series, a children’s area and more.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.tellurideblues.com or call 1-866-515-6166.
Ted Bell will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Aug. 26. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Bell will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing “Pirate,” the latest in his Ambrose Hawke trilogy of novels. “Pirate” is about an oil embargo instituted by France and China that threatens to cripple the United States. Bell, a former head of copy at advertising agency Young & Rubicam and a part-time resident of Aspen, is on a 15-city tour discussing the book’s themes, which he describes as “a likely outcome of the current stalemate.”KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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