Aspen Community Theatre is offering a free dance workshop in advance of auditions for its annual fall musical, Chicago. The workshop, to be led by Chicago director and choreographer Marisa Post, is set for Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Red Brick Center for the Arts dance studio.The class will focus on the distinctive style choreographed by Bob Fosse for Chicago, including elements of vaudeville, burlesque and jazz. The workshop will include a film history of vaudeville and burlesque. The class is recommended for actors, singers and dancers at all levels.Chicago will be presented by ACT in mid-fall. The musical, by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, is a satire on corruption in the criminal justice system in 1920s Chicago. The original Broadway production opened in 1975; a 1996 revival is still running, making it the longest-running Broadway revival ever. A 2002 film version, directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, earned six Academy Awards, including for best picture.Post, who received theater training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, is the director of education at Theatre Aspen. Her local directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors, A Little Night Music and The Sound of Music.To reserve a space in the workshop or for further information, call Carol Bayley at 920-3937.
The 32nd annual Telluride Jazz Celebration is set for June 5-8. The dates represent a shift in time slot for the festival, which has previously been held in early August.Guest of honor for the celebration is McCoy Tyner, best known as the pianist from the John Coltrane Quartet, and the main stage, in Telluride Town Park, will be named in his honor for the duration of the event. The 69-year-old Tyner, who has also had a prominent career under his own name, will lead a quartet on sets on the main stage and in a Jazz After Dark performance. He also will participate in the panel discussion, A Love Supreme Perspectives On a Life in Jazz.Other artists scheduled to appear on the main stage include saxophonist Joe Lovano, funk player Maceo Parker, blues singer Bettye Lavette, and New Orleans icons Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. Playing Jazz After Dark shows are the Maelstrom Trio, featuring saxophonist Skerik; the Dave Liebman Group, led by saxophonist Liebman; and vocalist Simone, daughter of legendary singer Nina Simone. In addition, there will be free concerts, clinics and discussions in various venues around Telluride.For tickets and further information, go to telluridejazz.org.
Carbondales Thunder River Theatre Company has announced a change in its program. The scheduled production of the David Mamet drama American Buffalo has been replaced by The Belle of Amherst.William Luces one-person biography, based on the writings of poet Emily Dickinson, will have performances June 19 through July 5 at the Thunder River Theatre. Valerie Haugen, the companys associate artistic director, stars as Dickinson, with Thunder River artistic director Lon Winston directing and designing.For tickets or further information, go to thunderrivertheatre.com.
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