August 14, 2006
Aspen Community Theatre will present “Fiddler on the Roof” for its 30th anniversary production this fall. The 1964 play about life in the Jewish shtetl of Anatevka in early 20th-century Russia, will play at the Aspen District Theatre Nov. 1-11. ACT first performed the musical, adapted from a story by Sholom Aleichem, in 1977. John Trow will direct the upcoming production.ACT will hold auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” Friday, Aug. 25, from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Aspen District Theatre. Callbacks are Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3-7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auditions are open to adults of all ages and young actors 13-20; there are a limited number of roles for children ages 8-12.Those auditioning should bring a prepared song with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. A copy of the musical is available for perusal at the Pitkin County Library.ACT is offering a series of free audition workshops. The series, which began last week, continues with acting audition workshops by Richard Hatch, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, from 6 -10 p.m.; and a Russian folk movement workshop with Marisa Post, Thursday, Aug. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.To schedule an audition, enroll in a workshop, find the location of a workshop or for more information, call Rita Hunter at 923-3327.”Fiddler on the Roof,” by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock, earned nine Tony Awards, including one for best musical. Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation earned three Academy Awards. Songs from the musical include “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”
Jazz Aspen Snowmass will present a Snowmass Village Block Party as its JAS After Dark program Sept. 1-3. The late-night Block Party performances will take place in Snowmass Village venues following the Labor Day Festival main-stage concerts.Participating venues are the Blue Door, Mountain Dragon, the Silvertree Cabaret Room and the Artisan restaurant.Sept. 1 features California jam-band New Monsoon, dub group Trumystic, local rockers Seventh Hour, and Impulse. Sept. 2 has Texas groove quartet Gnappy, fun-rock band 8 Trac, Elemenopee and Impulse. The Block Party concludes Sept. 3 with Oteil & the Peacemakers, led by Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge; E.O.E.; local funk band Waste Deep and the Uptown Strutters.A $20 ticket includes admission to each venue for one night.Jazz Aspen has also announced the schedule of acts for the two side stages at the Labor Day Festival. Acts perform on the side stages during set breaks on the main stage.The JAS Music Tent will feature Seventh Hour, Gnappy, Oteil & the Peacemakers, and Afrobeat band Aphrodesia, Sept. 1-4, respectively. The Village Stage will have New Monsoon, 8 Trac, Waste Deep, and local acoustic band Coyote Gospel, Sept. 1-4.Main-stage acts include Kanye West, LeAnn Rimes, Don Henley, Matisyahu and others. For further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.com.
The Wheeler Film Series will show five films in September.The month opens Sept. 9-11 with “A Prairie Home Companion,” Robert Altman’s fictionalized account of the final episode of the long-running radio show. The Chinese film “Mountain Patrol,” set in the mountains of Tibet, is set for Sept. 12-13.”Peaceful Warrior,” a drama about a college gymnast, shows Sept. 14-15. The documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” will be screened Sept. 16-18. The calendar closes Sept. 25 with “Water,” a drama set in 1930s India.All Wheeler films begin at 7:30 p.m.