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Aspen Community Theatre has announced the cast for its upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The musical runs Nov. 1-12 at the Aspen District Theatre in ACT’s 30th anniversary season.Pat Holloran stars as Tevye, the pious father of five daughters in an early 20th-century Russian shtetl, with Tammy Baar as his wife, Golde. The three oldest daughters are played by Beth Brandon, Jennica Lundin and Whitney Iris Mufson.Other featured actors include Nina Gabianelli as the gabbing matchmaker Yente, Jeff James-Schlepp as the butcher Lazar Wolf, Tyson Young as the poor tailor Motel, Lane McDiffett as the student Perchik, and Hector Lopez as the Russian Fyedka. The cast is rounded out by nearly 40 chorus members.John Trow, who directs the Crystal Palace’s dinner theater show, will direct and choreograph “Fiddler on the Roof.” Co-producers are Jody Hecht and Rita Hunter. Music director is David Dyer, with Wendy Larson conducting. Set design is by Tom Ward; costumes are by Kathleen Albert. Loren Wilder is the lighting designer, and Arman Boyles is the sound designer.ACT first presented “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1977. The 1964 Joseph Stein-Jerry Bock musical, adapted from a story by Sholom Aleichem, 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.”Evening performances are Nov. 1-4 and 8-11, at 7 p.m. Matinees are set for Nov. 5 and 12. Tickets go on sale on or around Oct. 1 at the Wheeler Opera House box office. For further information, go to

The Aspen Art Museum will present the first Colorado Biennial exhibit beginning next month. The two-part group show, featuring works from artists from across the state, is an expansion of the Art Museum’s former Roaring Fork Annual, which was limited to artists living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Part I of the Colorado Biennial opens with a reception Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 29. Part II of the exhibition opens with a reception Nov. 9 and continues through Nov. 26. Matthew Thompson, assistant curator of the museum, organized the show, in consultation with museum director and chief curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson.Each part of the exhibit includes work from six artists. Part I features Snowmass Village mixed-media artist Ben Koch, as well as Denver painters Jack Balas and Monica Petty Aiello, Englewood photographer Ron Pollard, Boulder painter Lisa Solberg and Broomfield filmmaker Phil Solomon.Part II has work by two local photographers, Woody Creeker George Stranahan and Basaltine Karl Wolfgang, plus art by Evan Hecox, Senga Nengudi, Kevin O’Connell and Jenna Wilson.Additional exhibits at the Art Museum include one-person shows by American artist Amy Adler and German artist Markus Schinwald, both opening Dec. 15, and showing into midwinter; and the group show, Like color in pictures, and a one-person exhibit by Brazilian-born Tonico Lemos Auad, running Feb. 16-April 15.For further information on Aspen Art Museum exhibits and events, call 925-8050, or go to

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