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Beathard: That hometown feeling

Jill Beathard
Editor’s Note

I just wrapped up a very exciting weekend opening "Beauty and the Beast" with Aspen Community Theatre.

The timing worked out perfectly: Our opening night was the best run-through we'd ever had of the show, which was so rewarding after eight weeks of hard work and late nights. And we sold out all three performances — I saw lots of Snowmass people, some I knew and some I didn't, who came up and said hi after. Your reactions were so exciting.

I remember the reception after the one and only other Aspen Community Theatre production I've been to being very similar to the one we had opening night: lots of excitement, lots of buzz, everyone asking their friends and coworkers who they've known forever "when did you learn to sing?" We're always so surprised by the hidden talents of the people we live and work alongside, but in a town where we're not having fun unless we're skiing the steepest slope or hiking the tallest peak, maybe it shouldn't shock us that excellence exhibits itself in our cultural activities, too.

Because of that, though, it is so rewarding to perform for people you know. It's keeping me motivated to push through my exhaustion and continue doing the best show possible: For one thing, I wouldn't want to disappoint anyone I'd talked into coming, but after experiencing so many exciting reactions this weekend, I just want to see more of that, too.

And how much fun is it to talk to people about something other than work? I love it that readers and council members and friends are asking me about how the play is going, especially when people like Councilman Tom Goode are coming up and talking about their experiences doing Aspen Community Theatre shows. Who knew, huh? It's things like this that really bring us all together.

Yes, I shamelessly placed a photo of the show on this week's calendar page. As of publication, we have five more performances — plenty of chances for you all to come. But we've already received a ton of support, and for that, I say thank you.

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Jill Beathard is not going to know what to do with her evenings very soon. Email her at jill@snowmasssun.com.