Students bring Broadway to valley
Aspen, CO Colorado
Musical comedy takes the stage this week, as both Aspen and Basalt students produce a pair of Broadway classics.
The Aspen High School Department will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on Thursday through Saturday, March 8-10, at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, student thespians in Basalt will stage “Little Shop of Horrors” on Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, and again March 16-18.
For several years, stage director/choreographer John Goss, with a crew of dedicated parents, has been helping the student thespians at Basalt High School put on ambitious musical productions.
This year’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” is the irresistible, doo-wop-soaked tale that has made its way from B moviedom to Broadway stage and back to the big screen in a polished 1986 film starring Rick Moranis. Set on Skid Row, “Little Shop” tells of a fragile girl, a man-eating plant with visions of world domination, and Seymour, a nebbish struggling with how far he’ll go to rise up the social ladder.
For his production, Goss has gone so far as to rent his menacing plant, Audrey II, from a professional company in Utah. “Little Shop” ” featuring such songs as “Suddenly Seymour,” “Dentist” and “Feed Me (Git It!).”
Curtain time in the Basalt Middle School auditorium is 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows, and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinees. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 students; senior citizens will be admitted free.
The well-known farce, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, has been produced on both Broadway and as a motion picture. Set in Rome, the play telling the bawdy story of a slave and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the girl next door (rated PG for adult humor).
Tickets to the Aspen High production are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, and are available in advance at the Aspen District Theater Box Office by calling 925-3760 (ext. 3230) or by visiting http://www.aspenk12.net/theatre. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Members of the valley’s Jewish community gathered at the Albright Pavilion at Aspen Meadows Thursday for their second annual menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the first day of Hanukkah.