Theatre Aspen ready to roll |

Theatre Aspen ready to roll

Dear Editor:

You know summer is near when Theatre Aspen can announce casting!

We are so excited to open a new season in the newly renovated Rio Grande Park with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Avenue Q” and the musical “How I Became a Pirate,” based on the beloved children’s book by Melinda Long. Finally, the film-noir thriller “The 39 Steps” will end the season with the celebration of the magic of theater.

This year we really went for variety in our programming – from the saucy, grown-up comedy “Avenue Q” to the imaginative “How I Became a Pirate.” “The 39 Steps” has been a hit everywhere it’s played, and I think it’s a perfect show for our summer audience. It’s both silly and smart, and we have an expert cast to put it over.

“Avenue Q” stars Jeffrey Correia (from last year’s “Becky’s New Car”), Julie Kavanagh, Erin Maguire, Ben Liebert, Regina Fernandez, Bradley Beahan and Danielle K. Thomas. Recent Carbonell Award winner Mark Martino will direct and choreograph, and you might remember him from “Spelling Bee” and “Little Shop of Horrors” at Theatre Aspen.

The family musical “How I Became a Pirate” will be directed by Marjorie Mae Treger, returning to Theatre Aspen for her third season on the heels of last year’s successful production of “Annie.” The musical features Danielle Erickson, Tom Erickson, Rodney Lizcano, Tatum Shane, Peggy Wilkie, Thadd Krueger, Kyle Dean Steffen and Jeffrey B. Duncan.

“The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, stars David Hess and Joan Hess (who both starred in “Annie”), with Patrick Richwood and Bjorn Johnson as the clowns. David Hess will direct the fast-paced comedy, and 150 characters are played by only four actors.

We hope you’ll visit the new Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park, and we are so grateful for our season sponsor ANB Bank, with the generous support of the city of Aspen, Hays Private Client, Soledad and Bob Hurst, Mandy Gray and Randy Work, Dan and Maureen Holman, The Aspen Club and Spa, and Les Dames d’Aspen.

Registration for Theatre Aspen School classes and theater workshops are underway, and some sessions are almost full. If you haven’t figured out your children’s summer plans, consider a few weeks of theater camp or the shows “All Shook Up” and “Bugsy Malone”!

Paige Price

Artistic director, Theatre Aspen

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