‘Robin Hood’ – With a Twist or Two – at the Sheridan Opera House
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<b>STEALING FROM THE ONE PERCENT</b> – Lady Prissy (Jessie Abt) counted her cash during rehearsal of the Young People’s Theater production of <i>Robin Hood</i> on Tuesday. The zany musical play opens Friday evening at the Sheridan Opera House, with additional shows Saturday and Sunday. All performances are at 6 p.m. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
TELLURIDE – Join 27 young actors (grades 6-8) in a reprise of one of the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater’s popular musical plays, Robin Hood. Featuring Robin Hood, Little John, and Maid Marian, with twists that turn the whole production upside-down in a very merry, very musical way. True to YPT tradition, the cast of characters includes several deviations from the usual tale, such as Sister Tuck (a nun who thinks she’s in The Sound of Music), a gang of feisty female thieves and a very important rubber chicken. With a score of musical theater hits including “Comedy Tonight,” “It’s a Fine Life” and “Make ‘Em Laugh,” audiences will marvel at the cast’s singing and dancing talents.  Young Peoples Theater directors include Artistic Director Jennifer Julia (who also adapted the script), Music Director Bob Callendale Israel (a member of the YPT staff since 2000) and Choreographer Lyndia McGauhey (a YPT alum). 

“This is one of my favorite of our adapted stories,” says Julia. “It’s bizarre and silly and just plain joyful, and I can’t wait to laugh along with the audience every night.” 

Robin Hood performs Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4, each night at 6 p.m. Tickets are reserved seating, $13 for adults, $11 for kids 12 and under. Lap kids are free. Visit or call the SOH box office at 90/728-6363, x5, for more information.

‘Because It’s There – A Photographic Journey’

MONTROSE – Charlie Winger has been climbing the mountains of the world for almost 40 years. His wife, Diane, also enjoys outdoor adventures, but is more focused on hiking in beautiful places rather than on mountaineering expeditions. With their latest book, they’ve collected over 90 spectacular photographs from mountain ranges, deserts, and canyons and have presented them with narratives to share their enthusiasm for outdoor recreation with readers.

The Wingers believe, like George Mallory, who uttered the famous response, “Because it’s there,” when asked why he strove to be the first to climb Mount Everest, the Wingers are inspired by mountains. They drew on their extensive collection of photographs taken while writing guidebooks, climbing and trekking among some of the most beautiful peaks in the world, and have now written Because It’s There – A Photographic Journey,” visiting locations on five continents, and include adventures and scenic highlights ranging from our nearby San Juan mountains to remote regions of the Himalayas.

The Wingers will hold a book signing at Hastings on Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. (their four other books will also be available).

‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Sunday at the Palm

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Film Festival’s Sunday at the Palm series has rescheduled the screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with special guest, screenwriter Jeff Price, for Sunday, Dec. 4.

“I stopped off at a hot dog stand before the screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and ran into a couple of the other local movie critics,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times. “They said they were going to the same screening. I asked them what they'd heard about the film. They said they were going to see it for the second time in two days. That's the kind of word of mouth money can't buy.”

Telluride local and Roger Rabbit screenwriter Jeff Price will be at the show to discuss the film and answer questions about this animated, film-noir style mystery. A collaboration between Disney Studios and Steven Speilberg, the film takes place in 1947 Hollywood in a world where “Toons” and humans live together. The story centers around Roger Rabbit (voice of Charles Fleischer) who has been framed for the murder of gag-gift king Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye). Acme was photographed playing patty cake with Roger’s wife Jessica Rabbit (voice of Kathleen Turner) and Roger appears to have clear motive for the deed.

Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a washed up private eye detective, finds himself tied up with Roger Rabbit in an attempt to help prove his innocence. They go head to head with the evil Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) and his band of weasels who are on a mission to destroy Toontown and all the Toons in it. With special guests Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Betty Boop, Minnie Mouse, Yosemite Sam and a cast of others. 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Screens on Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m., at the Palm Theatre; rated PG; running time 104 min.; admission is free.

Young Life Presents 2nd TellurIDOL Singing Contest

TELLURIDE – The Second Annual TellurIDOL Singing Contest, to benefit Telluride Young Life, happens Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Sheridan Opera House. Students and adults have auditioned for a chance to participate and win as much as $1,000 for their singing effort. Tickets are $20 adult and $10 child.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a silent auction. An auction sampling includes a hot air balloon ride for two at the 29th Telluride Balloon Festival, a lodging and golf package for two in Grand Junction, a lodging and hot springs package in Ouray, and numerous other lodging stays in the Telluride area.

During the singing competition, a live auction, emceed by local Ashley Boling, will feature a Cornerstone lodging and golf package for four and a lodging and lift ticket package at Beaver Creek for two. Additional live auction items include a Top Chef Dinner for 12, a lodging, dinner and massage package featuring Camel’s Garden, La Marmotte and Atmosphere Day Spa, and the original oil painting Susan McCormick used for this year’s TellurIDOL poster.

This year’s TellurIDOL contestents are Chambri Swartz, Macy Desmarais, Laila Skramstad, Jerrica Steger, Anna Robinson, Sophie Spilman, Dee Williams, Arielle Woods, Shellanie Steger, Rose Griffin, and Sean DeLand. Local celebrity judges are Jim Looney, Mike Pale and last year’s winner, Stacy Jensen.

Money raised at this annual event goes to support Telluride Young Life events and camps. Young Life is a non-profit organization that provides teens the opportunity to build meaningful friendships with caring adults who encourage them to see that their lives have a purpose, meaning and value.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Dodi Konigsmark, Area Director, at 626/429-4424 or at .

Native Son Kane Scheidegger Mounts Photo Show

RIDGWAY – Kane Scheidegger believes the San Juans are “big enough to where they can’t fit in the frame of my camera.” So, in recent years he has been “building large panoramas to capture the true expression of the mountains in all their glory.”

Ridgway native Scheidegger is preparing his fourth annual show of large- and smaller-scale photographs at the Independence Building, set for Friday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Many of the panoramas (of dramatic regional landscapes at Blue Lake, for example, in the Sneffels Range, of Columbine Lake, and Crystal Lake on Red Mountain Pass) are printed and mounted as a continuous, seamless, wide-angle image. While others are so big, they have to be mounted as wall-sized groupings of three, four, and five panels.

Scheidegger was raised in Ridgway and took a degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. He moved back home and started his business in 2006.

“Growing up, we were always outdoors, whether it was hiking, camping, skiing or just having family picnics in the mountains. I decided I should start photographing what inspires me, while trying to capture those unique moments that Mother Nature gives us,” Scheidegger said. 

In recent months he has displayed his work at the Telluride Medical Center, Telluride Farmers Market, Glow Day Spa in Ridgway, A+Y Gallery in Montrose, Ouray Chamber Visitors Center, and at his office in Ridgway.

“There will be a raffle for one of my images, so don't forget to stop by and join the festivities and finish up that holiday shopping.”

Show: Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., Independence Building, 555 Clinton St., Ridgway. Wine, beer (from Colorado Boy) and soda will be served along with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres. Call 970/901-4880 for info. 

Magic Circle Theatre Auditions for ‘Sweeney Todd’

MONTROSE – The Magic Circle Theatre holds auditions for its May 2012 production of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m., on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m.

Contact director M. A. Smith at 970/901-8857 for more information.


SAF/Telluride Theatre Present Barry

TELLURIDE – Barry Louis Polisar has been writing and recording music for children since 1975. One of those children lucky enough to grow up with his songs was Telluride Theatre’s own Sasha Cucciniello. After playing some of his music for Colin Sullivan, Sullivan secretly contacted Sasha’s childhood hero to see if he could get permission for her to write a play using Barry’s songs. Barry said yes.

Now the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Theatre have teamed up to present Barry, a show for children of all ages, featuring the songs of Barry Louis Polisar, at the Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, Dec. 9, Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public, and families are welcome.

Using Polisar’s songs, Cucciniello wrote a musical, for children of all ages, featuring songs with titles like “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana,” “I’ve Got a Dog and My Dog’s Name is Cat,” “Giggle Tickle Fiddle Little Wiggle Around,” “Homemade Band,” “My Brother Threw Up on My Stuffed Toy Bunny,” and more. The story follows a boy named Barry through an ordinary day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; school and recess; babysitter and library time – with a dancing dinosaur, a very shy boy named Hiram, show and tell, a dog named cat and a cast of characters who have to cooperate, imagine and try new things to make it all magical.

The cast includes Rachel Cooke, Patrick Dyar, Megan Heller, Colin Sullivan and Melissa Sumpter. During the rehearsal process the playwright and cast have been working closely with veteran theatre musicians Ethan Hale and Sam Burgess to bring Barry’s songs to life. 

Barry, the inaugural production of the newly formed Telluride Theatre (thanks to the recent merger of the Telluride Repertory Theatre and SquidShow Theatre) and is a co-production with the Sheridan Arts Foundation.

For more information visit or call 708-3934.

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