Theatre Aspen will ring within the 2022 winter season with the return of its celebrated Vacation Cabaret collection Dec. 19-23 on the Grand Ballroom of the Resort Jerome — an auspicious location as a result of the group was born within the basement of the Jerome 40 years in the past.
To commemorate Theatre Aspen’s fortieth anniversary, the cabaret can be a retrospective of best hits from musical productions over the previous 20 years. Many performers are returning to reprise their roles, together with Trevor James from Jersey Boys and Tony-nominated Broadway performer and native favourite Beth Malone (Les Misérables, Spelling Bee, The Marverlous Wonderettes).
Malone, who’s at the moment writing a musical, Stardust, with Emily Sayliers from the band Indigo Women, was born in Auburn, Nebraska, however grew up in Fortress Creek, the place she began appearing in her public college theater program. She credit her high-school theater trainer for instilling in her a love and keenness for appearing. She was “fortunate sufficient to work professionally virtually instantly.
“I began working in Aspen at The Crystal Palace in 1992 and in addition did a present at Theatre Aspen when it was referred to as Theatre Aspen within the Park within the late ’90s,” she mentioned. “I went on to do tv on the West Coast and Broadway in New York, however, irrespective of the place I’ve gone (professionally), I’ve all the time come again to maintain touching that city as a result of I don’t wish to lose observe of my folks, and I don’t wish to lose or miss a season. Having the ability to be there and work on the similar time is all the time so enjoyable.”
Malone mentioned she can be reprising some songs from her function in Les Misérables “from 1,000,000 years in the past” and in addition preview one thing she has by no means carried out earlier than. She loves working right here as a result of “Aspen audiences are fantastic. Most of them are welcoming, beneficiant, and enthusiastic and open for something you might be performing for them,” she mentioned.
Jed Bernstein agreed this city is a good place to ring within the holidays, noting how the idyllic Christmas vibe of the place is a good backdrop to the present.
“The intimacy of cabaret set within the ballroom of an iconic lodge makes this a really cool approach to rejoice the vacation. My best want is that this present will develop into an annual custom — for each native and visiting households, alike,” he mentioned.
This 12 months, the Vacation Cabaret is directed by a veteran Theatre Aspen director, Mark Martino (Les Misérables, Ragtime, Little Store of Horrors, Chicago), with music path by Eric Alsford (Full Monty, Ragtime, Chicago, Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys). The corporate consists of Kimberly Doreen Burns (Ragtime, Our City); Galyana Castillo (Guys and Dolls, Little Store of Horrors, Chicago, Rock of Ages); Trevor James (Jersey Boys); Isaiah Reynolds (Hairspray); Jayke Workman (Chicago, Gypsy, Jersey Boys); and, after all, Malone. The band consists of Mike Brown (bass) and Nicole Patrick (drums).
“Anybody who has ever labored at Theatre Aspen is aware of that it’s the gig to get, and everybody within the business is aware of that, too, since you get to do theater and dwell in Aspen,” mentioned Malone.
One thing else to notice is that, in every efficiency of the Vacation Cabaret, the forged can be joined by native youth alumni who’ve carried out in previous Theatre Aspen mainstage productions — a manifestation of an essential mission of the Aspen Heroes program, which companions with the native college system to offer theater arts training to college students within the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s been a ardour for Bernstein his whole life.
“You all the time wish to placed on an important manufacturing, and generally you might have successful, others a miss; however, the one factor we will persistently present is arts training,” he mentioned. “I’ve been so fortunate in my life due to the impression the humanities have had on me that, if I may also help in any manner small, or much less small, in order that others expertise that very same impression, that’s a good way to dwell my life.”