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Lifestyle Letter

To Laugh, To Cry, To Learn

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e are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” I watched as Prospero delivered these words during Thunder River Theatre’s recent production of “The Tempest,” recognizing one of the most well-known lines in all of Shakespeare’s canon. It’s been quoted time and again in popular culture, even misquoted, to the point that many aren’t aware of its origins—so to finally hear it live, in its true context, felt powerful. For me, that’s where the most beautiful significance of the theatre lies: in its timelessness. Today, if we are still managing to find relevant meaning in the 400-year-old words of an island-dwelling sorcerer like Shakespeare’s Prospero, there must be a mystical, ageless, enduring truth in the connection between a performer and his or her audience. That connection is entertaining, yes, but also revelatory in a way that lines four centuries old can suddenly feel more urgent and timely than anything a modern Hollywood film could produce. In this issue’s article on Sopris Theatre Company, actress (and CMC Vice President and Campus Dean) Heather Exby says that “like all the fine arts, I think theatre allows us to engage in thoughtful exploration of what it means to be human. It challenges us to think and feel deeply about how we live, and what makes us tick.” In Nicolette Toussaint’s article on Alya Howe, the performance artist echoes that sentiment: “The arts are essential as the heartbeat of the community.” And in his poignant essay on the last page, Thunder River Theatre director Corey Simpson confides, “We are onstage to challenge ourselves and each other to be completely present and frighteningly vulnerable, to walk on the razor’s edge of our souls, to unabashedly bare our most private selves for the benefit of others. To act as a wake-up siren for the greater good, a living reminder of our shared humanity, whether it be through comedy or tragedy.” I think they’re onto something there. And it isn’t just actors and playwrights who step on stage to bring us insight into the human condition—it is also dancers, comedians, puppeteers, improvisers, spoken word poets, magicians, storytellers, and so many other types of performance artists. Fortunately for us, these art forms are all alive and well across the valley. This month, see a show if you can. We hope the stories in this issue inspire you to remember why we attend live performances in the first place: to laugh, to cry, to learn more about ourselves, and each other.

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Publisher’s Letter

Life is a Stage

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had the pleasure of going to a play recently at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Our local performing artists are truly a gift to the community. I always enjoy not only their talented performances but also the actions of the stage crew as they rearrange set pieces on a darkened stage for the ever-changing scenes. Everything is choreographed for smooth transitions, and it’s amazing to watch.

I also enjoy observing the even larger stage of the world around me. Autumn is alive with performing arts. You can step in your back yard, take a walk through the woods or alongside a stream and see choreographed performances all around you. Recently I was doing some seasonal fall yard work and heard the honking of geese. Looking up, I witnessed the “V” of their flock in perfect formation. Suddenly, as if by design, two or more of them moved out of line and dropped to the rear, causing a complete realignment of the formation. The shift was so smooth they barely missed a wing beat— just like the incredible actors and stage crew at Thunder River.

Thinking of this, I sometimes slow down for a moment and just observe what is happening in front of me. I think the performing arts can actually take many forms in everyday life: the repetition of movement honed with hours or years of practice, a gracefulness of that movement or a practiced eye. Watch a craftsman refining the edges of a new piece of furniture, a skilled machine operator carving out a hole in the earth with such precision that he works within inches of a pipe or tree root, watch the motion of a traffic officer directing traffic, the fluid movement of a runner. Whether you are watching a play, a marching band, the Rockettes, or simply taking a peaceful walk in nature and noticing the gorgeous natural formation of a flock of geese, invite your mind to slow down and watch the movement. The arts are always alive around you; you just have to take the time to see them.

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Good Times

Spring Creek Uprising

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In September, Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) hosted its annual fundraiser at The Orchard in Carbondale. Festivities included a canine fashion show, music from Valle Musico, a performance by the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, and remarks from co-founder and valley philanthropist Jim Calaway. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANE BACHRACH, MICHAEL SCHAUBER, AND JOE KRACUM.

Co-founder Jim Calaway.

Staff member Eric Welker with Pixie and Kazoo.

Carol Murphy (left) with board member Faith Lipori.

Shelter staff members (from left): Samantha Staff members thanking Executive Director Wes Boyd. Pickard, Jessica Jones, Keira Clark, and Wes Boyd.

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Good Times

Spectrum Dance Festival

This fall, Dance Initiative hosted the Sixth Annual Spectrum Dance Festival at The Launchpad in Carbondale, celebrating the art of dance in all its forms through demos, studio performance, film screenings, and a series of workshops for the Roaring Fork Valley community. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHERINE DESSERT.

Dancers Rayne Jones and Ronnell Kitt.

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Hurricane Relief Effort

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

YOUTH ORCHESTRA PRESENTS FALL CONCERTS

UPROOT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Valley-based nonprofit UpRoot is seeking volunteers for two work days at Eagle Springs Organic in Silt on November 4 at 9 a.m. and November 5 at 1 p.m. The organization's mission states that it works "to create a holistic, healthy, economically vibrant and just food system within Colorado through gleaning, experiential education, and nonpartisan legislation." Volunteers are asked to dedicate at least two hours of work harvesting leftover crops for local hunger relief organizations. Families are welcome, and volunteers will be able to take home a box of the harvested organic vegetables. Carpooling options are available. To RSVP,

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will perform this month on

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Campus and on November 14 in Carbondale at the Third Street Center. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Families and young children are always encouraged to attend. The nonprofit, now in its seventh year, serves nearly 50 young area musicians aged six to 18. The students play a variety of instruments including violin, viola, cello, wind and brass instruments, and percussion; the orchestra is composed of three ensembles so that musicians may participate in a program matched to their ages and abilities. Scholarships for tuition and private lessons are offered to make the program affordable for all. For performance details and registration information, visit RFYO.org.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH AMERICORPS Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) has helped bring five new music educators to the valley through a new partnership with ArtistYear, an Americorps program dedicated to increasing arts education opportunities for young people around the country. The five full-time teaching fellows are working within the Basalt schools and directly with AMFS, providing after-school programming and private Photo: Ross Kribbs

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CASA OF THE NINTH ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Glenwood-based Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Ninth recently welcomed new executive director Christy Doyon to the organization, which works to provide trained volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the state's Ninth Judicial District. Holding two degrees from Colorado State University, Doyon moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Fort Collins in 2015. She previously worked with Eagle County Public Health's Healthy Aging Department, the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work in Glenwood Springs, and with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. More at CASAOfTheNinth.org. 18

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Sarah Beske (AMFS), Emily Schoendorf (ArtistYear Fellow), Margo Drakos (ArtistYear Founder), Alan Fletcher (AMFS President/CEO), Daniel Jacobs (ArtistYear Fellow), and Katie Hone Wiltgen (AMFS). Photo: Elle Logan


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learning experience for the student actors. The cast of 10 women includes graduates of CMC’s associate of arts theatre program, current theatre majors, environmental

ow is anyone just suddenly supposed to know what to

science and business majors, an acting newbie studying psychol-

do with their life?

ogy, and even CMC Vice President and Dean of the Roaring Fork

It's an age-old question. Actresses treading the boards

Campus, Heather Exby.

at the New Space Theatre are pondering this quarter-life conundrum

Exby, who grew up immersed in the wonders of community the-

all month long, through their characters, as they rehearse for Sopris

atre thanks to her parents, notes that “like all the fine arts, I think

Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Uncommon Women

theatre allows us to engage in thoughtful exploration of what it

and Others” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

means to be human. It challenges us to think and feel deeply about

The play, featuring an interrelated collage of scenes, follows a group of

how we live and what makes us tick.”

college friends reunited in the years after graduation as they recount their formative experiences together. It opens December 1.

To explore the nooks and crannies of the human experience: Perhaps this is why community artists seek involvement with a group

Tucked among the rolling hills of Missouri Heights on the Spring Valley Campus of Colorado Mountain College (CMC), the New

like Sopris Theatre Company again and again, and why young students choose to pursue studies in the performing arts field.

Space Theatre is an off-the-beaten-path venue that's home to a rel-

“Theatre fosters the best in people,” says Ciara Morrison, a the-

atively new troupe which many local performing arts patrons may

atre program grad who dreams of running her own acting company

still know little about. Sopris Theatre Company operates as a hybrid

someday. “It helps its participants to learn patience and teamwork.

program, combining the experienced talents of community artists

Theatre brings people together and helps them digest a little crumb

with the fresh eyes and eager hearts of CMC students. The results

of the world, through stories.”

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PAIGE ULMER “Kate Quin”

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JOANNA CALDWELL “Samantha Stewart”

LYLAH PURPUS “Holly Kaplan”

MAKENA SEAVERS “Muffet di Nicola”


From left: Hiebert, Seavers, and Morrison rehearse a scene from "Uncommon Women and Others."

Suzie Brady, a current theatre student with plans to pursue a

feminism,” Exby says. “Women's colleges were both a vestige

master’s degree in stage management, adds that sometimes the

of the past and an incubator for women's liberation and inde-

draw is in “the exchange of energy from performer to audience

pendence: a point of great tension that is explored with tender-

member and back again,” which she says “is so unique and spe-

ness and realism in Ms. Wasserstein's play.”

cial—it really can’t be described, but the rush is amazing.”

Although many things have changed in the four decades since

Or, for these actresses, the pull of the stage might come down to something even simpler: joy.

the work was first mounted in New York City, some things haven’t. As business major and student actor Makena Seaver says of the

“It's a treat to spread joy,” says program grad Paige Ulmer. “To have the audience leaving the theatre feeling refreshed. The goal is to connect with the audience, have them take something meaningful with them when they leave.”

characters’ bonds and struggles: “As long as you have some good friends, you'll be just fine.” And that's the truth, whether you know what you want to do with your life or not.

Having premiered off-Broadway in 1977, “Uncommon

“Uncommon Women and Others” is directed by Brad Moore and

Women and Others” is sure to deliver meaning to contemporary

runs the first two weekends of December. Sopris Theatre Company’s

audiences, the cast agrees.

2017-2018 season continues in the spring with “Red,” “Cabaret,”

“The play provides an intimate glimpse into the tensions

and an original student workshop production. For full details,

and opportunities that were present during the first wave of

visit ColoradoMtn.edu or follow Sopris Theatre Company on Facebook.

SUZIE BRADY “Rita Altabel”

HEATHER EXBY “Mrs. Plumm”

CIARA MORRISON “Susie Friend”

HADLEY HIEBERT “Carter”

CHRISTINA CAPPELLI “Leilah”

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IN THE ROARING FORK VALLEY?

Schalla: MFHC’s mission is to provide high quality, integrated primary medical, behavioral, and dental health care, with special consideration for the medically underserved. Over 24 percent of residents of the Roaring Fork Valley (Pitkin, southwestern Eagle, and eastern Garfield Counties) live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and 85 percent of all MFHC patients fit this description. This is less than $48,000 for a family of four. Despite the wealth in the Aspen vicinity, there are large numbers of workers in the tourism, service, and construction industries who make limited wages and have little or no health insurance benefits. Many work multiple jobs and travel up to two hours to reach their jobs in Aspen. This can leave little time for medical visits. Currently, the Basalt Clinic serves only 1,000 of these 8,500 low-income individuals. In addition, thousands of other middle- to low-income families may soon be at risk of losing coverage with the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This health center will fulfill both current and coming medical needs for valley residents. RFL: WILL MFHC BRING MORE SERVICES TO THE VALLEY? Schalla: MFHC, in partnership with Pitkin County and Aspen Valley Hospital, will open the new Basalt Health Center at 123 Emma Road, in the former Bristlecone Mountain Sports space. In this expanded clinic, MFHC will have the room to increase its capacity for medical care and behavioral health and add new services including dental care, pharmacy and laboratory services, and care coordination. There is an extreme shortage of behavioral health professionals in our region, despite the high documented need for mental health and substance use disorder services for both children and adults. At present, MFHC is only able to provide limited behavioral health services in Basalt due to space constraints. The new health center will allow us to more than double the number of patients who can receive behavioral health services there.   24

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The new Basalt Health Center will open at 123 Emma Road in the fall of 2018.

The Basalt Health Center does not currently have the space for providing dental health care services either, but the new one will have room for a full dental clinic. Until this time, MFHC has not had the space to have an on-site pharmacy. The new Basalt Health Center pharmacy will directly address a social determinant of health, as patients with stressed schedules and limited transportation options will be able to receive their prescriptions before they leave the clinic. This means quicker recovery and a more productive parent, worker,

assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants;

and member of the community.

dentists, registered dental hygienists, dental assistants,

RFL: WHAT MAKES MOUNTAIN FAMILY DIFFERENT?

and sterilization technicians; behavioral health specialists

Schalla: The Basalt Health Center expansion will

including psychiatric specialists via telehealth; and care

provide comprehensive, integrated primary medical,

coordination specialists including patient educators, social

behavioral and dental health care, supported by in-cen-

health advocates, and nurse complex care specialists.

ter pharmacy services. MFHC’s integrated care model

The new Basalt Health Center will provide all of these

consists of an interdisciplinary team of health and social

services on-site, in a model that connects all these ser-

service providers which will include physicians, physician

vices in one health care home. Additionally, laboratory testing will be provided both on-site and through contracts with accredited labs. The care coordination team will also ensure patient access to and collaboration with outside providers and specialists and social, human services, and other community agencies. In addition, the establishment of a primary care health care home for the target populations I identified earlier will reduce the strain on local hospital emergency departments, improve the management of chronic conditions, and have a positive impact on health disparities caused by the lack of access to appropriate services. RFL: HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT

THIS NEW HEALTH CENTER?

Schalla: MFHC has started a capital campaign to raise funds for the Basalt Health Center expansion, and is seeking support from individuals and businesses to cover the costs of the building’s renovation. The easiest way to learn more about and support this campaign is to visit our website MountainFamily.org. Or feel free to contact me, Garry Schalla, at 970.945.2840 ext. 7290. I’m always happy to present to any club, group, or civic organization as well. November 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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Cassidy Wiley and Nina Gabianelli create a scene.

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onsensual Improv! and Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) are building a performance relationship and so far, it’s a perfect match.

“It was amazing when Jeff [Patterson] reached out to me, because

years before I was involved at Thunder River Theatre, I’d journaled about all of the exciting arts and cultural programming that could take place in a black box performance space. One idea that stood out to me was improv. When Jeff approached me, we had already started discussions about an improv group at TRTC, so it seemed like the perfect time,” says Corey Simpson, TRTC’s artistic director. Patterson, a success coach based in Aspen, was working on his own project at the same time. In early 2016 he was focused on a busy career filled with coaching and speaking engagements, but says he was “missing his playful creative side.” Remembering the acting career he’d left 20 years earlier, he looked for a class to take and couldn’t find anything that was quite right. Giving himself the advice he’d give to a client, he wondered, “Why don’t I just create it?” The two men put the word out to friends that they were going to start practicing and, after a couple of sessions, they held official auditions to form Consensual Improv!’s current group of 10. They rehearsed for months before deciding that they were ready for their first performance. Now, a year after their public debut, the group rotates to have six performers in any one show and is performing everywhere from TRTC’s black box stage to the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue to private parties in living rooms. Patterson stresses that the group is made up of a high caliber of talent who are focused on the work and that the “sold-out performances are just a bonus.”

Patterson describes improv as “taking a suggestion from the audience and creating and entertaining and humorizing it into a work of art. Improv, for me, is a great transformer. Improv takes great courage and vulnerability and commitment and those three attributes make for a great life.” Where's your funny?

Nina Gabianelli, a grande dame of Aspen’s theater and cabaret scene and now a newly minted improviser with the group, confesses, “It terrified me. The idea of not having a script, not having a character figured out, terrified me. So I signed up.” Her favorite game is New Choice, an improv standard where the players create a scene while the director periodically calls out the words “new choice.” Each time the words are spoken, the actors have to change what they are doing on the fly. “It’s great,” she says. “Someone calls out and tells me to do something different, so it’s much easier to get out of my head.” So how does one practice for something that is supposed to be off the cuff ? Every Wednesday, members of the group get together. Gabianelli says, “Practice is what makes it become effortless. It’s like my weekly playdate.” They begin by stretching and then move into doing some classic improv warm-ups. Zip, Zap, Zop, for instance, where the code word for passing one direction is Zip, the other is Zap, and to pass it across the circle, Zop. Once the control of the game is passed to you, it is your responsibility to pass it to someone else in the circle by pointing and using the correct word. The CONTINUED >

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“YES, AND...” (CON TI N U ED)

game continues until a player uses the wrong word or is caught not paying attention; mistakes are frequently met with generous laughter as the game begins anew. Another game, dubbed Passing the Energy, is a movement variation of the child’s game of telephone, where the first person starts with an action and it moves around the circle with each player imitating the one immediately before them until the action is completely unrecognizable from the original. And, to warm up into characters and scenes, Freeze Tag has the cast on the back wall while two players create a situation. After they have set up the who, what, and where, a player from the back yells, “Freeze!” and tags one of the players out, taking their place and beginning a new scene. Once the group ideas are flowing, they settle into longer form scenes and, after each performance, discuss what worked for them and what didn’t. Rehearsals after shows can also involve watching their own performance recordings, breaking down the best parts and analyzing where they feel the group can improve.

Patterson adds that one of his favorite components of the group is that

“it’s not about stage time. It’s about growing and transforming as a person. It's also about supporting your fellow player and taking risks.” Auditions are open and according to Patterson, “everyone

Consensual Improv! performances mostly feature the shorter games

gets a shot,” though trying to pin down the time and location of

but, according to Patterson, who is both the director and one of the players,

those auditions is more challenging. Your best bet is to check out

their current focus is on mastering the long form and developing themes

ThunderRiverTheatre.com and go to a show. New performance

that run through the entire show. According to Simpson, “Consensual

dates will be posted soon.

Improv! has brought younger people through the doors who are looking

Love improv or hate it, one thing is for sure: this is a close-knit

for the edgier—often funnier—material common to improvisation.” The

group of people who are having a lot of fun. During a rehearsal, while

affordable shows, which run just 75 to 90 minutes, "make for the perfect

practicing a monologue, player Ryan Honey talked about trust.

after-dinner entertainment or the start to a later night on the town." Consensual Improv! performer and local middle school drama teacher Cassidy Wiley  has offered improv classes for kids through

“This team is setting the bar for my life in the valley,” he says. He was onstage, he was performing, but it was also clear that he was in the moment sharing a beautiful and vulnerable truth.

TRTC and, according to Simpson, classes for adults are also a possibility. Simpson notes that "the first rule of improv is 'yes, and...' It's an invaluable philosophy for how to live everyday life, and it has value for kids as well as adults in every situation we face in our community.”

TRTC Artistic Director Corey Simpson takes center stage during a rehearsal.

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Consensual Improv! cast surrounds fellow performer Mike Monroney.


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U N DE R A LYA'S UMB R E L L A RAISING SUPPORT FOR LOCAL PERFORMING ARTISTS ARTICLE NICOLETTE TOUSSAINT PHOTOGRAPHY RENEE RAMGE & LEWIS COOPER

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horeographer, poet, and performing arts curator Alya Howe has an “umbrella." What she needs now are additional rainmakers.

Over the past five years, Howe has curated three different

performing arts series: Writ Large, the Poetry Brothel, and The Salon in Aspen. The Salon celebrated its fifth anniversary this past September with a huge gala, one that for the first time took place at the Wheeler Opera House. It also moved downvalley to run in Carbondale. On the heels of that success, Howe reflects, “I’d like to have performance homes for these series both up and down the valley—a home base where I can meet with artists to create, collaborate, and cultivate new material. And I’d like to Alya Howe performing her poetry.

encourage and develop ways to pay local performing artists, especially poets and dancers, who typically are underpaid.”

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Feeding arts and artists in the Roaring Fork Valley is the mission of Howe’s new venture, one she calls “Under Alya’s Umbrella.” To that end, Howe recently convinced some local philanthropists to underwrite subscriptions. The generosity of Alan and Alicia Sirkin, Harris Clearfield, Shana Gregory, and Terry Paulson not only helped defray the cost of The Salon’s fifth anniversary show in Aspen, it also enabled the series to offer shows in Carbondale. Gena Buhler and her team at the Wheeler, Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Arts, and Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative are all arts leaders who became the rainmakers who helped realize Howe's dream of producing the Salons both up and downvalley. “I would like to build a performing arts circuit,” says Gabriela Alaverez dancing in "Nature in Translation." Photo by Alya Howe.

Howe. “And now, with two Salons in Carbondale, it’s starting to happen.”

Cast of Howe's "Vacuum."

While continuing to develop  new work, Howe has been the recipient of multiple local grants. In 2015, under a residency from Dance Initiative, she created a performance called “Vacuum” that combined dance, film, and poetry. In 2016, Dance Initiative awarded her a commission to create "HEaRD." This year, Howe created “Nature in Translation” as a Wilderness Workshop commission, funded in part by a grant from Colorado Creative Industries. CONTINUED >

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UNDER ALYA’S UMBRELLA (CON TI N U ED)

As a choreographer and dancer who has performed

The author of this article was surprised to be handed

nationally and internationally, Howe knows what it’s like to

a check after storytelling at a Writ Large event in Aspen.

make a living in the arts—and to hit the big time. She has per-

Financially underwritten by Michele Kiley, Writ Large was

formed with modern dance greats including the Jose Limon

a collaboration between Justice Snow's, Howe, and the

Dance Company and Kei Takei, and she has improvised for

Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain

tabla legend Zakir Hussein. But she has had concerns about

College. Howe was in charge of finding local talent, indi-

the impact major artists have on struggling locals when they

viduals who told personal, non-fiction tales to a live audi-

drop in to perform. “For many years, I was a guest artist who

ence. Before doing so, the storytellers—some of whom

received international commissions. I would fly in to stay for

had never before spoken on a live microphone—received

awhile, to choreograph, teach, and perform. I would go to local

mentoring and coaching. After performing, they were

events to see artists that the local community wasn’t funding.

treated to dinner—and featured poets and Salon artists

I was happy to get the gig, but aware that I was taking money

were paid for their work.

that could have funded the local artists.”

“Writ Large explored some of the more insightful

“That’s why I now live in Carbondale,” Howe continues.

moments in people’s personal lives. I had no idea it would

Carbondale Arts steered the town to certification as an

be one of the most touching series I have done,” Howe

official Colorado “Creative District” in 2016. According

reflects. “And for some of the storytellers to have a pro-

to Creative Vitality Suite, a Denver-based data-tracking

fessional editor working with them is huge! Professional

company, Carbondale’s 81623 zipcode gained roughly

editors get between $30 to $200 an hour!”

$17.1 million in creative industry earnings since 2013.

Howe has experimented with various methods of rais-

But arts funding is notoriously uneven, and at the end

ing money for local arts. One of her more innovative ideas

of 2016, underwriting for all three of Howe's performance

was “Pillow Talk,” which involves buying a poem. As she

series ended, along with her own residency grant. That

explains it, anyone can buy a poem for $10-$15, and then

posed a conundrum: Should she allow the popular perfor-

present it as a gift to a friend. “I tell people, buy a friend a

mance series to dissolve? Stop creating her own works? Or

poem; it’s a cup of coffee to you!”

see whether the broader community would defray costs,

Recently, four Poetry Brothel patrons bought “A Little

moving the support away from reliance on Dance Initiative

Bit Nervous,” a poem written by local youth poet Alyssa

and on Michelle Kiley, who funded all three programs at

Szczelina, who has been a participant of the Youth Poetry

Justice Snow's in Aspen?

Slam and who was a featured poet at the Poetry Brothel

Hence the formation of "Under Alya’s Umbrella." It's a

in Aspen last February. Talking about why she writes,

shelter not only for Alya’s own dance/theatre work and

Szczelina said, “The catharsis of pouring my heart out

the three existing performance series, but also for other

from the page to the stage lifted me to a level of empow-

artists. Many who have envisioned new projects have

erment and honesty that I never thought I could possibly

come to Howe asking, “Can I do this work under your

experience... I write poetry so I can bask in the beauty

umbrella?” The organization’s mission, as expressed online

of vulnerability. I write poetry because the rawness cuts

at AlyaHowe.org, is “to provide mentorship, support and

away the superficial facade that life is draped with, even if

regular performance opportunities for up-and-coming as

for just a second. I write poetry to show others that truth

well as established artists in our valley.”

can destroy, but it is also the best teacher and healer.”

Howe says, “When we perform, our voice and craft

Howe concurs, and adds, “In a country that doesn’t have

becomes more potent. I want to cultivate value for per-

a long history, or a culture of art funding, or even arts educa-

forming artists, to foster a community that pays artists,

tion, the arts are essential as the heartbeat of the community.

whether it’s money, donations in kind, help with advertis-

The arts are essential voice—in relation to politics, relation-

ing and social media, mentoring…”

ships, social problems, racial relations, the environment—the

This is, of course, what Howe has been doing while curating those three series. As performance arts pro-

human condition. We need artists to provide a voice for people to react to, to invite reaction and accountability.”

grammer at Justice Snow's, as founder of the Poetry Brothel, and as curator and director of Aspen’s Writ Large,

Arts lovers and potential rainmakers can learn more about

Howe has continually mentored local dancers, musicians,

"Under Alya's Umbrella" online or by emailing alya@alyahowe.

poets, and storytellers.

org or phoning 970.309.2582.

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(Top left) Bows and flowers at the completion of "Vacuum." From left: Cynthia Gottloeb, Krysia Carter Giez, Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative, Alya Howe, and Sean Ericson. (Top right) From left: Justice Snow's proprietor Michele Kiley, Alya Howe, and composer Andrea Clearfield, founder and host of the Philadelphia Salon, a monthly performance series that has been running since 1986.


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a conversation and a card trick with aspen magician and thinker, eric mead

ARTICLE GENEVIÈVE JOËLLE VILLAMIZAR

“M

ost people, who are not only involved find out. If you fly off on a tangent, you’ll find in magic but really big fans of magic all the things you never would have even

for a long time, still have a misconception about thought about.” what magicians are,” says Aspen magician Eric

Acclaimed by peers Penn and Teller, lauded

Mead. “There’s a huge spectrum. But the magi- by Jeff Bezos, Mead has been featured on Ted cians that I like most—respect most—aren’t Talks and NPR. Educator, writer, international even on that spectrum. They’re in a different speaker—magic informs all of it. room, doing work that is aimed at really smart

“Why does anything hook someone?” he

people. There are ideas behind magic besides muses. “Why do they take piano lessons for what the trick part is.”

a year, and that becomes the driving thing in

Confident yet a gentleman, Mead doesn’t their life? Why does someone throw a baseball, place himself on the spectrum or in the room. and now that’s all they devote their time to,

Perhaps he works more in something like the whatever it is? I can’t tell you why that is, but Great Room, where library meets dining room I can tell you—me and magic hooked like that.” meets living room: a locus of curiosity and question, observation and presentation.

He explains, “Ever since I was seven, eight, nine years old, I’ve thought about magic every

A recent Indian summer’s conversation I had day. Whether I’m working, not working, on with Mead is an expansive, tangential flight.

vacation, playing in the park with my family—it

“It’s where you find all the good things,” goes on, in my head. It’s a lot of imagination, he says, leaning in. “If you stick to the plan, dreaming of things that aren’t, and of interpretyou find out what you thought you would ing things that exist, that are.”

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THE MAGIC OF MEAD (CON TI N U ED)

“Is there something bigger in there?” Mead ponders. “I

relationships, in sports and games, advertising, all of

don’t know. I wonder if it’s the same question you could

these arenas, in ways that are deceptive. Frequently we

ask about some other kind of art. Take a painter. Did

think of deception as negative,” he concedes, “but in

painting lead him to think of these things, or did he think

some cases it can be a positive.”

about these things and express it through painting? In a certain way, it has to be both.” The breadth of Mead’s career has been driven by curiosity and willingness.

doing this one, actually. I get in and out of my wheelhouse where I’m comfortable, my area of expertise. I’m writing a book now for the general public about magic in a vague way,

“One of the things I like to do is to say ‘Yes’ when peo-

related to other things. I don’t really know anything about

ple ask me to try things and I’m not sure I can do it or

politics except how I see misdirection being applied.by polit-

not. I say, ‘Yes.’ And then I hang up the phone and say

ical operatives; there’s an immense amount of research that

‘Holy crap, I’ve got to figure out how to really do this now.’

needs to be done, all so carefully fact-checked.”

Some of that has been frankly disastrous, of course,”

In this role, Mead is stepping off the stage and into

Mead laughs. “Because it’s too far outside my skill set.

the audience, pulling back the curtain on the trickery. He

But sometimes, it’s been surprisingly fruitful.”

admits the complexity.

As in some hocus pocus at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

“In this book, it’s important to me not to give away the

Mead was originally hired to perform magic and enter-

secrets of magicians that would ruin it for someone going

tain. At a closing party, he commented offhandedly to one

to see a magic show. If you read my book and therefore

of the directors that a guidebook associated with a lead-

could figure out the tricks in the David Copperfield show,

ership course wasn’t aimed at the high school students

I would feel like I had done something wrong.”

using it. The director told him to “put his money where

Under azure autumn skies, Mead gestures to a

his mouth is,” inviting him to rewrite the guide. Upon six

freshly cracked box of playing cards on the patio

months of program research and interviewing, the guide

table. An invitation.

Mead produced was so well received they asked him to teach the course. He did, for seven years. While magic enchants an audience, chasing ideas enchants Mead. His wife is a school teacher in Aspen. Their daughter is

“I won’t even touch it,” he promises. “Break the deck about halfway through and think of a card.” I join in, trying to catch him along the way while my adult suspicion gives way to wonder—what’s going to happen here?

now four, and is a renewing portal to the world for Mead.

The finale is gleefully astonishing: how did he read my mind?

As a family man, he has had to reconfigure the business

I did not scribe three of diamonds or seven of hearts,

model that once frequently took him far from home.

nor utter their names aloud. At no point did I ever see or

Writing more has allowed Mead to enjoy his family and

touch the cards I envisioned; no clues along the way for

deepen his study of magic.

him to know or reveal my cards. I was gobsmacked.

With numerous books to his credit, Mead’s current

“The best and most interesting thing about magic,”

endeavor is a two-volume encyclopedic set, five years in

he says, grinning, “is this very specific feeling you get

the writing, with over 4,000 photographs.

when you’re confronted by something you think is

“It’s a book not for the general public, it’s for magicians.

impossible. You’re a rational adult human being. You

It’s a very advanced ‘how to’ magic book; an immense

recognize that it’s a magic trick; you recognize there’s

amount of technical writing and a very tiny audience. The

a secret to it. But applying everything you know about

return on investment is ridiculous!” he chuckles.

the world to it, it seems impossible. And that brings

Almost 20 years of incubation give rise to Mead’s next book, which explores the concept of deception in our cul-

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Mead adds, “This is a difficult book. I’m a little bit afraid of

up a certain kind of feeling and experience for people, which is the key thing that magic is about.”

ture. Tentatively titled “Misdirected,” it will be for the public.

Mead adds, “A dear, close friend of mine always said,

“It’s about how the magician’s tool of misdirection is

‘We don’t keep magic tricks secret from you, we keep

used by people who aren’t magicians. In other words,

them for you.’ And when you get to the deepest levels of

how controlling attention affects how people look

what magic is, it is about connecting people.” He returns

at things, how people understand things: in politics,

the cards to their box. “And this is what we’re doing.”

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Photo: Asa Mathat

Speaking at the 2017 EG Conference, a gathering for innovators in art and performance. Photo: Gene Driskell

Mead (center) enchants an audience at Toronto's Luminato Festival.

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Spice It Up ROARING FORK SPICE CO. SEASONS THE VALLEY AND BEYOND

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hat do you do with 100 mason jars

W

Their tent was present at almost every major

left over from your wedding? If you’re

valley event of summer 2017, and now they

Tony de Moraes and Jenn Dockery, you start

hope to reach statewide buyers and beyond

a business with them.

via their website, RoaringForkSpice.com.

“We made our own unique seasonings at

"The first year was a proof-of-concept

home because we love to cook, but Jenn is

phase for us,” Tony says. “It’s kind of cool

allergic to ingredients found in many commer-

to see it go from being brand new—where

cial spice blends. We made large batches of

nobody knows anything about you—to

our blends, filled the leftover mason jars and

having a following with repeat customers.

gave them out as Christmas gifts in 2015,”

People actually seek us out now.”

Tony recalls. “We had so many people telling

Jenn adds, “Turning a hobby into a busi-

us how good they were and that we should do

ness can be interesting. And now we’re

something with them.”

cooking for Instagram, not just for us.”

Within a few months, Roaring Fork Spice Co.

Despite such growth, the couple is commit-

was born. Tony was able to draw upon more

ted to keeping true to their roots here in the

than 20 years of experience in food and bev-

Roaring Fork Valley, though online sales allow

erage package design, applying it to their own

them to reach spice fans in the wider world

Glenwood-based brand, and things took off.

of e-commerce. Tony reports that some 80

“We really didn’t want to name it ‘Roaring

percent of the company’s web sales are gen-

Fork,’ because of how overused it is by local

erated from outside the valley, but they still

businesses, but in the end we decided it was

enjoy participating in local events and adding

the perfect name for a spice company, even

a little spice to their own hometown region.

outside our beloved valley,” he says.

“We’re really trying to create more of a one-

With an inspired lineup of natural, gluten-free,

on-one connection with our customers through

preservative-free products, the couple’s culinary

community: food, recipes, and ideas revolving

venture quickly amassed a local following of

around our seasonings,” he says. “Running an

home cooks, foodies, and professionals, offer-

online business allows us to reach people here,

ing dozens of savory and sweet blends to the

as well as beyond, and offer our customers con-

community at local events and farmers markets.

tent that traditional commerce doesn’t.”

They then added infused local honeys to their

“We’ll be ramping up sales efforts dramat-

chili kits, gift boxes, and are planning a new line

ically over the next six months,” Jenn says.

of no-salt seasonings—making variety the spice

“And we’re working with a firm out of Denver

of life, in more ways than one.

that is going to help us get into stores along

For Tony and Jenn, their mission comes

the Front Range, as well as help with some

down to good flavor and convenience: essen-

social media, blogger outreach, and getting

tial ingredients for the best homemade meals.

on Amazon—all that ‘next level’ stuff.” Amazon? We knew them when.

grounds. My answer is no,” Jenn explains. “We

Look for Roaring Fork Spice Co. goods

just love to cook and eat interesting, diverse

online this holiday season or at local sup-

foods. We cook like everyone else—often with-

pliers such as Country Rose Boutique in

out a formal recipe. But, with just a few shakes

Glenwood and Kitchen Collage in Basalt.

we can transform a simple dish into a unique meal every night just by using a different blend.” Tony adds, “We have the added challenge of varying diets and food allergies in our home too. Jenn is vegetarian and gluten-free, but I eat EVERYTHING! This forces us to use our blends on a wide range of foods in many different ways.” After a wildly successful first year, Tony and Jenn moved their operation from their

3.

What’s next for the company?

roster of goods, and now also sell meat rubs,

“We’re often asked if we have culinary back-

1.

2.

1. Tony and Jenn, packing each spice jar with love from the Roaring Fork Valley. 2. Frying Pan, Outlaw, and Rancher: three blends inspired by the valley. Tony and Jenn have developed seasonings inspired by many popular regional American and international cuisines. 3. Roaring Fork Spice Co.'s lineup of seasonings includes lively, unusual varieties such as Hanalei (Hawaiian), Jazz (New Orleans Blackened), Ahumado (Chilean), and Kajang (Thai).

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November NOVEMBER 3

Animal Rescue. Tickets at the door are $15, but pre-sale and online tickets are $12. Visit BowWowFilmFest.com. 

NOVEMBER 4 & 5 UPROOT GLEANING DAYS

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Join UpRoot to help rescue veggies at Eagle Springs Organic in

Carbondale's annual Dia de los Muertos celebration includes a festive

Silt! The organization is holding two volunteer gleaning events on

procession through downtown, poetry, dancing, altar viewing, Mexican

November 4 at 9 a.m. and November 5 at 1 p.m. Food harvested

hot chocolate, and more. This First Friday event begins at 5 p.m. at the

from leftover crops will be given to local hunger relief organiza-

Third Street Center and concludes at Thunder River Theatre with a Que

tions. Contact Ciara Low to RSVP at Ciara@UpRootColorado.org

Viva ceremony, folklorico dancing, and puppetry. CarbondaleArts.com

or 401.601.5249.

NOVEMBER 3-5

NOVEMBER 11

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Join us in Willits at 3 p.m. for the first of two programs of audience

herd Lutheran Church in Glenwood runs noon to 6 p.m. on November

favorites and award-winners from the 2017 festival! Recommended

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NOVEMBER 11

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Night! Come ready to laugh with headliner Steve Simeone and opener

libations, dance the night away and place bids at the silent auction for a great

John Tole. $10 cover.

cause: the Basalt public schools. See BasaltEdu.org for more information.

NOVEMBER 4 BOW WOW FILM FESTIVAL

NOVEMBER 16 CROON GLENWOOD SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

THIRD STREET CENTER

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The third annual Bow Wow Film Festival is touring the U.S., and its next

7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School's Jeannie Miller Theater, featuring

stop is in Carbondale! Come join the fun, eat popcorn, and watch short

baritone Todd Murray singing tunes from the 1930s on. Admission is by

films about our beloved canine companions. Proceeds benefit Colorado

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NOVEMBER 16 SCREENING: "LOOK & SEE" CRYSTAL THEATER Defiance Church hosts a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, a film following the life of the writer, poet, teacher, farmer, and outspoken citizen of an endangered world. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. showing are a suggested donation of $10 to support Lift-Up. Learn more about the film at LookAndSeeFilm.com. 

NOVEMBER 18 DOGA & CAT YOGA COLORADO ANIMAL RESCUE (CARE) Join CARE for Doga and Cat Yoga! Taught by some of the valley's best yogis, these classes will leave you feeling limber, energized, and covered in fur. Doga begins at 9:30 a.m. and Cat Yoga starts at 10:45 a.m. Mats provided. Classes are $20 each or both for $30. To register, visit ColoradoAnimalRescue.org. See you on the mat!

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NOVEMBER 18 WINTER ON THE MOUNTAIN KICK-OFF GLENWOOD CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK Kick off the holiday season with Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns!  Enjoy all the sparkling lights throughout the park, ride the Alpine Coaster, or warm yourself by the fire pits and roast s'mores. Don't miss the tree lighting at 6 p.m. Bring a turkey for Lift-Up, and get up to four free tram rides. GlenwoodCaverns.com

NOVEMBER 23 TURKEY CROSS TROT 5K RUN AND CROSS BIKE RACES ROARING FORK HIGH SCHOOL Join Carbondale Recreation and Aloha Mountain Cyclery Thanksgiving morning, November 23, for the Turkey Trot 5K Run and Cross Bike Races at the RFHS grounds. For run info, call 970.510.1290; for bike info, call 970.963.2500. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day. $25/race; $20/race with canned good donation; $10 for each additional race. CarbondaleRec.com

NOVEMBER 24 HOLIDAY LIGHTING & WINE WALK

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DOWNTOWN GLENWOOD Come together with the community and kick off the holiday season right! After the lighting of the Hotel Colorado, watch the town come alive with its own lighting show across the pedestrian bridge. Enjoy entertainment and wine tastings (plus non-alcoholic beverages like hot chocolate and tea) throughout downtown for the remainder of the evening. For details see RoaringForkEvents.com. 


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RECENTLY SOLD PROPERTIES OVER $600,000 NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL LIST

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ ORIGINAL

BASALT Roaring Fork Club Sopris Mountain Ranch The Wilds Vanderpol Minor Townsite of Basalt Roaring Fork Club Double K Ranch

$3,850,000 $2,575,000 $1,525,000 $895,000 $945,000 $775,000 $949,000

$2,985,000 $2,015,000 $1,450,000 $893,600 $800,000 $775,000 $725,000

78% 78% 95% 100% 85% 100% 76%

CARBONDALE Aspen Glen Carbondale Proper Carbondale Rural Carbondale Proper Aspen Equestrian

$1,365,000 $1,250,000 $995,000 $849,000 $650,000

$1,225,000 $970,000 $900,000 $795,000 $650,000

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Teller Springs South Glenwood Elk Springs Park East Westbank Ranch Pinyon Mesa

$1,250,000 $1,295,000 $929,000 $715,000 $675,000 $670,000

MISSOURI HEIGHTS Missouri Heights Harmony Missouri Heights

$1,249,000 $995,000 $775,000

DAYS ON MARKET

BEDS

FULL BTH

HALF BTH

SOLD PRICE/ SQ. FT

861 916 45 97 380 21 342

3 4 4 3 4 3 6

3 4 4 2 2 3 3

1 1 1 1 0 1 0

1231.94 466.98 460.17 413.7 299.07 319.85 231.19

90% 78% 90% 94% 100%

243 596 150 194 116

4 4 4 4 3

4 2 2 2 3

1 0 2 0 1

255.42 290.42 520.53 392.01 211.66

$1,089,000 $899,000 $890,000 $690,000 $675,000 $653,000

87% 69% 96% 97% 100% 97%

223 415 195 84 18 139

4 4 4 4 4 3

3 1 4 3 2 2

1 0 1 1 1 1

246.05 509.64 209.17 212.9 274.95 256.99

$1,150,000 $907,000 $775,000

92% 91% 100%

159 438 1

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3 4 2

1 0 0

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Parting Thoughts

A THEATRE'S RITUAL ARTICLE COREY SIMPSON

THE PROFOUND SIMPLICITY OF SUPPORT, ONSTAGE AND OFF

L

et’s be honest. We actors can be downright weird.

There is power in this deceptively simple act of kindness. Acknowledging that no

After all, there is nothing natural matter what happens out there in the glare

about repeatedly putting ourselves into of the limelight, with the audience peering embarrassing situations or weeping at us out of the darkness from just a few uncontrollably in front of a crowd of feet away, that we are in this together—that

strangers. In the best moments there is I will catch you if you fall, and that you will a magical synchronicity that happens do the same for me if for some reason the between actors in a scene; in the worst, lines of Shakespeare don’t materialize or our egos get in the way and our acting if my voice finally gives in to a pesky cold. becomes stiff and unnatural.

The circle of support is a reminder that

So why bother? Why would I put when we step onstage together, it is our myself through such a public roller combined voice as a cast that holds the coaster of emotion?

most power. We are onstage to challenge

It comes down to joy. The joy that ourselves and each other to be completely arises from getting out of my own way present and frighteningly vulnerable, to so that I can be completely there for you, walk on the razor’s edge of our souls, to

the other actor, while our audience looks unabashedly bare our most private selves on as engaged voyeurs.

for the benefit of others. To act as a wake

I stand in the circle, holding hands up siren for the greater good, a living with those on each side of me, our group reminder of our shared humanity, whether forming an unbroken chain of the actors it be through comedy or tragedy. and crew members with whom we have

Amidst a national climate of unending

been rehearsing for the past six weeks. political drama and polarization, vioMy love and appreciation for each one lence, the devastation of natural disasof them, for their generous gifts of talent ters, and other disturbing headlines on and creativity, rises up to fill my heart.

the nightly news, I step back into that

It's a few minutes before showtime, circle of actors each night and I am and downstairs the audience buzzes reminded that looking into another’s with anticipation of tonight’s perfor- eyes and saying “I’m here for you” is mance. My eyes move around the group bigger than just preparation for another until they meet with another’s. Then, we performance. It is an opportunity that exchange a simple verbal confirmation each of us has anytime, anywhere. Such as we look directly at one another: “I’m a simple and profound act of softening, here for you.” This ritual continues, a reaching out, and reminding others that great incantation of support, until each we are in this together. That our shared of us has spoken these words with all humanity takes precedence over any of the others in the circle.

the random constructs we have created

It is a practice that has been repeated to potentially divide us. That life is more before every performance for the past meaningful when we face it together. 23 years among our band of theatre art-

I’m here for you.

ists. The words “I’m here for you,” passed down through the Thunder River Theatre Corey Simpson is the Executive Artistic Company lineage, delivered like a small gift Director of Thunder River Theatre Company among each of our fellow cast members. 50

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HURRICANE RELIEF

The tragedy of a natural disaster can strike anyone, and the normal lives of families in Texas and Florida have been devastated by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma. News headlines change quickly, and it can be easy for us in Colorado to forget that many of these people will continue to suffer for months or even years as they attempt to piece their lives back together. Many in Texas and Florida lost everything: their homes, cars, personal belongings, pets, and some even lost family members. They returned home

after evacuations to find nothing left. Imagine losing everything you’ve spent years working for, and you can begin to understand what these fellow Americans are going through. It is time to react with your heart. Help load relief trucks with canned food, clothing, supplies, and children’s items. Or, make a donation to a reputable organization such as The American Red Cross. Give now, give tomorrow, or give next month and find a way to make a difference for people who urgently need your help.

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