Speaking of old chestnuts . . .
Actually, the only reason I ever complain about "yet another" production of The Sound of Music, is the propensity of community theatres to pool together a bunch of cute kids and do it badly.
This is not something that I think anyone need fear from the upcoming Labor-Day weekend production by the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge, Colorado. First, the Backstage has a stellar record (under Artistic Directors like the incomparable Wendy Moore, the innovative Jeremy Cole, and the current masterful A.D.'ship of Chris Willard) for quality live entertainment in the Rockies.
Second, this production is helmed by my friend J. Scott Lubinski, the director of last year's stunning The Robber Bridegroom at Metro State College of Denver. (I may have mentioned it once or twice.)
Additionally, this production will feature the two leads from that Bridegroom production, Ben Cowhick and Courtney Capek (remember that name, I'm telling you) as Rolf and Liesl.
The Riverwalk outdoor amphitheatre, nestled in the heart of the Rockies, is a truly exceptional place to watch a live musical, and this promises to be an exceptional production.
Look, too, for Breckenridge-area favorites Glen Graber, Gail Westwood, and my buddy Steve Collins to round out the talented ensemble.
The Sound of Music runs only one weekend, so make your plans now.