What I love about my job is that it takes me behind the scenes.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in on rehearsals for Sopris Theatre Company’s “The Miracle Worker,” Alya Howe and Dance Initiative’s “Vacuum” and Defiance Community Players’ “Fiddler on the Roof.” Each time, I’ve gotten to play a fly on the wall and observe how different groups interact and get things done.
I’ve always been interested in the process of artistic endeavors. Some people probably love going to the theater and just seeing the end result as some act of magic. Maybe they don’t want to think about the hours that went into a visual art piece they see hanging in a gallery.
But I think the process is where the humanity lies. It’s fun for me to witness the frustrations and the triumphs of a work in progress. And I think knowing the amount of work that goes into a product makes that product all the more enjoyable.
For theatrical productions in particular, I can’t seem to sit through a piece without taking an inventory of all the people who must have been needed to make the performance possible. From the producers who wrangled everyone up to begin with to the sound designer who spent hours getting tracks ready, I try to acknowledge everyone in my mind to understand the huge undertaking a play or musical is.
Some might argue that thinking this way takes the magic away. Maybe they’re right. But for me, the magic is in the manpower. And the Roaring Fork Valley’s force of artists is mighty.
Latin American string quartet La Catrina will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. The group formed eight years ago and will perform Latin American and classical string quartet music. This will be one of the quartet’s first performances in Colorado. For more information, visit http://www.lacatrinaquartet.com.
Enjoy some live music at Big Daddy’s Sports Bar in Glenwood for no cover. Hurtado Hess Acoustic starts at 7 p.m., but it’s not a bad idea to come early for some dinner and drink specials.
Sunday should be a perfect day for stopping by the Glenwood Railroad Museum at the Glenwood Springs Amtrak depot. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy toy trains, big trains, a large collection of historic photos and artifacts and a gift shop. Adults pay $1 for admission, and children younger than 12 are free. Call 970-945-7044 for additional information.
Jessica Cabe is happy to be behind the scenes rather than center stage. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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