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The Babe and bygone days

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Wearing a vintage Boston Red Sox ball cap and a whistle around his neck, Joey Sustar looks more like a coach than a director.

Drama students huddle around the Glenwood Springs High School math teacher, clipboard in hand, as if preparing to take the field.

But it’s the GSHS auditorium stage that beckons.



Sustar is directing students in the spring musical “The Curse of the Bambino” which shows at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. He wrote the comedy as his master’s thesis project at New York University.

“It’s been neat to see them capture the characters,” he said. “The kids have really led this production.”



Co-directed by choir teacher Tyson Repke, “The Curse of the Bambino” tells the tale of Babe Ruth when he was traded from Boston to New York. Anders Rosen, a GSHS senior, plays the infamous Babe.

“All the lore … I’m honored to play the part,” Rosen said.

To prepare for the lead role, Rosen listened to Babe Ruth’s voice to help mimics it.

“A couple months ago, Sustar gave me a tape with an interview with him and I got to know his voice,” Rosen said. “I try to get as much energy in the part as I can.”

Rosen is one of around 40 students in the musically talented cast that also includes Brendan Cochran, Taylor Hendricks, Zach Kaltoff and Caitlin Melby. Student stage manager Sarah Mills said the musical comedy shows the depth of talent in the school’s drama department known for such large-scale productions as “Les Miserables” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

“Our talent, they are very upbeat,” she said. “There will be a lot of energy.”

As flappers, baseball players, peanut vendors, and, of course, the Babe, the cast of characters and the period costumes provide entertainment for audiences of all ages.

“It really is kind of a family production with a lot of generational humor,” Mills said. “You can bring your kids to it. I think it’s really for all ages.”

Sustar hopes “The Curse of the Bambino” captures days gone by for the audience.

“One of the underlying themes is childhood memories and maybe remembering things better than they were,” he said.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601

aclark@postindependent.com


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