Friday, October 15, 2010

No Slack Anymore


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

I'm still recovering from announcing the Trailing of the Sheep Parade on Sunday. Because of a few lulls, I ran out of sheep facts and history and ended up telling the huge crowd on Main Street the entire story of my life. Fortunately, the folks weren't appalled and seem to be amused by tales of my vapid, ever-changing little life. What's a man to do when the sheep won't arrive on time? But, there's no time to rest. It's not the same old slack anymore.

Starting this week, the Sun Valley Jazz Festival takes off and two great plays open at the same time. The 21st annual Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree runs Oct. 13-17 at locations all over Sun Valley. This event is always a blast and the music goes on day and night.

Company of Fools will present "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" from Oct. 14-16 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. The stars of the show are two of my favorite people, Scott Creighton and Jana Arnold. I worked with Jana at The Community Library where she was always "on." We had a lot of fun together there between the front desk and the regional history room. This is a great opportunity for her to show off her awesome talents. Scott has been a friend since the mid-1990s when he arrived on the scene from Washington to help the Sun Valley Rep get started. He's always "on" as well, and we've shared many a laugh throughout the years.

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And then "Oliver" opens at the nexStage Theatre on Oct. 14-17, presented by St. Thomas Playhouse. Sara Gorby, the multitalented force behind the Intergenerational Family Music Series will have to ask Ida Belle and Matt for their patience and support as she takes on the mammoth task of putting on a first-rate Broadway musical. And, she can do it, because she has my old "roomie," Steve D'Smith, as Fagin, Keith Joe Dick as Bill and Heidi Hogan, Vaurnette, teacher and mother of Kaz and Lily, as Nancy in her theatrical debut. With these kind of folks, the energy is sure to be soaring.

This is a week Karen (Davis) Hale would have loved. The lights are going up this week but they'll shine a little dimmer because we lost our dear friend, Karen. Loved her!

Break a leg, everybody, and nice talking to you.




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