Events Calendar for the Roaring Fork Campus

Feb
5
Fri
Sopris Theatre Company Presents “The Miracle Worker” @ Wheeler Opera House
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm
photo - In a classic scene from “The Miracle Worker,” from left, Emily Henley as Helen Keller and Kelly Ketzenbarger as Annie Sullivan have a breakthrough. Two encore performances of the award-winning play are being performed by Sopris Theatre Company, formerly known as CMC Theatre, at the Wheeler Opera House Feb. 5-6, 2016. Photo Scot Gerdes

In a classic scene from “The Miracle Worker,” from left, Emily Henley as Helen Keller and Kelly Ketzenbarger as Annie Sullivan have a breakthrough. Photo Scot Gerdes

Sopris Theatre Company, formerly known as CMC Theatre, will present two encore performances of William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House Feb. 5-6. This follows the play’s successful seven-show run at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus in October.

During the renowned play’s performances on Broadway it snagged several Tony awards, including for best play.

“The Miracle Worker” is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life.” Blind, deaf and mute since her formative years, young Keller, unable to communicate, is frustrated and violent, and her family has nearly abandoned hope for her. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a “half-blind Yankee schoolgirl” tutor named Anne Sullivan.

The play, originally performed on Broadway in 1959, led to the much-loved film starring Anne Bancroft as Anne Sullivan and introducing a young Patty Duke as Helen Keller. Both actresses won Oscars for their work on the film.

The play is directed by Brad Moore, and features Emily Henley as Helen Keller and Kelly Ketzenbarger as Annie Sullivan. Tickets are $20 and available at Wheeler Opera House or 970-920-5770. Curtain is 7 p.m. on Feb. 5-6.

Feb
8
Mon
How People Learn @ CMC in Carbondale
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm

photo of Barbara JohnsonIn this interactive and fun free workshop, Barbara Johnson, PhD, director of the teacher education program at CMC, will help us explore the way all our senses and capacities help us to learn. Learning is the foundation of every human excellence — come find out how we learn, and explore your own gifts for learning.

This presentation is part of the Gift of Learning series, a number of free lectures and workshops at our Lappala Center in Carbondale. Each of us has been blessed with some knowledge or wisdom that someone else was generous enough to share with us. CMC would like to honor this spirit of generosity by hosting this series. To learn more, call 963-2172.

Feb
19
Fri
Sopris Theatre Company presents “Anton in Show Business” @ CMC in Spring Valley
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm

Poster image of Anton in Show BusinessThis madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they’re whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sister’s need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century. Samuel French

Curtain is 7 p.m. on Feb. 19-20 and 25-27, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 28, at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114.

Tickets are $18 for adults, and $13 for seniors and students and $10 for CMC faculty and staff. They are available by calling 947-8177 or going to coloradomtn.edu/theatre.