This summer, famous artists and professional performers will grace Aspen’s galleries and stages. But right now, it’s time for area youth to take the spotlight.
This week at the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Community School performs "Just A Little Grimm," an original production that re-imagines fairy tales. Young performers have taken over the stage all month. Aspen Country Day School and the youth production from Theatre Aspen both held performances there.
Gena Buhler, executive director of the Wheeler, said that opening the theater to students for rehearsals and performances is a great learning experience for them.
Also this week, elementary and middle school student artwork goes on display at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.
Sarah Roy, the executive director of the Red Brick, said the goal of the student show isn’t that much different than an exhibition of professional artwork. “Creativity can happen at any age and at any skill level and that’s still an expression. And that expression at the bottom of it is what’s the most important.”
Other youth events this offseason have included the Jazz Aspen Snowmass student showcase, SOL Theatre Company’s production of "The Goonies" and an exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum curated entirely by local teens.