Wheeler Opera House

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

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After an additional month of delays, the Wheeler Opera House opened it’s doors for its first show last weekend.

 

  An uptick in real estate sales in Aspen also means additional sales taxes are going to the Wheeler Opera House, and there is talk of spending that money in other ways.

The 66th annual Warren Miller film is premiering in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. “Chasing Shadows” follows groups of skiers as they travel around the world. The common theme they all share, though, is an effort to keep the history and tradition of skiing alive.

At a walkthrough of the building on Thursday, community members are seeing what all of the buzz is about. The final upgrades and renovations to the historic Wheeler Opera House are complete, and the venue will begin hosting performances right away.

 

The Wheeler was originally supposed to open last month, but a planned upgrade caused some other problems and structural changes had to be made.

Gena Buhler, executive director of the Wheeler, says it’s a relief to finally have the venue open again.

 

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The Wheeler Opera House will be delaying its opening until early January. The venue was originally scheduled to reopen its doors on Dec. 18, but an unforeseen repair issue forced the schedule to be pushed back a month.

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The insides of the Wheeler Opera House will look completely different to those who step inside after mid-December.

 

The $3-4 million renovations include new restrooms, HVAC infrastructure and a bar with a better service area.The current layout becomes crowded easily and is often difficult to move around in.

 

The first floor of the building will become a true lobby area, while the second floor will have the bar, and a portable stage for small performances to happen.

 

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Part time Snowmass Village resident Beth Malone was onstage at the Tony Awards Sunday, with the rest of the cast of “Fun Home.” The Broadway play won Best Musical. In it, Malone plays Alison Bechdel, a middle-aged cartoonist who sets out to uncover the story of her father - a funeral home operator who was secretly gay. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Malone who says Sunday’s awards held meaning for personal reasons.

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