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Steamboat high school festival to include theater, visual art and music

Margaret Hair

Chelsea Marie, playing Miss Roberts, and Sandy Nunnikhoven, playing Stella, practice a scene from the play "The Fifteenth Candle," which will be featured in Rock the Arts.
John F. Russell

Mary Willingham plays Rosa during a rehearsal for the play "The Fifteenth Candle," which will be featured in the Rock the Arts festival. Several plays produced by high school students will be featured as part of the event, which also will include bands, vocalists, creative writing and art.John F. Russell

— Students at Steamboat Springs High School will present a "three-ring circus" showcasing theater, music, visual and literary arts Friday and Saturday.

"There are three different areas where things will be going on all at the same time, so someone can watch a play and listen to the band and watch a student movie and listen to some fiction," theater teacher Amy Pottinger said.

The inaugural student-organized, student-created and student-produced Rock the Arts festival is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School. Admission is two cans of food, which will be donated to the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank.

A finalized list of performance times and locations was not available at press time, but festival attendees will get a schedule at the door, Pottinger said. Performances will be set up so participants can move freely from one area to the next, high school junior and festival organizer Justin Doerr said.

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Student director Alyssa Hay said the festival is a work-in-progress in its first year.

"I think we're kind of hoping that this year, being our first year, will be a springboard to get more people interested in theater, and to get people to know that Steamboat Springs High School is not just about sports. We have arts here, and we love them," Hay said.

The school's student art club, vocal and instrumental music departments, and various language arts classes are contributing to the festival, along with about 20 students from the drama program, Pottinger said. She estimates that about 50 students are participating in the festival overall. The event allows students to choose their level of involvement, said Chelsea Marie, a sophomore at the high school.

"It's all the different forms of talent coming together because there are paintings or you can write something or you can sing or you can play an instrument or you can act — you can do pretty much anything," Marie said.

Student directors and actors will put on four one-act plays each night, including the Rachel Field melodrama "The Fifteenth Candle"; the Kristyn Leigh Robinson revenge play "The End"; "Novio Boy," a student-themed play by Gary Soto; and a play adapted from an Oscar Wilde short story, "The Infanta." Members of the drama department's technical crew plan to do a light show to the Guns N' Roses song "Live and Let Die," Pottinger said.

Mary Willingham, a freshman, has hit the festival at full speed. She's acting in three of the four one-act plays and plans to play at least one instrumental piece as part of the Steamboat Springs High School concert band. Along the same lines, Doerr, Marie and student actor David Tuthill are in the choir program.

The idea is to provide students a chance to showcase their artistic talents and to provide a way for community members to see those talents, Hay said.

"This entire festival is just a huge exhibition of all arts. It's not a singular area; it's just everything that any art person would love to be around. … It's just a really fun environment to celebrate the arts," Hay said.

If you go

What: Rock the Arts, a festival of theater, music, film, visual art and more presented by Steamboat Springs High School

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School

Cost: Two cans of food, to be donated to the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank

Call: 879-1562