The Wailers rock the Opera House New Year's Eve


The Wailers, Peter Yarrow, Shawn Colvin, Leftover Salmon and more to play historic Sheridan Opera House winter 2012/2013

The Wailers rock the Opera House New Year's Eve

The Wailers rock the Opera House New Year’s Eve

It may be cold outside, but things are heating up at the historic Sheridan Opera House as we announce our winter lineup.

Friday, November 23, the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s winter season kicks off with a concert featuring Joint Point and Friends. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission. It’s Joint Point bandmember Stu Sundel-Norlin’s 30th birthday, so come prepared to celebrate.

The SAF Young People’s Theater performs its middle school production of “Cindy & the Saddle Shoes,” a Cinderella adaptation written and directed by YPT Artistic Director Jennifer Julia. Students in grades 6-8 perform the play Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, all 6 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults; $11 for children 12 and under.

Known for his work with Stockholm Syndrome and the Jack Mormons, Jerry Joseph,  plays an acoustic show Saturday, December 8. Tickets are currently on sale at

Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Saturday, December 22, Second Stage returns this year with its holiday play, “Every Christmas Story Ever Told.” Directed by Jeb Berrier, the play stars  Buff Hooper and Ashley Boling. Showtime is 8 p.m.

The year’s Holiday Concert Series features an eclectic mix of music and is sure to be a successful fundraiser for the SAF, the non-profit that owns and operates the Sheridan Opera House. Tickets rare currently on sale for all concerts, which are as follows:

Thursday, December 27, showcases Peter Yarrow and Friends. Yarrow,  a part-time Telluride local, is a folk music legend, known mostly for his past work with Peter Paul and Mary. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is honored to host his return to our stage. The show is reserved seating, $30 and $35, and begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 28, we put on two acoustic performances by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin.  Show times are 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets, $35 and $40.

Saturday, December 29, seat come out for a dance party featuring New Orleans soul-funk musician Marc Broussard. The show is general admission: $30 on the floor and $35 in the balcony.

Sunday, December 30, we offer something new for a change: Vaudeville Variety Night, 8 p.m. The New Year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Opera House. Variety Night is meant to kick off the year-long Centennial Celebration, which will include several fundraisers celebrating different eras of Telluride’s “crown jewel” of a venue.

Vaudeville  night features can-can dancers, stand-up comedy, a magician, a melodrama starring local celebrities and more.

Tables are to be set up for cocktail seating to recreate the way it was in the early days of the Victorian era at Opera House. Tables come with complimentary turn-of-the-century bottle service. Tickets are $50, Full tables are available for $500 and can seat up to 10. Select seats in the balcony are available for $35.

“With a special surprise in store for the Variety Night, we are really excited to present our Holiday Concert Series this year,” said Event Director Ronnie Palamar. “There’s something for everyone.”

The New Years’ Eve Gala, Monday, December 31, we celebrate to the sweet sounds of Jamaica with reggae legends The Wailers. Tickets for the Gala are $100 general admission floor with limited patron seating cocktail tables in the balcony for $250. The first 75 floor tickets sold are available at the early bird special rate of for $75.  The Gala includes a champagne toast and desserts. Doors open at 9 p.m. Show time is 10:30 p.m.

The SAF prides itself programming appropriate to all ages. Teenagers and young adults are welcome to the Gala as well as all concerts.

“It’s a great opportunity for parents to visit Telluride and celebrate the New Year  with their families,” Palamar added.

The Holiday Concert Series wraps up Thursday, January 3, with the third appearance of the popular Who’s Bad, the Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Your best Michael Jackson costume is highly encouraged. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission floor and $30 for balcony seating.

After taking a few weeks off for rentals in January, on Wednesday, January 23, the Sheridan Arts Foundation brings back the music with rockabilly country musician Reverend Horton Heat. Tickets $20 general admission floor; $25 balcony reservations.

Young People’s Theater returns Friday, Feb. 1 – Monday, February 4, with its high school production of “Godspell.” Tickets go on sale in January.

The 14th annual Telluride Comedy Festival returns for Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14 and continues through Monday, February 18. Star comedians are to be announced in early February. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 30.

New this year, the theme of the Saturday of Comedy Fest (February 16) is the “Dawn of Telluride,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ski area. The night is the second installment of the Opera House’s Centennial Celebration. Your best 70s disco or ski costume is encouraged. Count on a dance party in the Gallery Room after the show. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 30.

Saturday, February 23, the Texas indie bluegrass band Seryn returns to Telluride. The band played the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this past summer and blew audiences away with its unique and powerful sound. Reserved seats for the show are $20.

Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27, Colorado bluegrass stars Leftover Salmon returns to the Opera House. Tickets, $30 general admission floor and $35 for the balcony, go on sale Saturday, November 17 at noon.

Saturday, March 16, marks the return of the Spring Break fundraiser.

Steve ‘n Steph Tie the Knot, an 80s wedding party, is featured with This Must Be The Band, a Talking Heads Tribute Band. The party is the third installment of the Centennial Celebration and commemorates the marriage between the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Sheridan Opera House in 1991. Dig out your best 80s wedding dress or powder blue tuxedo. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 30.

Thursday, March 21, the featured acts are two indie folk bands who will perform a double header: Paperbird, of Denver and He’s My Brother She’s My Sister of Los Angeles. Tickets, $25 general admission, go on sale Friday November 30.

Sunday, March 24, the British folk rock band, The Dunwells, return to Telluride after a successful Sunset Concert Series performance this past summer. Tickets, $25 general admission, go on sale Friday, November 30.

More programs and date are still in the works and will be announced as they are confirmed.

Tickets and additional event information are available at or 970.728.6363 x5.

About the Sheridan Arts Foundation:

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE, CCI and El Pomar.

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