Opera House, Young People’s Theatre: “Tuck Everlasting,” 4/2 – 4/3!

Opera House, Young People’s Theatre: “Tuck Everlasting,” 4/2 – 4/3!

The Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater continues its 22nd season with the first of its two high school musicals, “Tuck Everlasting.” The show comes to life at Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3, 2021. Doors 5:30 p.m.; Show time, 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for all ages, including lap children, who are no longer free. The Opera House is still operating at only 25% capacity due to state orders so every person must have a paid ticket. Tickets are only sold in groups as part of our new COVID-19 seat map. If illness prevents someone from using their ticket, they must notify Sheridan Arts Foundation staff members at least two hours prior to showtime for a refund.

For tickets and more information visit www.SheridanOperaHouse.com or call 970-728-6363.

New this season, since tickets are so limited, you can stream the recorded show for FREE. The production will be available to stream from home the week after the performances.

Young People’s Theater Artistic Director Leah Heidenreich directs a small cast of actors in grades 9-12. “Tuck Everlasting” premiered at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA in January 2015 before transferring to Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in March 2016 under the direction of Casey Nicholaw.

Based on best-selling children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, “Tuck Everlasting” features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.

Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

“This is a really special cast. Some of my most dedicated YPT participants are working so hard to bring this incredible story to life. These kids have spent half of their high school lives in a Zoom room, so getting to come together and create art has been a really important experience for them. I’m so excited for our community to witness such a beautiful production,” shares Heidenreich.

Cast of characters:

Winnie Foster: Cassidy Craige
Jesse Tuck: Rowen Warren
Mae Tuck: Chloie Plumber
Miles Tuck: Emmett Murphy
Angus Tuck: Keller Gilliland
Man In The Yellow Suit: Kashius Ford
Mother: Juliet Denman
Nana: Kiara Warren
Hugo: Griffin Craige
Constable Joe: Jack Spencer
Featured Dancer: TJ Neumann

Heidenreich is joined by Dean Rolley on sound design; Tommy Wince on light design; Buff Hooper on set design; and Traci Baize on costume design.

Heidenreich normally directs a single high school production with 25-30 teens, but COVID-19 forced her to restructure the program. She has simultaneously been directing two full-length musicals with 10 kids each so as to abide by county and state COVID-19 restrictions. “Tuck Everlasting” is the first of the two high school shows. It is followed by “Cinderella,” which will run April 30 and May 1.

“The sheer gratitude that every kid has shown this past year has been my central motivation for keeping all of these shows on their feet. We have so many amazing young artists in our community who deserve to have this experience, even in the most trialing of circumstances. I don’t know that I could have handled this past year with such grace when I was in my formative years. I am constantly in awe of these kids’ grit, passion, talent, teamwork, tenacity, and ability to just go with the flow.”

Note: Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation values the safety and health of our patrons and staff above all else. Molekule air purifiers and hand sanitizer stations are dispersed throughout the building, temperature checks are performed at the door, masks must be worn at all times including during performances, seats are separated into socially distanced pods and social distancing is strictly enforced. The Opera House appreciates the public’s cooperation with these measures and kindly ask for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times.

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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 CCAASE, CCI, The Telluride Foundation and Just For Kids Foundation.

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