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Sheridan Opera House: The Vaudeville Variety Show

 For Immediate Release




The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents:

The Vaudeville Variety Show

A fundraiser kicking off the Sheridan Opera House’s Centennial Celebration

Dec. 30, 2012, 8 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $45 balcony and $60 limited table seating



Telluride, CO, Dec. 19, 2012 — While many Telluride entities celebrate 40th anniversaries in 2012 and 2013, the Sheridan Opera House is celebrating a huge milestone in 2013 as Telluride’s Crown Jewel turns 100 years old. The historic venue located at 110 N. Oak St. first opened its doors on July 3, 1913 as the Segerberg Opera House. 


The Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns and operates the Sheridan Opera House, is kicking off its Centennial Celebration with the Vaudeville Variety Show on Dec. 30, 2012 and will continue the celebration throughout 2013. 


The Vaudeville Variety Show will feature a night of turn-of-the-century entertainment with an emphasis on theater, magic and dance, including the premiere of “Miners, Madams and Mayhem!” an original melodrama written and directed by Jennifer Julia, the SAF’s Young People’s Theater’s Artistic Director. The show will star an unlikely cast of local celebrities including: Sally Puff Courtney, Rosie Cusack, Penelope Gleason, Buff Hooper, Jim Kolar, T.D. Smith, Hollywood producer Bruce Cohen. The melodrama also stars former YPT alumni Amy Palamar and Alex Smith.  


“Miners, Madams and Mayhem!” pays homage to traditional melodrama theater and is full of villains, damsels in distress and more with contemporary twists and local references.


“How would I describe this melodrama? Hilarious. Over-the-top. Bizarre…but in a good way,” Julia said. To further explain, she adds, “In our melodrama, Telluride borders an ocean, prairie dogs can talk and T.D. Smith plays a bratty teenager.” 


Audiences will have to see it to believe it. 


In another homage to the early decades of the Sheridan House and Opera (that’s what it was called in the glorious days of the past) the Vaudeville Variety Show will star more fabulous entertainers dancing, performing and playing piano. 


Historian and storyteller extraordinaire George Greenbank will be the evening’s master of ceremonies telling stories of the Sheridan Opera House’s famed past. Local history buff and musician Bobbie Shaffer will provide musical interludes on a Tin Pan Alley inspired piano. 


Young People’s Theater alumni and profesisonal choreographer Lyndia Peralta has created a sassy can-can routine with Cat Lee-Covert, Erika Curry-Elrod, Megan Heller, Audrey Mann Mason, Molly Wickwire-Sante and Keri Sutton. According to Peralta, the dance will be a classy affair with French house music meets traditional can-can


Colin and Sasha Sullivan, the dynamic duo behind Telluride Theatre, will fill in the night with a variety of vaudeville inspired numbers. Telluride High School graduate Paul Distefano will also return to town to with a one-of-a-kind magic and dance number. He currently resides in New York as a professional performer. Melissa Sumpter, with Durango’s Salt Fire Circus, will perform a burlesque-inspired fan dance. 


Tickets for the Vaudeville Variety Show are $45 for the balcony or $60 for very limited table seating on the main floor. All proceeds will go toward to Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Centennial Fundraising Campaign to finance continued historical renovation projects to ensure the building’s future. 


Founded as a 501(c) 3 non-profit in 1991, the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s mission is to preserve the historic theater to provide quality music and entertainment to the Telluride community and to offer educational programs to regional and national youth. 


Tickets for the Variety Night are available on sale at or by calling 970-728-6363 ext. 5. 


The SAF will continue its Centennial Celebration with a series of events celebrating different eras of the Sheridan Opera House’s history. Visit for more information on the Centennial Celebration. (Please note the new webpage will be up and running by the end of December.) 


Media Contact: 

Kathrine Warren 

PR/Marketing Director 

970-728-6363 ext. 3

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