The details of Theatre Aspen’s 2020 summer season are still being worked out due to COVID-19. Taking center stage, however, are essential workers and local leaders who have served the community during the pandemic.
The theater company began taking nominations for its Heroes Program earlier this week. Local "Heroes" will be honored at curtain call each night during Theatre Aspen's summer season.
“We’re really encouraging people to nominate their friends and neighbors as Aspen heroes," said Theatre Aspen's producing director Jed Bernstein. "This is a valley-wide program, and we think throwing the spotlight on the good works of so many of our fellow citizens is a great way to celebrate the summer of 2020.”
The "Heroes" will be announced on the 4th of July. They will also be recognized as Theatre Aspen VIPs this summer.
"It's going to be an unusual summer because a lot of iconic things that Aspenites are used to will not be happening this summer, but Theatre Aspen will be happening," Bernstein said of the impetus for honoring local Heroes. "And we thought, what a perfect way to celebrate community."
Details about Theatre Aspen's summer season are forthcoming, but the group is working with city and health officials to ensure public health measures are met. That means reimagining seating at its stage in the John Denver Sanctuary—namely by replacing rows of chairs with cabaret tables that allow for social distancing—prewrapped concessions and hand sanitizing stations. Theatre Aspen is also planning to open the sides of its tent during performances. Despite some of the new protocols, Bernstein said that the show will go on—with a nod to community members that have helped make it possible throughout the pandemic.
More information about nominating local heroes and updates to Theatre Aspen's schedule can be found at its website.
Editor's note: Aspen Public Radio executive director Tammy Terwelp serves on the committee that will select local "Heroes."