Thursday, January 10, 2019

Youth Ensemble's A New Brain is your chance to help make dreams come true

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click to enlarge A New Brain: Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $20-$50, csfineartscenter.org. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
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  • A New Brain: Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $20-$50, csfineartscenter.org.
In its 20th year, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Youth Repertory Ensemble remains the region’s premier training program for youths who want to make a living on the stage, whether as actors or designers. Youths in the program’s age range, 14-18, might explore theater in middle- and high-school drama classes, but programs like the FAC’s enable them to pursue theater as a serious career path, with an earlier start than many of their peers. To continue growing the program’s impact, the FAC will host a fundraising concert featuring past and current Ensemble students performing music from A New Brain. This 1998 musical (by the authors of Falsettos, which was revived on Broadway in 2016) is loosely based on composer William Finn’s experiences with a brain malformation and how he found emotional healing through his art. Enjoy the musical’s delightful and poignant soundtrack performed by some talented young people and pros, all the while keeping in mind that your ticket will help fund some kid’s dreams of stardom. Bonus: Attendees are invited to a talkback with Dr. Chamisa MacIndoe, UCHealth neurointensivist, and the cast and creative team right after the show.

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