THEATER COMPANIES, PRODUCTIONS & SHOWS

Summer 2014


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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.) 


Adams Mystery Playhouse
This scary mansion claims to be Colorado’s first and only permanent mystery dinner theater. Have a drink at the Casket Bar as you mingle with interesting characters who drop clues. Then head to the Spider Web Dining Room and try to solve the murder du jour. 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. www.adamsmysteryplayhouse.com.

Art as Action
Art as Action’s Artivist Process is a series of monthly brainstorming sessions and in-progress showings that bring artists together, encouraging collaboration. www.artasaction.org, or call 720-938-6069.

Arvada Center
The Arvada Center is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, offering theater, music, galleries and educational opportunities all year long. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. 720-898-7200; www.arvadacenter.org.

      June 6-7: Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” (Theater Academy performances)

      July 11-Aug. 3: Tarzan: The Stage Musical

Avenue Theater
This theater has been a Denver favorite for more than 20 years, and it’s right downtown. 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. 303-321-5925; www.avenuetheater.com.

Bolder Acts
Aug. 9: The new season begins with a double feature of 24 Hour Theatre (all the plays were completely written, produced and rehearsed in only the previous 24 hours) and the group’s competition piece, Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology.” A talkback session and reception follow the performance. 7pm at the Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. www.bolderacts.com.

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
BETC’s ninth season begins Oct. 9 with the regional premiere of Anthony Clarvoe’s “Ambition Facing West.” See details and the rest of the new schedule at www.boulderensembletheatre.org.

Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Through Sept. 6: “Shrek: The Musical” brings the beloved ogre to life on stage and features lively songs and vivid scenery. BDT is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. 303-449-6000 ext. 4; www.theatreinboulder.com.

Broomfield Auditorium
The Broomfield Auditorium, at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield, hosts theater, music, dance and other special events all year long. www.attheaudi.com.

      Weekends in June: BackStory Theatre Academy

Buntport Theater Company
This summer, Buntport collaborates with Boulder’s square product theatre (see separate listing). Buntport is at 717 Lipan St., Denver; www.buntport.com.

The Catamounts
The Catamounts stage their productions at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. Camp Catamounts is a new summer theater program for kids; check www.thecatamounts.org for registration details, or see the group’s Facebook page.

CenterStage Theatre Company
July 17-27: “Spring Awakening” is a rock-musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials and triumphs of the teen years. At Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.

  Central City Opera 2014 Festival
From the opening night of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” to the closing night of one of America’s most beloved musicals, “The Sound of Music,” this year’s festival has something for everyone. Outreach events and family activities keep everyone engaged, like “Opera Notes”—free pre-performance previews before every main-stage opera. Most performances and events take place at historic venues in Central City, though “The Sound of Music” is in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Check www.centralcityopera.org for the full calendar, ticket information and other important details.
  • June 28-July 26: The Marriage of Figaro (special Family Matinee July 15)
  • July 5-27: Dead Man Walking: The Opera (for mature audiences)
  • July 13 & 19: Central City Days: Divas and Desperados, 11:30am-1:30pm, with historic tours, costumed characters, and an old-fashioned gunfight
  • July 20 & 23: Trouble in Tahiti
  • Aug. 2-10: The Sound of Music (in Denver)

Coal Creek Theater/Front Range Playwrights’ Showcase
Aug. 22: During the 8th annual Front Range Playwrights’ Showcase, scripts chosen by the committee are presented reader’s-theater style. The winner has the chance to have their play taken to the Colorado Community Theater Coalition Festival in 2015. At Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. Find all the details at www.cctlouisville.org.

Colorado Burlesque Festival
July 10-13: Called “one of the sexiest things to do in Denver,” this annual four-day festival (now in its fifth year) takes place at various venues in Denver; check www.coloradoburlesquefestival.com.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 7-Aug. 10: Regarded as one of the top Shakespeare festivals in the nation, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival runs for more than two months every summer on the CU campus, and showcases a different lineup of productions each year. The 2014 season features five plays, four by Shakespeare and one about his works. Performances are either outdoors in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors in University Theatre. CSF also hosts educational events during the festival, including a summer camp for kids; see www.coloradoshakes.org for the full schedule.

      June 7-Aug. 10: The Tempest

      June 13-Aug. 9: I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick

      June 28-Aug. 9: The Merry Wives of Windsor (set in a 1960s Catskills resort)

      July 18-Aug. 10: Henry IV: Part 1

      July 27 & Aug. 3: Henry IV: Part 2 (“original practices” performances with natural lighting and minimal costuming)

Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
Coinciding with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, this informal lecture series is a great way to learn about the historical context, production history, and behind-the-scenes aspects of the season’s plays. Free lectures conclude with a drawing for opening-night tickets. At Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.coloradoshakes.org.

      June 2: I Hate Hamlet

      June 9: The Merry Wives of Windsor

      June 16: Henry IV, parts 1 and 2

CU Department of Theatre & Dance
The University of Colorado’s theater performances are usually held at either the Loft Theatre, the ATLAS Black Box Theatre or the University Theatre on the CU campus. Check www.colorado.edu.theatredance for more details about upcoming fall productions.

Curious Theatre Company
Through June 14: “Venus in Fur” by David Ives was a 2012 Tony Award nominee for Best Play. 1080 Acoma St. in Denver. 303-623-0524; www.curioustheatre.org.

Dairy Center for the Arts
The Dairy’s two theater spaces are home to several local independent and resident groups, including 3rd Law Dance/Theater, One Big Yes Productions, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, The Upstart Crow, CenterStage Theatre Company, Helander Dance Theater, Imagination Makers Theater Company, The Parlando School for the Arts and Stories on Stage. For information about specific shows, call theater groups, visit www.thedairy.org or see individual listings in this magazine.

Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
This sprawling complex in downtown Denver, hosts more than two dozen productions every year—like touring Broadway musicals, adaptations, premieres and special events. A few highlights are listed below; check www.denvercenter.org for more. The center is at Speer and Arapahoe avenues in Denver. For tickets, call 303-893-4100, or go to TicketsWest outlets at all King Soopers.

      July 10-20: The Bicycle Men

      Opens Sept. 6: Pippin

Denver’s Dangerous Theatre
Denver’s Dangerous Theatre, at 262 W. Second Ave., offers unconventional theater, cabaret and comedy. It serves complimentary refreshments, and audiences are welcome to bring beer or wine. www.dangeroustheatre.com.

The Edge Theatre Company
June 6-29: The Edge Theatre, now in its fourth season, presents Terry Johnson’s adaptation of “The Graduate.” 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. www.theeproject.org.

Firehouse Theater Company
FTC stages its productions at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place in Denver. 303-562-3232; www.firehousetheatercompany.com.

Ignite Theatre
Aug. 8-31: Tony Award–winner “Rent” takes the stage at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave in Aurora. www.ignitetheatre.com.

Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts
Jesters is Longmont‘s long-running dinner theater, and show-only tickets are also available. The Jesters School for the Performing Arts performs on Saturday afternoons year-round, with new offerings every month or so, and special sessions during the summer. Jesters is also home to Encore at the Jesters, a restaurant and comedy club that presents standup comedy, improv and Drag Queen Bingo. See a complete schedule at www.jesterstheatre.com or call 303-682-9980. 224 Main St., Longmont.

      Through July 3: The Sound of Music

      Opens July 25: The Producers

Lakewood Cultural Center
Home of the Performance Now Theatre Company, which produces several musicals each year. See the center’s full schedule of theater events online. 470 S. Allison Parkway. 303-987-7845; www.lakewood.org/culturalcenter.

Local Theater Company
LOCAL Theater Company develops new American plays by actively seeking and presenting works by up-and-coming authors. The group also has an active education program in area schools. Check www.localtheatercompany.org or updates on new projects and submission information for 2015’s LOCAL Lab.

Longmont Theatre Company
The main season starts in the fall, but during the summer, there are always short runs and youth theater productions, plus a yearly Taste of Shakespeare. The theater is at 513 Main St., Longmont, but the Shakespeare performances are at various venues in the area. Check www.longmonttheatre.org for details.

      June 6-7: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

      July 10-12: The Rocking Tale of Snow White; Totally Awesome ‘80s

      July 18-Aug. 9: Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

Madcap Theater
Improvisational comedy suitable for all audiences. 10679 Westminster Blvd., 303-460-3854; www.madcapimprov.com.

Miners Alley Playhouse
Through June 29: “The Fantasticks” is history’s longest-running musical, and it’s playing at Miners Alley in downtown Golden (1224 Washington Ave.). The theater also hosts classes and workshops, music nights and a wine bar. 303-935-3044; www.minersalley.com.

      July 18-Aug. 24: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple

One Act
June 6: Based on a randomly selected audience suggestion for a play that’s never been written, ONE ACT creates a fully improvised one-act play without any planning or discussion. The professional ensemble includes a live musician. (This is the last show of the season, so check online for updates in the fall.) 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.oneactimprov.com.

OpenStage Theatre
Through June 28: “Scapin,” by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell, is inspired by the works of Molière and the hilarity of classic French farce. At the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. www.openstagetheatre.org.

Peanut Butter Players
PBP’s summer workshops for ages 5-18 result in a variety of performances (lunch included). The summer lineup includes “Seussical, the Musical,” “High School Musical,” “Godspell” and more. See www.peanutbutterplayers.com for workshop details and ticket info. At the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road in Lafayette. 303-786-8727.

Phamaly Theatre Company
July 10-Aug. 10: Phamaly Theatre Company offers extensive opportunities to performers with disabilities. The summer performance, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” is at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. www.phamaly.org.

Playback Theatre West
June 7: After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. The result is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny. 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.playbacktheatrewest.com for details.

Rialto Theater Center
Loveland’s historic Rialto Theater at 228 E. Fourth St. hosts a variety of theater productions each year. In the summer, Tuesday Theater for Kids introduces youngsters to a variety of performing- arts programs. Check www.ci.loveland.co.us for the schedule.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
RMTK offers performance classes and preprofessional conservatories for young actors, and the new Actors Academy for the Performing Arts takes them to the next level. Summer programs are available for three age levels, and there’s a session based on the hit movie “Frozen.” Boulder performances (see schedule online) are at the Magic Playhouse, 5311 Western Ave., Suite D. 303-245-8150; www.theaterforkids.net.

The SOURCE Theatre Company
June 15: The Source celebrates African-American Theatre Day in collaboration with the Black Actors Guild. Check www.thesourcedenver.org or the group’s Facebook page for details and Denver venue.

Spotlight Theatre Company
Opens Aug. 30: Spotlight’s first production of the new season—their 50th—is “A Few Good Men” by Aaron Sorkin. At the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place in Denver. www.thisisspotlight.com.

Square Product Theatre
May 30-June 21: Boulder’s square product theatre, in collaboration with enver’s Buntport Theater, presents “Peggy Jo & the Desolate Nothing,” billed as “the mostly true story of a Texas outlaw.” June 5 and June 9 are “Pay What You Can” nights. At Buntport, 717 Lipan St., Denver. www.squareproducttheatre.org.

Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage is a nonprofit performing-arts organization that showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. Check www.storiesonstage.org for news about the new season, which will include performances in Boulder (at Dairy Center for the Arts) and Denver.

Tara Performing Arts High School
June 12-15: The talented students of Tara present the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver” at 1:30pm and 7:30pm each day. At Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. www.tarahighschool.org.

Theater Company of Lafayette
TCL’s productions are at historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette. Call or check online for times and ticket info: www.tclstage.org.

      June 6-29: The Well of Happiness, by Stuart Ostfeld

       Aug. 15-Sept. 7: Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sara Ruhl

Theatre Esprit Asia
Opens Sept. 4: David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly,” inspired by true events, is a drama that examines themes of sexual and racial stereotyping. At the Aurora Fox Black Box Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. www.theatre-esprit-asia.org.

Theatre-Hikes Colorado
June 7-July 6: Combining the arts and the beauty of the outdoors, Theatre-Hikes leads the audience on a scenic hike while presenting a full production along the way. This summer’s show is “Alice in Wonderland” by Randy Wyatt, an even more madcap adaptation of the classic. 11am at Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road. http://co.theatre-hikes.org.

The Unexpected Laboratory
This group creates shows that affect the audience in unexpected ways, using theater, dance, music, visual arts and film. Inspired by interviews with American serial killers, “Surrounded” explores the darkness in all of us. Performances and Summer Institute are at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.theunexpectedlab.org.

     June 2-29: Summer Institute (student showcase June 29)

      June 26-July 5: Surrounded

The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Opens Aug. 29: “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring opens Upstart Crow’s new season. It plays at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. See www.theupstartcrow.org for other upcoming productions.

Vintage Theatre Company
Vintage Theatre schedules at least 10 shows per season on two stages at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. www.vintagetheatre.com.

      May 30-July 6: Lobby Hero, by Kenneth Lonergan

      July 18-Sept. 7: A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams

Vox Feminista
Vox Feminista is a multimedia, multi-passionate performance tribe of radical feminists bent on social change through cultural revolution. Check www.voxfeminista.org for information about a new production coming in winter 2014.