Arvada Center Blog

Artist Daryll Peirce explains the Exquisite Corpse

 


Artist Daryll Peirce explains his portion of one of four Exquisite Corpses at Arvada Center through August 29, 2015.

Raffling four exquisite corpse works of art to Keep Our Galleries Free!

https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/exquisite-corpse-viewing-and-raffle
This is part of our Summer Galleries Exhibition 2015 series  –> see more at arvadacenter.org/galleries

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal
Parts I, II and III

The summer exhibition at the Arvada Center examines Surrealism and Realism and the line between the two by presenting works by contemporary local and regional artists. Drawing from the surrealist thoughts on the unconscious mind and dreams, works in this exhibition will not only explore Surrealism and Realism, but they will feature subject matter and techniques that blur the lines between real and surreal. This exhibition will be split into three parts, each displayed in one of the Arvada Center’s three galleries, and each part will investigate the real and the surreal.

5 New Concerts added to Summer Stage Concert Series

 

Five New Concerts Added to Summer Stage Concert Series Line up for 2015 Summer Concerts in Denver

 

Announced today!

Time for Three – Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel with Kat Edmonson – Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra – Thursday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Rhiannon Giddens – Friday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Los Lonely Boys – Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m.

All performances listed above will take place rain or shine in our Outdoor Amphitheater.

TICKETS ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC STARTING AT
10 A.M. ON FRIDAY, MAY 8.

 

Click on the images below for more information.

The Waterboys summer concert in Denver Steep Canyon Rangers summer concert in Denver Wonderbound Summer Performance in Denver at Arvada Center Big Bad Voodoo Daddy summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth and Tonic summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center Jonny Lang summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center Colorado Symphony Summer Concert in Denver at Arvada Center Laurie Berkner summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
Sweet Harmony Soul summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center Time for Three summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center Asleep At The Wheel summer concert in denver at Arvada Center Los Lobos summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
Colorado Symphony summer concert in denver at Arvada Center Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra summer performance in Denver at Arvada Center Rhiannon Giddens summer performance in Denver at Arvada Center Colorado Ballet summer performance in Denver at Arvada Center
Denver Brass summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center Los Lonely Boys summer concert in denver at Arvada Center David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and The Jeff Austin Band summer concert in Denver at the Arvada Center

Bringing The Curtain Back to Life

 

Recycle, reuse, repurpose —- that’s all the buzz these days – right? Well, that can apply to theater productions too!

A partnership between the Arvada Center and the Elitch Gardens Theatre has brought new life to theater ~  all in a timely, historically-significant icon, an integral piece of fabric – the stage curtain.

Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation historian and Arvada Center music director David Nehls explains, “the curtain is what separates the reality from the fantasy” and like 9NEWS Anchor/Reporter Kyle Dyer says, “it’s no doubt the curtain is vital to setting the stage in a theater”.

The historic curtain that hung in the Elitch Gardens Theatre has been re-purposed, raised from shreds and stains, to be re-hung in the next production at the Arvada Center, A Man of No Importance. Arvada Center Scenic Designer Brian Malgrave was excited to be able to use this historic theater icon in the set design for A Man of No Importance. “Whenever we can, we look for opportunities to reuse things or to bring things of a more authentic quality to our productions,” he explains. “This particular curtain was created in 1950 and our scenic design was set in 1964 so it felt very appropriate,” Mallgrave says. “This curtain is really cool for this production because its actually centered around working class people that are putting on kind-of a community theater production and the whole idea behind the curtain opening to present what is their art is such a big part of the show.”

Read on  / View Video

http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/features/2015/04/22/elitch-gardens-theatre/26180787/


The historic Elitch Gardens Theatre curtain has been repurposed as part of the set design for current Arvada Center production A Man of No Importance.

 

 

photo by Kyle Dyer, 9NEWS

 

 

 

 

{parts of this blog post are from the 9news.com article written at http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/features/2015/04/22/elitch-gardens-theatre/26180787/}

2015-16 Theater Season Announced!

 

The Arvada Center’s 2015-2016 season is an impressive line-up of plays and musicals that spread across several generations of the human experience including themes of self-discovery, romance, humor, and imagination. The three musical and three play season is filled with popular titles and includes one world premiere, two regional premieres and an ongoing collaboration with Creede Repertory Theatre.

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Saturday Night Fever at Arvada Center

Regional Premiere

Saturday Night Fever

Based on the Paramount/RSO Film and the story by Nik Cohn
Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oakes
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry

Main Stage Theater

September 15 – October 4
Previews September 11 – 13

Please note: This production contains adult situations.

Pull out your leisure suit, put on your hot pants, polish your platform shoes and get ready to boogie down when we present this regional premiere musical based on the classic 70s film. Set in the historically significant era of post-Vietnam, Watergate, and years of civil unrest; America was ready to embrace something new. When disco blazoned on the scene, it created a cultural shift by embracing a blending of dance styles from high-energy jitterbug, to mid-century rock and roll and the classic grace of ballroom dance. Disco helped launch a new era that resulted in lifestyle changes and musical genres that have become part of our contemporary culture. Saturday Night Fever features all the great Bee Gee disco hits including “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Night Fever”, “If I Can’t Have You”, “You Should Be Dancing” and more! Saturday Night Fever will have you dancing in your seat!

In 2010, the film, Saturday Night Fever was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and is preserved in its National Film Registry. The film’s soundtrack was added to its National Recording Registry in 2013.

Saturday Night Fever is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-0757
www.theatricalrights.com
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Good on Paper at Arvada Center

Creede Repertory Theatre presents the World Premiere of

Good On Paper

By George Brant

 

 

Black Box Theater

September 29 – October 25
Previews September 25 – 27

Please note: This production contains some mature language and adult situations.

In this quirky romantic comedy, Peg, a lonely police-sketch artist, prefers the company of her many drawings of criminals to the real men in her life. But when her romance-novelist sister gives her a mysterious hand-carved pencil, her sketches come to life. This is great, except when the people you draw are criminals. This modern Pygmalion tale begs the question: does love define or defy perfection?


Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Arvada Center

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film
Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Original stage production directed by Walter Bobbie
Orchestrations by Larry Blank
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by Bruce Pomahac
Directed by Gavin Mayer

Main Stage Theater
November 24 –December 23
Previews November 20 – 22

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind,  they follow two sisters to a Vermont lodge where they are performing in a Christmas show. This sentimental musical is filled with Christmas cheer, wonderful dance numbers and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Blue  Skies”, “Happy Holiday”, “Sisters”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and the unforgettable title song, “White  Christmas.” Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a must see for the holidays and guaranteed to fill your entire family with the joy of the season. 

“This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” – New York Times 

“A holiday card comes to life.” – New York Daily News

White Christmas is enchanting as a first snow… Audiences drank it up like spiked egg nog.” – San Francisco Examiner

White Christmas is the perfect holiday musical…” – Talkin’ Broadway


Mrs. Mannerly at Arvada Center

Mrs. Mannerly

By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Edith Weiss

 

 

 

Black Box Theater
January 26 – February 21, 2016
Previews January 22 – 24, 2016

Please note: This production contains some mature language.

Inspired by hilarious memories of a 1967 childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Young Jeffrey is a misfit little boy who wants nothing more than to be good at something, and he finds his unlikely niche at etiquette school. Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher with a dedication to Emily Post, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. When he discovers her mysterious past, Young Jeffrey leverages what he knows so he can be the first to attain the highest score. The plot mimics stories by humorists like David Sedaris and is a delicious, comic tale about coming-of-age in a simpler time.

“ Mrs. Mannerly mixes nostalgia with a spritz of astringent… a carefully crafted coming-of-age story” – Durango Herald

Mrs.Mannerly…is playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s delightful yet melancholy valentine to lost innocence.” – Riverfront Times


The Mountaintop at Arvada Center

The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall
Directed by Gavin Mayer

 

 

 

 

Black Box Theater
March 22 – April 17, 2016
Previews March 18 – 20, 2016

Please note: This production contains some mature language and is performed without an intermission.

“THIS ISN’T THE ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ KING… THIS IS KING, THE MAN; NOT THE MYTH.” – Katori Hall, playwright

The Mountaintop reimagines the last night of the historic life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhausted from delivering one of his most memorable speeches, Dr. King rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when a unanticipated visit from a feisty, young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of our nation. Winner of the Olivier Award for “Best New Play,”
The Mountaintop’s captivating storytelling fuses the dramatic and spiritual to reach a summit that will leave audiences riveted, wanting to know more about the legacy of Dr. King.

Original Broadway production was produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman and Ambassador Theatre Group

“Stunning… Sensitive and moving.” – Washington Examiner

“Deeply personal, powerful, and engaging.” – Broadway World

“…a wonderful trip, as audacious as it is inventive.” – Associated Press


Death Takes A Holiday at Arvada Center

Regional Premiere

Death Takes A Holiday

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry

 

Main Stage Theater
April 26 – May 15, 2016
Previews April 22 – 24, 2016

It’s just after World War I, a time of renewal after years of sadness and human suffering. A mysterious individual disguised as a handsome young Prince arrives at an Italian villa. It is Death himself, who has decided to take a short vacation to be among the living, hoping to understand why he is so feared and why humans are so reluctant to leave life behind. As Death enjoys discovering the simple charms of life, he also begins to comprehend the strength of human love. This stunning musical features rich melodies and beautiful lyrics that will leave audiences breathless as the story unfolds.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“One lush, soaring number after another… ”  – New York Times

“Maury Yeston is one of the few Broadway composers who has demonstrated the ability to weave the necessary spell, and his score for Death Takes a Holiday hits splendid heights.” – Variety

Summer Stage Concert Series Line Up for Summer Concerts In Denver 2015

Summer Stage Concert Series at the Arvada Center brings Steep Canyon Rangers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Los Lobos, and more. 
 
Produced in partnership with Swallow Hill Music, 
this first set of concerts go on sale Friday,  March 27.

 

WHAT:  Summer Stage Concert Series at the Arvada Center

WHEN: Tickets on sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. Dates and times subject to change

WHERE: The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities – Outdoor Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO, 80003

PRICE: Prices vary; see show details below

BOX OFFICE: www.summeratthecenter.com (720) 898-7200

ARVADA – The warm weather is almost here! This summer, pack a picnic and enjoy concerts under the stars at the Arvada Center’s outdoor amphitheater. The Summer Stage Concert Series at the Arvada Center features a wide array of concerts including The Waterboys, Steep Canyon Rangers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth and TonicJonny Lang, Laurie BerknerSweet Harmony Soul featuring Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin and Amy Helm, Los Lobos, and David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Jeff Austin Band. Also – returning the Center are annual favorites Wonderbound, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet and The Denver Brass.

Tickets for these concerts go on sale on Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m.

Go to https://arvadacenter.org/summer-stage-concert-series-2015 for dates and pricing. The amphitheater has been home to live music for more than 20 years, offering wonderful acoustics, intimate covered seating (the last row is only 30 feet from the stage), and expansive lawn seating perfect for an evening of music under the stars.

Thank you for supporting live music with the Arvada Center and Swallow Hill Music!

Summer Stage Concert Series at the Arvada Center

Tickets for these concerts go on-sale to the general public on Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 6:30 p.m unless otherwise noted.

Click on the images below to learn more about the artist. Tickets on sale to General Public on Friday, March 27th at 10 a.m.

The Waterboys summer concert in Denver
May 24
Steep Canyon Rangers summer concert in Denver
June 18
Wonderbound Summer Performance in Denver at Arvada Center
June 20 & 21
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
June 27
Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth and Tonic summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
July 2
Jonny Lang summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
July 9
Colorado Symphony Summer Concert in Denver at Arvada Center
July 10
Laurie Berkner summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
July 11
Sweet Harmony Soul summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
July 16
Los Lobos summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
July 30
Colorado Symphony summer concert in denver at Arvada Center
Aug 7
Colorado Ballet summer performance in Denver at Arvada Center
Aug 22
Denver Brass summer concert in Denver at Arvada Center
Aug 29
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and The Jeff Austin Band summer concert in Denver at the Arvada Center
Sept 11

For complete information for all concerts including details on the groups performing, go to https://arvadacenter.org/summer-stage-concert-series-2015. For directions and amphitheater policies please go to http://arvadacenter.org/visit-the-center/amphitheater-policies.