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The Making Of Miracles

It’s not even Halloween yet and the Arvada Center is getting ready for our popular holiday production of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.

The traditional holiday favorite that will put you in the spirit of the season when its magic comes to our Main Stage Theater. This musical version of the joyful and nostalgic classic movie includes memorable songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” ,“Pinecones and Hollyberries” and more. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we all need a little break to remember that miracles do happen. Miracle on 34th Street is pure family entertainment – make it part of your holiday celebration!

Making Musical Miracles

Now – how about a little taste of what Miracle has to offer?

Musical Director David Nelhs and Artistic Director Rod Lansberry have already been working hard on the music of Miracle that makes this production so special… in more ways than one!

In late September and early October, part of the cast of the musical “Miracle on 34th Street” recorded a song from the production that will be used on the  “Carols for a Cure” annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA).

These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. The Arvada Center was the only selected Regional Theater asked to participate in this years Carol for A Cure project!

Featured on the track from the production, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” are Heather Doris, Shannan Steele, and Valerie Hill and choreographer Piper Arpan (who performs the tap sequence on the track, along with Tracey Zimmerman). Other Arvada Center staff of Audio Engineer Grant Evenson, Musical Director David Nehls and the Arvada Center staff musicians completed the ensemble for performance and recording.

David shares his story…

Musical Director David Nehls has been a part of Carols for A Cure since its inception in 1998.

“I have been involved with Rock-It Science records since 1998 when the Broadway Cast of the revival of The Sound Of Music decided to put together a holiday themed CD to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA).  That project was so successful, the next year was a Broadway wide CD using every cast in a show running that year.  We recorded in a church sanctuary on Christopher Street {in NYC} in what was like Guerrilla warfare style recording—crazy!  Every year became more and more successful and now it is recorded in top of the line studios with top of the line engineers and has included many stars.  I was lucky enough to work with such Broadway celebrities as Antonio Banderas, Idina Menzel, Jon Secada, Phyllis Newman and Nick Jonas as a little kid playing Chip in Beauty and the Beast plus countless Broadway companies!

Arvada’s connection started in 2003 when I started working here and during the run of the Honky Tonk Angels Christmas Spectacular, we offered that year’s CD to the Arvada audiences and it went over very well and we have been involved ever since to some degree.  Being asked to record for this year’s CD is doubly exciting.  We are the only regional theatre invited to be on the CD and we are able to offer something to our patrons that they have just experienced to take home with them, an Arvada first!  The song, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” is the Act 1 ending for Miracle on 34th Street, so it is a small cast recording type situation where the audience can take home a piece of the show while raising money for this great organization.  I did the arrangement and the musicians are the musicians we used in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, some of whom will be playing the Miracle run.  The biggest challenge was scheduling during the tech/ previews of Dirty Rotten, but we made it happen!

BCEFA has also grown, it not only helps to service those with AIDS to receive daily needs such as groceries to medical needs, it also helps with breast cancer organizations like the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative plus countless other nation wide organizations dealing with health and well being.”

Miracle on 34th Street Choreographer Piper Arpan
Piper Arpan, Choreographer

Piper’s Piece

Miracle Choreographer Piper Lindsay Arpan was asked to choreograph and perform the tap sequence in the song…

“I am so honored to be a part of Carols for a Cure!  BCEFA became an important part of my life while I was in NYC–they’re an organization that I really stand behind because of the incredible ways they use their funding.  I am so grateful to have an outlet to continue to support this great organization now that I am a Denver based artist.

Luckily we have several NYC transpants here in Denver, including David Nehls who put together the wonderful arrangement that we recorded.  It is also being used in our upcoming Christmas production of Miracle on 34th Street, and the tap choreography that you hear on the CD will be seen in that show!”

 


Find A Miracle This Holiday Season

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Previews Nov 23-25
Show Runs Nov 27 – Dec 23

Talk Backs
Friday, Dec 7 after 7:30 p.m. show
Wednesday, Dec 12 after 1:00 p.m. show

Times & Pricing:

Previews Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 p.m. $36
Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; center $73, prime $67, value $59
Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; center $66, prime $60, value $53

Arvada Center Awarded $10,000 Grant from Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado Creative Industries logoThe Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the CCI’s Colorado Creates Grant Program and it will help support the Arvada Center’s general operating expenses. The award is made possible through an annual appropriation from the State of Colorado and a federal grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant signifies that the Arvada Center provides a high level of quality in its programs, community service and administrative ability.  Funding from CCI provides support for all Arvada Center programming and confirms the impact the organization has had on the cultural landscape of Colorado since opening its doors in 1976.  Through its vast array of offerings, the Arvada Center seeks to inspire all visitors to live and learn creatively by experiencing the performing arts, visual arts, educational programs and historical exhibits.  The Arvada Center is the 10th largest cultural attraction in metro Denver and is one of the leading employers of creative people in Colorado. Through its diversity of arts programming, continuous commitment to underserved communities, creative partnerships with other cultural organizations and nationally recognized services for individuals with disabilities, the Arvada Center serves nearly 350,000 visitors of all ages annually.

“We are proud of the impact we are making here at the Arvada Center and it is always gratifying to be recognized and supported.” stated Clark Johnson, COO and interim Executive Director, “And especially so by CCI, the leader in improving Colorado’s economic landscape through support for the Arts.”

“Is He Dead?” is Very Funny Comedy

"Is He Dead?" from Creede Repertory Theatre and Arvada CenterMark Twain’s Comedy is Closing Soon!

"Is He Dead?" from Creede Repertory Theatre and Arvada Center
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Hello Arvada Center Patron,

Turn off the political talk and come join us for the “very funny comedyIs He Dead? from Creede Repertory Theatre.


Latest Reviews…

Levity rules… * * *  out of 4 stars” ~ Denver Post, 10/4/2012

“This production of Twain and (David) Ives’ script hammers this point home wrapped in very funny comedy.  Many of us in Denver do not often get a chance to see Creede Repertory’s work, so this is a good opportunity to check it out.” ~ Craig Williamson, North Denver Tribune, 10/4/2012

“Twain’s script shines” ~ Bob Bows,  verteran theater reviewer

“fast-moving, ongoing bit of silliness” ~ Sonya Ellingboe, Littleton Independent, 10/8/2012

“The Creede company is in top form here” ~ Adam Goldstein, Aurora Sentinel, 10/15/2012

“this farce unfolds as only Twain could write” ~ Clarke Reader, Wheatridge Transcript, 10/11/2012

Juliet Wittman of Westword says, “this production will take off like an express train — and you really don’t want to miss the laughs.” 10/18/2012

“you do not want to miss the curtain call that will have you on the floor in laughter and then on your feet in applause!” ~ Michael Mulhern, Broadway World, 10/15/12012
 


The Story…

"Is He Dead?" from Creede Repertory Theatre and Arvada Center
Watch a behind-the-scenes video produced by Creede Repertory Theatre

Creede Repertory Theatre and the Arvada Center present the wildly hilarious “new” farce from the father of American wit, Mark Twain.  Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet’s plan was flawed from the start – once he’s declared dead he can’t collect on his fortune. The romp is on as he pursues his passion for painting, his fortune and the woman he loves.

Show runs through Oct 28

Times & Pricing:

Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; prime $48, value $42

Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; prime $43, value $38

Is He Dead? Dramaturgy

For select shows, Creede Repertory Theatre will offer a pre-show dramaturgy explaining the origins and transformation of Mark Twain’s script.

Closing weekend:  Oct 25 – 27 at 7:30; Sun Oct 28 at 2:00 p.m.

House opens at 6:50 p.m.  (Sunday 10/28 at 1:20 p.m.)

Talks start at 7:00 p.m. (Sunday 10/28 at 1:30 p.m.)

Talks will last about 15 minutes and other arriving folks can be seated during the talks.

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2012 Henry Award Winner for "Outstanding Season"

“Is He Dead?” from Creede Rep Opens Tonight!

"Is He Dead?" from Creede Repertory Theatre at Arvada Center

Creede Repertory Theatre presents

Is He Dead?

A new comedy by Mark Twain, as adapted by David Ives

The wildly hilarious “new” farce from the father of American wit, Mark Twain.  Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love "Is He Dead?" from Creede Repertory Theatre at Arvada Centerwith Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet’s plan was flawed from the start – once he’s declared dead he can’t collect on his fortune. The romp is on as he pursues his passion for painting, his fortune and the woman he loves.

all photos by John Gary Brown

Black Box Theater

Oct 2-28

Talk Backs

Friday, Oct 12 after 7:30 p.m. show

Wednesday, Oct 17 after 1:00 p.m. show

Times & Pricing:

Previews Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 p.m.;  $25

Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; prime $48, value $42

Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; prime $43, value $38

Play “Dead or Alive” on Facebook!

Every day on our Facebook fan page – we will be posting images of artists or their works and asking you if that artist is dead or alive!


Is He Dead? Dramaturgy

For select shows, Creede Repertory Theatre will offer a pre-show dramaturgy explaining the origins and transformation of Mark Twain’s script.

Closing weekend:  Oct 25 – 27 at 7:30; Sun Oct 28 at 2:00 p.m.

House opens at 6:50 p.m.  (Sunday 10/28 at 1:20 p.m.)

Talks start at 7:00 p.m. (Sunday 10/28 at 1:30 p.m.)

Talks will last about 15 minutes and other arriving folks can be seated during the talks.

Read More about Mark Twain’s play

Is He Dead? from Creede Rep at Arvada Center

Mark Twain wrote Is He Dead? during one of the most difficult periods of his life. His eldest daughter’s sudden death in 1896 began a two-year period of pain, struggle and failure. His mourning spiraled into a deep depression as his situation grew more desolate….. Read More

Watch a fun video from Creede Repertory Theatre

Arvada Center Auditioning for Three Productions

Below are the links to current audition notices. To receive audition alerts for upcoming productions, send an email including your name to ac_auditions_email@arvadacenter.org

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Currently there are three audition announcements for productions at Arvada Center

Blithe Spirit

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for Blithe Spirit at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., November 14 and 15 ; and in New York City, Blithe Spirit Auditions for Arvada CenterDecember 10, 2012.  Blithe Spirit will be directed by Arvada Center Artistic Producer Rod A. Lansberry.

Denver auditions are November 14 and 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Call the Arvada Center at 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. Actors must be 18 years & older to audition.

Wojcik/Seay Casting will coordinate the New York City Non Musical EPA season auditions, December 10, 2012.

Experienced actors with strong acting abilities are needed. See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. For the Denver auditions and NYC EPA, Actors should prepare 2 – 3 minute monologue of the style and period of Noel Coward.  A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card.

This is an Equity LORT D production, non-equity actors will be considered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds including a wide range of physiques are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles.

Rehearsals for Blithe Spirit begin on January 2, 2012. The show opens on January 22 and runs through February 17. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.

Blithe Spirit Character Breakdown:

Ruth Condomine (female 35-45) A smart looking woman in her mid-thirties, Ruth is the wife of Charles. She is a bit jealous of Charles’s relationship with his first wife.

Charles Condomine (male 35 -45) In his forties, Charles is an intelligent and urbane English novelist. Charles is the husband of Ruth Condomine and deceased first wife, Elvira.

Elvira (female 30-40) Charles Condomine’s deceased first wife, Elvira returns as a ghost with a goal. In the process, she makes Charles’s and Ruth’s lives very complicated.

Edith (female 25 -50) The Condomine’s maid, Edith is always in a hurry.

Dr. George Bradman (male 35-60) A pleasant-looking middle-aged man, Dr. Bradman is a friend of the Condomines.

Mrs Violet Bradman (female 30- 60) The wife of Dr. Bradman, Mrs. Bradman is middle-aged and a bit faded.

Madame Arcati (female 45 -60) A middle-aged spiritualist, Madame Arcati is a striking woman. She is not too extravagant but has a definite bias towad the barbaric.


No Dogs Allowed

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will hold auditions for “No Dogs Allowed” on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from"No Dogs Allowed" Auditions at Arvada Center 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada 80003. Auditions are by appointment only – please call 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. Auditioners must be 18 years of age or older to be considered for a part. “No Dogs Allowed” will be directed by Edith Weiss with musical direction by Keith Ewer and choreography by Piper Arpan.

Requirements:

Needed are experienced actors with strong character, vocal, and dance skills. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds and encouraged to audition for all roles.  Roles are non-equity, paid positions. Actors should prepare a one-minute comic monologue and 32 bars of an up-tempo musical theater piece from the 1950s to the present.  Bring sheet music in the appropriate key, as an accompanist is provided.  Use of CD or a cappella singing is not acceptable.  A current résumé and headshot are required.

Production Details:

Rehearsals for “No Dogs Allowed” will begin Wednesday, January 16, 2013, weekdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The show opens on Thursday, February 7, 2013, running through April 12, 2013. Performances are Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., and noon, and some Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

No Dogs Allowed Character Breakdown

Iris – A young girl who loves her dog more than anything

El Exigente – The beloved family dog

Shorty – Exasperated older sister because she always knows things are going to go wrong. Prone to rolling her eyes in disgust.

Papi – A clever man who loves fixing things

Mami – A doting mother who is always busy doing something around the house

Carmen – Mami’s beautiful younger sister

Juan – Carmen’s husband who is madly in love with her

Don Joe – The neighborhood grocer who thinks all problems can be solved with a delicious sandwich.


Man of La Mancha

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for the musical, Man of La Mancha at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., "Man of La Mancha" auditions at Arvada CenterNovember 29 and 30; and in New York City, December 11-13. Arvada Center Artistic Producer, Rod A. Lansberry will direct Man of La Mancha with musical direction by David Nehls and musical staging by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck.

Denver auditions are November 29 and 30, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Call the Arvada Center at 720-898-7200 to schedule a time.

Wojcik/Seay Casting will coordinate the New York City auditions, December 11-13. To be considered for a New York audition, mail a hard copy of your headshot and résumé and indicate the role you are interested in (if known) to the following address:

Wojcik/Seay Casting

Attn. Man of La Mancha, Arvada CO production

247 West 38th Street 10th Floor

New York, NY 10018

NO CALLS PLEASE – qualified actors will be contacted to schedule an audition

Experienced performers with strong acting and singing abilities are needed. Strong movement abilities are required.  See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare 16-32 bars from a song appropriate to the style of show. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Recorded music or a cappella audition will eliminate casting consideration. A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card.

This is an Equity LORT B production, non-equity actors will be considered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds including a wide range of ages, physiques are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles.

Rehearsals for Man of La Mancha begin on March 5, 2013. The show opens on March 26 and runs through April 14, 2013. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.

Man of La Mancha Character Breakdown:

Don Quixote (Cervantes, Alonso Quijana): male Baritone 30 – 50; older, charming and charismatic

Sancho Panza: male Tenor 25 – 50; pragmatic but loyal servant and sidekick

Aldonza (Dulcinea): female Soprano 25 – 50; wild, lusty with jaded look at life from experience

Innkeeper: male Bass 30 – 50; strong, kind and sympathetic

Dr. Sansone Carrasco: male Baritone 30 – 40; loves money, power and prestige

Padre: male Tenor 30 – 50; kindly and sympathetic

Barber: male Tenor 30 – 50; comic character

Antonio: female Soprano 20 – 30; Quijana’s self-centered niece to be married to Carrasco

Housekeeper: female Mezzo 30 – 60; head of Quijana’s household, strong, religious / moral convictions

Pedro: male Baritone 30 – 45; lead muleteer

Anselmo: male Tenor 20 – 35; muleteer

The Moor: male Tenor 30 – 50; head of Moorish thieves

Contour: male Tenor 20 – 30; assistant to the Moor

Maria: female 25 – 45; Innkeepers wife

Fermina: female 20 – 30; a serving girl

Captain of the Inquisition: male 30 – 50; imposing and cruel

Quito: male muleteer 20 – 40

Jose: male muleteer 20 – 40

Juan: male muleteer 20 – 40

Paco: male muleteer 20 – 40

Tenorio: male muleteer 20 – 40