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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

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.


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: (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 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 For directions and amphitheater policies please go to

Spring Break Camps Still Open

Spring Into Our Popular Spring Break Camps

The Arvada Center is offering Spring Break Camps, March 23 to March 27, 2015 for ages 5-12. Let your child explore their creativity in exciting classes from our most popular teachers and drama and visual arts courses! We also offer Extended Day and Lunch Bunch sessions for busy, working parents!

Animals and Art: Animals of the World
Ages 8-12
Learn about different aspects of art as we explore the animal kingdom. Using diverse art techniques allows students the freedom to be imaginative and expressive as they portray animals from around the world and the habitats they live in. As they develop their drawing skills, students also learn about 3-D form in sculpting and explore painting using acrylic and watercolor. If you are interested in animals and like to be creative, join us in this fun and informative class.

Roller Coaster Design
Ages 8-12
Try your hand at designing your own roller coaster. Students build a conceptual coaster using the physics concepts that are used to design real coasters. A great way to learn about the physics of energy, force and motion than through hands-on science. Experience these principles first hand as you build and modify your own roller coaster designs and then get to show off your discoveries to your classmates.

Explore Painting
Ages 5-8
Explore painting by discovering and experimenting with different mediums and techniques. Learn to paint by using an assortment of media including watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, and chalk. Have fun learning new techniques and painting skills, and explore your creativity while designing your own original masterpieces. Students in this camp will attend the Arvada Center’s children’s theater production of Charlotte’s Web on one of the days they are attending this camp (ticket price is included in tuition).

Cartooning Fun
Ages 5-8
Learn about the exciting world of cartooning. Explore the basics of creating your own characters and cartoons including: drawing, inking, story line, lettering and marketing your work. Class concentrates on the basics of character creation and learning the beginning elements of cartoon art while using the tools of a cartoonist and culminates in the publication of student work for other class members. Cartooning is a fun and whimsical way to put your imagination on paper and improve your drawing skills. Students in this camp will attend the Arvada Center’s children’s theater production of Charlotte’s Web on one of the days they are attending this camp (ticket price is included in tuition).

Space Pirates

Ages 5-8
Ahoy Mateys! Prepare for swashbuckling fun like you’ve never experienced before. We are not sailing the seven seas this time, we are sailing the seas of space.Young pirates create a pirate batik bandana, a flag and treasure pouch to hold pirate gold found through a “secret” pirate map. Students also make a captains log journal to record our travels when we head into space and create clay aliens, recycled rockets, alien artifacts and discover the mystery of alien goo and the alien “all seeing” head hugger.

Improv Comedy Camp
Ages 8-12
Students play fun improvisation games and learn concepts such as Yes And, Give and Take, the who, what, where and support. Transform your spring-time antics into comedy classics. Invent unusual characters, original skits and wacky stories. Develop self-confidence, comic-timing and quick-thinking. Strengthen cooperation and listening skills as you laugh it up and act it out with other funny kids. Show off your accomplishments with an informal show for family and friends on the last day of camp. Students heighten their sense of listening and physical presence. This class is great for anyone willing to have a lot of fun.


Play in a Day Camp
Ages 5-8
Just bring your imagination and using props, costume pieces, improvisation games and story-starters, students create a play each day of camp. Inspiration for our plays will come from storybooks, pictures, story starters and improvisation. Camp focuses on creating stories with a beginning, middle and end. Come and play with us.


Passport to Seussville
ages 5-8
Join us for this magical journey to the land of Dr. Seuss. This camp provides an interdisciplinary experience for students who want to explore Seuss’s literature through art projects, theater and their own imaginations. Each day students explore a new Dr. Seuss story, create Seuss worthy art projects, perform the story for their peers and design a new page for their Seussville passport. This camp culminates in a performance for family and friends on the final day. Students in this camp will attend the Arvada Center’s children’s theater production of Charlotte’s Web on one of the days they are attending this camp (ticket price is included in tuition).


On Camera Acting Camp
Ages 8-12
Learn how to develop more interesting characters with a professional film director. Class focuses on monologue choice and performance, commercial auditions and on-set etiquette, stillness training and scene work from film and television. This workshop uses age specific scripts and original material to afford each participant the opportunity to develop engrossing characters, to learn the dramatic difference between acting for film and stage, and to prepare themselves for a film career, all in a fun atmosphere. All scene work is videotaped, allowing students to watch their work in progress at home and to use the resulting tape as a demonstration reel. Enjoy learning the business from a working director.

Meet & Greet Kicks Off “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”

Espionage and the Cold-War politics of the 1970s come into play in this riveting drama. The setting, an ornate room in a former Archbishop’s Eastern European palace, is probably bugged by the secret police. Sigmund, a writer, has embarrassed the current regime. With his career in jeopardy, he is faced with the choice of staying on in an attempt to rebuild trust, or defecting to the West. He is encouraged to leave the country by one friend who is an ex-political prisoner, and another who is a visiting American. The situation is further complicated by a woman, the mistress of all three. The complexity of their relationships, and the uncertainty that what they say may be overheard, makes for a rich and deeply intriguing play.

By Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Death of a Salesman
Directed by Brett Aune

Please note: This production contains mature subject matter.

Come early for a short talk before the performance and/or stay for a moderated conversation after the performance. Both are scheduled for every performance except for preivews, opening night and the closing matinee. Prologues begin 30 minutes before curtain time in the theater and last 15 to 20 minutes. Talk Backs are held shortly after the performance ends

Black Box Theater
Previews March 20-22, 2015
Performances run March 24 – April 19, 2015

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


A familiar cast meets and greets on Rehearsal Day 1

The Archbishop’s Ceiling Cast:

Marcus – William Hahn
Sigmund – Michael Morgan
Adrian – Rodney Lizcano
Maya – Heather Lacy
Irina – Adrian Egolf




Summer Camps 2015 Open for Registration

Summer Camps 2015

The Arvada Center is offering Summer Camps, June 1 – August 14 for ages 3-18. Let your child explore their creativity in exciting classes from our most popular teachers and drama, music, dance and visual arts courses! We also offer Extended Day and Lunch Bunch sessions for busy, working parents! Below you’ll find a quick sampling of what we offer over the entire 11-week summer break!

Summer Camps 2015 pdf catalog


2015 Summer Camps

Visual Arts CampsVisual Arts camps at Arvada Center

Summer Visual Arts Camps


Drama Camps

Summer Drama Camps


Summer Teen Intensive Production

Catch Me if You Can, The Musical

Tech Theater Camp – Catch Me if You Can, The Musical

Humanities Camps

Summer Humanities Camps



ArtStart Camps
ArtStart at Arvada Center

The Arvada Center offers a unique interdisciplinary arts class for preschool age children. Two morings or afternoons per week, a team of instructors presents experiences in creative dramatics, music, visual arts and movement. A wide variety of materials and techniques are used and taught. Class emphasizes building self-confidence and cultivation of expression in a creative environment.

Summer ArtStart Camps & Classes


Ceramics Camps

Summer Ceramics Camps age 13-18

Summer Ceramics Camps age 6-12


Dance Camps

Summer Dance Camps


Music CampsRecorder Summer Camp at Arvada Center

Summer Music Camps





Are you a busy, working parent?


Extended Day & Lunch Bunch

Ages 5-14

$45.00 per sesssion

Arvada Center spring break camp has extended day activities perfect for children aged 5–14 of working parents. Most of our camps run from 9:00AM–Noon and 1:00–4:00PM, but students may also sign up for a Lunch Bunch session from 12:00–1:00PM (children bring their own sack lunch). Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. No drop-ins or single-day registrations allowed. Parents picking thier children up more than 10 minutes late for the morning or afternoon sessions may be charged per day.

The cost for each session each week is $45.

Class Time and Date

Lunch Bunch Sessions

Mon-Fri, 6/1 – 8/14, 1 week — 12pm – 1pm

After Care Camp Sessions

Mon-Fri, 6/1 – 8/14  1 week — 4pm – 5pm

Spring & Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions