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Linda Stevinson – Rex Morgan Volunteer Award

SCFD Nominees for Rex Morgan Citizen Volunteer Award

Congratulations to the eleven Nominees for the The Rex Morgan Citizen Volunteer Award, Judy Mecaller, Alice Montague, Dorthy Safford, Collen Sawyer, Barbara Scripps, Gully Stanford, the Arvada Center’s Linda Stevinson, Kathryn Shuhler, Carl Wells and Jane Wilson. This award will be presented by the SCFD Board of Directors at a reception to be held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at the Chambers Grant Salon in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Please join us to thank these volunteers who have made a significant impact on the arts, scientific and cultural community in the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.

Miss Saigon “..will blow you away” – Denver Post


Helicopter lifts an already soaring “Saigon”

By John Moore
Denver Post Theater Critic

The Arvada Center’s extraordinary production of “Miss Saigon” has it all: Gorgeous voices. Fluid scenery and eye-popping costumes to match. Reasonably ethnic casting. Deeply moving performances.

The greatest moment is, yes, that helicopter scene…” Everything about director Rod Lansberry’s new spectacle seems an exercise in topping . . . himself. And he does.” <<READ ENTIRE REVIEW>>

The Theater Event of the Season – Miss Saigon

ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents Miss Saigon – another spectacular musical event by Les Misérables creators Alain Boublil and Claude Michael Schönberg. This large scale musical production is running September 15 – October 11, 2009 in the Arvada Center’s Main Stage Theater.

The Arvada Center kicks off its 2009/2010 theater season with one of the longest running Broadway musicals, Miss Saigon. Making its debut at the Arvada Center, Miss Saigon is a Tony Award®-winning blockbuster musical that has tugged at the heartstrings of audiences worldwide. It is a modern adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly that tells the tragic love story of an Asian woman separated from her lover – an American GI soldier, in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Miss Saigon is directed by Arvada Center Artistic Producer Rod A. Lansberry, who last year directed the record-breaking and award winning production, Les Misérables. “Miss Saigon will be an even bigger challenge to produce,” states Rod Lansberry. “Besides the difficulty we faced in casting the Asian roles, the play inherently will be more challenging to stage because of its timeline,” Lansberry added. Miss Saigon starts at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and then proceeds to move back and forth over a three year period telling the story. “At first I thought Miss Saigon would be simpler to stage, but unlike Les Mis, working with this non-linear timeline will be far more challenging,” Lansberry concluded.