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Holiday Cheer Goes “Live and On Air” at Arvada Center Tonight

Heartwarming Musical The 1940’s Radio Hour Opens Tonight

1940s Radio Hour at The Arvada Center, Nov 29-Dec 23, 2011
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present The 1940’s Radio Hour by Walton Jones, directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden, Rod A. Lansberry Artistic Producer. This highly entertaining family friendly musical will run November 29 – December 23 in the Main Stage Theater.

The 1940’s Radio Hour goes back to a simpler but significant time in American History, December 1942 during WWII.  Gathered in New York City’s WOV radio studio on a snowy night, The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade a close-knit group of entertainers prepare for one final broadcast of their holiday show for the troops overseas before heading out for the holidays.

Patriotic, sentimental, and wonderfully nostalgic, the show includes many familiar songs including Strike Up the Band, I’ll Be Seeing You, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

The Arvada Center production will quickly become this year’s holiday favorite featuring a charming array of characters and a 13-piece band playing live on stage as part of the radio show.
The  1940's Radio Hour at The Arvada Center Nov 29-Dec 23, 2011
The cast includes several Arvada Center veterans including three who appeared in this popular musical’s last staging in 2004. Reprising their roles are:

● Joseph Bearss (Lou Cohn)

● Shannan Steele (Ginger Brooks)

● Bill Berry (Pops Bailey)


Joining the ensemble company are:

● Lauren Shealy (Ann Collier)

● Ben Dicke (Neal Tilden)

● Joey Revier (Biff Baker)

● Julia Perotta (Connie Miller)

● Matt LaFontaine (Wally Ferguson) buy tickets to 1940s Radio Hour at The Arvada Center

● John Arp (Clifton Feddington)

● David Bryant Johnson (Johnny Cantone)

● Gayle Turner (Geneva Lee Browne)

● Matthew Dailey (B.J. Gibson)

● Daniel Shevlin (Stanley)

● The show’s musical director, David Nehls as Zoot Doubleman


Choreography is by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck

photos by P. Switzer ©2011


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Colorado Gives Day is December 6, 2011

Support The Arvada Center in the 2011 Colorado Gives Day Campaign!

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In partnership with the Community First Foundation and 1stBank, Colorado Gives Day on December 6, 2011.  This is an easy two-click opportunity for you to support the Arvada Center where a portion of your donation will be matched from the generous $300,000 Incentive Fund provided by 1stBank.

We’ve made it easy to do!

Colorado Gives Day - Donate to Arvada CenterClick the “Donate Now” button and you can view Arvada Center’s profile and make your tax-deductible donation. If you would like to make your donation prior to December 6, you can schedule to apply the funds on Dec 6th!

The proportion of matching funds from the 1stBank Incentive Fund is determined by the amount raised so please share this with your friends, family and on your favorite social media sites!

THANK YOU for your support!

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Arvada Center Announces Auditions for “Chess, A Musical”

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will hold auditions for the musical, Chess, A Musical

Arvada Center
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
December 1 – 2, 2011

New York City
December 5 – 7, 2011

Chess, A Musical will be directed by Arvada Center Artistic Producer, Rod A. Lansberry, with musical direction by David Nehls and choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck.

Colorado auditions are December 1 and 2, 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 auditions, December 5 Р7, 2011. To be considered for a New York audition, mail a hard copy of your headshot and r̩sum̩ and indicate the role you are interested in (if known) to the following address:

Wojcik/Seay Casting
Attn. Chess, 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. Dance and/or strong movement is required.  See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare 16 – 32 bars of music from the show or a pop musical number. 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, although 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 Chess, A Musical begin on March 6, 2012. The show opens on March 27 and runs through April 29, 2012. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinées on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.


Freddie Trumper (Rock-Style Tenor) – American chess champion. To play 30’s.  Temperamental, overly theatrical.

Florence (Mezzo/Belt) – Gregor’s young daughter. To play late 20’s early 30’s.   In adulthood, acts as Freddie’s second.

Anatoly Sergievsky (Baritone) – Russia chess champion.  To play 40’s Married to Svetlana, but falls in love with Florence.

Ivan Molokov (Bass) – Anatoly’s second. To play 40’s – 50’s. Russian

Walter (Bass/Baritone) – Freddie’s agent, to play late 30’s. Crass, commercial.  Secretly works for the C.I.A.

Arbiter (Rock-Style High Baritone) – Judge of chess championship. To play 30’s – 40’s

Svetlana (Mezzo/Belt) – Antaloy’s Wife. To play 35- early 40’s. Russian.

Open to ethnically diverse casting of the American characters.

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Denver Arts Week 2011 – 4 Great Offers for Arvada Center Activities

The Arvada Center is proud to participate in Denver Arts Week 2011– a celebration of the city’s vibrant arts and cultural scene going on Nov 4 – Nov 12.

We are offering these four outstanding offers for our galleries and performances.  Catch ’em while you can – some of these are one-time opportunities!

$1 Docent Tours at The Galleries

Tour 3 exhibits with a personal Gallery Guide.

Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence. Pushing boundaries in ceramic arts
Edition to Clay: Ceramic Artists as Printmakers
OAXACA: In Living Culture. Various media from Oaxaca, Mexico

Please call in advance to schedule your Docent tour. Mention promo code 3479 when making your tour arrangements.  Payment can me made at time of scheduling or arrival at the galleries. use promo code 3479

Fri Nov 4 | 9am -6pm Wed Nov 9 | 9am – 6pm
Sat Nov 5 | 9am – 9pm Thurs Nov 10 | 9am – 6pm
Sun Nov 6  | 1pm -  5pm Fri Nov 11 | 9am – 9pm
Mon Nov 7 | 9am – 6pm Sat Nov 12 | 9am – 9pm
Tues Nov 8 | 9am – 9pm Sun Nov 12 |  1pm-5pm

2 for 1 tickets on Sat Nov 5 for “The Road to Mecca” matinee

Sat Nov 5 | 2pm

The Road To Mecca” presented by Creede Repertory Theatre
Living in a white South African village on the verge of seismic change, folk artist Helen Martins is a woman adrift in a world suspicious of her independent and creative spirit. Miss Helen’s fragile understanding of her own self-worth and place in the village invites visits by two well-meaning helpers who surprise themselves by revealing their own dark secrets. A lively, sometimes humorous, always surprising drama unfolds in the midst of Miss Helen’s self-created “Mecca”
Tix based on availablity. Value seats: $41, prime seats: $47use promo code 3479

2 for 1 tickets on Tues Nov 8 for Jeffery Siegel Keyboard Conversations®

Keyboard Conversations® features the sizzling virtuosity and seductive lyricism of the 19th century’s rock star of the piano – Franz Liszt. Siegel’s program will feature classics like the beloved “Liebesträume” and the exuberant “Hungarian Rhapsodies.”

Keyboard Conversations® are concerts with commentary. A Keyboard Conversation is primarily a concert; each work on the program is performed in its entirety. As the significant plus, Siegel speaks briefly and informally to the audience before performing each composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples from the keyboard, making the music more accessible and the listening experience more focused and meaningful.

Regular Pricing:
See the Best – Keyboard side, $34
Hear the Best – Great Sound side, $29
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$2 off The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Nov 8-11

Ordinary kid, Stanley Lambchop is asleep in bed one night when a falling bulletin board flattens him. This musical follows him as he travels the world after mailing himself in an envelope and strives to become 3D again.

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