Arvada Center Blog

Arvada Center Honored with 5 Ovation Awards for 2011

Every December, the Denver Post names the nominees for the annual Ovation Awards honoring the best in Colorado Theater. This year, the Arvada Center was recognized with an impressive 17 nominations – read here for the complete list:

On Christmas morning, John Moore, former Theater Critic at the Denver Post, named the winners for the 2011 Ovation Awards. The Arvada Center was honored with 5 awards including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical – prestigious recognition in a field representing 172 productions by 69 theater companies that were staged over the last 12 months!

The 11th annual Ovation Awards are determined by Denver Post staff, but readers again were asked to vote for additional “readers’ choice” designees by taking our online survey, which accepted only one ballot per IP address. A total of 1,760 unique voters responded. <source:>

Arvada Center 2011 Ovation Awards:

Best Production of a Musical – Hairspray

Best Direction of a Musical – Rod A. Lansberry, Ragtime

Best Costumes – Mondo Guerra, Hairspray

Special Recognition:
Rob Reynolds, maker of the Model-T used in the Arvada Center’s Ragtime

Brian Mallgrave, ongoing achievement in scenic design

Other awards were given to actors, designers and theater companies with close ties to the Arvada Center including John Arp and Megan Van De Hey (Best Season for an Actor and Actress respectively) and Best Season for a Director, Christy Montour-Larson. One of our partners, Creede Repertory Theatre, received several nods and their executive director Maurice LaMee was named Theater Person of the Year – an honor that came (in part) for the work Creede Rep is doing at the Arvada Center.

Congratulations to our fine actors, actresses, and production staff behind the scenes that make Colorado Theater so spectacular!

For a complete list of winners go to

“Flat Stanley” departs Arvada Center Fri, Dec 30th!

This is the last week for Flat Stanley before he takes off on another adventure. Get your tickets today!

Tuesday – Friday  || 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Closes Friday, Dec 30th!

Weekday general admission tickets: $8
Weekend and holiday reserved tickets: $10

Based on the book by Jeff Brown
Book and Lyrics by Timothy A. McDonald

Ordinary kid, Stanley Lambchop is asleep in his bed one night when a bulletin board falls on him.  The next morning he wakes up flat.  At first, being flat is not so bad.  He can slide under locked doors.  His friends fly him like a kite.  Stanley is the best in his class at hide-and-seek.  If he has to be flat, he is going to make the best of it.  Stanley decides to put himself in a big envelope and travel the world as a human letter.  The musical follows his adventures as he strives to become three dimensional again.

Recommended for grades: Pre K-5, ages 4 and up

Get your tickets here!

This Just In! “The 1940’s Radio Hour” closes Friday, Dec 23rd!

The 1940’s Radio Hour is a Holiday Hit

Bring your family to this nostalgic classic – show ends this Friday, Dec 23rd*

Share the joy with friends and family as an early holiday gift! Bring visiting family and escape the hustle and bustle of the season and slip back in time to a slower-paced, “unplugged” era where jazz bands rocked the radio and stories were still told in the family room, not through text messages.

It’s Christmastime in 1942 and a close-knit group of entertainers at the WOV radio station are broadcasting the final holiday variety show for the troops overseas. This holiday production—with songs including Strike Up the Band, I’ll Be Seeing You, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas will set you in the mood for the Holidays.

…jazzy, fun & full of Christmas Warmth“ 
-Noah Lee, 303 Magazine

…a refreshing holiday musical for the family
– Claudia Carbone,

Arp’s precise deadpan delivery is worth the price of a ticket in itself
-Sonya Ellingboe, Our Colorado News

some superb singing and dancing with this production. So, ladies and gents, put on your zoot suits and convertible attire, sweep up your hair (or slick it back) and head to the show!
BWW Reviews

Other Media about The 1940’s Radio Hour

1940s Radio Hour on Colorado and Company, KUSA-TV
Watch the cast of The 1940’s Radio Hour on
Colorado and Company, KUSA-TV

1940s Radio Hour with Bertha Lynn on KMGH-TV
Watch the cast of The 1940’s Radio Hour with
Bertha Lynn, KMGH-TV

The 19490s Radio Hour at Arvada Center

the 1940s Radio Hour at The Arvada Center
View our slideshow on

* Celebrate the Holidays with this Special Offer *

Get 4 tickets at $48 each – a great value for family entertainment!

Use promo code 3643 when you call the Box Office at 720-898-7200. Show runs through December 23.* Based on availability. Not available for purchase online.

Support Arvada Center Through Colorado Gives Day

Support The Arvada Center Until 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 7!

Colorado Gives Day 2011 - Support The Arvada Center

Please consider supporting the Arts in your community during the  Colorado Gives Day campaign – Tuesday, December 6, 2011 through Wednesday, Dec 7th 12 p.m. You can donate any time online at . When you make your online support, you will also be eligible Bonus Bucks as well!

In partnership with the Community First Foundation and 1stBank, 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.

If the site is slow, please keep trying. Many fellow generous Coloradans are supporting their favorite non-profit organizations today -  so many that the website experienced many technical difficulties early in the day on December 6th.  The Community First Foundation agreed to extend the giving day campaign because of the overwhelming demand on the website that caused some technical issues.

Just 2 Clicks!
We’ve made it easy!

Colorado Gives Day - Donate to Arvada CenterClick the “Donate Now” button where you can view Arvada Center’s profile and make your tax-deductible donation in just 2 clicks!

You can make your supportive donation any time until 12 p.m. MST Wednesday, December 7th.

Increase Your Support with Bonus Bucks
When making your donation on Tuesday, December 6 or before 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, you will be eligible for Bonus Bucks. At least once per hour on Colorado Gives Day, a donor will be randomly chosen, and the nonprofit associated with the donation will receive the $1,000 cash prize! Bonus Bucks are sponsored by local businesses that wish to support Colorado nonprofits. Learn more

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!

Holiday Shopping At The Center

Celebrating 25 years of Supporting The Arts in Our Community!

The 25th Annual Fine Art Market Show and Sales features distinctive and original fine art in a wide range of media, size and price by more than 100 prominent Colorado artists.

The Art Market is designed to be an exhibition and sale of fine contemporary art created by Colorado artists. This sale and exhibition credits its popularity and success to the more than 100 Colorado artists who participate in the event each year. Our patrons look forward to this exciting sale and exhibition because of the excellent quality and unique selection of original artwork.

  • Zoa Ace
  • Phil Bender
  • Sean Brown
  • Lynda Ladwig
  • Anthony Ortega
  • Louis Recchia
  • Rita Vali
  • Suzanne Williams
  • Teresa Brooks
  • Sophia Dixon Dillo
  • Carlene Frances
  • Casey Hankin
  • Pat Isaacs
  • Tom Sarmo
  • Jason Theel
  • and many, many more!

Come and browse at your leisure! Proceeds go towards supporting the Arvada Center. Silent auctions also available on selected pieces.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 5:00-9:00 p.m., Free
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Find out how to Make Your Visit Count!

4th Annual ACES Show & Sale

Arvada Center Educational Studios

Upper Gallery
Mon – Sat 10:00am  – 10:00pm
Sun            Noon  -  5:00pm

Opening Reception: Thurs, Dec 8  5:00pm – 9:00pm

In conjunction with the 25th Annual Fine Art Market, instructors and students from the outstanding Arvada Center Educational Studios are offering an extensive selection of works, most items irresistibly priced!


Such well-know artists/instructors as

  • Bebe Alexander
  • Connie Christensen
  • Carla Fletcher
  • Ann Fremgen
  • Robin Furuta
  • Sabrina Willis-Hayward
  • Jane Lose
  • Heidi Meissner
  • Judi Mitchell
  • Candi Rasko
  • Megan Ratchford
  • Bob Smith
  • Chet Weber
  • Steven Wood
  • Larry Volkening
  • Renee Ziccardi