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Chess, A Musical: Re-staged Regional Premiere at Arvada Center

The Arvada Center will open the regional premiere of a new re-staging of Chess, A Musical directed by Rod A. Lansberry on

March 27 – April 15

in the Main Stage Theater.
Performances are:

  • Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday at 1pm
  • Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Preview performances are March 23 – 25. Moderated talk-backs with the cast are offered on Friday, April 6 after 7:30 p.m. show and Wednesday, April 11 after 1:00 p.m. show. Ticket prices range from $35 (previews) – $72. Group rates are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 720-898-7200

Originally debuting in London’s West End and later on Broadway, Chess is a rock opera that uses the game of chess – with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns – as a metaphor for the universal conflicts in love and life as well as global strife and the desire for a peaceful coexistence.

The Arvada Center’s own staging of Chess is alive with powerful music by ABBA founding members, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita). The show is based on an original concept by Tim Rice and is being newly revised under the direction of multi-award winning director Rod Lansberry. The result will be a once in a lifetime staging that is not to be missed.

The cast features:

  • Gregg Goodbrod (Freddie)
  • Tally Sessions (Anatoly)
  • Sydney James Harcourt (Arbiter)
  • Stephen Day (Molokov)
  • Colin Alexander (Walter)
  • Lisa Karlin (Florence)
  • Megan Van De Hey as Svetlana

A strong ensemble who will assume multiple roles finishes out the casting. They are:

  • Matthew Dailey
  • Daniel Herron
  • Ellen Kaye
  • Angela Mendez
  • Adam Pellegrine
  • Mercedes Perez
  • Susie Roelofsz
  • Jacob Lewis Smith
  • Alan Swadener
  • Anne Vick

In addition to director Rod Lansberry, the creative team is:

  • David Nehls, Musical Director
  • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, choreographer
  • Brian Mallgrave,  Scenic Designer
  • Clare Henkel , costume design
  • Jacob M. Welch, lighting design
  • Steve Stevens, sound design

Pirate Days Are Comin’ to Ye Olde Arrrrghvada Center

How I Became A Pirate at Arvada Center
How I Became A Pirate at Arvada Center
How I Became A Pirate at Arvada Center
The Arrrrrghvada Center Presents
How I Became A Pirate

How I Became A Pirate at Arvada Center

AARRRRGH!  Who doesn’t want to be a pirate?  When young Jeremy Jacob and his exceptional digging skills are recruited by Captain Braid Beard for treasure burying purposes, Jeremy thinks the pirate life is for him.  Until he realizes that the simple things in life, like a kiss and a warm tucking in at night are those that are most important.  Set sail for a hilarious and toughening journey as Jeremy learns that the most important things in life are worth more than buried treasure.  A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart – a path that can’t be found on any treasure map.

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

Based on the book written by Melinda Long and Illustrated by David Shannon

Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

Directed by David & Julie Payne

“How I Became A Pirate Days”

are on these Saturdays

  • March 3
  • April 7
  • April 14

Dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate and make pirate hats!

The Arvada Center will also provide fun activity sheets and ‘official’ pirate temporary tattoos for all!

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An “Earnest Gem” that is “Classically Wilde” – Reviewers Are Delighted with “The Importance of Being Earnest”

“Classically Wilde!”

“You won’t be able to help being
absolutely delighted”

“In all earnestness, this is one show you
do not want to miss”

“lively and entertaining”

Michael Mulhern of Broadway World said it best – “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a classic show you don’t want to miss! Shows are selling out fast so call the Box Office now at 720-898-7200 and get your tickets today!

A story of budding romance and feigned identity, this Oscar Wilde play is a humorous exposé on British society and pokes gentle fun at pretense, all in the context of well-crafted language and delightful repartee. Oscar Wilde’s classic period piece remains as witty, engaging, and relevant as when it first premiered in 1895 London.

…classically Wilde!
-Michael Mulhern, Broadway World, Denver

…superlative production … 3.5 stars out of 4
– Claire Martin, Denver Post

…the cast triumphs in this delightful production …
– David Cates & Kateri McRae, He Said / She Said Critiques

…a charming evening of make believe
– Sonya Ellingboe, Littleton Independent

“…it’s fantastic
– Noah Lee Jordan, 303 Magazine

“…lively and entertaining
– Juliet Wittman, Denver’s Westword

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