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Arvada Center Annouces 2012-13 Theater Season

The Arvada Center has announced its seven-play season that includes four diverse musicals, three delightful comedies, a continued collaboration with one of Colorado’s critically acclaimed theater companies and a regional premiere. Subscription packages range in price from $182 to $400 and go on sale to Arvada Center subscribers and the general public on April 20. Single tickets for the 2012-13 theater season go on sale August 6. Subscribing donors giving at the $150 level or above by June 11 will receive a free guest voucher for each subscription. These vouchers can be used for theater performances in the 2012-13 Season. Orders can be made by phone at (720) 898-7200, online at or in person at the Arvada Center box office.

“I feel we have put together a season that will really appeal to our constituents,” remarked Artistic Producer Rod A. Lansberry, “we are also thrilled to have Creede Rep and PHAMALY back for another appearance. We value these partnerships and are eager to share their work with our patrons.” Lansberry went on to say, “The Arvada Center is known nationally for its high quality shows that are created and built entirely by local designers and artisans. This coming season will maintain the consistent level of professional theater that will not disappoint.”

The 2012 – 2013 Arvada Center Theater Season

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Main Stage Theater
September 11 – 30, 2012

Based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, this Tony Award® winning musical comedy centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is a suave and sophisticated fellow, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other is a small-time crook who modestly swindles women by arousing their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. When the two attempt to join forces the plan fails miserably so they come to an agreement to pull off one great scam where the winner stays and the other leaves town forever. A madcap battle of the cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and trying to guess the cons’ next move to the end!


Creede Repertory Theatre presents
Is He Dead?
A new comedy by Mark Twain, as adapted by David Ives
Black Box Theater
October 2 – 28, 2012

The wildly hilarious “new” farce from the father of American wit, Mark Twain. Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet’s plan was flawed from the start – once he’s declared dead he can’t collect on his fortune. The romp is on as he pursues his passion for painting, his fortune and the woman he loves.


Miracle on 34th Street
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on Miracle on 34th Street; story by Valentine Davies
Main Stage Theater

November 27 – December 23, 2012
The traditional holiday favorite that will put you in the spirit of the season when its magic comes to our Main Stage Theater. This musical version of the joyful and nostalgic classic movie includes memorable songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”, “Pinecones and Hollyberries” and more. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we all need a little break to remember that miracles do happen. Miracle on 34th Street is pure family entertainment – make it part of your holiday celebration.


Blithe Spirit
Written by Noël Coward
Black Box Theater
January 22 – February 17, 2013

When Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a new book he is
writing he arranges for eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati to hold a séance at his home. The attempt
backfires when the Madame inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first
wife, Elvira. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe the ghost
exists. Comedy and mayhem run rampant as the former Mrs. Condomine attempts to disrupt Charles’s
marriage while scheming ways to have Charles join her in the afterlife.


Winner of 5 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Score and Best Musical
Man of La Mancha
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Book by Dal Wasserman
Main Stage Theater
March 26 – April 14, 2013

One of the most beloved musicals of all time tells the story of author, actor, tax collector Miguel de Cervantes, imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition and awaiting a mock trial by a jury of his fellow prisoners. To save his life’s work from seizure and sure destruction, Cervantes’ defense will be to act out a play with his fellow prisoners. The play – his creation – Don Quixote de la Mancha recounts the tale of the mad knight who believes the wrongs of the world can be corrected as he jousts at windmills with his trusty sidekick, Sancho Panza and his beloved Dulcinea in the quest for “The Impossible Dream”.


Regional Premiere
Dividing the Estate
Written by Horton Foote
Black Box Theater
April 30 – May 26, 2013

Horton Foote, Pulitzer Prize® winning writer, penned a comedy about family, money, power and greed. At odds over the fate of their dwindling inheritance, several generations of the well-to-do Gordon family must confront their disreputable past as they grapple with an uncertain future. Watching these self-absorbed, endearingly dysfunctional brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and servants is lots of laughs as it challenges everyone’s take on their entitlement. Will they face possible ruin and indignity together or take their chances and go their separate ways?


Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Rupert Holmes based on the original book by Peter Stone
Main Stage Theater
July 9 – 28, 2013

The whodunit musical comedy Curtains features a dazzling musical score by the legendary team, Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) and was nominated for eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The chief sleuth, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, with a secret affinity for musical theater, investigates the murder of a Broadway-bound theater company’s tremendously untalented star on opening night. Could the culprit be the hard-edged lady producer, one of the recently divorced songwriting team, the egomaniacal British director, or the seemingly sweet ingénue? Curtains will have you on the edge of your seat – laughing!


*Exclusive Theater Engagement
PHAMALY Presents
The Foreigner
By Larry Shue
Main Stage Theater
February 22 & 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Laugh along as we follow a group of mismatched characters staying at a resort-style fishing lodge where
a very shy man is mistaken as a foreigner who doesn’t speak English. Like a fly on the wall, the mysterious foreigner overhears more than he should about the scandalous and damaging revelations of the resort’s inhabitants. The nonstop hilarity of the play builds to an uproariously funny climax where events go awry for the “bad guys” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

*Please note, the PHAMALY presentation is not included in the 2012 – 2013 subscription series package


About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities:
In its 36-year history, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada and by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to or call 720-898-7200.

Arvada Center is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

UPDATED April, 23, 2012


The Arvada Center is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director, an energetic, entrepreneurial and people-centered leader, provides overall vision, leadership and strategic direction to the Arvada Center’s artistic, cultural and educational programs. This position reports directly to the City of Arvada’s City Manager and serves as an essential member of the City’s Executive Management Team. The Executive Director, a recognized leader in the
Denver regional arts and cultural community, manages an annual budget of $10.8 million and has considerable latitude and discretion in advancing and advocating for the Arvada Center. The Executive Director leads a dedicated 40-member team, including 350 passionate volunteers and arts patrons. The Executive Director advises and informs the City of Arvada, the City Council of Arvada and the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities on strategic issues affecting the Center and works closely with the Arvada Council to ensure the Arvada Center’s sustainability and success.

The Executive Director will have the following primary responsibilities:
• Lead, communicate and inspire a compelling and integrated arts vision to the Arvada Center’s staff, civic leaders, regional stakeholders and local citizenry.
• Serve as chief external relations officer of the Arvada Center by building regional and community awareness to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with commercial, civic and cultural organizations.
• Develop and oversee a longterm strategic revenue plan to ensure the soundness of the organization’s financial structure as well as accumulating an annual surplus.
• Continue to develop the Center’s fundraising capacity with individual donors, sponsors, corporations and other partners, assuring the growth and sustainability of its revenue base.
• Lead the development of strategies for increasing performance subscriptions, target audiences and overall attendance.
• Provide advice and guidance to the Arts Council on how to continue its effectiveness in elevating fundraising capacity through strategic Board development and building a culture of philanthropy.
• Provide appropriate leadership and build effective partnerships to the Arvada Center’s collaborations with state and regional organizations and venues, including raising its stature and profile within the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
• Communicate and interact effectively with leaders from government, quasi-government, news media and civic and community groups, including artists, vendors and citizens.
• Present information and participate in discussions with the City Council, the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities, businesses, cultural organizations, community partners, citizen groups and other individuals on city-wide issues.
• Maintain enriching and productive relationships with the Arvada Center, the City of Arvada, and the surrounding arts community and make efforts to understand changing trends and demographics within the region.
• Lead and help establish a key position as a respected member of the greater Denver cultural and arts community.
• Work collaboratively with key city and civic leaders to ensure that their educational programs are well-integrated among the organization’s original mission and strategic efforts.
• Support the City’s strategic planning, business strategy and economic development with expert knowledge and counsel in arts management practices, planning and procedures, including various city committees as needed.
• Act on behalf of the City Manager in absence, including assuming the duties of the City Manager, and represent the City Manager at meetings of professional organizations, public agencies, civic organizations and other official functions when directed.
• Keep abreast of trends and activities in the local, regional and national arts communities and maintain a thorough knowledge of available regional and community arts resources.

The ideal candidate will possess most of the following professional and personal qualifications:
• A strong commitment to advancing the Arvada Center’s vision, mission, core values and goals.
• A minimum of seven to ten years of senior level experience in leading successful arts and cultural institutions, including experience with contributed revenue, strategic planning, nonprofit management, performance management, board relations, fundraising, marketing and communications.
• An MBA, MPA or master’s degree in arts management or nonprofit management would be advantageous.
• Ability to interact effectively with citizens, municipal leaders and government personnel in a positive and cooperative manner.
• Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking and leadership in understanding fundraising potential and program dynamics to support a cause or mission.
• Proven success in leading, managing, motivating and inspiring high performing teams with an open, approachable leadership style.
• Excellent budgetary and financial forecasting and analytical and management skills, including an ability to manage and interpret contracts and legal documents.
• Strong interpersonal, listening and motivational skills with an ability to generate enthusiasm among all major community and regional stakeholders.
• Possess experience in marketing, advertising and public relations activities, including driving growth in ticket sales, audience participation and associated revenues.
• Excellent communication skills with an ability to inspire, including strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
• Ability to travel as necessary and support Center program and activities; the incumbent is required to obtain or hold a valid Colorado driver’s license.

The City of Arvada has engaged Campbell & Company to conduct a national search for their Executive Director. The City of Arvada offers a highly competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. To be considered for this opportunity, please send resume to:

Dan Nevez
Consultant, Executive Search
(P) (312) 896-8901
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3350
Chicago, IL 60601

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Electrifying Brilliance! “Chess” is a fresh hit!

“Brilliance Shines Through Many ‘Chess’ Pieces”

– He Said/She Said Critiques

“Freshly renovated version of the musical”

– Noah Lee Jordan, 303 Magazine

“Electrifying vocals from a uniformly brilliant cast!”

– David Marlowe, Marlowe’s Musings

“An enjoyable and entertaining show”

-Deb Flomberg, Examiner

“Three out of 4 stars”

– Denver Post

Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an idea by Tim Rice*
Directed by Rod A Lansberry

Set against the backdrop of a chess tournament, this rock opera uses the game of chess – with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns – as a metaphor for the contemporary conflicts in love and life as well as global strife and peaceful coexistence.

With lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita) and music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!), this regional premiere of an all-new version is rich with dance, penetrating tempos, and the chart-busting pop hit One Night In Bangkok.

*Tim Rice allows for a broad creative license when using the London version of Chess. Director Rod A. Lansberry plans to maximize this creative opportunity which will result in a unique production of Chess that has never been seen before.

Main Stage Theater Share Chess on Your Facebook Wall
through April 15

Times & Pricing
Previews Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 p.m. $35

Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m.
and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; center
$72, prime $66, value $58

Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m.
and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; center $65, prime
$59, value $52

See The Videos!

Megan Van DeHey, Lisa Karlin and Bertha Lynn on KMGH-TV

“What A Scene, What A Joy” featuring Gregg Goodbrod

“Nobody’s Side” featuring Lisa Karlin

Keeping Art Local

The Arvada Center is proud to employ local and regional artists and craftsmen who build every aspect of our productions – from the props like gold-gilded crowns, to hand-sewn costumes, to the sets like the one featured in this video.Rod Lansberry directs cast of Chess A Musical

Take a look at our Facebook photo album “The Making of….Chess, A Muscial” and learn how it all comes together for opening night!

The Director’s Game Plan

Kelsey Whipple of Westword comments that the set designed by Arvada Center resident Set Designer Brian Malgrave “verges on optical illusion.” Click here to read more about Artistic Director Rod Lansberry talk about the game of chess and how to make it musical.

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