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Arvada Center Picks Up 5 “Best of Denver 2013” Westword Awards

Best of Denver Westword Awards 2013Arvada Center recently received five awards from Denver Westword in their “Best of Denver 2013” annual awards program.

Congratulations to all involved that made these fun awards happen!




+  Best Big Show about Colorado Art ||
Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado

Arvada Center curator Collin Parson has redirected the venue’s visual-arts program so that it zeroes in on work made by in-state talent. The resulting exhibitions included solos dedicated to David Yust and Robert Mangold, and group shows focused on representational artists and women. His most successful effort, though, was Art of the State.

Watch this video with Eden Lane of In Focus feature “Art of the State”




+ Best Drag Performance || Steven Cole Hughes in Is He Dead? by Creede Repertory Theatre

Steven Cole Hughes played Millet in Is He Dead?, a Creede Repertory Theatre production presented at the Arvada Center, but he spent most of his time in drag as Daisy — and he did it deliciously.Despite the frilly dress and golden wig, he avoided the usual mincing walk, smeary clown lipstick and high-pitched giggle.

Watch this fun video on Facebook of Steven’s “quick change routine”. Don’t miss the part at 0:39! ——————————————————–>>






+ Best Actor In  A Musical || Erick Devine in Miracle on 34th Street

Erick Devine exuded kindness and humanity as Kris Kringle in the Arvada Center’s Miracle on 34th Street.  He has a big, rich baritone, and his portrayal brought so much warmth to the show that when he told little Susan he really was Santa Claus, you didn’t doubt it for a moment.


Watch Lauren Shealy and Erick Devine in their roles in Miracle on 34th Street

+ Best Actress in a Musical || Lauren Shealy in Miracle on 34th Street

Doris is a young single mother, a spunky, supposedly cynical professional who nonetheless has an easily breached heart — in other words, she’s a pretty generic musical-comedy heroine. The script is on the nondescript side, and the songs are so-so. Nonetheless, in large part due to Lauren Shealy’s fine soprano and strong performance in this Arvada Center production, the musical was one of the tastiest Christmas treats around.


+ Best Supporting Actor in a Musical || 6yr-old Nate Kissingford in
Miracle on 34th Street

Nate Kissingford is only six years old. Still, we can’t remember seeing an actor stop the action quite the way he did when little Tommy took the courtroom stand in the Arvada Center’s Miracle on 34th Street and, with devastating innocence, utterly destroyed his prosecutor father’s case against Kris Kringle. Cute kids often bring down the house, as Kissingford did. But it’s a rare child who can perform with this much poise, timing, concentration and sweet lack of self-consciousness.
Here’s Nate, with his co-star Ashlyn Faith Williams, in a “backstage-behind-the-scenes” video interview about his role in the show.

March Events at The Arvada Center

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Man of La Mancha opens March 26 at Arvada Center
"Man of La Mancha" at Arvada Center
No Dogs Allowed! at Arvada Center
Spring Break Camps and Summer Camps at Arvada Center

Man of La Mancha

opens March 26

One of the most beloved musicals of all time tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes, imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition and awaiting a mock trial by a jury of his fellow prisoners. His play – Don Quixote de la Mancha -recounts the tale of the mad knight who jousts at windmills with his trusty sidekick, Sancho Panza and his beloved Dulcinea in the quest for “The Impossible Dream.”

No Dogs Allowed!

through April 12

Leaving the Bronx for a day at the lake is a real treat for Iris and her close-knit, extended family. Despite Papi’s instructions to pack light,  Iris sneaks in the family dog.  After all, El Exigente is part of la familia. The trip is marked by memorable misadventure, but the family finally arrives at the lake, only to discover there are … No Dogs Allowed! Humor and cooperation save the day in this warm and cheery family venture.

Spring Break Camps & Summer Camps

Register NOW!

Register now for Spring Break & Summer Camps. Camps available in visual arts, drama, dance, ceramics, humanities and music. Camps available for all ages! Lunch & After Camp sessions for working parents are also available.

These fill up fast so register now!

Arvada Chorale at Arvada Center
Spring Classes the Arvada Center Art of the State at Arvada Center Galleries

Arvada Chorale: Latin Rhythms with Debajo del Agua

March 9

Latin Rhythms with Debajo del Agua – A Celebration of Latin American Music!

Spring Classes Registration

through April 25

Register now for Spring educations classes. Classes for all ages available in visual arts, drama, dance, humanities, music and more!

Art of the State: Panel Discussion

March 9

Moderated by Erik Issac and Michael Keen from The Untitled Art Show


1:30 p.m. – cash bar

2:00 p.m. – panel discussion

3:30 p.m. – mingle with the artists

Coming in April at Arvada Center
Man of La Mancha at Arvada Center

Man of La Mancha

through April 14

Spring Classes at Arvada Center

Spring Classes Registration

through April 25

Jim and Nan McKinnell Estate Sale at Arvada Center

Jim and Nan McKinnell Estate Sale

April 25 -28
No Dogs Allowed! at Arvada Center
Summer At The Center 2013 Announcement

Jefferson Foundation Annual High School Art Exhibition & Solo Teacher/Alum Exhibitions

opens April 12

No Dogs Allowed!

through April 12

Summer At The Center

concert line up to be announced in April
Front Range Youth Symphony at Arvada Center
Name A Seat at Arvada Center

Dividing the Estate

opens April 30

FRYS Teacher Appreciation Concert

April 25

Name A Seat

through April 30

March 2013 events at The Arvada Center