Arvada 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!
Arvada Center curator Collin Parson has redirected the venue’s visual-artsÂ program so that it zeroes in on work madeÂ byÂ 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, wasÂ Art of the State.
Watch this video with Eden Lane of In Focus feature “Art of the State”
Steven Cole Hughes played Millet in Is He Dead?, a Creede Repertory Theatre production presented at the ArvadaÂ Center, but he spent most of his time in drag as Daisy â€” 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! ——————————————————–>>
Erick Devine exuded kindness and humanity as Kris Kringle in the Arvada Center’sÂ Miracle on 34th Street. Â 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
Doris is a young single mother, a spunky, supposedly cynical professional who nonetheless has an easily breached heart â€” 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.
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.