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Bringing The Curtain Back to Life

Posted by lgirard on April 23rd 2015 to Center News


Recycle, reuse, repurpose —- that’s all the buzz these days – right? Well, that can apply to theater productions too!

A partnership between the Arvada Center and the Elitch Gardens Theatre has brought new life to theater ~  all in a timely, historically-significant icon, an integral piece of fabric – the stage curtain.

Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation historian and Arvada Center music director David Nehls explains, “the curtain is what separates the reality from the fantasy” and like 9NEWS Anchor/Reporter Kyle Dyer says, “it’s no doubt the curtain is vital to setting the stage in a theater”.

The historic curtain that hung in the Elitch Gardens Theatre has been re-purposed, raised from shreds and stains, to be re-hung in the next production at the Arvada Center, A Man of No Importance. Arvada Center Scenic Designer Brian Malgrave was excited to be able to use this historic theater icon in the set design for A Man of No Importance. “Whenever we can, we look for opportunities to reuse things or to bring things of a more authentic quality to our productions,” he explains. “This particular curtain was created in 1950 and our scenic design was set in 1964 so it felt very appropriate,” Mallgrave says. “This curtain is really cool for this production because its actually centered around working class people that are putting on kind-of a community theater production and the whole idea behind the curtain opening to present what is their art is such a big part of the show.”

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The historic Elitch Gardens Theatre curtain has been repurposed as part of the set design for current Arvada Center production A Man of No Importance.



photo by Kyle Dyer, 9NEWS





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