Arvada Center Blog

Sister Act rehearsals are underway!

We’re two and a half weeks away from the opening night of Sister Act on September 9, and the Arvada Center is full of cast, crew and designers all busy getting ready!


Rehearsals for this season’s opening musical began last week. It’s a title that maybe familiar to some, based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The cast is rehearsing the music, which ranges from Motown to soul to disco, and designers and crew are building sets which include everything from a nightclub to a church!

Sister Act, with Brit West, is a delightful musical comedy that has audiences jumping to their feet! When a disco diva witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent disguised as a nun. Using her disco moves and singing talent, she inspires the church choir and breathes new life into the community.

This uplifting musical is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship and gives reason to rejoice!

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There are some new and exciting opportunities to meet with the cast and crew of Sister Act this year! Stay after a performance for drinks, snacks and a social hour with the cast during Happy Hour –Friday September 16, Sunday September 25 and Wednesday September 28 after the matinee. Or attend a Talk Back, where the cast, director and designers lead a discussion on interesting subjects about the production. Talk Backs take place Tuesday September 13, Thursday September 22, and Saturday October 1 in the evening.

Tickets for Sister Act are on sale now – including tickets for preview performances! Preview performances take place September 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are held Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Wednesday matinees at 1:00 p.m. and weekend matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Sister Act kicks off the Arvada Center’s 41st season with spirit and soul! The show opens on September 9 – we hope you come join us!


SCFD Renewal on the Ballot This November

If you’ve seen a concert at the Arvada Center this summer, you may have noticed a special visitor not dressed for warm weather. Popsicle the Polar Bear, the mascot for Denver’s Science and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), has been greeting visitors and getting the word out about an important upcoming vote – Yes on SCFD! 

Image courtesy of SCFD

Image courtesy of SCFD

SCFD is an essential element in today’s vibrant arts, science and cultural offerings across the Denver metro area. It funds over 300 organizations across metro Denver! A one penny on $10 sales tax raises funds, 99.25% of which go towards organizations like the Arvada Center.

This voter-approved tax is up for renewal on the November 2016 ballot — measure 4B. The measure will ask voters in seven counties, including Jefferson county, to keep the district going for another 12 years. The Arvada Center relies on funding from SCFD to provide excellent programming year in and year out.

In 1988, metro Denver voters approved a first-of-its-kind dedicated sales tax to supplement government support for science, art and cultural organizations in the state. Today, SCFD funding continues to be unique across the nation and it has a big impact.

SCFD by the numbers:

  • The Arvada Center received $1,122,316 in 2015 and 1,039,077 in 2014, providing a significant impact on the Center’s annual revenue.
  • SCFD organizations see 14.6 million visitors annually
  • 25 million students have access to educational and cultural experiences because of SCFD supported organizations
    • 25,000 schoolchildren participated in Arvada Center Arts Day and outreach programs – 28% of which were low-income students or students with disabilities
  • SCFD organizations generate $1.85 billion in annual economic activity
  • They create 10,205 jobs in the community and spur $520 million in tourism
  • SCFD funding allows cultural organizations to offer more than 100 free days a year

We hope you pledge to vote Yes! on SCFD in November 2016!

Matt Gale Photography

Matt Gale Photography

SCFD has many volunteer opportunities available – check out their website to learn more!


Colorado Parent Magazine recognizes children’s productions!


For the fifth year in a row, Colorado Parent Magazine’s readers have voted the Arvada Center’s children’s theatre productions #1 in the state!


Colorado Parent Magazine readers vote on a list of family fun favorites every year – and the Arvada Center is honored they’ve recognized us as #1 location for Children’s Theatre Productions!

Last year’s children’s productions included Junie B. Jones, the Musical and Charlotte’s Web, both musical theatre adaptions of beloved children’s books. We cast fun and talented adult actors in our children’s productions, which gives kids an introduction to the world of theatre!

There are two children’s theatre productions this upcoming season. This fall, everyone’s favorite first grader returns to the stage in a production of Junie B. Jones, the Musicaladapted from the beloved series of books by Barbara Park. It will be directed by David & Julie Payne, with musical direction by Keith Ewer and choreography by Piper Arpan.

And this spring, A Year With Frog and Toad follows the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends, a worrywart toad, and a perky frog. The musical broke new ground by bringing professional children’s theatre to Broadway and was nominated for 3 Tony Awards – including Best Musical!


Junie B. Jones, the Musical opens Thursday, October 13, and A Year with Frog and Toad opens February 2. Tickets for both performances are on sale now!

Additionally, the Center is holding replacement auditions for several roles in Junie B. Jones, the Musical on August 22 – come be part of the fun!


Congratulations to the cast and crew of our children’s theatre productions!