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Launching the Theatre Season in Style

Posted by Sarah Kolb on September 21st 2016 to Center News

Last week, the Arvada Center celebrated the upcoming theatre season with a special sneak peek with the donors that made it possible. The event, called LAUNCH, introduced the Center’s new Black Box repertory company, provided a look into the musical season, and invited attendees to enjoy food, drink and live performances.

Producing Director of Plays Lynne Collins introduces the Black Box season

Producing Director of Plays Lynne Collins introduces the Black Box season

LAUNCH kicked off the 2016/2017 season, and was the first time guests saw the Black Box rep company in action! Artistic Director of Musicals Rod Lansberry introduced the Main Stage Theatre’s 3-musical season, which includes Sister Act, the world premiere of I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Director Geoffrey Kent discusses 'Waiting for Godot'

Director Geoffrey Kent discusses ‘Waiting for Godot’

Rep company actors performed scenes from the upcoming Black Box productions Tartuffe, Bus Stop, The Drowning Girls and Waiting for Godot. Directors Allison Watrous, Lynne Collins and Geoffrey Kent spoke about each of the productions.

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s music delighted the ears, and two live art demonstrations entertained the eyes. Artist Marcel Majid Kahhak painted live, and Center ceramicist Kazu Oba threw bowls.

The event was sponsored by the Benzinger Family Winery, Luke’s, A Steak Place, Oskar Blues Brewery and La Patisserie Francaise. It also included a silent auction, a wine pull, and a chance for guests to sponsor a Black Box rep member.

The Arvada Center 2016/2017 Black Box Theatre season begins on September 30 with the premiere of Tartuffe, starring Michael Morgan, Sam Gregory and Kate Gleason.

Actors Sam Gregory and Tim McCracken perform a scene from 'Waiting for Godot'

Actors Sam Gregory and Tim McCracken perform a scene from ‘Waiting for Godot’

This year’s musical theatre season has already begun – and it isn’t too late to catch the first production! Sister Act, with Brit West, runs until October 2 – and critics are loving it. After that, the world premiere musical I’ll Be Home for Christmas opens November 18. Tickets are on sale now!

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Black Box rep members including Sam Gregory, Michael Morgan, Leslie O'Carroll, Sean Scrutchins, and Jessica Austgen, with Lynne Collins

Black Box rep members including Sam Gregory, Michael Morgan, Leslie O’Carroll, Sean Scrutchins, and Jessica Austgen, with Lynne Collins

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