Arvada Center Blog
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 Musical – adapted 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!
Arvada Center productions, directors, actors and designers were recognized June 20 in the Colorado Theatre Guild’s list of nominees for the 11th annual Henry Awards. The Center was nominated for 15 awards, including Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company, and Outstanding Production of a Musical.
More than 45 theatre reporters, educators and assigned judges are involved in choosing the nominations, which are named for longtime Denver theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Winners of 11th Annual Henry Awards be announced July 18 at the PACE Center in Parker.
11th Annual Henry Award Nominations:
- Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company
- Outstanding Production of a Musical: “Death Takes a Holiday,” Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction
- Outstanding Direction of a Play: Gavin Mayer, “The Mountaintop”
- Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Rod A. Lansberry, “Death Takes a Holiday”
- Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Gavin Mayer, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
- Outstanding Musical Direction: David Nehls, “Death Takes a Holiday”
- Outstanding Choreography: Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
- Outstanding Actress in a Play: Betty Hart, “The Mountaintop”
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Paul Page, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Sharon Kay White, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
- Outstanding Costume Design: Clare Henkel, “Death Takes a Holiday”
- Outstanding Lighting Design: Seth Alison, “The Mountaintop”
- Outstanding Lighting Design: Shannon McKinney, “Death Takes a Holiday”
- Outstanding Scenic Design: Brian Mallgrave, “Death Takes a Holiday”
- Outstanding Sound Design: Grant Evenson, “The Mountaintop”
Congratulations to the casts and crew of last seasons shows for their nominations!
Happy *New* Year!
Welcome to 2013!
The Arvada Center is ready to tackle 2013 with a new art exhibition, a new children’s theater musical,Â a new teen Theater Academy, and new education classes!
Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to presentÂ Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado. This statewide juried exhibition garnered 1,635 entries from 588 artists living and working in Colorado. Selections were made by Arvada Center Exhibition Manager and Curator, Collin Parson, and the Clyfford Still Museum’s Director, Dean Sobel. Parson and Sobel chose 191 works by 160 artists that represent a wide range of approaches from traditional to experimental.
Emphasizing the Arvada Center’s commitment to supporting Colorado artists, this exhibition will showcase the quality, depth and diversity of works being created in the state by emerging and established artists. This juried exhibition was open to all Colorado artists in all media. For the first time, all three of the Arvada Center’s galleries, over 10,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to one exhibition, and there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy.
No Dogs Allowed!
Written by “Maria” from Sesame Street – Sonia Manzano
Music by Stephan Lawrence
Lyrics by Billy Aronson
Leaving the Bronx for a day at the lake is a real treat for Iris and her close-knit, extended family. Despite Papiâ€™s instructions to pack light, Mami brings enough food for the tri-state region and Iris sneaks in the family dog.Â 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 â€¦ No Dogs Allowed! Humor and cooperation save the day in this warm and cheery family venture.
The Arvada Center Theater Academy offers talented youth, ages 13 â€“ 18, a small-enrollment, high-level, in-depth program of theater instruction. This program is designed for serious actors who are interested in progressing as an artist and who desire a career in acting. Theater Academy Company actors perform in two productions each year and deepen their skills and knowledge in the areas of character work, scene study, auditioning, and production training.
Winter Education Classes
Enroll yourself, your family or a little one in one of our new arts education classes. We offer classes for ages 18 months and up! Choose from classes in pottery, dance, singing, improv comedy and more! And register now for our Spring Break Camps – these fill up fast!
and visit https://arvadacenter.org/education for more info!
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ARVADA CENTER PRODUCTION OF NOÃ‹L COWARDâ€™S
The Arvada Center Artistic Producer and show Director, Rod A. Lansberry has announced the cast for the farcical comedy, Blithe Spirit by NoÃ«l Coward (Private Lives, Design for Living). Blithe Spirit will run in the intimate Black Box Theater January 22 â€“ February 17, 2013. Previews are January 18 â€“ 20 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Talkbacks will be offered Friday, February 1 after the 7:30 p.m. show and Wednesday, February 6 after the 1:00 p.m. show. To purchasetickets and for additional information go to https://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/blithe-spirit or call 720-898-7200.
The cast features several actors familiar to the Arvada Center stage including:
- Steven Cole Hughes (Charles Condomine) who last appeared in the Black Box Theater during Creede Repâ€™s comedy Is He Dead? by Mark Twain
- Heather Lacy making her Arvada Center debut as Charlesâ€™ late wife Elvira
- Kate Berry (Charlesâ€™ second wife Ruth) and Leslie O’Carroll (Edith, the maid) who were featured last season in Shakespeareâ€™s Twelfth Night
- Mark Rubald (Dr. George Bradman), who is currently performing in Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
- Alex Ryer (Mrs. Violet Bradman) who is currently performing in Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
- and audience favorite Beth Flynn as the peculiar clairvoyant Madame Arcati. Flynn returns to the Arvada stage after a two year absence. She was last seen as Mrs. Fezziwig in Christmas Carol, The Musical during the 2010 holiday season.
In addition to director Rod Lansberry, the creative team includes:
- Brian Mallgrave (scenic design)
- Chris Campbell (costume design)
- Jon Olson (light design)
- Morgan McCauley (sound design)
- Meghan Markiewicz (props mistress)
Blithe Spirit is a classic NoÃ«l Coward comedy set in a British country house in the 1930â€™s. This spirited story opens as novelist Charles Condomine invites eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati to hold a sÃ©ance at the home as research for his latest book. The attempt backfires when the Madame inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his temperamental first wife, Elvira, who immediately takes issue with Charlesâ€™ second wife Ruth. Comedy and mayhem run rampant throughout this spirited farce as Elvira attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage while scheming ways to have him join her in the afterlife.
Thanks to 125 generous donors, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities celebrated a successful Colorado Gives Day, raising nearly $12,000.
For the first time, the Arvada Center partnered with the Arvada Beer Company to offer Colorado Gives Day donors a sampling of their fresh handcrafted ales.Â By raising a glass in support of the Arvada Centerâ€™s theater and arts education programs, donations were doubled from the previous year.
We are grateful for the generous support that we received throughout this special day!Â Every dollar donated will help us reach more than 70,000 school children and will keep the arts accessible, alive and thriving in our community.