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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,  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 present 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.

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No Dogs Allowed!

Written by “Maria” from Sesame Street – Sonia Manzano"No Dogs Allowed" Childrens Theater at Arvada Center
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 Papi’s instructions to pack light, Mami brings enough food for the tri-state region and Iris sneaks in the family dog.  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 … No Dogs Allowed! Humor and cooperation save the day in this warm and cheery family venture.

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Theater Academy

The Arvada Center Theater Academy offers talented youth, ages 13 – 18, a small-enrollment, high-level, in-depth program of theater Youth Teen Theater Academy Company 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.

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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!

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Cast Announced for “Blithe Spirit”


The Arvada Center Artistic Producer and show Director, Rod A. Lansberry has announced the cast for the farcical comedy, Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward (Private Lives, Design for Living). Blithe Spirit will run in the intimate Black Box Theater January 22 – February 17, 2013. Previews are January 18 – 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 or call 720-898-7200.

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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 Rep’s comedy Is He Dead? by Mark Twain
  • Heather Lacy making her Arvada Center debut as Charles’ late wife Elvira
  • Kate Berry (Charles’ second wife Ruth) and Leslie O’Carroll (Edith, the maid) who were featured last season in Shakespeare’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 Noël Coward comedy set in a British country house in the 1930’s. This spirited story opens as novelist Charles Condomine invites eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati to hold a séance 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 Charles’ 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.

Thank You For Supporting Arvada Center on Colorado Gives Day

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.  By raising a glass in support of the Arvada Center’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!  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.

Today’s the Day to Give A Little & Get A Lot

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 4, 2012 to participate in the third annual Colorado Gives Day and support the award-winning Arvada Center!

Colorado Gives Day is December 4, 2012

The Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based foundation dedicated to increasing community generosity and involvement, will be hosting the third annual Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  Through, this 24 hour initiative is designed to encourage Coloradans to give online and help raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day.

To help increase the total amounts distributed to charities, FirstBank – Colorado’s largest locally owned bank – is again underwriting all processing fees and offering prizes and incentives.  Last year, Coloradans made an astounding demonstration of support for local nonprofits by donating $12.4 million on Colorado Gives Day.

With only 50% of revenue coming from tuition and ticket sales, your contribution to the Arvada Center provides essential financial resources for our programs that serve nearly 350,000 visitors each year.

Support the Arvada Center by participating in Colorado Gives Day.  Or, don’t just pencil us in – make your 2012-2013 Friends of the Center pledge today for your gift on December 4th! To pledge your 2012 gift to the Arvada Center, contact Natasha Tiff at or call 720-898-7226.

Give a Little.  Get a Pint.

Our friends at the Arvada Beer Company will be pouring their new holiday brew, Jolly Holiday Ale, in the Center’s Theater Lobby on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Make a Colorado Gives Day donation of $10 or more to the Arvada Center and get a pint of beer!*

Online donations can be made in person during the event.  Or, donate now and print your receipt to receive your pint of beer at this event.

Support Arvada Center on Colorado Gives Day

The Jolly Holiday Ale is a delicious blend of mulling spices, Juniper berries, orange peels and a hint of Dutch Cocoa.  9.3% ABV with 30 IBU’s.Arvada Beer Company and Arvada Center team up for Colorado Gives Day

By giving to the Arvada Center on Colorado Gives Day, we can keep the arts accessible, alive and thriving in our community!  Every dollar donated will help us reach more than 70,000 school children with our theater and arts education.

Thank you for your support!

*valid only at this special event.  Some restrictions may apply.  Must be 21 years or older.

Expect A Miracle Tonight at Arvada Center

It’s Opening Night at Arvada Center, Expect A Miracle…

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical at Arvada Center

We’ve been preparing for this show since before Halloween! Tonight, we bring you Miracles.

The traditional holiday favorite that will put you in the spirit of the season when its magic comes to our Main Stage Theater. This musical version of the joyful and nostalgic classic movie includes memorable songs such as “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” ,“Pinecones and Hollyberries” and more. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we all need a little break to remember that miracles do happen. The Miracle on 34th Street is pure family entertainment – make it part of your holiday celebration.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson

Based on Miracle on 34th Street; story by Valentine Davies

Main Stage Theater

Show Runs Nov 27 – Dec 23

Times & Pricing:

Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; Tickets starting at  $59

Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.; Tickets starting at $53

Find A Miracle at Arvada Center

Erick Devine, Ben Dicke and Lauren Shealy sing
“Pine Cones and Holly Berries”

Jody Madaras and Regan Fenske sing “My Wish”

Making Musical Miracles

Now – how about a little taste of what Miracle has to offer?

Musical Director David Nelhs and Artistic Director Rod Lansberry have already been working hard on the music of Miracle that makes this production so special… in more ways than one!

In late September and early October, part of the cast of the musical “Miracle on 34th Street” recorded a song from the production that will be used on the ”Carols for a Cure” annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA).

These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. The Arvada Center was the only selected Regional Theater asked to participate in this years Carol for A Cure project!

Featured on the track from the production, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” are Heather Doris, Shannan Steele, and Valerie Hill and choreographer Piper Arpan (who performs the tap sequence on the track, along with Tracey Zimmerman). Other Arvada Center staff of Audio Engineer Grant Evenson, Musical Director David Nehls and the Arvada Center staff musicians completed the ensemble for performance and recording

Watch Ashlyn and Nate’s Interview with KATV

Join Director Gavin Mayer as he interviews two of the youngest cast members on their first day of rehearsal. 6yr-old Ashlyn Williams plays “Hendrika” and 7yr-old Nate Kissingford plays “Tommy” in the Arvada Center production of “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical”.

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