Camp designed for distance participation

ARVADA CENTER TO OFFER STUDENTS THE WORLD’S FIRST ZOOM MUSICAL

By John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist

Welcome to the era of the “Zoomsical.”

The Arvada Center, iTheatrics and licensing giant Music Theatre International are teaming up on an innovative way to get students back rehearsing, performing and celebrating the magic of musical theatre in the age of COVID19.

MTI has just created and released the world’s first musical specifically designed for distance participation, using the video-conferencing platform Zoom. “The Big One-Oh! Online Edition” is a 20-minute variation on Dean Pitchford’s beloved children's novel about an unusual boy who is about to turn 10. The musical is specifically designed to be rehearsed, produced and performed remotely on the internet, providing young people and their creative teams alike “the opportunity, during this time of disconnection, to connect in a meaningful way,” said Lisa Leafgreen, the Arvada Center’s Director of Education.

“As we navigate the ever-changing days we’re living in, and the wide variety of individual comfort levels, we want to make sure kids know there is a completely safe, yet creative and fun opportunity for them to be cast in a musical this summer,” she said.

The Arvada Center’s virtual camp begins on June 22 and runs through July 17, building to a performance that will be shared with parents and other digital audiences – including the child actors themselves. “We plan to record the musical using Zoom but then edit it for quality and show it as a Watch Party,” she said. “This way, the kids can watch their own performances at the same time as everyone else.”

Leafgreen says the Arvada Center is stepping up as real pioneers in this area, “especially in the world of children’s performance,” she said. “This is an opportunity for us to be involved with rethinking what theatre is and how it can be presented. There are no barriers here. You don’t need to come to the Arvada Center. You don’t even have to live in Colorado to participate in it.”

In the story, Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties – that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but they’re only imaginary. But now that he’s turning 10 (the big One-Oh) he decides to throw himself a birthday party, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme. Of course, things don’t work out as he plans. Will Charley’s party be the big One-Oh ... or the big OH-NO!?

(Spoiler alert: In the end, Charley learns to trade his imaginary friends for real ones.)

“The Big One-Oh!” is written by Doug Besterman (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics) and Timothy Allen McDonald (book).

The Arvada Center is offering “The Big One-Oh!” in place of the previously announced “Shrek! Junior.”

“The Big One-Oh!”/At a glance
  • Directors: David Payne and Brandon Bill
  • Cost: $250
  • Preferred ages 9-13
  • Virtual camp times: 1-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for four weeks
  • Virtual camp dates: June 22 through July 17
  • Performances: Top be presented virtually as a Watch Party. Details to come.
  • Call 720-898-7200 or sign up below

sign up now

Home,Reignite the Arts,Art at Home,Support Arvada Center Artists,Virtual Auction,Subscribe,AC Flex Package,YP Access,Full Four Package,Double Play Package,Musical Duet Package,Visit Us,View All Events,Gift Certificates,Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express,Pink Progression: Poetry Reading,Beth Malone Sings at the Arvada Center,Pink Progression: Artist Talk,Pink Progression: Collaborations,528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition,Imprint: Print Educators of Colorado,Ultimate 70s Tour: Poco, Orleans & Pure Prairie League,Face Vocal Band,Rodney Atkins,The Capitol Steps,The Wind: Musical Theatre Workshop,The Australian Pink Floyd Show,Trifles: A Radio Play,Dracula: A Radio Play,Amplify,Donate Now,Corporate Giving,Dining Partners,Theatre,main stage musicals,Black Box Plays,Theatre for Children,Auditions,Radio Plays,Galleries,Current Exhibitions,Pink Progression Know Before You Go,Gallery Events,Upcoming Exhibitions,Art Sales,Art Submissions,Viral Influence Call for Entry,Sculpture Field,History Museum,Education,Dance Class FAQ,View All Classes,Summer Camps,Summer Camps Virtual,Classes for Kids,Classes for Adults,Ceramics,Front Range Youth Symphony,Dance Academy,For Educators,Arts Day,Arts Day Outreach,Ageless Adults,Scholarships,Fall Virtual Classes,Music and Dance,Jeffrey Siegel,Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra,Front Porch Series,Humanities,On Their Shoulders We Stand,Private Events and Rentals,Straight Talk Series ,Straight Talk with Philip Sneed,COVID’s toll on Colorado theatre: 224 productions and counting ,Straight Talk with Lynne Collins,Straight Talk with Rod Lansberry,Straight Talk with Phamaly, Buntport, Colorado Shakes and Rocky Mountain Rep,Straight Talk with Creede Rep, Town Hall, Candlelight and Theatre Company of Lafayette,Straight Talk with Aurora Fox, BDT Stage, Cherry Creek Theatre and Misfits,Straight Talk with Su Teatro, Vintage, Backstage and Counterweight,Straight Talk with Local Theater Company, Theater 29, The Source and Equinox,Straight Talk with the Denver Center, Jesters Dinner Theatre, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and Germinal Stage-Denver,Actors' union issues safety guidelines for re-opening,Straight Talk with square product, Forge Light, Springs Ensemble Theatre and Coal Creek Theatre of Louisville,Straight Talk with the Fine Arts Center, Miners Alley Playhouse, Dangerous Theatre and Lone Tree Arts Center ,Straight Talk with Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Northglenn Arts,Straight Talk with The Catamounts, Bas Bleu and Thingamajig,Straight Talk with Curious Theatre Company,Straight Talk with OpenStage, Firehouse and Adams Mystery Playhouse,Straight Talk with Platte Valley Players and Theatreworks,Straight Talk with Parker Arts, Stories on Stage and Thunder River ,Pivoting With,Pivoting with The Black Actors Guild,Pivoting with ... Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones,Pivoting With ... Tammy Franklin and the Curtain Playhouse,Pivoting With Nick Sugar and the Town Hall Arts Center,Inside the Arvada Center,Governor's mask mandate does not apply to Candlelight actors,Pink Progression: Collaborations: Grow Love and Moe Gram,Director's Notes: A Midsummer Night's Dream,All About Printmaking Techniques,Watercolor Class,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Collin Parson ,Arvada Center Makes Masks,Earth Day Craft,Christina Noel-Adcock,"Bright Star" cast unveils video as message of hope,Podcast: B+ with Geoffrey Kent and Jessica Austgen ,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Christine Moore,Humans of the Arvada Center: Steven Cogswell,Humans of the Arvada Center: Ashi K. Smythe,City of Arvada to install new sculpture in Hoskinson Park,Humans of the Arvada Center Jessie Page,Here are the 2019-20 Henry Award nominations,Arvada Center to Offer Students World’s First Zoom Musical,Humans of the Arvada Center Cal Meakins,Humans of the Arvada Center: Adam Stolte,Supreme Court workplace ruling hits home for Lisa Leafgreen,'Time for talk is over': Arvada Center launch 'Amplify' series to raise black male voices,Humans of the Arvada Center Jon Olson ,The 5 Most Screwed Job Titles in COVID-era theatre,June in Colorado Theatre: 'The Reckoning' has begun,New Arvada Center, Aurora Fox seasons reflect current complexities,It's virtually impossible not to have fun in our summer camps,News roundup: Who The Denver Actor's Fund DEAR Fund has helped,Humans of the Arvada Center: Abygail Rosales,Pink Progression Collaborations: Jina Brenneman and Margaret Kasahara,Pink Progression: Julia Rymer and Drew Austin,Revealing The Dialogue,Amplify Epiode 3 launches, series expanding to include black women,Colorado Springs reaches the Mountaintop at 2020 Henry Awards,Photo Blog: Sweeney Todd Rehearsals,Humans of the Arvada Center: Gabriel Morales,Deeper Dive: A closer look at Million Dollar Quartet,Deeper Dive: A closer look at Small Mouth Sounds,Pink Progression: Sangeeta Reddy and Jodie Roth Cooper,Deeper Dive: A closer look at Private Lives,Front Porch Series Kickoff,Cleo Parker Robinson dances back in the box with Arvada Center,Amplify turns the mic over to local Black women ,Beth Malone bringing 'joy bomb' to Arvada Center oon September 4,Theatre news: Live streaming panel Monday on a big new 'Idea',Deeper Dive: A closer look at They're Playing Our Song,Humans of the Arvada Center: Meet Emily King,Amplify Women Episode 2,Special Book Honors Special Dance Teacher,Arvada Center pivots to radio-play series for fall ,amplify-series-comes-to-powerful-conclusion,Denver Film moving forward with longer, smaller, virtual 2020 festival ,How COVID is impacting individual artists,Take a stroll through 'Sculpture in the Field',Arts In Education Week,About Us,Ticketing Policies,Contact Us,Ticket discounts,Accessiblity,Health and Safety,Ticketing Exchanges and Refunds,Black Lives Matter at the Center,Digital Magazine,Errors,404,Temp,New Website ,Pink Progression Events,Arts Advocacy,Blog,Lorem ipsum,Lorem ipsum 2,Newk’s,Steuben’s Arvada