Buried deep within the walls of the infamous Nightmare Factory is a hidden passage that descends two levels into Gordon Cottingham's Hospital for the Mentally Insane. Recently discovered, and deeper and darker than the previous levels, the damp and musty corridors are infested with spiders, rats, snakes, and other vermin. The eerie atmosphere is amplified by the endless screams of the tortured and damned souls that met their demise within the walls of the hospital. From the creators of the 13th Floor haunted house and Nightmare Factory, the Asylum features new frights for in-your-face terror.
Since 1981, legendary standup comedians of the likes of Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Joan Rivers have climbed onto Comedy Works' stages to ignite spirited laughter. The comedy club has also served as a launching pad for the careers of several hometown comedians, including Josh Blue, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Comedy Works' calendar of upcoming shows divvies laughs between its two locations, splitting sides at The Landmark with spot-on celebrity impersonations performed by comedian and actor Kevin Pollak from March 22 to 24 ($20–$25). Before wiping away chuckle-induced tears and uncontrollably slapping strangers' knees, visitors at the downtown location can lap up cocktails from the lobby bar starting 75 minutes before every show.
Scriprov sends two venerable comedic traditions colliding together in shows that catch the cast off guard as much as the audience. In each vignette, a cadre of actors runs straight through a scene before substituting one of their own with an improviser who hasn't seen the script, forcing the new arrival to hold his or her own with spur-of-the-moment dialogue and the constantly repeated mantra that this is not just a terrifying dream. Denver-based Dishwater Blondes supplies the evening’s ad-libbers while a collection of Avenue-affiliated actors play the scenes’ straight men. Conceived by erstwhile street performer Dave Shirley, Rattlebrain has been characterized as "ridiculous, inventive and yet oddly old-school fun" by the Denver Post. Combining the veteran funnyman’s myriad oddball talents, the show segues effortlessly from shadow puppetry to juggling to deliberately awkward bits of music and ventriloquism.
The Colorado Symphony’s new Inside the Score series gives concert-goers a full behind-the-music experience. Discover the fascinating history of the pieces and delve into the musical mind-matter of renowned composers all while being entertained with extra audio, visuals, and spoken word. Grab a seat for one of the most popular pieces of orchestral music composed, Dvorak’s From The New World, or discover the origin and distinctive orchestral language and secret Morse code haikus of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique , helmed by principal guest conductor Douglas Boyd. The Classical Top 40 concert brings together a smorgasbord of favorites such as Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro Overture," Wagner’s "The Ride of the Valkyries," Rossini’s "William Tell Overture," and Pachelbel’s Canon, while the final Inside the Score performance in May features Stravinsky's The Firebird from the fairytale ballet about a young prince searching for the most beautiful non-platypus egg-layer in the world.
Based on the 1980 hit movie, 9 to 5: The Musical takes theatergoers on a guffaw-inducing joyride as it explores one of the most empathetic of homicidal fantasies: killing your boss. Forced to endure the endless harassment of an insufferably loutish manager, three unlikely friends form an alliance and enact hilarious revenge in this lampoon of the Rolodex era. With a Tony- and Grammy-nominated score by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5: The Musical breaks the fourth cubicle wall as the gutsy trio of fed up heroines stick it to the man, all the while wearing sensible office shoes.
Colorado Ballet's production of Peter Pan jolts J.M. Barrie's beloved tale to life with a dazzling celebration of childhood imagination. During each performance, members of the Colorado Children's Chorale unify their voices with the show's original orchestral score, accompanying Peter, Tinker Bell, and the rest of the cherished gang as they perform spellbinding aerial feats and complete their tax returns while dangling from wires. Elegant costumes and elaborate backdrops work with the story's imaginative choreography to further captivate theatergoers, who absorb the on-stage rebellion against gravity, as well as an air of grandeur inside the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, which was reopened in 2005 after extensive remodeling. At 2.5 hours in length, Peter Pan productions will also feature two 20-minute intermissions apiece, and can be enjoyed by any child capable of appreciating full-length films or prolonged jury deliberations.
Every performer has a different goal. Recognizing this, the teaching staff at Academy of the Arts-Denver (each a professional in his or her respective field) designs all of their lesson plans around their students' individual goals. These highly personalized plans shape the approach to the school's age-specific, professional and recreational group acting and vocal classes. The teaching staff also uses their 75 years of accumulated experience to focus on talent development, whether students want to break into the business, or perform for the joy of it. Private lessons help build proficiency in guitar, bass, drums, and music production. Though lessons focus on specific technical training, the teachers encourage creative experimentation no matter the genre. Former students have established careers in TV, Broadway, Film, and Music. As they learn, Academy of the Arts-Denver's students are also encouraged to take part in rehearsals and performances.