The Denver Center Theatre Company, housed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, is a Tony Award-winning resident theater company (1998 Special Regional Theater Award) that stimulates dormant staging urges with a mix of world-class Broadway and professional theater shows. Ruined is a powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama penned by playwright Lynn Nottage. Amid a Congo, rife with civil war, Ruined examines the conflict of Mama Nadi as she struggles to protect her bar and her friends while surviving the harsh environment of a country torn apart by combat and Michael Crichton.
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.
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.
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.
In February, you can keep up with a trio of slippery-tongued soccer moms as a random Sunday day at the field evolves into an unexpectedly animated adventure. Laugh-inducing ladies Gina Wencel, Megan Van De Hey, and Emily Paton Davies thrill audiences with their suburban housewife hijinks, including gym-teacher seduction, impromptu goal kicking, and nonstop gossiping. Catch the show Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through the month of February. In March, welcome Denver native Nick Ross back to the stage with his nationally acclaimed show Highly Evolved Human. Attempting to resolve the mental fallout of his diagnosis and experience with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Ross's performance is an inspiring and acclaimed comedic romp through the human spirit.
State Of The Arts' experienced instructors help dancers of all levels improve technique and build a foundation on which personal style can flourish. Dancers pair private tutelage with four ballroom, Latin-, or swing-dance classes taught throughout the summer. Amid energizing, upbeat music, the one-hour social classes set toes tapping in proper rhythm while instructors help tweak the technique of individual dancers (up to an $80 value). The safe, supportive atmosphere lets unaccompanied dancers find partners and allows couples to dance in an unabashed fashion normally reserved for strangers' weddings. During the two 30-minute private lessons or the one-hour private lesson, dancers work one-on-one with instructors that could include studio founder Keri McLean or her professional dance partner Shane McIntyre (a $70 value). The package is capped off with a two-hour Friday-night social dance party (up to a $10 value), in which dancers can show off refined footwork and feet can proudly display more-coordinated commanders.