Theater Companies, Production and Shows
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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Adams Mystery Playhouse
This scary mansion is Colorado’s first and only permanent mystery dinner theater. Mysteries include “Steam Trunk Murder” and “Murder at Haunted Blood Mansion.” 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. www.adamsmysteryplayhouse.com.
Check www.arvadacenter.org for an announcement about the new theater season, which begins Sept. 9 with “Sister Act.”
Aurora Fox Arts Center
The 32nd season of theatrical productions begins in October and includes “Dracula: The Musical” and the regional premiere of “Chinglish.” The center is at 9900 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora. See www.aurorafoxartscenter.org for the fall lineup.
June 2-4: “The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy,” a free outdoor performance at Stapleton Founders Green, 7601 E. 29th Ave. in Denver, 7pm
Band of Toughs
Band of Toughs: a theatre collaboratory produces genre-mashing theatre events with a rock and roll sensibility. For more information and future shows, visit www.bandoftoughs.com.
August 18-27: Outdoor Interactive Shakespeare Adventure – “Under the Stars with Brews & the Bard: As You Like It” as part of the Boulder Fringe Festival
Through Sept. 3: “Footloose: The Musical” features an Oscar and Tony–nominated score and new songs for the stage. BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre) is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. www.theatreinboulder.com for more.
June 27-28: Cabaret Series: When Swing Was King!
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: Comedy shows featuring nationally known headliners happen weekly at 7 & 9:15pm at Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St. Check the lineup at www.bohemianbiergarten.com or on the Bohemian Biergarten Facebook page.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
BETC is one of the resident companies at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.; check www.betc.org for an announcement about the new season.
Longmont-based comedy troupe offers stand-up, improv and sketch comedy at venues around Boulder County; check the schedule at www.bubcomedy.com.
1st Fridays & 3rd Thursdays: Barley-Har-Har, 9pm Fri and 7pm Thurs at 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Longmont
Aug. 25-27: Longmont Laugh Fest, check venues online
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Through July 10: “Into the Woods,” a magical journey into the forest with familiar storybook characters, features Broadway and recording star Debby Boone in the role of the witch through June 5. 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, off I-25 just north of Longmont. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
July 21-Sept. 11: The Wizard of Oz
June 10 & 17: The Catamounts’ summer camps for kids culminate in all-original, live-accompanied final performances, 12:15pm June 10 and 2:15pm June 17 at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. Check www.thecatamounts.org or visit the group’s Facebook page for updates about these shows or the upcoming season.
CenterStage Theatre Company
July, TBA: “Heathers: The Musical” is based on the classic 1989 film. CenterStage also hosts summer camps for grades 1-9. Find details at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Central City Opera 2016 Festival
See listing in the Music section.
Coal Creek Theater
Aug. 26: Coal Creek Theater presents its annual Front Range Playwrights’ Showcase, which features staged readings of selected new works and a chance for the audience to participate in the discussion afterwards. 7pm at Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave; www.cctlouisville.org.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 5-Aug. 9: CSF, long regarded as one of the top Shakespeare festivals in the nation, runs for more than two months every summer on the CU campus and showcases a different lineup of productions each year. The 2016 season features five plays, four by Shakespeare and the other the regional premiere of “Equivocation” by Bill Cain, the story of “reluctant playwright and sleuth ‘Shag,’ aka William Shakespeare.” Performances are either outdoors in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors in University Theatre. CSF also hosts educational events during the festival, including a summer camp for kids; see www.coloradoshakes.org for the full schedule, and see the “Classics” listing below.
June 3-Aug. 7: The Comedy of Errors
June 16-Aug. 6: Equivocation
June 24-Aug. 6: Troilus and Cressida
July 14-Aug. 7: Cymbeline
July 31: Henry VI: Part 2 (“original practice” performances with natural lighting and minimalist costuming)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
June 6, 13 & 20: Dramaturgs from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival present free lectures that offer the production history and behind-the-scenes aspects of each play in this year’s festival. 6:30-7:30pm in the Boulder Public Library’s Mount Sanitas Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.coloradoshakes.org.
June 6: Equivocation
June 13: Troilus and Cressida
June 20: Cymbeline
CU Department of Theatre & Dance
Check www.colorado.edu.theatredance for news about the fall-semester schedule.
Curious Theatre Company
Through June 24: “White Guys on the Bus” is a “provocative, unflinchingly candid examination of race in America today.” Curious is at 1080 Acoma St. in Denver; see www.curioustheatre.org for times and details.
Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
The DCPA, a sprawling complex in downtown Denver, hosts more than two dozen productions every year—like touring Broadway musicals, adaptations, premieres and special events. A few highlights of the summer schedule are listed below; check www.denvercenter.org for more. The center is at Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street in Denver. For tickets, call 303-893-4100, or go to TicketsWest outlets at King Soopers.
June 7-12: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
June 21-26: The Sound of Music
July 6-24: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
July 19-31: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Aug. 25-Sept. 11: The Phantom of the Opera
Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe
This Longmont-based troupe’s players use the audience’s suggestions to create scenes, situations and clever one-liners during these evenings of unscripted and unforgiving comedy. Check for updates on the group’s Facebook page.
Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts
Jesters is Longmont‘s long-running dinner theater, and show-only tickets are also available. The Jesters School for the Performing Arts performs on Saturday afternoons year-round, with new offerings every month or so. See a complete schedule at www.jesterstheatre.com or call 303-682-9980. 224 Main St., Longmont.
Through July 24: The Music Man
Opens July 29: Oklahoma!
Local Theater Company
July 1: LOCAL Theater’s new-play festival, LOCAL Lab 2017, is accepting entries through July 1 for unproduced, non-musical, full-length plays for next spring’s event. See www.localtheatercompany.org for more details about entering and about the fall production, “The Firestorm.”
Longmont Laugh Fest
Aug. 25-26: Second-annual Laugh Fest takes places over three days at three Longmont venues. Check for the schedule, which wasn’t posted at press time, at www.bubcomedy.com.
Longmont Theatre Company
July 8-31: LTC’s annual “Taste of Shakespeare” event offers free performances at a variety of venues around Boulder County and in Mead, Broomfield and Estes Park. This year’s play is “All’s Well That Ends Well,” and it’s set in the Dakota territories of the 1880s. Matinee and evening performances; see www.longmontheatre.org for venues and details about the other summer shows listed below and the new season that begins in the fall. 513 Main St., Longmont.
June 24-25: Disney’s Jungle Book Kids, with LTC’s New Generation Theatre Academy
July 29-30: Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr., with LTC’s New Generation Theatre Academy
Improvisational comedy suitable for all audiences. 10679 Westminster Blvd.; www.madcapimprov.com.
Miller’s Bar & Grille Comedy Shows
Miller’s Bar & Grille, 103 S. Public Road in Lafayette, regularly hosts professional comedians who have also appeared at Comedy Works in Denver; check the events schedule at www.millers3b.com for updates as they’re posted.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Through June 26: Neil Simon’s Tony-winning “Biloxi Blues” is the story of Eugene Jerome, a young army recruit during WWII. It’s on stage at the Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
July 15-Aug. 21: Little Shop of Horrors
Opens Sept. 9: God of Carnage
June 4-July 2: Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” is onstage at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. Find times, venue info and the new season schedule at www.openstagetheatre.org.
Peanut Butter Players
July 22-23: “Me for President!” is an original musical about two kids who decide to run for president. PBP is “theater for kids, by kids,” and they have a new home: 1376 Miners Drive in Lafayette. Find out more, including info about summer camps, at www.peanutbutterplayers.com.
Phamaly Theatre Company
Phamaly Theatre Company offers extensive opportunities to performers with disabilities. Productions are at various Denver-area venues, and sometimes in Broomfield or Boulder. www.phamaly.org.
July 16-Aug. 7: Evita
Playback Theatre West
June 25: After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. The result is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny. 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.playbacktheatrewest.com.
Public Works Theatre Co.
This Lafayette-based theater troupe “creates new exuberant theater for families to engage our wonder, delight and curiosity.” The June 11 event is at Chautauqua; look online for venue info for the rest. www.publicworkstheatre.com.
June 11: Noisy Neighbors, 2pm
Aug. 8-12: 4th Annual Summer Clown Camp
Aug. 13: Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Traveling Flea Circus, 10am & noon
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
RMTK offers performance classes and preprofessional conservatories for young actors, and the Actors Academy for the Performing Arts takes them to the next level. Boulder performances (see schedule online) are at 5311 Western Ave., Suite D. 303-245-8150; www.theaterforkids.net.
May 31-June 24: Summer camp: “Peter Pan”
June 27-July 8: Summer camp: “Willy Wonka Jr.”
July 11-29: Summer camp: “Legally Blonde”
Aug. 1-12: Summer camp: “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”
Square Product Theatre
The mission of Boulder-based Square Product Theatre is “to engage in radical acts of inquiry that leave an audience with just as many questions as answers.” Find upcoming performance information at www.squareproducttheatre.org.
Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage is a nonprofit performing-arts organization that showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. A new season begins in the fall; check www.storiesonstage.org for updates.
Tara Performing Arts High School
June 16-19: Tara’s all-school musical this year is “Oklahoma!” It’s on stage at the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave.; times TBA. There’s also an open house in June for prospective students; check www.tarahighschool.org for details.
Theater Company of Lafayette
July 8-17: “The Dali Follies” is the theme of this year’s summer short-play festival; it features seven original short works about Dali/Dolley/Dolly/Dalai. At the historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette; www.tclstage.org.
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Because of renovations at the Dairy Center for the Arts, the Upstart Crow’s productions will be staged at the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., until further notice. Find details and ticket info for the fall season at www.theupstartcrow.org.
Vintage Theatre Company
Vintage Theatre schedules at least 10 shows per season on two stages at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. www.vintagetheatre.com.
Through July 3: Sunset Boulevard
June 3-July 10: Intimate Apparel
July 22-Aug. 28: Ghost: The Musical