Theater Companies, Production and Shows
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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Adams Mystery Playhouse
Colorado’s only permanent mystery dinner theater performs in a scary old house. Shows include “Mystery of the Golden Mustache” and “Mystery of the Wizard’s Wand.” 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. www.adamsmysteryplayhouse.com.
Arts in the Open
Weekends, June-July: Arts in the Open presents “The Oddest Sea: Greek Gods and Giggles.” It’s part theater performance, part hike, and it’s suitable for all ages. Get tickets early, as these events often sell out. At Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road. www.artsintheopen.org.
The Arvada Center’s new theater season begins Sept. 12 with “A Chorus Line”; check www.arvadacenter.org for details and the full schedule. The center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.
BDT Stage has been entertaining theatergoers since 1977 with Broadway-quality shows, live accompaniment and dinner before the show. BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre) is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. www.theatreinboulder.com.
Through Aug. 19: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Opens Aug. 25: Rock of Ages
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: Comedy shows featuring nationally known headliners happen weekly at 7pm and 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
Save the Date: BETC’s new season opens Sept. 14 with the regional premiere of “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson; it’s an “irreverent, girl-powered comedy” set in Paris during the Reign of Terror. www.betc.org for times and ticket info.
Boulder Fringe Festival
Aug. 16-27: 13th-annual festival showcases more than 20 local and national artists in venues around town, often in non-traditional spaces. This year’s performers include Boulder Burlesque, Bossy Flyer, and The Great Perhaps Performance Collective. Find the schedule and more details at www.boulderfringe.com.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
June 15-Aug. 27: “The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella” is the ultimate romantic tale of two people in love, enhanced with a gorgeous score by the Sherman Brothers, the composers behind “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book.” Candlelight is at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, off I-25 just north of Longmont. www.coloradocandlelight.com. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
Opens Sept. 7: The Music Man
Central City Opera 2017 Summer Festival
July 8-Aug. 6: See listing in the Music section.
Coal Creek Theater
Aug. 25: Coal Creek Theater’s annual Front Range Playwrights’ Showcase stages a collection of specially selected one-act plays; the winner could see their play as a fully produced premiere event during the 2018 season. At Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org.
June 14-16: An Evening of Colorado-Grown One Acts (two plays by 2016 festival winners)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 11-Aug. 13: 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 2017 season features five plays, four by Shakespeare and the other the “absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Shakespeare in Love.” Performances are either outdoors in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors at the 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 11-Aug. 13: The Taming of the Shrew
June 23-Aug. 13: Hamlet
July 7-Aug. 12: Julius Caesar
July 21-Aug. 13: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Aug. 6 & 8: Henry VI: Part 3 (“original practice” performances with a truncated rehearsal process and natural lighting)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
June 5, 12 & 19: 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 5: Hamlet
June 12: Julius Caesar
June 19: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Curious Theatre Company
Curious is at 1080 Acoma St. in Denver; see www.curioustheatre.org for times and details about the shows listed, and others.
Through June 17: The Luckiest People
Opens Sept. 2: Appropriate
Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
Downtown Denver’s sprawling DCPA hosts more than two dozen productions every year—like touring Broadway musicals, adaptations, premieres and special events. A few highlights of the fall lineup 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.
Through June 18: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
July 19-Aug. 6: Dixie’s Tupperware Party
Aug. 9-27: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus LIVE
Opens Aug. 17: Disney’s Frozen
Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts
Jesters is Longmont‘s long-running dinner theater (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 2: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Opens July 7: Anything Goes
Local Theater Company
See www.localtheatercompany.org for updated information about the company’s fall production, “The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Mathias,” a world premiere by Michael Yates Crowley.
Longmont Theatre Company
LTC’s new season begins in the fall, but in the meantime, catch a performance (or two) that are a culmination of the summer workshops and camps for youth, or a Taste of Shakespeare event at an area park. LTC is at 513 Main St., Longmont. www.longmonttheatre.org.
June 22-24: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.
July 27-29: Into the Woods Jr.
July 15-Aug. 6: Taste of Shakespeare: As You Like It (various times and venues
Miners Alley Playhouse
July 14-Aug. 20: “Broadway Bound” is part three of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy; it’s the story of brothers Eugene and Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as comedy writers. At the Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
June 3-July 1: “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas is a vibrant new adaptation of the well-loved classic. This family-friendly performance is on stage under the stars at the Park at Columbine Health Systems, 907 Worthington Circle in Fort Collins. Food is also offered from a variety of food trucks. www.openstagetheatre.org.
Peanut Butter Players
July 20-23: “Narnia: The Musical” is a musical adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and it stars kids aged 5-18. 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette. Find more details and the full schedule 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.
June 3: A Phamaly Affair, annual fundraiser
July 15-Aug. 6: Annie
Playback Theatre West
After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. The result is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny. Check for upcoming performance dates at www.playbacktheatrewest.com.
Public Works Theatre Co.
This Lafayette-based theater troupe offers summer workshop sessions like Clown Camp, Junk Puppets and Shadow Puppetry. Learn more at www.publicworkstheatre.com.
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
Summer camps for kids culminate in performances that are open to the public; see www.theaterforkids.net for details. Shows are at 5311 Western Ave., Suite 135.
June 23-25: Into the Woods
July 8: Hairspray Jr.
July 28-30: Lion King
Aug. 12: Aladdin
Tara Performing Arts High School All-School Musical
June 15-18: Tara’s annual musical is “In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a story set over the course of three days that takes place in the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. 1:30pm and 7:30pm each day at Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave. www.tarahighschool.org.
The Singing House
Through June 10: This new performance venue in Lafayette hosts the world premiere of “_________, An Opera,” by Ethelyn Friend. It’s an experimental work that includes memorized lines but fully improvised music for each performance. 7:30pm Thurs-Sat at 507 W. Baseline Road in Lafayette. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2936734.
Theater Company of Lafayette
TCL stages its productions at the historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette; see www.cctlouisville.org for an updated schedule.
‘Til Death Do Us Party Productions
This group’s unique brand of mystery dinner theater is performed at the historic Bluebird Lodge at the Gold Hill Inn, with four-course meals prepared by the chef. Check www.rockymountainmurdermysteries.com or www.goldhillinn.com for upcoming events.
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Upstart Crow’s new season begins Oct. 12 with Shakespeare’s “Richard III”; find details and ticket information for the 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.
June 9-July 23: It’s Only a Play
June 23-Aug. 6: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash