Theater Companies, Production and Shows
(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Arts in the Open
Arts in the Open is 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.
June 2-July 1: The Commedia of Robin Hood
July 7-Aug. 5: Irish Tales Along the Trails
Opens Sept. 15: Invaders from Planet 9
The Arvada Center’s new theater season opens with “Mamma Mia!,” Sept. 7-30. Find the entire season schedule at www.arvadacenter.org rest of the 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.bdtstage.com.
June 1-Sept. 8: Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Opens Sept. 15: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
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
BETC’s 2018-2019 season opens Sept. 13 with “Pride and Prejudice” by Kate Hamill, a new adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen. Find details about this show and the rest of the season at www.betc.com. Most performances are at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.
Boulder International Fringe Festival
Aug. 15-26: Big annual festival showcases more than 20 local and national artists in venues around town, often in non-traditional spaces. This year’s performers include MasterMines, Harlot Productions and Sossy Mechanics. Find the schedule and more details at www.boulderfringe.com.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Candlelight is at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, off I-25 just north of Longmont. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
Through June 17: Man of La Mancha
Opens June 28: Newsies
The Boulder-based Catamounts offer summer camps for kids; check www.thecatamounts.org for camp details and news about the upcoming performance season.
Centerstage Theatre Company
CenterStage performs at Boulder and Louisville schools and offers summer camps for kids. Find more information at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Central City Opera 2017 Summer Festival
July 7-Aug. 5: See listing in the Music section.
Coal Creek Theater
Louisville-based CCT opens its new season on Oct. 26 with “Over the River and Through the Woods”; see www.cctlouisville.org for more info about it and others on the schedule.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 8-Aug. 12: The CSF 2018 season features five plays—three by Shakespeare. Performances are either outdoors in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors in University Theatre. CSF also hosts educational events and a summer camp for kids; see www.coloradoshakes.org for the full schedule, and see the “Classics” listing below.
June 8-Aug. 12: Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare
June 22-Aug. 11: Richard III, by William Shakespeare
July 6-Aug. 11: Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
July 20-Aug. 12: You Can’t Take It With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Aug. 5: Edward III, by William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Classics 101
June 4, 11, 18 & July 9: 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 at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.coloradoshakes.org.
June 4: Love’s Labour’s Lost
June 11: Richard III
June 18: Cyrano de Bergerac
July 9: You Can’t Take It With You
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 such as the Colorado New Play Summit in February. A few highlights of the lineup are listed below; check www.denvercenter.org for more. The center is at Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street in Denver.
Through June 10: School of Rock
June 13-July 7: The Book of Mormon
July 12-Aug. 5: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
July 25-Aug. 5: Les Misérables
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 8: Annie
Opens July 13: The Producers
Longmont Theatre Company
LTC’s new season starts in the fall, but in the meantime, they host an annual event called “Taste of Shakepeare,” presented at various indoor and outdoor venues across the county. This year’s production is “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s final play. Performances are between July 21 and Aug. 12; check the schedule at at www.longmonttheatre.org. LTC is at 513 Main St., Longmont.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Through June 24: The regional premiere of “District Merchants” by Aaron Posner is a retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” It’s on stage at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
July 13-Aug. 19: Lend Me a Tenor
Opens Sept. 7: Lungs
Peanut Butter Players
July 19-22: If “A Kidsummer Night’s Dream” sounds a lot like Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” it’s because it is—except it’s a new, kid-friendly, musical version. Peanut Butter Players offers luncheon theater for kids, summer camps, after-school workshops and other events at 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette. Find more details and a performance/class 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.
July 12-Aug. 5: Into the Woods
Playback Theatre West
1st Saturdays: After audience members share experiences from their lives, this improvisational troupe reenacts them on stage. The result is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny. 7pm at Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont. www.playbacktheatrewest.com.
Public Works Theatre Co.
This Lafayette-based theater troupe offers educational workshop sessions like Clown Camp (June 11-15), Junk Puppets and Shadow Puppetry, and occasional performances at local venues. Learn more at www.publicworkstheatre.com.
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
Boulder summer camps for kids (two different age groups) culminate in performances that are open to the public; see www.theaterforkids.net for details. RMTK is at 5311 Western Ave., Suite 135.
Tara Performing Arts High School All-School Musical
June, TBD: Tara’s annual all-school musical is a dramatic celebration that rounds out the school year. Details weren’t set at press time, so check www.tarahighschool.org for updates.
Theater Company of Lafayette
July, TBD: “A Midsummer Night’s Scream” is a new play inspired by the famous Edvard Munch painting. TCL stages its productions at the historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette; see www.tclstage.org for specific dates and ticket info.
University of Colorado Department of Theatre & Dance
Check www.colorado.edu/theatredance later in the summer for updates about the fall schedule for the theatre and dance departments.
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Boulder-based Upstart Crow stages four major productions each season at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Find details about the new season (opening in October) and ticket information at www.theupstartcrow.org.