Theater Companies, Production and Shows
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(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Boulder Arts Week
March 31-April 8
This large-scale, all-inclusive celebration of arts and culture includes art walks, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and a wide variety of dance, theater and musical performances. Find the full schedule of events at www.boulderartsweek.org.
Adams Mystery Playhouse
This scary mansion is Colorado’s only permanent mystery dinner theater. Mysteries include “Mystery of the Stolen Mustache” and “Bootlegger’s Revenge.” 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. www.adamsmysteryplayhouse.com.
The Arvada Center’s theater season continues with a world premiere, a regional premiere and the classic musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada;visit www.arvadacenter.org for times and ticket info.
Through Dec. 23: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
March 24-April 16: Jesus Christ Superstar
April 21-May 20: Waiting for Godot
Aurora Fox Arts Center
March 24-April 6: Chinglish (a regional premiere) is a hilarious comedy about the challenges of doing business in a country where the language and underlying cultural assumptions can be worlds apart from those in the west. The center is at 9900 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora. See www.aurorafoxartscenter.org for more shows and details.
Jan. 20-Feb. 19: Myth
April 21-May 28: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Through Dec. 24: For the eighth year, Avenue Theater presents “Santa’s Big Red Sack,” an annual tradition for those seeking a very non-traditional holiday show. At the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. See the entire season schedule at www.avenuetheater.com.
March 3-May 6: “Disenchanted!” is a hit musical about Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses that gives “regular” fairy tales the bird. BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre) is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. www.theatreinboulder.com for more.
Through Feb. 25: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Opens May 13: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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
Dec. 8-24: Why settle for one holiday play when you can have them all? Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some) features traditions from around the world, ancient and modern holiday references, pop culture, caroling and more. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.;check www.betc.org for times and ticket info.
Feb. 2-26: An Iliad
April 6-30: Silent Sky
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
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Jan. 12-March 12: Forever Plaid is a funny, nostalgic romp that features some of the best pop songs from the ‘50s, including “Catch a Falling Star” and “Rags to Riches.” Candlelight is at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, off I-25 just north of Longmont. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
Through Dec. 31: A Wonderful Life
March 23-June 4: 42nd Street
Feb. 24-March 18: The Catamounts turn the Dairy’s Carsen Theater into a Scandiavian mead hall with the regional premiere of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy. Dairy Arts Center is at 2590 Walnut St.. Check www.thecatamounts.org for ticket info.
Jan. 27-29: FEED: Darkness, featuring a four-course meal and cocktails
CenterStage Theatre Company
April, TBA: School of Rock is a new musical based on the popular film starring Jack Black. CenterStage Theatre Company strives to give Boulder County youth a rich theater experience through classes, camps and performances. Find news about this performance and classes at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Coal Creek Theater
Coal Creek Theater’s 2017 begins in February; shows are performed in the charming, intimate Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org.
Feb. 24-March 11: And Then There Were None
May 5-20: Enchanted April
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Save the Date: Tickets are already available for CSF’s big 60th season, which opens June 11 and includes the plays audiences saw in the festival’s very first season in 1958: The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and Julius Caesar. Find the schedule and ticket information at www.coloradoshakes.org.
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.
Jan. 14-Feb. 17: The Happiest Song Plays Last
March 11-April 15: Constellations
Denver Center Attractions & Denver Center Theatre Company
The DCPA, a sprawling complex in downtown Denver, hosts more than two dozen productions every year, including 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 Dec. 24: A Christmas Carol
Through March 12: An Act of God
Jan. 10-22: Fun Home
Jan. 27-Feb. 26: The Christians
March 31-May 7: Disgraced
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. Follow the group’s Facebook page for updates.
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.
Jan. 7-29: Godspell
Jan 5-29: Seussical (youth performance)
Feb. 5-April 2: The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Opens April 7: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Local Theater Company
See www.localtheatercompany.org for details about this Boulder-based troupe’s performances.
Longmont Theatre Company
Jan. 13-22: Leading Ladies is a comedy about two English Shakespearean actors who try to pass themselves off as a rich, elderly woman’s nephews—only to find out that the woman only has nieces. LTC is at 513 Main St., Longmont. www.longmonttheatre.org.
Dec. 9-18: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Feb. 9-19: King Lear
March 17-26: Other Desert Cities
May 5-20: Spamalot
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 Dec. 23: This adaptation of A Christmas Carol is a hilarious, fast-paced one that uses only five characters to bring Dickens’ characters to life. It’s on stage at the Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
Jan. 5-Feb. 4: In Bright Ideas, preschool mania has taken the place by storm, and one couple will stop at nothing to get their child into the best school. At the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. Find times, venue info and the rest of the season’s schedule at www.openstagetheatre.org.
Peanut Butter Players
Dec. 10-23: Nuncrackers, an all-ages, larger-cast version of Nunsense, features holiday comedy, songs of the season and fun for all ages. 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.
Dec. 1-18: Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Feb. 23-March 12: Pygmalion
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. www.playbacktheatrewest.com.
Dec. 10: At Dairy Arts Center in Boulder
Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 & May 6: At Still Cellars in Longmont
Public Works Theatre Co.
This Lafayette-based theater troupe “creates new exuberant theater for families to engage our wonder, delight and curiosity.” Check www.publicworkstheatre.com for details.
Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
March 3-5 & 9-12: The Drowsy Chaperone is an award-winning musical farce featuring hilarious characters and showstopping song and dance numbers. 5311 Western Ave., Suite 135. More info: www.theaterforkids.net.
Dec. 4, 9-11: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Square Product Theatre
Feb. 23-25: The Box Marked Black, written and performed by Demaris Webb, explores what it means to be black—is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Or is it learned? At the Boulder Creative Collective, 2500 47th St.; there are also performances in Denver March 2-4. Find full details 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. The performances listed below are at Chautauqua Community House; see www.storiesonstage.org for Denver performances on Dec. 11 and March 12.
Dec. 10: Making Merry, 2pm
March 11: Kevin and the Storytellers, 7:30pm
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.
University of Colorado Department of Theatre & Dance
Feb. 8-12: References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot is a free production presented by the Acting Studio; tickets available beginning one month prior. The other spring-semester events are listed below; check www.colorado.edu/theatredance for ticket info.
Feb. 15-19: Unspoken
March 3-19: The Rocky Horror Show, The Musical
April 5-9: Fefu and Her Friends
April 14-23: Peter and the Starcatcher
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
April 27-May 7: Dark of the Moon is a 1945 classic about an Appalachian witch boy who seeks to be human after falling in love with a human girl. At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave.; find details and ticket info for the entire 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 Jan. 8: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Feb. 3-March 19: Billy Elliot, the Musical
April 7-May 21: A Time to Kill, based on the John Grisham novel.