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.
Through Dec. 23: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” based on the film, is a classic for the holidays. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. 720-898-7200; www.arvadacenter.org.
- Jan. 26-Feb. 21: Mrs. Mannerly
- March 22-April 17: The Mountaintop
- April 26-May 15: Death Takes a Holiday
Balls! A Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 7 & 14: “Balls! A Holiday Spectacular” is an irreverent variety show with musicians, comedians, actors, puppetry and juggling. Proceeds benefit The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women and children experiencing poverty or homelessness. See www.ballsaholidayspectacular.com for tickets and Denver venue information.
Band of Toughs
The BoTs believe that theater should be “passionate, kinetic, fun, inspiring and engaging.” Check www.bandoftoughs.com for upcoming Boulder/Denver performances.
Through Feb. 27: “The Addams Family” brings the weird and wonderful family to life in this musical comedy. BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre) is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. A few of the season’s productions are listed here, but check www.theatreinboulder.com for more.
- March 4-May 14: Peter and the Starcatcher
- Opens May 21: Footloose
Boulder Comedy Show
Sundays: Comedy shows featuring nationally known headliners happen weekly at 7pm at Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St. Check the lineup at www.bohemianbiergarten.com or on the Bohemian Biergarten Facebook page.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Jan. 22-Feb. 7: “Vera Rubin: Bringing the Dark to Light,” by William C. Kovacsik, is a world premiere being presented in collaboration with Fiske Planetarium. Some performances include a talkback session. Find out more about this production and others on the schedule at www.betc.org.
- Through Dec. 27: SantaLand Diaries, by David Sedaris
- Feb. 25-March 20: Ideation, by Aaron Loeb
- April 21-30: Cyrano, by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner
Longmont-based comedy troupe offers stand-up, improv and sketch comedy at venues around Boulder County; check the schedule at www.bubcomedy.com.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
You’ll find this dinner theater right off I-25, just a bit north of Longmont. The playhouse stages well-known productions, and show-only tickets are also available. 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
- Jan. 14-March 6: Hello, Dolly!
- March 17-May 8: South Pacific
- Opens May 19: Into the Woods
April 1-15: The dates are set for The Catamounts’ spring production, but the title of the piece was not available at press time. Check www.thecatamounts.org or visit the group’s Facebook page for updates.
CenterStage Theatre Company
Dedicated to extending quality theater to Boulder County audiences, CenterStage focuses on kids, teens and emerging artists. Find the full schedule and details at www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
- Dec. 11-13: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Coal Creek Theater
Coal Creek Theater stages its productions at Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave; check www.cctlouisville.org for details and ticket info for the events listed below.
- Feb. 26-March 12: Escanaba in da Moonlight, by Jeff Daniels
- May 6-21: Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel
Colorado Shakespeare Festival 2016
Tickets are already on sale for the 2016 festival, which runs June 3-Aug. 7 and includes “The Comedy of Errors,” “Troilus and Cressida,” “Cymbeline” and “Henry VI Part 2” by Shakespeare, plus the regional premiere of Bill Cain’s “Equivocation,” the story of Shag, a reluctant playwright and sleuth—aka William Shakespeare. Find the full schedule and ticket information at www.coloradoshakes.org.
CU Department of Theatre & Dance
Jan. 27-31: “The Winter’s Tale,” by William Shakespeare, is about sleeping through life’s most important moments, then waking up to realize the loss. At CU’s Loft Theatre; check www.colorado.edu.theatredance for ticket info and the rest of the schedule.
- March 4-13: Return to the Forbidden Planet: The Musical
- March 30-April 3: Rabbit Hole
Curious Theatre Company
Curious Theatre’s spring production schedule includes three regional premieres, including Laura Eason’s “Sex with Strangers,” running Jan. 14-Feb. 20. Curious is at 1080 Acoma St. in Denver; see www.curioustheatre.org for the full schedule.
Dairy Center for the Arts
The Dairy’s two theater spaces are home to several local independent and resident theater groups, including 3rd Law Dance/Theater, One Big Yes Productions, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Upstart Crow Theatre Company, CenterStage Theatre Company, Helander Dance Theater, Imagination Makers Theater Company, The Parlando School for the Arts, and Stories on Stage. For information about specific shows, call theater groups, visit www.thedairy.org or see individual listings in this magazine.
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 winter/spring 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 all King Soopers.
- Dec. 16-27: A Christmas Story, The Musical
- Jan. 29-Feb. 28: All the Way
- Feb. 16-28: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
- March 23-April 9: Newsies
- April 8-May 15: DeVotchKa’s Sweeney Todd
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.
- Jan. 2-17: The Wizard of Oz
- Feb. 12-May 8: Little Women
Lakewood Cultural Center
See the center’s full schedule of theater events at www.lakewood.org/culturalcenter. 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845.
Local Theater Company
March 11-13: Local Theater’s new play festival is at eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. Check www.localtheatercompany.org for more details as they become available. “Faith,” by James McLindon, is on stage at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., through Dec. 6.
Longmont Theatre Company
Feb. 19-March 5: It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier—a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses engaged to him without knowing about the others. Catastrophe looms in Marc Camoletti’s “Boeing Boeing.” Evening and matinee performances are at the Longmont Theatre, 513 Main St., Longmont. www.longmonttheatre.org.
- Jan 15-24: Yankee Tavern
- April 1-10: Sylvia
- May 6-21: Cabaret
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
Jan. 29-March 6: “4000 Miles,” by Amy Herzog, is a dramatic comedy that was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It’s on stage at the Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
- March 25-May 1: You Can’t Take It With You
- Opens May 20: Biloxi Blues
April 22: “¿Sabes Quién Soy?”, the Spanish version of “Do You Know Who I Am?”, explores the obstacles faced by undocumented youth. 6pm at the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Road in Longmont. Find out more about this production and the one listed below at www.motustheater.org.
- Dec. 12-13: SALSA, with autobiographical monologues in Spanish and English, 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.
One Action 2016: Arts & Immigration Project
Jan. 23: Join more than 30 Boulder County arts and cultural organizations for the big launch of a yearlong, arts-based project focused on immigration. The family-friendly event includes preview performances and a peek at the Longmont Museum’s new exhibit on immigration. 2-5pm in the museum’s Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. www.one-action.org.
Jan. 9-Feb. 6: “Outside Mullingar,” by John Patrick Shanley, is a Tony-nominated play by the author of “Moonstruck” and “Doubt.” At the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins. Find the full schedule at www.openstagetheatre.org.
- April 2-30: Orphans
- May 13-28: A Bright New Boise
Peanut Butter Players
Dec. 12-21: “Elf, the Musical” is based on the popular holiday movie “Elf.” It’s on stage at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. Check www.peanutbutterplayers.com for the rest of the productions on the season schedule.
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.
- Feb. 4-28: Fuddy Meers
- April 1-17: Taking Leave
Playback Theatre West
Jan. 19, Feb. 13, March 19, April 23, May 21: 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. See www.playbacktheatrewest.com for details, including updates on where the Jan. 19 performance will be held, since The Dairy will be closed for remodeling.
Rocky Mountain Revels: “Pioneer Christmas”
Dec. 13 & 20: The Revels’ Christmas production this year is a completely original work about the Colorado pioneers and the winter solstice. 2pm and 7pm both dates at Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. www.rockymountainrevels.org.
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.
Square Product Theatre
April 21-May 7: “Beam Me Up, Scotty” is a collaboration with performance troupe Joanna & the Agitators. Check updated details, times and venues at www.squareproducttheatre.org.
Stories on Stage
March 11: Stories on Stage is a nonprofit performing-arts organization that showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. “Fractured Fairy Tales” features “irreverent” retellings of classic stories. 7:30pm at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. There’s also a Denver performance on March 13. www.storiesonstage.org.
- Dec. 12-13: “Making Merry” (Dec. 12 in Boulder; Dec. 13 in Denver)
Tara Performing Arts High School
The students of Tara Performing Arts High School stage several productions each school year at the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave. Also on the schedule are regular “Get to Know Tara” sampler events; check the events schedule at www.tarahighschool.org. (For info about the school’s annual Christmas Candlelight Festival, see listing under Music Events.)
- Feb. 5-7: The 11th Grade Play, a piece by Shakespeare, plus an open house
- March 11-13: The 9th Grade Play, Italian Commedia Dell’Arte, plus an open house
- June 16-19: The All-School Musical (tickets on sale four weeks prior)
Theater Company of Lafayette
TCL stages its productions at the historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette. Visit www.tclstage.org to see if they’ve announced their 2016 season.
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Due to renovations at the Dairy Center for the Arts, the Upstart Crow’s winter/spring productions will be staged at the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave. Find details and ticket info at www.theupstartcrow.org.
- Feb. 12-17: Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare
- April 22-May 7: Our Town, by Thornton Wilder
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 Dec. 27: Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol
- Nov. 27-Jan. 17: Funny Girl