Theater Companies, Production and Shows
(See each organization’s website for additional productions not listed below.)
Arts in the Open
Weekends, Sept.-Oct.: Arts in the Open presents “The Invaders from Planet 9.” 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.
Sept. 7-30: The Arvada Center’s new theater season begins with “Mamma Mia!”; check www.arvadacenter.org for details and the full schedule. The center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.
Oct. 5-Nov. 11: Educating Rita
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.
Sept. 15-Nov. 3: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Opens Nov. 10: A Christmas Story: The Musical
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
Sept. 13-Oct. 7: BETC’s 13th season opens with “Pride and Prejudice” by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen. Performances are at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; check www.betc.org for times and ticket info.
Oct. 25-Nov. 18: The Wolves
Opens Dec. 6: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Candlelight is at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, off I-25 just north of Longmont. www.coloradocandlelight.com.
Sept. 6-Nov. 11: Disney’s Mary Poppins
Opens Nov. 23: Scrooge! The Musical
Sept. 21-Oct. 13: “Men on Boats” by Jaclyn Backhaus is a rollicking, gender-bending retelling of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition to chart the course of the Colorado River. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Tickets and season subscription information: www.thecatamounts.org
Centerstage Theatre Company
CenterStage performs at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; information about fall productions was not available at press time, so check www.centerstagetheatrecompany.org.
Coal Creek Theater
Oct. 26-Nov. 12: “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe DiPietro is about Nick, a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey who wants to leave home to take his dream job… but his grandparents are hatching schemes to stop him. CCT’s productions are staged at Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. www.cctlouisville.org
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 Sept. 30: Vietgone
Sept. 21-Oct. 21: The Constant Wife
Oct. 23-28: Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns
Opens Nov. 3: Xanadu
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 Sept. 30: The Producers
Oct. 5-Nov. 25: Annie Get Your Gun
Local Theater Company
Local Theater Company is a nonprofit organization that discovers, develops and produces new American plays. Most performances are at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.localtheatercompany.org.
Longmont Theatre Company
Sept. 14-23: “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is a frolicking French farce about a romantic weekend gone wrong. LTC is at 513 Main St., Longmont; the rest of the fall schedule is below. www.longmonttheatre.org.
Oct. 19-27: The Toxic Avenger
Nov. 23-Dec. 8: A Christmas Carol
Miners Alley Playhouse
Miners Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden; www.minersalley.com.
Sept. 7-Oct. 14: Lungs
Nov. 24-Dec. 23: A Christmas Carol
Peanut Butter Players
Saturdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27: Peanut Butter Players offers a Saturday luncheon performance for kids, by kids. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a rollicking musical adaptation of the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Includes lunch. 1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette. Find more details and a performance/class schedule at www.peanutbutterplayers.com.
Nov. 3-4: Auditions for “Miracle on 34th Street”
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.
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 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
After-school 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.
Square Product Theatre
Check www.squareproductheatre.org for the fall performance schedule.
Stories on Stage
Oct. 13 & Dec. 15: See listing under Local Events/Literary Events.
Theater Company of Lafayette
Oct. 5-14: “The Laramie Project” is a deeply moving theatrical experience based on the hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard, who was killed 20 years ago (in October, 1998) simply because he was gay. TCL stages its productions at the historic Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette; see www.tclstage.org for an updated schedule.
‘Til Death Do Us Party Productions
Sept, 1, 14, 21 & 22; Oct. 12, 12, 20 & 26: “Murder 1876: Dead in the Water” takes participants on “a terrifying voyage soaked with treachery, trickery and danger at every port.” The 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 more details.
University of Colorado Department of Theatre & DanceProductions listed below are at a variety of venues on the CU campus; check www.colorado.edu/theatredance for details, and for opera productions, see the Eklund Opera Program listing under Music Events.
Sept. 27-Oct. 7: Great Expectations
Oct. 12-21: Next to Normal
Oct. 25-28: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
Nov. 2-11: Hecuba
Dec. 6-9: The House of Ramon Iglesia
The Upstart Crow Theatre Company
Upstart Crow’s 39th season celebrates strong women throughout history. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Find details and ticket information at www.theupstartcrow.org.
Dec. 13-23: Learned Ladies