– The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to announce its upcoming theater season, including an American premiere, two regional premieres, two musicals and one classic.Selected productions for the 2005/2006 season reflect the
’s 28-year commitment to producing diverse and engaging works at an affordable price for all patrons.
The Center will also implement a new pricing structure that reduces the price of its most popular subscription package and includes a low-cost preview theater option in an effort to reach new audiences.Details on subscription packages follow the 2005/2006 season schedule below.
The 2005/2006 Season
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jane Page
September 6 –
October 2, 2005
· Previews September 3 & 4
“THE MOST FULFILLING EVENT OF THE SEASON!
A wonderful new play by Lynn Nottage – haunting and hilarious.” –
This new play makes its regional premiere at the
this autumn. Set in 1905 in
, 35-year old Esther Mills makes her living by sewing exquisite lingerie for socialites and women of ill-repute alike. Opportunities are scarce for a single, “colored” woman but her skills and discretion are much in demand and Esther manages to put aside money in the hopes of someday opening her own beauty parlor. Esther has another dream: to fall in love and get married. But does finding happiness take more than one woman’s determination?
Written by Luke Yankee and James Bontempo
Directed by Terry Dodd
October 18 –
November 13, 2005
· Previews October 15 & 16
SURPRISING, INSIGHTFUL AND CHARMING!
rest home, a cantankerous resident struggles to make peace with her estranged son and protect her devoted best friend from a shameful secret that she’s kept hidden for decades. Turns out she’s not the only one hiding something. Surprising, humorous and full of intriguing characters, this bittersweet story charms from beginning to end.
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton,
and David Henry Hwang
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
November 29 –
December 23, 2005
· Previews November 26 & 27
A TIMELESS STORY WITH A ROCKING SCORE!
From the creators of The Lion King comes another blockbuster Broadway production. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida updates a classic story of forbidden love with its rousing pop-rock score. Captain Radames, an Egyptian soldier, falls in love with the enslaved Nubian princess, Aida. With their two nations at war, they must choose between serving their public obligations and following their hearts. Featuring a multi-cultural cast, exuberant dancing and singing, this contemporary musical is the perfect holiday choice for family entertainment.
Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz
Directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden
January 31 –
February 26, 2006
· Previews January 28 & 29
A CLASSIC TALE OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL
Set in fashionable
of the 1850s, Catherine Sloper is the plain daughter of a successful
doctor. When a handsome but penniless suitor begins to court her, she falls desperately in love with him.Bitter over his own wife’s death, Dr. Sloper forbids the marriage. He cruelly insists that Catherine is not worthy of love and threatens to disinherit her on the pretense that this young man is little more than a fortune hunter. Will Catherine choose love? Will love choose her? All is in doubt until the emotionally shattering conclusion.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed by Jamibeth Margolis
April 18 –
May 14, 2006
· Previews April 15 & 16
5-TIME TONY AWARD®-WINNING SENSATION!
Pippin, the son of the 8th Century tyrant King Charlemagne, is on a quest to find ultimate fulfillment and purpose in his life. Though he experiences the glories of war, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power, Pippin’s thirst is still not quenched. Will he be saved from utter despair? Only the “Grand finale” will tell.Bursting with one showstopping number after another, this landmark production features the music of 3-time Oscar®-winning and 5-time Grammy®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked
, Children of Eden
, Disney’s Pocahontas
and The Prince of Egypt
Three Steps to Heaven
Written by David Cosgrove
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
June 27 –
July 23, 2006
· Previews June 24 & 25
Take a trip back in time to
February 3, 1959
when Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens have just finished a concert and prepare to board a small plane on a snowy, Iowa night. In this inspired rock ‘n’ roll musical, the boys find themselves at the Celestial Soda Fountain along with their pilot, Roger, and the mysterious barmaid Stella.It soon becomes clear that they each have some unfinished business to tend to before they can move on.Along the way, the characters raise the roof to cosmic heights with all of their greatest hits.Funny, moving and clever – Three Steps to Heaven will bring the audience to its feet, cheering for more!
(Final rights pending on this title.)
Season subscriptions for 2005/2006 are now on sale. The
has lowered the price of its popular 6-play subscription, saving customers $72 over regularly priced single tickets. 6-play subscribers will pay only $20 - $30 per ticket (regularly priced at $36 - $42) for a total cost of $120 - $180 per subscription. Prices vary according to day of the week and selected seat locations. Smaller subscription packages are also available and provide substantial discounts over single ticket prices.
This season, the
will introduce a specially-priced 6-Show Preview Package. For a mere $17 per production ($102 total), patrons can sample the
’s theater offerings in a fully-staged preview performance. These select evening performances offer patrons the first chance to see a new production, even before the critics review it. Unlike regular subscriptions, same seat locations are not guaranteed for all 6 productions.
For additional information or to purchase a subscription package, visit arvadacenter.org/season or call (720) 898-7200.
for the Arts and Humanities is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). It is the metro area’s seventh largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts.Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on
is a short 20-minute drive from downtown
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