ARVADA, Colo. - The Arvada Center offers a variety of experiences in performing arts, visual arts and education throughout the year. The following listings highlight events for May:
Book by Blake Edwards
Music by Henry Mancini/Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse/Additional Music by Frank Wildhorn
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
This glittering and glamorous musical set in Paris in the 1930s is a comedy about a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. In the 1982 movie of the same name staring Julie Andrews, Victoria becomes a celebrity by singing in Parisian nightclubs disguised as a female impersonator. “Victor/Victoria” is a lively comedy involving all of the aspects of dry wit, slapstick, despair, romantic warmth, and penetrating intelligence. The twist comes when a Chicago gangster makes Victor the object of his obsession and sets out to prove that Victor is a woman. This amusing comedy features a mix of flashy costumes, beautiful ballads and big production numbers, ranging from soft-shoe to hot jazz and tango with songs from the Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini with signature tunes such as “Le Jazz Hot!,” “Paris by Night” and “Crazy World.”
April 8 - May 4
Audio-Described Performance: Saturday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.): center and side, $36; value, $30
Tuesday through Thursday (7:30 p.m.): center and side, $30; value, $24
Saturday and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (1:00 p.m.): center and side, $30; value, $24
CHILDREN’S THEATER AND FAMILY EVENTS
Based on the book by E.B. White/Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Music by Ronna Frank/Lyrics by Joseph Robinette and Ronna Frank
Directed by Christopher Willard
The giant adventures of a pint-sized, mild-mannered mouse born into a human family come to life on stage in this lively musical version of E.B. White’s well-loved literary classic. Though only two inches tall, Stuart proves he is a determined underdog ready to face whatever challenges await in a big people’s world. When he sets out to reunite with his best friend, Margalo the bird, Stuart learns about leaving home, growing up and discovering one’s purpose in life. “Stuart Little” is ideal for ages four and older. Tickets are going fast and many performances are already sold out. Call the box office for information on availability.
Feb. 11 - May 9
(For a complete schedule of show dates and times, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or go online to www.arvadacenter.org)
The Treemendous Journey
Performed by Mortal Coil
This play is an imaginative story about a young girl, Alicia, who travels from the city in to a rainforest where she gets a frog’s eye view of the forest ecology around her. In this surreal world where frogs sing and storms and adventures brew, Alicia discovers that life within the forest is anything but quiet. Blending humor, theatrics, large imaginative costumes, stilt dance and percussion, Mortal Coil captures the audience’s imaginations and brings an enchanting and ecological tale to the stage.
Saturday, May 10
1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
GALLERY EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
Jefferson County High School Students Exhibition
This show features over 500 works by nearly as many young artists. High school students compete for awards and prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. Thirteen different media are represented including ceramics, crafts and fibers, drawing, handmade books, jewelry, mixed media, non-functional jewelry, painting, traditional photography, print-making and sculpture. Teachers from the 18 Jefferson County high schools submit student artwork for the exhibition, which is judged by retired Jefferson County art teachers.
April 18 - May 18
Jefferson County High School Art Teacher Exhibition
The upper gallery will feature works by the high school art teachers from Jefferson County. This exhibit will celebrate the inspiring instruction and creativity the students featured in the lower gallery received from their art teachers. The work presented in the exhibition will reflect how the teachers have influenced the ideas, techniques and mediums the students work within.
April 10 - May 25
Arvada History Museum
The Arvada Center History Museum’s permanent collection shows Arvada’s history in its regional context. It tells the story of the people who created the community of Arvada: Native Americans, farmers, hard-working men and women, inquisitive children and business owners. The museum shows the diversity of Arvadans who represent all walks of life from all parts of the world. Permanent featured items include historic clothing, household items, musical instruments and toys. The museum also features the Haines’ Log Cabin, a part of the Haines’ homestead and one of the first homes built in Arvada. This home was built in 1864 and was moved to the Arvada Center by the Arvada Historical Society in 1977. Younger visitors will also enjoy a trunk filled with period clothing that can be tried on. Free tours can be scheduled by calling 720-898-7255.
Arvada Center Classes and Workshops
A variety of classes and workshops for both children and adults are available year-round at the Arvada Center. Participants learn about the performing arts, visual arts and humanities. Sessions run from one day to 10 weeks. Some courses are available for college credit through Red Rocks Community College. To receive a catalog of classes currently available call 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
Cost: Prices range from $20 to $300
Arvada Center Playground
A 343-foot-long “sea-saurus” named Squiggles is the featured element of the Arvada Center’s playground. Squiggles – who was named Best Sea Monster in Westword – is a multi-colored, multi-textured concrete sculpture. Kids can explore Squiggles by climbing around, over and under him. The playground also includes a large sand box with three additional concrete sculptures and trashcans that talk back when garbage is placed in them. Squiggles is wheelchair accessible and features various textures that offer a tactile experience for blind children. The playground is open every day.
Tickets can be purchased and class registration can be taken by calling the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or by going online to www.arvadacenter.org
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Hours for the Box Office, Galleries and Museum and The Center Shop:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photos for most of these events are available upon request)