Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

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Mark Stahlman Movement and Dance Class

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Disabled

Description

In Fall 2015 after two years of planning and preparation, Town Hall Arts Center launched the Mark Stahlman Memorial Theater and Movement Class for special needs students. This class was named in memory of a local and severely disabled, quadriplegic, young man who worked for two summers with our teenagers in their productions. As a member of the cast, he brought many great experiences and learning opportunities to our able students. In addition, he loved every minute that he was in theater. We were all so inspired and impressed that, when he passed away, the theater committed to serving these populations with established programs. Three very special teachers who are theater professionals and have experience working with special needs populations taught the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 pilots. Nine students attended the inaugural program, and sixteen students attended the second class. These students represent a broad spectrum of both physical and mental disabilities. The pilots were amazing successes. All of the caregivers of these delightful students said that the experience gave their wards more confidence than they had ever imagined possible. Their artistic efforts for the final performance of each pilot classes amazed audiences. Town Hall Arts Center launched its final pilot in Summer 2016 with 15 students. It became a regular part of the educational programming in Fall 2016. Town Hall Arts Center now serves 50 students a year in this program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Mark Stahlman Movement and Dance Class continues to attract new students each semester and continues to grow.

Main Stage Musicals

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public/Unspecified

Description

Town Hall Arts Center produces six musicals each season (September through June) on its intimate main stage. Repertoire is typically drawn from traditional, familiar American musical titles that have been requested by our audience patrons through surveys conducted each year. Show selections are made by a committee of the Board of Directors that considers survey results, costs of production, technical capacity given our historic building's physical limitations, balance of styles and themes in any given season, and capacity to attract the necessary actors to do justice to the show.

In addition to the more familiar musical titles that comprise most of each season, the board also considers including an unfamiliar title or a show that may be considered more "edgy" or non-traditional. These shows are usually scheduled for shorter runs to minimize the risk of potentially attracting smaller audiences, but also provide an opportunity to attract patrons who may be new to Town Hall Arts Center and who are not interested in the more traditional musical comedy.

2021-2022 Season
The Fantasticks
Winter Wonderettes
Plaid Tidings
Little Shop of Horrors
Once Upon This Island
The Wedding Singer

2020-2021 Season
Almost Heaven - Presented in Rose Garden at Hudson Gardens
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
SHOUT! The Mod Musical

2019-2020 Season (38th Season)
Cabaret
Meet Me in St. Louis
Disenchanted!

2018-2019 (37th Season)
Green Day's American Idiot
A Christmas Carol the Musical
Casa Valentina
Dames At Sea
The World Goes 'Round
Sister Act

2017-2018 (36th Season)
In The Heights
Seussical the Musical
Peter and the Starcatcher
Something's Afoot
Sisters of Swing
Ain't Misbehavin'

2015-2016 season:
West Side Story
Shrek the Musical
Violet
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Legally Blonde

2015-2016 season:
Once Upon A Mattress
The Christmas Story
Avenue Q
Bonnie & Clyde
The Robber Bridegroom
Hairspray

2014-2015 season:
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Anything Goes
The Clean House
Next to Normal
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Young Frankenstein

2013-2014 season:
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Annie
Boeing Boeing
Swing!
Spring Awakening
The Music Man

2012-13 season:
Sweet Charity
The Sound of Music
Forever Plaid
9 ro 5: The Musical
The 39 Steps
Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical

2011-12 season:
Evita
Wizard of Oz
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Brigadoon
The Who's TOMMY
The Producers

2010-11 Season
The Love List
RENT
White Christmas
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Chicago
Damn Yankees

2009-10 season:
Grease
Oliver
Sylvia
Guys and Dolls
Altar Boyz
The Secret Garden

2008-09 Season:
The Full Monty
Beauty and the Beast
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Gypsy
Bat Boy, The Musical
Oklahoma!

2007-08 Season:
Nunsense, Amen
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Always, Patsy Cline
Fiddler on the Roof
Swingtime Canteen
Company

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our success will be measured by strong ticket sales, our ability to attract new patrons to the theatre, our growing individual donor membership in our Back Stage Donors, and increasing business sponsorships for our main stage productions. It will also be measured by our ability to continue to attract some of the best local talent such as actors, designers, directors and crew.

Town Hall Children's Programs

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Town Hall Arts Center's children's programming is designed to offer children, families and area schools access to the arts either at the theatre or off-site at a participating school. Last season, over 3,225 children participated in these programs.

Arts on the Move:
A variety of workshops and participation plays are offered to schools who may schedule them either at their site or as a Day at the Theatre field trip to Town Hall Arts Center. This way the teacher can match the theatrical activity with their curriculum needs and use follow-up activities to build upon the experience in the classroom. The popular backstage field trip is also offered to other youth groups such as scout troops, home schooled children and day care centers. The program provides a "hands-on" look at what goes on behind the scenes in a theatre with the chance to "put on a play" by program participants.

In 2017-18, Arts on the Move activities served 72 school classrooms with 4,560 students at their schools and another 42 classes with 3,535 children, their teachers and their families enjoyed these activities at Town Hall Arts Center. This year THAC served students from Arapahoe, Jefferson, Douglas, Denver and Boulder counties and the City of Colorado Springs. This year over 15% of those attending or participating in these activities did so with subsidies provided by generous donors. Of the children attending on subsidies, a significant number attend Title I (low income) schools. Town Hall Arts Center continues to be invited to many special events where we can bring the magic of live theater to many more children. In 2017-2018, we once again joined Bemis Library (presenting Alice in Wonderland to over 200 children), History Colorado (presenting Snow White to over 200 children), and Englewood Library (presenting Snow White to over 150 children).
These participation plays can go to a school or other location or be done as part of a field trip to Town Hall. When students come to the theater, the participation play is performed on the main stage with lighting effects. Field trips to Town Hall also include a post-show question and answer session and a full tour of the facilities where students will see sets, props, and lights currently in use for Town Hall's professional performances and tour one of the dressing rooms.
Current shows include:
• Alice in Wonderland (Grade Pre K-Grade 5)
• Jack in the Beanstalk (Grade K-Grade 5)
• Cinderella (Grade Pre K-Grade 5)
• Macbeth (Grade 4-Grade 9)
• Midsummer Night's Dream (Grade 2-Grade 7)
• Little Red Riding Hood (Grade K-Grade 5)
• Dr. Seuss' Sneeches (Grade Pre K-Grade 5)
• Rapunzel (Grade K-Grade 5)

All of THAC's participation plays directly address more Colorado Model Content Standards with a focus on enhancing curriculum activities. Included with each participation play is a teacher's workbook and lesson plan guide that gives teachers ideas to take the performance back into the classroom and use with current curriculum.

Actors' Playground programs are designed to give young people a place where they can study all aspects of theatre arts. Each Fall and Spring, the education department offers five semester long programs for children from the ages of four to 18. In the past year, students worked on productions such as Harry Potter, the Pirate's Prize, The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West, Snow White and the Seven Ninjas, and Family: The Tie that Binds. In addition, improvisation and audition classes were held to help student hone their skills in these areas. At the end of each of these programs, the children perform for their families, friends and the community.

Every Summer, THAC has offered three production camps. For the past three years, we have endeavored to considerably increase the production value of these productions so the students in these three camps get a good feel for what it's like to be part of a fully realized production from auditions to rehearsals to performances. In addition to a director, a musical director, a costumer and a props manager, a choreographer, a sound designer and a lighting designer were hired to help with the productions. The results have been outstanding! The older students (ages 13 to 18) have just finished their performances of "Once Upon A Mattress Jr.." They performed eight times for over 1,800 patrons including 22 school and day care groups. Our younger students (ages seven to 12) worked on "The Wild Wild Wildest West." Over 350 patrons attended their two performances. Our Shakespeare production camp this year is "Hamlet" (ages 13 to 18). This year 19 students worked hard to put on this complicated Shakespeare farce production. They had two performances the first weekend of August attended by over 250 patrons. We followed the production camps with four more week long camps. This year offered a stage combat class, Story Book Camp: Crafting and Acting, My First Musical, A Play A Day and a Movement and Dance class.

Actors Playground: Mark Stahlman Memorial Movement and Dance class
In Fall 2015 after two years of planning and preparation, Town Hall Arts Center launched the Mark Stahlman Memorial Theater and Movement Class for special needs students. This class was named in memory of a local and severely disabled, quadriplegic, young man who worked for two summers with our teenagers in their productions. As a member of the cast, he brought many great experiences and learning opportunities to our able students. In addition, he loved every minute that he was in theater. We were all so inspired and impressed that, when he passed away, the theater committed to serving these populations with established programs. Three very special teachers who are theater professionals and have experience working with special needs populations taught the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 pilots. Nine students attended the inaugural program, and sixteen students attended the second class. These students represent a broad spectrum of both physical and mental disabilities. The pilots were amazing successes. All of the caregivers of these delightful students said that the experience gave their wards more confidence than they had ever imagined possible. Their artistic efforts for the final performance of each pilot classes amazed audiences. Town Hall Arts Center launched its final pilot in Summer 2016 with 15 students. It will become a regular part of the educational programming in Fall 2016.

Partnerships and Collaborations
In the past year, Town Hall Arts Center's and South Suburban Parks and Recreation once again collaborated to bring special theatre classes to SSPR constituencies.

In September, the Actors Playground students that were working on "Movie Night" class once again teamed up with the Historic Littleton Inc. Historic Littleton's non-profit mission is "dedicated to preserving Littleton's heritage." Every year in September, they hold a scavenger hunt for the community in historic downtown Littleton to highlight its history. In keeping with the improvisation theme of the class, each student developed and performed impersonations of historic characters for the community who attended the scavenger hunt. This collaboration will continue for 2019.

This year Town Hall Arts Center continued its partnership with the Libby Bortz Assisted Living Center, a means tested assisted living community located a block and a half from the theater. Town Hall continues to provide free tickets to its residents for it preview nights for its main stage performances. On December 10th, the Actors Playground Fall class of "Wizard of Oz in the Wild West" (ages eight to 11) took their performance to the center and performed for the residents. Again on April 13th, the Actors Playground Spring class of "Alice@Wonderland" (ages eight to 11) also took their performance to the assisted living center. They were wonderful nights for both the performers and the audience. We continue to plan to take one performance at the end of each semester of classes to Libby Bortz Assisted Living Center.




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Evidence of Program's Success

All of THAC's children's programs continue to grow. Actors' Playground classes are often over-subscribed. The children's theater and Arts on the Move continues to increase the number served by 10% a year over the past four years of the programs.

Stanton Art Gallery

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Town Hall is proud to partner with fellow nonprofit Littleton Fine Arts Guild to provide art created by local artists in the Stanton Art Gallery. Exhibits rotate with each of the Main Stage productions. Admission is free to the Stanton Art Gallery and open to the public Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. and during performances.



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Evidence of Program's Success

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