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Stories on Stage

By performing stories, our audience gets an opportunity to understand what someone else's life is like, and to "walk in their shows." Our shows are entertaining, thought-provoking and heart-felt.

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Season Programming

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Nine different shows throughout the season:
"It's All Relatives", "Dear Elizabeth", "Magic for Beginners", "Making Merry", "A Typewriter Revolution", "Intro to Ethics 101", "I Love a Mystery", "Strange Interludes", "Hollyweird"

Some of our authors include Jess Walter, Tom Papa, Sarah Ruhl, Louisa May Alcott, Antonya Nelson, TC Boyle and Jonathan Franzen.

Some featured actors are Randy Moore, Allison Watrous, John Jurcheck, John Hutton, Jamie Horton, Diana Dresser and Jim Hunt.

We will continue to perform the majority of our programs at Su Teatro and we are an active member of the Santa Fe Arts District.

All of our shows offer complimentary homemade cookies and milk at the end. We present nine programs in a season, usually about once a month starting in September and ending in May.

In the 2018-2019 Season, we will be performing three of our season shows in Boulder at The Nomad Playhouse. The programming will be identical to our Denver offerings, which will be performed at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center and the King Center (Making Merry).

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last season had many successes. We are expanding our audience in Boulder and doing special projects in the local elementary and high schools.

We greatly enjoyed our collaborations where we could feature work by community members such as the winner of the Community writing contest, and writing by elementary school students that were performed at "Storybooks on Stage."

Our single ticket sales increased, along with some categories of our subscription sales.

Special Performances & Collaborations

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
General population

Description

We love to create special performances that are born out of collaborating with great organizations in the community. These have included "The Autism Chronicles" with The Autism Society of Colorado, "The Slave Narratives" produced in conjunction with The Spirituals Project, "The Mind's Eye" about emotional disabilities and suicide, "Addiction-Free: The Road From Hell", "Aging Out Loud" with the Society for Creative Aging, "The Calling to Care" with Exempla's Comprehensive Cancer Center, and "No Way Out" a non-fiction piece about the Holocaust by Susan Shear.
We have worked with Mizel Museum to bring back "No Way Out" (Holocaust piece) to the community as this is a story that must be retold and not forgotten. The talk-back was very moving as the audience spoke with Holocaust historians.
We also worked with Mizel Arts and Culture Center for the JAAMM Festival, and partnered with CeDAR Recovery Center to mount "Bill W and Dr. Bob" about the founders of AA.

Additionally, we produce an exciting collaboration with Modern Muse called "Cuentame un Cuentito / Tell Me a Little Story." This performance is geared for children and features bilingual professional actors reading short stories in English and Spanish accompanied by a musician-singer. This production is shown to students at elementary schools, particularly schools with a high percentage of free/reduced lunch students. We will continue offering this program in the 2018-2019 academic year. We have impacted over 10,000 under-served students with this program.

We have produced "Voices Out of Silence", a teen suicide prevention program that tells the story of teens who have suffered through depression and suicidal thoughts and "come through the other side". For this program, brought directly to middle and high schools, we are working with Second Wind Fund to provide counseling services to students who are uninsured or under-insured. This program will continue into the 2018-19 academic year.

Other new collaborations and special shows include: 'On the Same Page' with the Louisville County Cultural Council; a collaboration with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra; a special children's show "Storybooks on Stage" at McNichols Building; a collaboration with Lighthouse Writers Workshop; partnering with the Colorado Chamber Players and shows at the Denver Art Museum for the Final Friday series.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The community has expressed an overwhelming interest in remounting "Cuentame un Cuentito", "Voices Out of Silence", and "Storybooks on Stage", and we will work to continue these wonderful programs.

When we performed "Voices Out of Silence", we had counselors available so that audience members (middle school students) would have the opportunity to speak with a professional concerning any issues raised by the performance. And after each performance, the students gathered in small groups to discuss what they saw and learn about how to cope with depression and support others who may be considering suicide. Survey results suggest that participants became more knowledgeable about the topic and found it valuable.

Reviews on our two school programs, "Cuentame un Cuentito/Tell Me a Story" and "Voices Out of Silence" have been overwhelmingly positive, both from students, teachers, and administrators.

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