Arts, Culture & Humanities
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Nine different shows throughout the season:
"People Behaving Badly", "A Little Fright Music", "Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington", "Making Merry", "Crushes w/ Buntport Theater", "Tattered Cover Presents", "Wilder Women", "Color Plates by Adam Golaski", "Tales from the Big Apple"
Some of our authors include Laura Lee Smith, Sharon Washington, P.G. Wodehouse, Edgar Allan Poe, and Adam Golaski.
Some featured actors are John Jurcheck, Jessica Robblee, Jamie Horton, Mare Trevathan, Betty Hart, GerRee Hinshaw and Sam Gregory.
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 2019-2020 Season, we will be performing three of our season shows in Boulder at The Nomad Playhouse and one at the Chautauqua Community House. 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).
Last season had many successes. We are expanding our audience in Boulder and will be adding an additional show which will be performed at the Chautauqua Community House, 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."
We are asked back for many projects/events such as the "On the Same Page" program for the Louisville Cultural Council, a program at the Denver School of the Arts which features stories by their creative writing students and "Voices Out of Silence," our suicide prevention program.
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Children ages 5 to 21
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
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 2019-2020 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 2019-20 academic year.
Other special shows and new collaborations include: 'On the Same Page' with the Louisville County Cultural Council; a collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Players; a special children's show "Storybooks on Stage" at McNichols Building; a collaboration with Lighthouse Writers Workshop; participation in the Big Read performing from Julia Alvarez's "In the Time of the Butterflies;" a program at Denver School of the Arts of stories written by their creative writing students and performed by students and our professional actors.
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.