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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 shoes." 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, being shown virtually:
"Simple Pleasures", "Don't Look Away-Black Stories Matter", "Morale is at an All-Time High/Collaboration w/ Buntport Theater", "Making Merry - Greatest Hits", "American Drag", "A Kiss is Still a Kiss", "Linda and Me", "Color Plates by Adam Golaski", "Still Crazy After All These Years"

Some expected featured actors include John Jurcheck, Jessica Robblee, Jamie Horton, Mare Trevathan, Betty Hart, GerRee Hinshaw and Sam Gregory.

Our shows will all be performed virtually and live-streamed from the Nomad Theater in Boulder.

We present nine programs in a season, usually about once a month starting in September and ending in May.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last season had many successes. We are expanding our audience in Boulder and added an additional show at the Chautauqua Community House, and did special projects in the local elementary and high schools.

This challenging year we already presented ten virtual shows to our audience, in an effort to stay connected and bring some joy to our audience. Our audience now includes individuals from throughout the country.

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.

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 offered this program in the 2019-2020 academic year. This coming year, with the issues around Covid-19, we are hoping to produce a program that can be presented virtually to students, whether in a school setting or at their homes for virtual learning.

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 worked with Second Wind Fund to provide counseling services to students who are uninsured or under-insured. This program continued in the 2019-20 academic year but the 2020-21 season is an unknown.

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.

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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, whether live or virtually.

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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