Opening No. 20, Feb. 2: Kyle Dean Steffan and Cynthia Pohlson take a second to relax on the SaGaJi Theatre stage before the audience is let in for Friday’s performance of Craig Lucas’ “Prelude to a Kiss” at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. It’s a “Freaky Friday”-like comedy in which a couple, played by the actors above, marry after a whirlwind romance. But a kiss for the bride from a stranger changes everything. Director: Garrett Ayers. Through Feb. 17 at 30 W. Dale St., 719-634-5583 or the fac’s home page. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks to Scott RC Levy, Katy McGlaughlin, cast and crew.
Opening No. 19, Jan. 30: Constantine Maroulis greets fans outside the Buell Theatre after starring in the reimagined steam-punk Broadway-bound musical, “Jekyll & Hyde,” also starring Deborah Cox and Teal Wicks. Through Feb. 10 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or www.DenverCenter.Org. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks to Heidi Bosk, Eric Sprosty, cast and crew.
Opening No. 18, Jan. 29: The cast of “Noises Off” joins the Lone Tree Arts Center’s growing tradition of signing a backstage brick. Lauren Bahlman was first to sign what by the end of night would include Trina Magness, Michael Bouchard, Kurt Brighton, Evan Marquez, Ron Welch Anna Gibson, Rachel Bouchard and Scot Cahoon. Michael Frayn’s celebrated farce (starring many, many sardines) is directed by Nick Sugar. Through Feb. 10 at 10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue in Lone Tree. 720-509-1000 or www.lonetreeartscenter.org. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks to Lisa Rigsby Peterson, Mathew Kepler, Lindsey Benge and Katie Malties.
Opening No. 17, Jan. 26: For Buntport Theater’s ambitious “Wake,” a Beckett-like reimagining of “The Tempest,” the storm and subsequent shipwreck that drive Shakespeare’s love story never come. Adam Stone (who also plays Ariel) creates a ethereal soundscape for the staging that is meaningfully themed by tattered cassette tape (which you can see above strewn across his piano). At one point, in an actual, live effect, audio from a real, broken cassette plays while the tape runs through Stone’s gloved fingers. He achieved the effect by taking the magnetic playhead from a Walkman, sewing it into his glove and wiring it into an amplifier. Pretty freaking amazing. “Wake” also features Erik Edborg, Erin Rollman and Brian Colonna. Through Feb. 23 at 717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or www.Buntport.Com. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org.Thanks SamAnTha Schmitz and Hannah Duggan.
Opening No. 16, Jan. 25: “Over the Tavern” is a bittersweet 1950s family story that depends heavily on the performances of its child actors, and the Longmont Theatre Company’s 14-year-old Beau Wilcox, left and Peter Cabrera, 11, earned a little fist-pumping after winning over the large opening-night crowd as brothers Eddie and Rudy Pazinski. Also starring Marian Bennett, Krystal Jakosky, Greg Winkler, Montana Lewis and Ben Neufeld. Through Feb. 9 at 513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or www.longmonttheatre.org. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks Tracy Cravens, Dalin Forschler, Judy Ernst and Jim Grimsley.
Opening No. 15, Jan. 24: Most productions have pre-show “fight calls,” where every bit of physical interaction is practiced and honed. The Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Grace, or the Art of Climbing,” starring Julie Jesneck, has a “climb call.” Before Thursday’s opening, pictured above (and from above!), Christopher Kelly and Dee Pelletier go over a skyward move, tethered by protective ropes. In the story, rock climbing serves as both metaphor and call-to-action for a reluctant young athlete Through Feb. 17 at the Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks Kent Thompson, Paul Behrhorst, Stephen D. Mazzeno, Alexandra Griesmer, Brianna Firestone, Rachel Ducat, Bruce Sevy.
Opening No. 14, Jan. 22: Just six days before opening, the Arvada Center announced that Leslie O’Carroll would assume the role of Madame Arcati in the Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” because of severe illness to Arvada Center favorite Beth Flynn, who surprised her replacement last night with this flower bouquet and words of encouragement (inset). Through Feb. 17 at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or www.ArvadaCenter.Org. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks: Melanie Mayner, Rod Lansberry, Lisa Cook and Lisa Kurtz.
Opening No. 13, Jan. 19: Actors (from left) Jaime Lewis, Daniel Traylor, Trenton Schindele, Don Gabenski and Jeremy Palmer make final adjustments before the opening performance of the handicapped Phamaly Theatre Company’s very funny “The Foreigner” at the Aurora Fox. Directed by Edith Weiss, who missed the opening because of illness. Through Feb. 2 at the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. (303-739-1970); and Feb. 22-24 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. (720-898-7200), or www.Phamaly.Org. Photo by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks: Bryce Alexander, Gloria Shanstrom, Chris Silberman.
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