View the splendid piece in the Colorado
Springs Gazette about the Jones Theater and
Shakespeare in the Sangres.
2014 Live Events
at the Jones Theater
September 5 and 6, Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.
"An Evening with Will Rogers: The Ropin' Fool"
An evening of timeless wit and humor of America’s greatest folk hero as Tom Scott portrays Will Rogers in this one man show. From humble beginnings in the Oklahoma territory his tale is told as he travels the world as a roping cowboy, becomes a featured performer in the Ziegfeld Follies and a much loved humorist in the 1930’s.
Will Rogers, The Ropin’ Fool was written by Wyatt Earp of Phoenix, Arizona and is being performed by Tom Scott. Tom Scott is co-founder of Camino Real Playhouse has been performing on stage since childhood.
Tickets: Adults, $15; Kids 12 and under, $5
“OUTDOOR THEATER AT ITS BEST”
WCPA presents a different play each evening in the
beautiful outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater. Included
in season ticket.
Performances will be in the Feedstore Amphitheater Park,
behind the Jones Theater.
Tickets: Adults, $20; Teens 16 and under, $15; Kids, 12 and under, $5.
Come early and bring blankets and/or chairs.
The Park opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking.
Please see the Jones Theater Summer Season Schedule for Details
Summer Fundraising Campaign
The Jones Theater successfully launched a "Go Fund Me" internet funding campaign in March 2014. The Campaign was organized and directed by former Westcliffe residents Peter Link and Julia Wade of Watchfire Music and was successful in raising 50% of the funds required to restore the Jones auditorium. We are now continuing the campaign over the summer months through three targeted fundraisers: June 4, "The History of Elitch Gardens Theater" by Tedd Borrillo; June 17, "A Taste of Shakespeare" with Dan Hiester; and July 8, "Discoveries in Peru" by Gary Ziegler. Please see our Summer Season page for times and locations.
The purpose of the campaign is to finish raising sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) to re-insulate and restore the Jones Theater auditorium. This includes restoring the floor of the auditorium with a concrete base, repairing the east wall of the auditorium and re- insulating it to cut down on propane costs. In addition, the old heaters in the auditorium will be replaced with new energy efficient ones in the auditorium floor. A very special part of the project is to install a hearing loop in the auditorium so that people wearing hearing aids can enjoy the theater movies, plays, and music without distortion.
For those interested in making a contribution to the campaign, donations can be made by mail to the Jones Theater, P.O. Box 790, Westcliffe, CO 81252. We look forward to continuing a very successful campaign and welcoming you to an updated Jones Theater auditorium.
Donations are tax deductible since we are a not for profit organization. A receipt and thank you letter will be sent to you for your donation.
Thank you so much for your help and consideration,
Anne Kimbell Relph, President WCPA
- The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts was created in 1992 as a not-for-profit corporation to maintain the Historic Jones Theater both as a movie and theater house for the Westcliffe, Colorado Community.
- Thanks to generous foundation grants and the efforts of many volunteers the theater has been restored and refurbished to its original 30's glamour.
- A major addition, Studio 2, was made in 2003.
- Studio 2 provides sets and costumes, a Youth Theater for rehearsals and exhibits, a home for KWMV radio and living quarters for summer interns.
- The first outdoor production was presented in 2007 using an outdoor stage and park-like seating area next to the theater on 2nd Street in Westcliffe.
- We present 8 live theater productions each summer as well as a full season of first-run movies in our theater which has 148 seats.
- The local high school drama club presents several productions during the year.
- The Theater is also used for many concerts ranging from jazz to bluegrass to opera throughout the year.
- We were honored to receive the El Pomar award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities in 2004 and have continued to expand our artistic horizons. Our new “Shakespeare in the Sangres” initiative for 2008 is an example of our cultural outreach, expansion and service to this rural community.