Theater

Plan now to attend a play at the
Historic Jones Theater

in beautiful Westcliffe, Colorado

*Included in Season Ticket

The Westcliffe Center at the Jones Theater announces the opening of its 2016 summer season of live theater with the comedy/drama Social Security (May 13-15 and 20-22). An art gallery owner and her husband are thrown into a panic when her mother intimates that she may be living with them for an extended period. She uses her walker to terrorize the family and the gallery. Comedy ensues.

Held in the Historic Jones Theater on Main Street or outside in the Feedstore Amphitheater Park, a wide variety of performances delight patrons of all ages. These wonderful facilities provide both residents and visiting interns opportunities to exercise their interest and skills in theater — acting, singing, dancing, or designing sets — to express themselves and bring joy to others.

A rural community of less than 4,000 county residents, Westcliffe, Colorado, considers the town extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy regular cultural and artistic performances presented by a dedicated group of performers, and welcomes visitors from throughout the region for their summer theater season.


May

*Social Security

An art gallery owner and her husband are thrown into a panic when her mother intimates that she may be living with them for an extended period. She uses her walker to terrorize the family and the gallery. Comedy ensues.

Plays – Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m.
Repeats – Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $15; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket.


June/July

Creativity Camp and Acting for Teens

July 5-16, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Creativity Camp
July 11-16, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Acting for Teens

Creativity Camp is a summer class for children ages 7 to 12. Acting for Teens, a class for students from 13 to 17, offers advanced instruction in acting and theater arts. The Creativity Camp classes, held in the WCPA/Jones Theater Studio 2, are two weeks long, July 5 through 16, and are taught by students from local colleges who are drama majors and summer interns. Acting for Teens classes are for six days.

Classes are open to youth from Westcliffe and those visiting grandparents for the summer. The goal of the program is to give these children and teens greater confidence in speaking and acting before an audience. At the end of the two-week session, the young performers present a program, often of plays they have written themselves, before their parents and friends.

The two-week Creativity Camp fee is $100 per child; the fee for Acting for Teens is $60 per teen. Partial scholarships available for those needing them. Please visit our Youth Activities page for details about reservations and enrollment.


*Audition: A Backstage Musical

Hopefuls share their hopes and fears as they audition for a musical at the Jones. A motley crew of characters will perform some of your favorite Broadway show tunes as they sing their hearts out for an eccentric director. Veterans of last summer’s Into the Woods as well as talented newcomers will perform. Come and enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of what goes on offstage.

Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 17, 2:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $15; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket.


August

Hooray for Hollywood: A Fundraiser

Come dressed as your favorite movie star and watch a classic film. Prizes, Surprises, Fun, Food, and Music to support the Historic Jones Theater.

Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, $50.


*Youth Theater Musical: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Enjoy the amazing talents of our local youngsters in this musical directed by two long-time graduates of our summer Creativity Camps.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 11-13, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 14, 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $15; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket.


*Wyatt Earp: The Gentleman Doc Holliday

Another superb performance at the historic Jones Theater, featuring Wyatt Earp as Doc HollidayPresented by the great grandnephew of Wyatt Earp, The Gentleman Doc Holliday was written by Terry Earp in collaboration with Karen-Holliday Tanner, the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait.

This play is the story of the West’s most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. The setting is a Denver, Colorado, jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earps have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately, for Doc a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least, Doc is not very happy about this. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. You, the audience, are the other prisoners.

Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m.

Adults, $15; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket.


September/October

*2016 Ten-Minute-Play Competition

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) announces its 2016 Ten-Minute-Play Competition, the organization’s sixteenth play competition. The WCPA Play Competition is dedicated to showcasing new works by playwrights and is sponsored by the non-profit Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts in Westcliffe, Colorado.

A panel of jurors from the local and regional theater community reviews plays submitted in the annual Ten-Minute-Play Competition and selects, anonymously, the winning plays, which then will be produced by the WCPA’s Jones Theater. In addition, an audience Award Winner will be announced after the last performance on October 1. Cast members will be drawn from the local actors’ group, the Westcliffe Center Players, and directors will be chosen to mount the plays.

The audience will choose the night’s winner each evening and meet authors, directors and cast of the plays in a “talk back” after the performance.

Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.

Adults, $15; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket.

For competition guidelines and the play submission form, please visit the Call Board.

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