AUDITIONS for WCPA Winning 10-Minute Plays to be held Tuesday, 8/13, 6 p.m., Jones Theater, Studio Two; see Call Board for details. | SPECIAL FILM: Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living, Thursday, 8/15, 7:30 p.m., Jones Theater; see Events for details


The Odd Couple (2018)

2019 Theater Season

Westcliffe Center
for the Performing Arts

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts opens its 2019 summer season of live theater with the comedy/drama Dearly Departed (May 10-12 and 17-19).

When Bud Turpin suddenly drops dead one morning at the kitchen table, the rest of his family—widow Raynelle, sister Marguerite, sons Ray-Bud and Junior, their wives, and daughter Delightful—must put aside their differences, grievances, and feuds, and pull together to plan his funeral. With the help and hindrance of their friends, relatives, and other members of the community, the Turpin clan struggles to rise to the challenge of giving Bud a proper send-off. Written and first performed in 1991, Dearly Departed is a hilarious, twisted, and surprisingly affecting take on the Southern way of life—and death.

Call for Entries:
The WCPA 2019 Ten-Minute-Play Competition

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) announces its 2019 Ten-Minute-Play Competition, the organization’s eighteenth 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.

For submission guidelines and application, please visit the Call Board. Note: Scripts should be submitted online between February 1 – June 10, 2019.


2019 Coming Attractions
at the Jones Theater

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In Concert Presents: The Boulder Bassoon Quartet

At Jones Theater

Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs Saxophone Quartet
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

At Hermit Park Pavilion, Westcliffe
Southern Colorado Community Band
Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.

Just for Kids and Teens!

WCPA offers again this year
Creativity Camp, July 1-12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Acting for Teens, July 8-12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For details and registration form,
please visit our Youth Activities page


The Miser, Molière (2018)

2019 Shakespeare in the Sangres

Westcliffe Center
for the Performing Arts

Imagine an evening of Shakespeare in an outdoor amphitheater, watching the sun set over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as you enjoy a family picnic on the lawn followed by a superb performance. Come early, bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic. Put these performances on your 2019 calendar for June and July now!

HamletFridays, June 14 and 28, at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, June 15 and 22, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.; Sundays, June 16 and 30, at 2:00 p.m.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, faces an apparition claiming to be the ghost of his father, the King, that tells him a horrifying tale: that Hamlet’s uncle murdered him in order to steal his wife and crown. The ghost urges Hamlet to revenge him by murdering his uncle in turn, which sets up a maddening dilemma for the Prince: to kill or not to kill? Is the ghost truly that of his dead father, or is it a demon, tempting him to damn his own soul? How can he discover the truth and take action without betraying his suspicions to the new King?

The Importance of Being EarnestFridays, June 21 and July 5, 6:30 p.m.: Saturday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.; Sundays, June 23 and July 7, 2:00 p.m.

Jack and Algernon are two young English gentlemen of fashion who share an unusual habit: they have created fictitious alter egos that allow them to escape any social obligation they consider burdensome or just plain dull. It is a habit that serves them both well until Jack falls in love, at which point his fake younger brother “Ernest” threatens to take on a life of his own that may destroy Jack’s—and Algy’s—matrimonial hopes. Wilde described this, his most famous play, as “a trivial comedy for serious people.” Trivial it may seem, but its sparkling dialogue skewers the hypocrisies and follies of late Victorian society in a manner as pointed as it is polished, and Earnest is justly considered one of the funniest plays in the English language.

Shakespeare performances are included in season tickets. Tickets to single performances also are available.

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