2016 Performances and Events

The Historic Jones Theater
and Park Amphitheater

*Included in Season Ticket


Custer County High School Drama Club: “Aida”
Music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 10, 11, and 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Matinee, March 12, at 2:00 p.m.

AidaConflict between Egypt and Nubia gives birth to a star-crossed love affair between Aida, the captured princess of Nubia, and Radames, the Egyptian captain who enslaved her people. With love and responsibility at odds, Aida and Radames must decide to follow their hearts or lead their people. This musical is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century opera of the same name.

Adults, $10; children and students, $5. Tickets will be sold at the door 90 minutes before each show. $15 patron tickets with reserved seating will be available beginning March 6th. Call Lissa Miller for patron tickets at 783-9344.






*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.


A Taste of Shakespeare

Enjoy a preview of our Shakespeare performances, meet the actors and get an overview of the plays. Join the Fun!

Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.
Donations accepted; not included in season ticket

*Shakespeare in the Sangres: Outdoor Theater at Its Best

Experience two Shakespeare comedies in revolving repertory in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, Colorado. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring blankets and/or chairs to sit on and a picnic. The park opens one hour before show time.

*Love’s Labour’s Lost
Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of William Shakespeare’s early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth I. It is a play of witty banter and little plot, written during the early part of Shakespeare’s literary career, when his focus was on fancy conceits and the playful nature of love. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to forswear the company of women for three years of study and fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies. In an untraditional ending for a comedy, the play closes with the death of the Princess’s father, and all weddings are delayed for a year. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy

Fridays, June 17 and July 1, at 6:30 p.m., Sundays, June 19 and July 3, at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Must be booked together and paid in advance.

*King Lear
King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world’s most accomplished actors. Since the 19th century Shakespeare’s original version has been regarded as one of his supreme achievements. The tragedy is particularly noted for its probing observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship.

Saturdays, June 18 and July 2; and Friday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5. Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Must be booked together and paid in advance.

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.

Juni Fisher in Concert

Juni FisherJuni Fisher – 2011 Western Entertainment Awards, 2011 WMA Entertainer of the Year, 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2011 WMA Song of the Year!

“Fisher’s luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances,” says one journalist. “At the heart of her unique and complex artistry is her ability to bring alive what become unforgettable characters and images, stunning stories that often carry a deep and compassionate reflection of the human spirit.” Well known cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell says: “Juni Fisher is the best thing to happen to western music in a long time.”

Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, $15.




*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.


*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.

Hooray for Hollywood: A Fundraiser

THEYmurder-mysteryjlogoJoin us for a Murder Mystery dinner party created in cooperation with THEY improv of Colorado Springs. You and your table are the detectives. Will someone you accuse go to jail? Join us for fun, surprises, prizes, and laughter to support Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts and the Historic Jones Theater.

Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 p.m. Sangrita Restaurant, Westcliffe
Tickets, $75; includes dinner. Not included in season ticket.
Click here to buy your ticket and indicate your dinner preference!




*2016 Ten-Minute-Play Competition

WCPA Annual 10-minute Play CompetitionThe 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.