2020 Performances and Events

The Historic Jones Theater
and Park Amphitheater

*Included in Season Ticket


May

Live theater!
*The Vast Difference
by Jeff Daniels

The Vast Difference, a comedy written in 1993 by award-winning actor Jeff Daniels, presents the tale of George Noonan, a flight attendant with five daughters, and his quest for a vasectomy. Along the way he deals with his increasingly frantic wife, the ghost of his father, a “man’s man” who worships the Detroit Tigers and despises his son’s career as a “stewardess”, a wry female urologist with a twisted sense of humor, and a chorus of male figures who serve to amplify George’s anxieties and insecurities.

Plays – Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 and 17, at 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $15; kids (12 and under), $5.
Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Groups must be booked together and paid in advance.


June/July

*Shakespeare in the Sangres: Outdoor Theater at Its Best
June 12–July 5, 2020

WCPA presents a play each evening in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, Colorado. Experience these Shakespeare productions in a repertory theater setting. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring blankets and/or chairs to sit on and a picnic. The park opens at 5:30 for picnicking.

*Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare

There is darkness at the heart of Much Ado, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, a darkness that shadows and heightens the “light and bright and sparkling” dialogue of his wittiest pair of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice. Hero, Beatrice’s cousin, is falsely accused and abandoned at her wedding. Only the determination of Beatrice, the devotion of Benedick, and the stubborn doggedness of Dogberry, the constable who insists on being “writ down an ass,” save Hero from ruin. Much Ado’s tale of how “fake news” spread by dishonorable men can threaten the lives and reputations of honorable women is as humorous, harrowing, and relevant today as it was 400 years ago.

Fridays, June 12 and 26, 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays, June 13 and 20, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Sundays, June 14 and 28, 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $15; kids (12 and under), $5.
Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Groups must be booked together and paid in advance.

*Antigone
By Jean Anouilh

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, doomed King of Thebes, defies the order of her uncle Creon to leave her brother unburied. Antigone and Creon face off in a debate about honor, piety, and the duty of the individual to the state, and the state to the individual – a debate that threatens fatal consequences for Antigone. Noted French playwright Anouilh adapted the Antigone of Sophocles the better to reflect the dilemmas of maintaining one’s integrity under an authoritarian regime, and its first performance was in 1944 in Nazi-occupied Paris.

Fridays, June 19 and July 3, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.
Sundays, June 21 and July 5, 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $15; kids (12 and under), $5.
Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Groups must be booked together and paid in advance.


Creativity Camp

Creativity Camp is a summer class for children ages 7 to 12. Creativity Camp classes, held in the WCPA/Jones Theater Studio 2, are taught by students from local colleges who are drama majors and summer interns. Creativity Camp is held in Studio 2, June 29-July 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

Acting for Teens, a more in-depth class for students from 13 to 17, offers advanced instruction in acting and theater arts. It is held in Studio 2, July 6-10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enrollment

Enrollment starts in May for this year’s Creativity Camp and Acting for Teens. The cost for the 2-week Creativity Camp is $100 for the first child and $90 for a brother or sister from the same family. The fee for Acting for Teens classes is $60 per teen. As always, we have a limited number of $50.00 partial scholarships available for youth who need them and could profit from the program. We require a short letter about the child along with the reasons for your request.

The children should wear comfortable clothing and if they wish, they may bring a small snack. Since we do not allow eating in Studio 2 itself, these snacks and drinks should be left in the foyer and eaten outside. Children participating in Creativity Camp must be picked up promptly when their session is over, at 12:30 p.m.

For additional information and an application form, please visit our Youth Activities page or call 719-783-3004. Open Performance for parents and friends will be on Friday, July 10, at 12:00 noon. These youth activities are not included in Season ticket.


August/September

Youth Theater!
*Robin Hood
By Tim Kelly

Robin Hood and his Merry Men intercept a caravan carrying Robin’s childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian, through Sherwood Forest to Nottingham. The scheming Lady Merle of Cornwall plans to force Marian, King Richard’s ward, to wed Richard’s brother, Prince John. Robin and his men must scheme in their turn to thwart Lady Merle and save Marian.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 6, 7, and 8, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m.

Adults, $15; students (18 and under) and active military, $10; kids (12 and under), $5.
Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Groups must be booked together and paid in advance.

Wyatt Earp: A life on the frontier, presented at the historic Jones Theater
Wyatt Earp: A life on the frontier

*Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier
presented by Wyatt Earp

Westcliffe favorite Wyatt Earp returns with more tales of his famous ancestor and namesake, Sheriff Wyatt Earp.Wyatt Earp has been portraying his famous relative in his one-man play since 1996 when it won an AriZoni award. The play has had over 690 performances in theaters all over the United States, playing to enthusiastic audiences and western history fans.A must-see for anyone interested in the early history of the Southwest!

Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $15; kids (12 and under), $5.
Included in season ticket. Groups of 8 or more, 10% discount. Groups must be booked together and paid in advance.


*2020 Ten-Minute-Play Competition Performances

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 are produced by the WCPA’s Jones Theater.

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 have an opportunity to meet authors, directors, and cast of the plays in a “talk back” after the performance. This year’s performances are scheduled to coincide with the Sangres Art Council’s Arts Hullabaloo weekend and include a Sunday matinee.

Performances of the winning play will be on:

Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, at 2 p.m.

Adults, $20; students (18 and under) and active military, $15; kids (12 and under), $5.
Included in season ticket. For competition guidelines, please visit the Call Board.


AUDITIONS for winning plays:
The WCPA 2020 Ten-Minute-Play Competition

Auditions for the winning plays in the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) 10-Minute Play competition will be held Tuesday, August 13th, at 6 p.m. in Studio Two at the Jones Theater, 119 Main Street. The winning plays have been chosen from over 60 entries submitted nationwide to the 2019 contest. All ages, genders, and experience levels are welcome and encouraged to try out. “This is a great opportunity for untried talent to put their toes in the water,” says competition organizer Doris Dembosky. If you have been waiting for a chance to get involved in the WCPA productions, now is your chance!

For more information, contact Elliot at 783-3004 or by email at wcpa@jonestheater.com.


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