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 2017 summer season of live theater with the farcical black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.

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

Live theater!
*Arsenic and Old Lace

A farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the “Mayflower,” but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims, who he thinks died of Yellow Fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein

Plays – Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m.
Repeats – Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m.

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


July

Creativity Camp and Acting for Teens

July 3-14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Creativity Camp
July 10-14, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Acting for Teens

Creativity Camp is a summer class for children ages 7 to 12. The Creativity Camp classes, held in the WCPA/Jones Theater Studio 2, are from July 3 through 14, and are taught by students from local colleges who are drama majors and summer interns. Acting for Teens, a more in-depth class for students from 13 to 17, offers advanced instruction in acting and theater arts. Acting for Teens classes are held from July 10 through 14.

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. THese activities are not included in Season ticket.

For an application or more information, please call 719-783-3004. Open Performance for parents and friends is Friday, July 14 at 12:00 noon.


*Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

“Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous.” — NY Magazine. “Making the language of the book crisper, cleverer and more palatable . . . aphoristic wisdom, expressed with gallows wit.” – NY Times. “A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” – NY Daily News. “I was unprepared for how moving and powerful Tuesdays with Morrie turned out to be. . . On this ground, the flowers of humanity grows.” – NY Post. “You’ll Laugh! You’ll Cry!” – Variety. “The evening has an aura of celebrating. Just what the doctor ordered, you are likely to be moved.” – Journal News. “Rewarding. Go see it any day of the week.” – WOR-AM.

Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinee, July 16, 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. Groups must be booked together and paid in advance.


August

*Youth Theater Musical: The Elves and the Shoemaker—The Musical

Enjoy the amazing talents of our local youngsters. Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate with music and
lyrics by Bill Francoeur, this story is an upbeat, fast-paced retelling of an old favorite filled with wacky
characters and clever dialogue sure to make audiences of all ages smile

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 10, 11, 12, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday matinee, August 13, 2:00 p.m.

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


September/October

*2017 Ten-Minute-Play Competition

The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) announces its 2017 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 September 23. 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 22, and Saturday, September 23, 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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