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Arts and Entertainment

  • 'The Aristocats' a purr-fect feline frolic

    The young actors of the Venue Theatre in Conifer are heading for France. The Elementary Company opens its production of "The Aristocats" on May 9. The show will be a feline frolic through the Parisian countryside set to a jazzy score by Disney.

    The Venue’s Elementary Company is divided into two casts, the Toughcats and the Wildcats. Each cast will perform in four productions during its assigned weekend. The Toughcats will perform on opening weekend, and the Wildcats will perform during the second weekend. 

  • A songsmith with heart

    “The Final Scene” album and the Yellow Plate Hotel Band have been a labor of love for several Evergreen residents — but especially for lead singer and guitarist Jason Koski.

    Both the band and the album were born at the Muddy Buck Café in Evergreen, where Koski met many of his musician friends. Koski came up with the band’s name while working with vocalist Lacey Capel at the Muddy Buck. (Capel now works and lives in Port Townsend, Wash.) Koski’s bandmate, bass player Gary Loffler, came from another Muddy Buck friendship.

  • 'Jungle Book Kids' a delightful safari at StageDoor

    The jungle is jumping with jazz in StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of "The Jungle Book Kids." StageDoor’s elementary-age casts are geared up for the final weeks of school and a toe-tapping production filled with monkeys and tigers and bears, oh my.

    "The Jungle Book Kids" is adapted from the classic Disney film and includes all of the Disney tunes that will have you whistling on your way home. Children of all ages will love singing along with “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

  • ‘The Little Mermaid’ is a chorale spring splash

    For its final show of the 2013-14 season, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale is journeying “under the sea” with Ariel and all of her ocean friends in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Based on the hit animated movie from 1989, this show is sure to reel in audiences of all ages hook, line and sinker. 

  • ‘Wedding Singer’ a blissful visit to the ’80s

    Every decade has its own unique vibe. The 1920s had fringed flappers dresses, and the ‘60s and ‘70s had bellbottoms. The 1980s was a decade of excess — fluorescent clothing, sky-high shoulder pads and consumerism gone wild. 

  • Young writers find inspiration, encouragement at annual conference

    Nineteen years ago, a group of teachers and educators passionate about writing formed the Mountain Area Young Writers’ Conference. These leaders saw the importance of developing the writing abilities and enjoyment of writing in all mountain area students. Since then, more than 5,000 students have participated in the annual event. This year’s conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Evergreen Country Day School.

  • Evergreen seeking state designation as arts district

    Evergreen has been given the go-ahead to apply to become part of a two-year program that will result in the designation of “creative district” by a state funding agency.

    If Evergreen is accepted, a local committee with representatives from all areas of the arts will be given $5,000 in seed money by the state to market and advertise Evergreen for the next two years as a comprehensive arts area, according to Steve Sumner, executive director of Center for the Arts Evergreen.

  • Poignance, laughs live in ‘Apartment 3A’

    A New York theater critic once commented that “Apartment 3A,” the latest production by the Evergreen Players, refused to be pigeonholed — it is part comedy, part drama, and all heart. This description not only works for “Apartment 3A,” but for the Evergreen Players as well. The Players’ 2014 season offers a diverse mix of shows, including the musical “Annie,” comedic performances by the EPiC improvisation group, and Jeff Daniels’ play “Apartment 3A,” which opens Friday.

  • High school artists honored at CAE exhibit

    The Center for the Arts Evergreen was pleased to unveil the work of high school artists from throughout our mountain community at the opening reception of the annual High School Art Show on Sunday, March 9. The new show features outstanding artworks from four area high schools — Evergreen, Conifer, Clear Creek and Platte Canyon. 

  • EHS troupe set to raise the roof with ‘Fiddler’

    “Fiddler on the Roof,” which opened on Broadway in 1964, had the first musical theater run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. For many years, the show was a school- and community-theater staple, and theater critics claim that due to the show’s global popularity, there are at least 10 simultaneous productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” in performance somewhere in the world. All we need is one production in our mountain community, and Evergreen High School’s interpretation of the time-honored classic should fit the bill.