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Arts and Entertainment

  • ‘Shakespeare (abridged)’ spans hilarious moments

    An evening of fun for the many people in merry old England was a night at the Globe Theatre. Peasants and princes alike gathered to share in the raucous festivities of a Shakespearean masterpiece. And raucous it was — with boos and cheers, the groundlings packed into the pit with tickets priced at a penny a piece, and the actors addressing the audience every step of the way.

    In the spirit of the Globe Theatre’s festive frolics through the Bard’s canon, the Evergreen Players are present “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged).”

  • Talent in 'Annie' is not so little

    Maybe far away or maybe real nearby — as nearby as Conifer, in fact — the tale of the infamous Depression-era orphan, Annie, is coming to life at StageDoor Theatre.

    Middle school students from throughout the mountain area are dressed in rags and gathered to portray the Hard Knock Life of the orphans at the Municipal Girls Orphanage.

    Just as the orphans at Ms. Hannigan’s orphanage have pulled together and become a family, so has the junior company at StageDoor.

  • ‘Seussical’ is lyrical and delightful

    In the hands of Evergreen High School, “Seussical the Musical” is an infectious delight.

    The show is based on the beloved works of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The story weaves elements from 15 of Dr. Seuss’ books and incorporates familiar characters such as Horton the Elephant, the Sour Kangaroo, Mayzie LaBird, Yurtle the Turtle and many more. Kids of all ages — including the adult variety — will enjoy this comical and light-hearted musical treat.

  • ‘Guys and Dolls’ is a good bet

    “Guys and Dolls” opened in New York City in 1950. The show, which tells the story of two very different types of love, through song and dance, has been popular ever since. The Evergreen Chorale staged successful productions in 1982 and 1997, and is now more excited than ever to present a three-weekend run of this award-winning Broadway show.

    Ron Welch, a longtime Chorale member, appeared as Nathan Detroit in the 1997 production, and Welch is now behind the curtain, directing a new cast of 34 actors.

  • Wild Eye Gallery is implementing a new vision

    The Wild Eye Gallery in downtown Evergreen has a new vision and is trying some innovative ideas.

    Over the years, the gallery has taken on several forms, including a high-end gallery with Western-themed art, a custom framing service center, and a retail shop with a mixture of art, home furnishings, jewelry and clothing. This month, Wild Eye turned its gaze in a new direction. Owner Dennis Dunn’s brainchild has morphed into a tasteful art gallery with a twist.

  • Harmony is achieved among young artists

    Barbara Wright is a mild-mannered, gentle spirit whose interests run from quantum physics to international business. Her true passions, however, are the horses that she tends to at Harmony Horseworks, her Conifer-based horse sanctuary, and art — specifically, her acrylic and oil paintings, which frequently have her beloved horses as the subject.

  • Students, pros make beautiful music together

    One of the many wonderful things about our mountain community is its musical talent — both professional musicians and upcoming students who one day might become professionals. On Saturday, Feb. 6, these professionals and apprentices will gather to perform in the Mountain Area Orchestra Festival.

  • Mirada showcases distinct artistic visions

    Indian Hills has a rich history — it once was the summer hunting ground for the Ute Indians and later served as the summer playground for Colorado’s artists, writers and creative visionaries.

    So it seems only fitting that Evergreen native Steve Sonnen and his wife, Jenni, have turned the historic Indian Hills Trading Post into Mirada Fine Art Gallery, a cozy spot that manages to showcase contemporary art with an ambience steeped in tradition.

  • ‘Parallel Lives’ is a straight-up delight

    The scene opens with two women dressed as angels. They sit on the “board of intelligent design,” overseeing the creation of Earth and comparing the colors of humans like swatches. “White’s a little bland,” says one. She’s worried that “white” people might feel inferior to the more colorful people. The sadistic pair go on to assign the roles of which sex “gets” to give birth, and they heartily laugh at recompensing the men with oversized egos.

  • Center/Stage to host New Year’s Eve bash

    In recent years, television commercials have bragged that “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” The Evergreen Players have brought their own version of Las Vegas to our mountain community for New Year’s Eve. The Players are sponsoring a rip-roaring shindig complete with gambling, dining and cabaret entertainment. This “Shake, Rattle and Roll” night should be a powerhouse party that will leave revelers saying, “What happens at Center/Stage stays at Center/Stage.”