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Arts and Entertainment

  • ‘Into the Woods’ offers a forest of fun

    Once upon a time, there was a talented group of 58 singers and dancers, a sprinkle of colorful costumes, and a large helping of Stephen Sondheim’s challenging score. This is the recipe for happily-ever-after when the Colorado Children’s Theatre presents “Into the Woods, Jr.,” opening on May 1.

  • Arts Alive Evergreen adds more events

    The Evergreen Arts and Cultural Alliance has added several events to the 10-day-long Arts Alive celebration planned for Friday, July 16, through Sunday, July 25.

    Arts Alive Evergreen is a joint effort of Evergreen arts organizations and businesses to promote the area’s artistic, historic and recreational resources.

    The event is being built around the Summerfest Arts Festival July 17 and 18 and the Evergreen Jazz Festival, July 23, 24 and 25, which are two of the area biggest summer attractions.

  • Coast to coast with the Evergreen Chorale

    “From California, to the New York Island/From the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters/This land was made for you and me.” The Evergreen Chorale is embracing Woody Guthrie’s sentiments in “This Land is Your Land” in the upcoming concerts “Take Me Home, Songs from Across America.”

    The Chorale will travel coast to coast through song, highlighting the diversity of love for our great country.

  • Off to see the wizard

    The Parmalee Elementary School gymnasium was bustling with activity recently as about 30 students and a cadre of parents worked to perfect the school musical, “Oz.”

    Students are the main characters in a musical that is based on “The Wizard of Oz” but has a few twists on the beloved tale and new music, according to Christine Gaudreau, the school’s music teacher and director of the play.

  • ‘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.