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Arts and Entertainment

  • Colorado Children’s Theater is best acting group at Atlanta festival

    Evergreen and Conifer were well represented at Music Theater International’s 2009 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.

    Out of 34 children’s theater schools nationwide, members of Evergreen’s Colorado Children’s Theater took home the award for best acting group, and one member of the theater, Chapman Hyatt, 14, took home the award for best actor.

    More than 1,400 kids and their theater teachers gathered for a weekend in January to show off their acting skills and learn new ones at workshops with professionals.

  • Two plays deliver with substance on stage

    In today’s media, we are constantly bombarded with red-carpet shots of celebrities arriving for world premieres. Oftentimes, the pomp and circumstance are greater than the quality of the show contained within.

    In the case of the Denver Center Theater Company, the reverse is true. January is New Play Month at the Denver Center, and two new works for the stage, “Inana” and “Dusty and Big Bad World,” have premiered in recent weeks. What they lack in spectacle outside the theater, they more than make up for in substance on stage.

  • Young artists stage a merry go-round at RMAE

    Amber Lichfield has the gentle manner and animated expressions that would make any preschooler feel welcome in her classroom. She is not, however, a preschool teacher. Lichfield is a middle school math teacher at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen — and an artist.

  • Fest lets young artists rub elbows with pros

    Music has touched the life of every member of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Each musician fondly remembers his first experience with classical music, and looks forward to the opportunity every year to bring that joy to another generation of young people. Such opportunities for musical discovery and collaboration will take place this year at the Mountain Area Orchestra Festival.

  • Evergreen girl on journey of self-discovery in theater

    Danielle Samler is a regular Evergreen girl who just happens to love the theater. However, when Samler isn’t in school, singing in the choir at Beth Evergreen or onstage, she spends a lot of time in the car. The family has racked up hundreds of miles driving to rehearsals in Greeley, Lafayette, Littleton, Evergreen and Denver. And it’s all worth it to allow Danielle and her older sister, Desiree, to explore their passion for acting.

  • Painter finds her true passion in life

    Chris Coyle Orlikowski has finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. Tucked away in her second-floor studio in Evergreen, Coyle is downright giddy as she leads a tour of her creative haven and her artistic career.

    “We finished the building a year ago,” Coyle says of the two-story garage that sits adjacent to her house, “but I had been planning this studio in my head for at least a decade. It’s tough to get me to leave; I just love it here.”

  • Gentle hand, strong woman at Evergreen Stained Glass

    MaryAnne DeAngelis is many things — a teacher, a mentor, an artist, a businessperson. Most importantly, DeAngelis is a strong woman with a gentle hand, and this has been the key to her success in her stained-glass business and in her life.

    DeAngelis worked in real estate for many years and finally grew weary of the competitive nature of the business. Looking for a new creative outlet in her life, DeAngelis took a class in making stained glass at Colorado Free University.

  • ‘Color Purple’ shines brightly in Denver performance

    Purple isn’t the only color that stands out in the national production of the spellbinding musical “The Color Purple” that just opened in Denver. This rich, emotionally charged production creates a colorful world of characters living and surviving in the Deep South of the early 1900s.

  • Evergreen Artists Association celebrates its 50th

    On the afternoon of April 24, 1958, 19 members of Evergreen’s artistic community met in the back room of a shoe repair shop downtown. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the advantages of forming a local art association “to help artists network, nurture new artists, and provide opportunities for established artists to build reputations with our community.”

  • Ring in the new year with the Evergreen Players

    New Year’s Eve can often be thorn in your side. You want to do something festive to ring in the new year … but you don’t want to drive very far, you don’t enjoy huge crowds, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and midnight is long past your bedtime. You’re suddenly feeling very “Bah, humbug” when you want to be humming “Auld Lang Syne.” The Evergreen Players’ New Year’s Eve Gala is the answer to all of your celebratory snags.