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Arts and Entertainment

  • Young Writers’ Conference celebrates storytelling

    In spite of budget cuts and increasing class sizes, there are still many things to celebrate in our mountain area schools. As a community, we celebrate athletic success, and we celebrate musical accomplishments. For more than 15 years, a group of Jefferson County educators and parents has organized an event to celebrate academic success, particularly success in writing and literacy. Each year more than 350 students from all mountain schools gather to celebrate the skills of writing and storytelling at the Mountain Area Young Writers’ Conference.

  • ‘Jungle Book’ jumps with jazzy tunes

    The Prelude to the Evergreen Children’s Chorale is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. In honor of this momentous birthday, the Prelude is excited to bring audiences a jungle jumpin’ with jazz in the Disney classic “Jungle Book.” The Prelude is made up of 33 mountain-area second-, third- and fourth-graders representing 13 different schools — public, private and home-schooled.

     

  • Play within a play proves a playful romp

    “Curtains,” the newest production at StageDoor Theatre, is a comedy whodunit that pays homage to the brassy musical comedies of the 1950s. “Curtains” was created by the powerhouse musical-theater team of Fred Ebb and John Kander, who were responsible for such great musicals as “Chicago” and “Cabaret.”

  • Alliance Artists bring springtime to Evergreen

    Springtime in the Rockies can mean a lot of different things — a last-minute snowstorm before winter gives up for another year, tulips pushing up through the slowly thawing ground, or birds mating at the sign of warmer weather. Visitors to the Alliance Artists of Evergreen show “Springtime in the Rockies,” at the Center for the Arts Rotary Gallery at Center/Stage, will be privy to delightful images that are sure to take the chill off the final days of winter.

  • Hilarious ‘Black Comedy’ has a serious side

    A traditional farce is a light, humorous play in which the plot depends on a skillfully exploited situation rather than the development of character. The Evergreen Players are pleased to use their upcoming production of “Black Comedy” to give audiences a laugh while hopefully bringing some much needed light to one family in darkness.

  • StageDoor's 'Aladdin Jr.' takes audience on magic carpet ride

    Strains of “Arabian Nights” can be heard wafting through the foothills from StageDoor Theatre. Enter the theater, and your family will be transported to the royal palace in the kingdom of Agrabah. StageDoor’s upcoming production of "Aladdin Jr." will transport you to a land with glowing genies, real flying carpets and familiar songs that will take you to “A Whole New World.”

  • 'Upcycled' art can also raise spirits, consciousness

    Spring cleaning is just around the corner. Many people will clean out their closets and garages, tossing rusty tools and scratched CDs into the trash. The artists at the Evergreen Gallery have a different take on “trash.” The old adage says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

  • An ensemble of emotions

    It’s a tale as old as time: Two young people fall in love despite the obstacle of being from different classes.

     

    In this case, it’s the story of “Once on This Island,” a contemporary Broadway musical set in Haiti that is being performed by Evergreen High School theater and music students.

    Theater teacher Fran Arniotes says this is her favorite show.

    “The music is amazing; the story is amazing,” she said. “It’s a remarkable show.”

  • Gallery owner heeds his muse

    Mark Anthony King wasn't really looking for an opportunity to open an art gallery in Denver, but when he saw the perfect space at 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, he decided to make the leap. That was around Thanksgiving.

    In a few short months, he sold Stoneheart Gallery in Evergreen to Julianne Miller, who took over Jan. 15. King leased the Denver space and is getting it ready for the opening April 6.

    King, 45, had been a presence in Evergreen’s Main Street gallery scene for six years as owner and director of Stoneheart Gallery.

  • 'Quilters' will put Sohrweid's directing career to bed

    Larry Sohrweid’s family history is steeped in the art of quilting. His mother was a member of the Ladies Aid Sewing Circle at their church, making quilts to commemorate the milestones of townspeople’s lives. Sohrweid’s family history as an adult is steeped in the art of theater.