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Today's Features

  • Performers from the Colorado Children’s Theatre received a major award at a national conference and competition.

    About 20 local youngsters ages 8 to 14 attended the Junior Theater Festival from Jan. 13-15 in Atlanta. More than 6,800 people from across the country attended the conference, and 5,000 of them participated in a performance competition.

  • Sound Mountain Entertainment amplified the fun at last Friday’s community ice-skating event at Evergreen Lake, cranking out tunes to make the time more enjoyable for everyone.

    Gary Bird and Peyton Thomas of Sound Mountain have been working together for six years but only recently brought their music-making business to the Evergreen-Conifer area. They specialize in weddings and special events, and in renting high-end sound equipment.

  • Apparently, traditional pews are not ideal for a forward-thinking house of worship — or at least not for Evergreen’s Ascent Church.

    About a year after the 60-year-old Baptist church underwent a name change to better reflect greater openness to any and all who pass through its doors, renovations are under way, and they include trading decades-old pews for the flexibility of chairs.

  • StageDoor Theatre is gearing up for a three-week run of the musical “Something’s Afoot,” a spoof of mystery writer Agatha Christie’s works, including the style in which the play’s lead character pursues and ultimately solves each crime.

    The play, which opened on Broadway in May 1976 after four years touring from Atlanta to Los Angeles and garnering rousing accolades along he way, has been presented in several different languages all over the world.

  • The Evergreen Players are teaming with Aurora’s Vintage Theatre to present “RFK: A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy” for two weekends beginning Friday evening. Although Evergreen will be experiencing this play for the first time, it has been running continuously throughout the state for the past four years.
    Professional actor James O’Hagan-Murphy of Denver continues to enthusiastically portray Robert Kennedy and has established quite the reputation for doing so. In fact, author Jack Holmes was so moved by his performance that he sent him an autographed copy of the play.

  • The Evergreen Players are teaming with Aurora’s Vintage Theatre to present “RFK: A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy” for two weekends beginning Friday evening. Although Evergreen will be experiencing this play for the first time, it has been running continuously throughout the state for the past four years.

  • To observe the culmination of Hanukkah and begin 2017, Conifer’s St. Laurence Episcopal Church and Congregation Beth Evergreen hosted an interfaith spiritual renewal celebration on Dec. 31.

    The celebration, which was at Congregation Beth Evergreen, was an opportunity to resolve, recommit and renew before the new year.

    The Rev. Nancy Malloy and Rabbi Jamie Arnold said the two congregations had been trying to coordinate a join ceremony, and said the last night of Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve “thematically fit together.”

  • The annual Hanukkah celebration at the Evergreen Lake House this year took an unusual form.

    Rather than the typical evening lighting of the menorah, Rabbi Levi Brackman of Judaism in the Foothills held a short ceremony on Christmas morning. This year, Hanukkah began Dec. 24 and will end on New Year’s Eve.

    Brackman said it was the first time he’s orchestrated a morning menorah lighting, but that it was good to mix things up a bit.

  • Risen Lord Lutheran Church is snuggly tucked away in an office building along Conifer’s Sutton Road near Dallman Drive. The interior is humble and unassuming — basic windows, modest furniture and kitchen utilities, and blue skies and white clouds decorating some panels in the ceiling.

    Instead of a large altar, the church has a plain circular table around which worshippers gather for the sacraments.

    In its own way, this worship space feels a bit like a home away from home.

    And that’s really the point, says Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer.

  • It’s lean times at the Venue Theatre Company in Conifer, but not in the usual sense: the education-based youth theater is in short supply of space, funds and extra hands — all the consequences of success.