SOTA: Evergreen Players, StageDoor and Ovation West

Local performing groups gear up for shows

Olivia Jewell Love
olove@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/15/22

"Rock of Ages," "Mamma Mia!" and more

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SOTA: Evergreen Players, StageDoor and Ovation West

Local performing groups gear up for shows

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The next few months in the foothills are packed with local entertainment for all ages.

The Evergreen Players are in their run of "Rock of Ages," while StageDoor Theatre is performing "Mamma Mia!" and Ovation West is gearing up for its next season.

Evergreen Players: "Rock of Ages"

The Evergreen Players are presenting '80s jukebox musical “Rock of Ages,” which will run through the end of July. 

Director Clay White took an out-of-the-box approach with casting for the production. The musical features performers who play instruments, play multiple roles and do costume changes. He also changed the gender identity of several characters to take a more human look at their roles.

White has directed around 30 musicals and has been in Denver since 2014. He spent time directing in Texas previously, and got a degree in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. 

The cast is made up of 14 characters with a wide range of experience. White sees it as a way to teach the next generation.

“[We are] using it as a vehicle to educate and get new talent involved,” he said. 

White said the ending is sure to rouse the crowd, but they will have to come experience it for themselves. 

“One of my favorite parts is the finale….I think it's going to be a big crowd pleaser,” he said. 

"Rock of Ages" runs July 8-31 at Center Stage Theatre, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Shows are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Ticketing information can be found online at www.evergreenplayers.org

StageDoor Theatre: "Mamma Mia!"

Fuel your inner dancing queen with StageDoor Theatre's performance of "Mamma Mia!" 

The musical story of a woman’s search for her birth father will run through the end of July. 

The show is directed by Justin Johnson, choreographed by Tracy Doty and has musical direction by Tanner Kelly. 

The production's set director Dean Arniotes, a 33 year volunteer at StageDoor and the board president of StageDoor, has been putting in time behind the scenes of the musical with sets and technical production. 

Arniotes said so far, the group has received positive feedback from the community. The first weekend was successful with great attendance, over 100 people attending the first Sunday matinee. 

The cast of "Mamma Mia!" is made up of seven leads. A few are from University of Colorado, and some have been a part of the StageDoor Theatre program for years. 

“The show appeals to a wide range of people,” Arniotes said.

He went on to explain that the musical features the music of the ‘70s band ABBA, which he believes to be making a comeback. 

"Mamma Mia!" runs July 8-31 at StageDoor Theatre, 25797 Conifer Road, Conifer, CO 80433.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays.

Ticketing information can be found at www.stagedoortheatre.org

Ovation West: Upcoming season

Ovation West Performing Arts is going into its 51st season starting in August. The group’s musical theater group, which performs at Center Stage, as well as the Evergreen Chorale, are starting to line up performances for the next few months. 

Evergreen Chorale will host auditions in the coming weeks, with registration on its website. The group’s first rehearsal will be Aug. 22. 

Ovation West will open the season with the musical "Ragtime," running Sept. 16 through Oct. 8.

Next, the group will team up with an African marimba band for "An African Journey" Nov. 18 and 20.

On Dec. 17, the group will perform “An Evergreen Mountain Christmas.”

The official events calendar will be coming to its website soon. 

Christine Emery, the managing director at Ovation West, explained some of the goals the organization has with Evergreen Chorale and Center Stage. 

“Part of Evergreen Chorale is about learning about other musical genres,” she said. “We will be continuing to make improvements around Center Stage and providing that as a community resource.”

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