30 Aug 2016

Season Passes to the Theater in Lowry

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John Hand Theater is tucked away near 1st and Quebec in the Colorado Free University building. Originally named “Toad Hall,” it was renamed in honor of its founder, John Hand.

The theater is housed in the historic Air Force Base Fire Station, the main stage and backstage areas reside where fire trucks once stood at the ready. Hand procured seats from a defunct movie theater in California, keeping with the historic charm.

The theater seats 85 patrons, creating an intimate setting and ensuring that everyone gets a good seat. Outside there is easy, free parking and inside you can find a small selection of reasonably priced snacks and drinks to enjoy with the show.

The greatest part of this lovely theater is that they have not one but two theater companies that perform great plays through the year, what this means is that there is almost always something playing at The Hand. The seasons run like an academic year – end of August through August of the following year, so now is the time to buy your season passes!

Firehouse Theater Company offers a season pass for just $70 and Spotlight Theatre Company offers a season pass as well through September 24th for $89 Buy it here. 

Firehouse Theater Company 2016-2017 Season
For tickets/passes 303- 562-3232, www.firehousetheatercompany.com

October 8 – November 5
THE CRUCIBLE
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Peter Hughes
An American Theatre masterpiece, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, is a chilling psychological exploration of the disturbing effects of mob mentality during intellectually unstable and spiritually confronting times. Inspired by the McCarthy Committee on Un-American Activities “witch hunt” trials of the early 1950’s, and set during the Salem witch hunts of the 1600s, The Crucible unleashes the shadow side of the human experience when fear and attack become the driving forces behind defending our faith and securing our position in society.

January 7 – February 4, 2017
BECKY’S NEW CAR
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Lorraine Scott
Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. BECKY’S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

April 1 – April 29, 2017
CRIMES OF THE HEART
By Beth Henley
Directed by Jim Landis
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

June 17-July 15
ROCK OF AGING A Parody/Revue of the Music of the 60’s and 70’s
By Deborah Montgomery Lyrics Adapted by Bill Paddock & Deborah Montgomery
What happens when one hasn’t planned very well for retirement? The fading yet formerly hit 60’s and 70’s rock and roll group of Willy Withers, Tina Tumor, and Rickie D. Bones are finding out. These aging rockers, forced to sing for their supper by taking any gigs they can, notice more each day how hard it is to “keep on keepin’ on.” The group forges a new bond as they give the songs of their youth fresh meaning–singing about such aging maladies as weight gain, memory loss, and gastric issues (think about having that first colonoscopy performed to the chorus, “Snake it up doctor, if you twist I’ll shout!”). Together these Boomers learn that while aging “ain’t for sissies,” they’re more than ready, with the help of their beloved rock and roll, to face and to celebrate all the challenges that growing older brings.

 

Spotlight Theatre Company – 2016-2017 Season
For tickets/passes: 720-530-4596,  http://www.thisisspotlight.com/current/

August 27 – September 24, 2016
SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
by Tennessee Williams
a suspenseful and poetic masterpiece
DIRECTED BY BERNIE CARDELL
What really happened last summer on the beaches of Cabeza de Lobo where young Sebastian Venable mysteriously died?  Catharine Holly knows, but Sebastian’s mother Violet will go to any length to keep the truth hidden forever.  Suspenseful and shocking, this is Tennessee Williams at his most poetic and revelatory.

November 19 – December 18, 2016
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: a live radio play
AND
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: a live radio play
by Joe Landry and Kevin Connors
a delightful holiday repertory!
DIRECTED BY ANDY ANDERSON AND KRIS GRAVES
YULE love these two holiday shows playing in repertory.  All of your favorite characters from It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol are here, created by five actors who play over fifty roles!  Joins us as we re-create a 1940’s radio station, complete with microphones, applause sign, and sound effects station!  Capture the glow of the holiday season with these two nostalgic trips down memory lane!

February 18 – March 18, 2017
SABRINA FAIR
by Samuel Taylor
a sparkling romantic comedy!
DIRECTED BY RACHEL BOUCHARD
This classic romantic comedy was the toast of Broadway and the subject of two movie adaptations.  When the daughter of a chauffeur falls in love with not one, but both sons of the wealthy Larrabee family, complications (and hilarity!) arise.  Set on Long Island in the 1950’s, this Cinderella story will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone!

May 6 – June 3, 2017
SCOTLAND ROAD
by Jeffrey Hatcher
a mystery of unsinkable obsession
DIRECTED BY LUKE ALLEN TERRY
As history and human obsession collide, no one is who they seem to be in this atmospheric mystery.  When a young woman is discovered adrift in the north Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the decades-old Titanic disaster, a mysterious stranger must discover if she is telling the truth or creating an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets in this psychological cat and mouse thriller.

June 23 – July 30, 2017
IT’S ONLY A PLAY
by Terrence McNally
a riotous comedy about Broadway!
DIRECTED BY KATIE MANGETT
(a co-production with Vintage Theater playing at Vintage Theater)
Starring Spotlight Artistic Director Bernie Cardell!
It’s opening night on Broadway, and playwright Peter Austin anxiously awaits reviews alongside his best friend, a doped-up diva, a daffy producer, a lethal drama critic, and the coat-check guy!  This riotous comedy by four-time Tony Award Winner Terrence McNally is a celebration of theatre at its best… and theatre people behaving at their not-so-best!

July 29 – August 26, 2017
ON GOLDEN POND
by Ernest Thompson
a nostalgic and heart-warming comedy
DIRECTED BY BERNIE CARDELL
Starring Ken Street and Jan Cleveland as Norman and Ethel Thayer!
Touching, poignant, and witty, this award-winning classic is the love story of Norman and Ethel Thayer who travel to their summer home on the lake for the 48th year.  When their estranged daughter arrives, old family resentments come to the surface.  While the ties that bind are put to the test, Norman and Ethel rediscover the joy and romance of their twilight years.

23 Aug 2016

Artists in August 

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Brought to you by Lowry Foundation
Saturday August 27th 10A-5P.

The Lowry Foundation brings you Artists in August for the second year in a row. This Saturday, August 27th, 10A-5P, artists will be exhibiting at Wings Over the Rockies. Come enjoy fine refreshments and great local talent among the amazing planes on display at Wings Over the Rockies.

Download and Print the Flyer for free admission to Wings Over the Rockies, no event specific admission.

Questions please contact the Lowry Foundation Directly at: lowryfoundation@gmail.com  or by phone: 303-344-0481

23 Aug 2016

First Friday Concerts

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Swallow Hill Music is bringing First Fridays concerts to Lowry at the Eisenhower Chapel this fall. These shows and more go on-sale Tuesday, August 9, featuring: Swallow Hill Music instructors in October, Covenhoven and King Cardinal in November, and Owen Kortz and Phillip Mark in December.

Night of Acoustic Jazz feat. Swallow Hill Music Faculty at Eisenhower Chapel Friday, October 7 at 8pm; $18 in advance, $20 day of show Swallow Hill Music started classes at Colorado Free University nearly three years ago and this concert will give the Lowry neighborhood a chance to see some of our instructors in action. This evening of acoustic jazz will be filled with unexpected arrangements and instrumentation, putting the talents of some of our teaching staff on full display.

Covenhoven and King Cardinal at Eisenhower Chapel Friday, November 4 at 8pm; $20 in advance, $22 day of show Covenhoven’s ethereal balladry evokes a not-too-distant past filled with ghosts and inspiration, and puts listeners on notice that songwriter Joel Van Horne’s voice is one to be reckoned with. King Cardinal’s soulful folk, meanwhile, can slip effortlessly from soft and contemplative to raucous and celebratory all in the snap of a snare drum.

Owen Kortz and Phillip Mark at Eisenhower Chapel Friday, December 2 at 8pm; $20 in advance, $24 day of show This showcase of talented singer-songwriters features Owen Kortz’s mix of introspective, funky, folksy and bluesy music known to spur audiences out of their seats to celebrate. Phillip Mark’s story songs are lifted by intricate guitar playing that contrasts between fingerstyle and flatpicking.

For more details and tickets go to: http://swallowhillmusic.org/denver-concerts/search/first+friday/

16 Aug 2016

Suddenly Last Summer

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Presented by Spotlight Theater Company
written by Tennessee Williams
a suspenseful and poetic masterpiece
Directed by Bernie Cardell

Playing: August 27 – September 24, 2016
What really happened last summer on the beaches of Cabeza de Lobo where young Sebastian Venable mysteriously died?  Catharine Holly knows, but Sebastian’s mother Violet will go to any length to keep the truth hidden forever.  Suspenseful and shocking, this is Tennessee Williams at his most poetic and revelatory.

Suddenly Last Summer  previews August 26 and runs August 27 through September 24 at the John Hand Theater in Lowry with performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, September 12 at 7:30.p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m and Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $14 – $22 and available by calling 720-880-8727 or online at www.thisisspotlight.com.

Director Bernie Cardell has assembled a talented cast that includes Emma Messenger (Violet Venable), Maggy Stacy (Catharine Holly), James O’hagan-Murphy (Dr. Cukrowicz), Darcy Kennedy (Mrs. Holly), Carter Edward Smith (George), Linda Button (Foxhill) and Kelly Alyane Dwyer (Sister Felicity).

Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose works include, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Glass Menagerie” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Along with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama.

Spotlight Theatre
“Suddenly Last Summer
What really happened to young Sebastian Venable that summer?
Previews Friday, August 26
August 27 through September 24
Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, September 12 at 7:30.p.m, Sundays at 2 p.m (no Sunday performance on Sept 4)and Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $14 – $22
720-530-4596 or online at www.thisisspotlight.com
The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Free parking.

16 Aug 2016

Artists in August

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