FALL 2018: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
A hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name.
SUMMER 2018: WEST SIDE STORY
West Side Story premiered in New York on September 26, 1957, and as the curtain fell on that debut performance the theatre goers sat in stunned silence. They didn’t quite know what to do with this musical that was tense, violent, sexy and dangerous, that had no overture and no happy ending. In a season that also premiered My Fair Lady and The Music Man, West Side Story was revolutionary.
Spring 2018: The hunchback of notre dame
Our production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame pulses with life. This powerful story was written by Victor Hugo over one hundred years ago as an effort to save the beautiful but crumbling Notre Dame de Paris. And it worked. No longer crumbling, it is beloved and visited by the world. Hugo told a complicated tale, but the title tells us who we care for in the story, and who we love in every version shared since then. We love Quasimodo. And we love who he loves -- Esmerelda. Unfortunately, she is loved by others as well, and the conflicts which arise from those multiple desires form the basis of this musical.
Fall 2017: The Addams Family
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
Spring 2017: Next to Normal
Next to Normal is a deeply moving, Pulitzer Prize winning piece of theatre; it is an emotional powerhouse that illuminates the comical and gut wrenching truth of what it means to be a family amidst love, loss and disorder. The show provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score.
Fall 2016: Ragtime
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America.
Summer 2016: Annie Get your gun
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
Spring 2016: Company
On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.
Fall 2015: mary poppins
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Summer 2015: The music man
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Spring 2015: Cats
Contrary to his usual creative methods and to satisfy a personal curiosity, Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music for CATS to existing poetry. He chose Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot because it was a book he remembered with affection from his childhood. Webber found the verses to be extraordinarily musical, with "irregular and exciting metre" that challenged him as a composer. Some of the settings of CATS were performed in the summer of 1980 at the Sydmonton Festival. T.S. Eliot's widow, Valerie Eliot, came to the concert and brought with her various unpublished poems by her husband, including "Grizabella the Glamour Cat".
Performed With The Mid-Columbia Ballet
Fall 2014: Sunday in the park with george
The days leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat is struggling to make meaningful art and maintaining a relationship with his lover, Dot. Amid the scorn of the artistic community, Seurat's artistic ability thrives while his love diminishes. A century later, Seurat's descendant – named George and also an artist – finds himself burnt out and in search of what artistic path to follow, but he finds the answer to his future in the past.
Summer 2014: The Sound of music
Maria is a sweet young postulant whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not suited for religious life. Thus, she is sent off to be the governess to Captain von Trapp's seven troublesome children. Unlike previous governess', Maria becomes friends with the children due to their mutual love of music. Soon, even the strict Captain begins to admire Maria.
Eventually, the Captain and Maria fall in love and are married. Unfortunately, when the Nazis invade their homeland, Austria, the whole family is forced to flee over the alps to escape.
Spring 2014: Les Misérables
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.
Fall 2013: Into the woods
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
Summer 2013: Songs for a new world
It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
Spring 2013: The Unsinkable Molly Brown
This spirited tale of a legendary, real-life American original follows the exploits of Molly Brown, whose feisty determination to rise above her impoverished beginnings leads her from the backwoods of Hannibal, Missouri, to the palaces of Europe. Along the way, she marries a lucky prospector, enters the highest echelons of Monte Carlo society, survives the sinking of the Titanic and, most importantly, earns the approval that she so desperately seeks from those "Beautiful People of Denver."