Into the Woods – Parker Arts is teaming up with Parker Theatre Productions, the folks who brought you Guys & Dolls,Oklahoma! and Fiddler On the Roof, to present Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods: a modern musical look at the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
In their desire to reverse a curse cast by a witch that has left them childless, a baker and his wife must find the ingredients to remedy their situation. Follow Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (who climbed the beanstalk), Rapunzel, and the baker and his wife that tie them all together as they go into the darkness of the woods.
Although theater-goers may be used to the show’s spectacle and special effects, especially after the blockbuster Disney movie, the Mainstreet Theater space is the ideal venue to allow audiences to experience the simple emotional intimacy inherent in the show, while highlighting the straightforward message of the story. With an adult cast of professionals and local favorites, this telling has something for young and old (patrons are encouraged to use their own discretion when bringing young children). Join the characters we all know and love and learn the new and difficult lessons they discover as we find out that “the end” isn’t always the end. The show is April 10-19 and tickets are $17.50.
More on Mainstreet!
The newly renovated Mainstreet Theater is an intimate black box theater setting that allows the audience to experience the raw, emotional elements inherent in a performance without the distractions of overbearing special effects. The Mainstreet Theater has had improvements in its stage and lighting and there are more renovations yet to come to the building overall. With a new look, comes a new direction! The Mainstreet Theater is well known for providing productions great for kids in the day and will continue to do so. In addition, the theater will be expanding its programming in the evening with shows that appeal to mature audiences as well, not unlike The Edge Theatre in Lakewood and Vintage Theatre in Aurora. With the Mainstreet Center in the heart of Parker’s Creative District at Old Town, it’s another perfect place to have a day with the kids or a night on the town, enjoy a bite to eat at a local restaurant, and catch a show all without having to go all the way into Denver.
Ivy + Bean: The Musical – Based on the New York Times best-selling children’s books series by author Annie Barrows and Illustrator Sophie Blackhall, Ivy + Bean: The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they would never like each other. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love. The show is April 23-24 and tickets are $12.
April 25, 7:30 p.m.
The classical crossover pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” astonishes with music from Rachmaninoff to Radiohead. As a prestigious artist, pianist and national media personality, Mr. O’Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, the radio and his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide.
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An Evening with Bruce Hornsby – Creating a unique fusion of pop, jazz, bluegrass, and ‘60s soul, this Grammy winning pianist hit the charts in 1986 with “The Way It Is,” on the first of his dozen albums. In the ‘90s, he toured with the Grateful Dead, proving he’s a remarkable live performer and accomplished musical improviser. The show is April 29 and tickets are $65/$60 (SOLD OUT).
May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Every year, the Parker Chorale selects a school to be the recipient of their Parker Chorale Vocal Music Program Grant. During this special performance, the Parker Chorale, joined by this year’s recipients Legend High School’s “Cantores”, will be covering a wide variety of songs from spirituals, pop, and folk, to classical music (both serious and fun). Selections include the spiritual “Deep River,” an arrangement of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes,” and so much more.
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May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have created a new show to bring their fans the next chapter in their musical and personal journey. For the first time on stage, they’ll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. The evening will highlight the unique talents, influences, and stories of the first family of traditional fiddlers through dancing, singing, and, of course, world-class music-making.
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Opens March 13th at the
The horse is an icon of the West, revered for its strength and elegance. Yet, most often in art specific to the western United States, the horse is depicted saddled or harnessed, working cattle herds or plowing fields. In this exhibit, three artists have taken a different perspective on the horse.
Exhibit runs Mar. 13 thru April 30, 2105.
For more information, visit www.Parker Arts.org
Expand Your Cultural Enrichment at PACE
Travel & Volunteer – Cultural Experiences
Ever wanted to experience life in a foreign country as a ‘participant’ rather than just a ‘tourist’? There are many opportunities to travel and volunteer overseas…for all ages, budgets, and interests. Time frames range from 1 week to months. We’ll discuss all aspects of ‘volunteer travel’ from requirements to additional opportunities like free language classes. Bring your questions. For all ages – great for students, professionals or retirees!
3526 Wed, March 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Writer’s Workshop – Color Your Characters
Age: 16 and up
Creating deep, engaging characters that truly entrance your readers is a ton of work. Learn this fast and easy method to “color” your characters based on real psychology. Instantly create deep, intricate and vividly realistic characters that your readers can’t get enough of. Watch your work come to life and sparkle like never before with strong memorable characters that are franchisable!
Instructor: Marshall Barrington
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $68 R/$74 NR
3516 Tu, April 7 – April 28, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The PACE Center & Inspire Creative Announce Auditions for “West Side Story”
All leads, co-leads and ensemble will be paid a stipend commensurate with their role.
For information and details on auditioning, visitwww.ParkerArts.org
ABOUT PARKER ARTS
PARKER ARTS encompasses the many facilities and events that the Town of Parker’s Cultural Department oversees, including a wide variety of local, regional, national and international, cultural, arts, scientific and educational programming and rentals. ThePACE Center is home to a 542-seat theater, 250-seat amphitheater, Bellco art gallery, event room, dance studio, culinary kitchen, and several classrooms. The historic Mainstreet Center houses a cozy 200-seat theater, small art gallery, gym, and vintage classrooms. The century-old Ruth Memorial Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the perfect setting for small wedding, church groups or quiet meetings. For more information about Parker Arts, visit www.ParkerArt.org.