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Educating Rita

The Black Box Season at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities became such a big part of my theatre going experience last year. With plays that were so thought provoking they crafted a certain depth that shifted with each production. So much so that it comes as to no surprise when the talented cast received a Henry Award for their production of Sense and Sensibility. 

Now it is that time of year again, the theatre season breaks ground, so does the beginning of the Black Box, which begins with the play Educating Rita

Now this is a play I don’t know much about but from what I have read it seems rather interesting. The plot surrounding a young woman named Rita, who signs up for an open course in English literature, taught by a professor named Frank. Now…being the lover of literature that I am the play already has my attention. 

But with that aside I am also intrigued when it comes to a small cast taking the stage. Especially when that cast consists of only two people. 

  It creates a bond, a bond that must be strong and command the stage in a way that requires audience members to not only focus on what the two actors are saying and doing but to also be mindfully aware of what is taking place around them. Their personal situations can sometimes be that defining feature that builds the bridge between the two characters and allows the audience to see the bond; despite the current situation that is taking place. 

I honestly could rant and rant about why I love this aspect of theatre and what could possibly take place in this anticipated play, but I would much rather say more once the story is said and done. It will undoubtedly be an interesting night of theatre. 

  We see Educating Rita at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities on Friday, October 5th at 7:30pm. 

Sunday In The Park with George

Throughout this week while at school I asked many of my classmates in the theatre department what do they think of Sunday In The Park with George. Their response is undeniably a reaction of pure artistry. One of my friends went to the extent to say I will be crying for days after I mentioned I will be seeing it April 17th at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. 

What I didn’t realize was that it was the inspiration for this musical that brought Sondheim back into musical theatre after he wished to leave the industry. This gives this musical a bit more connection to its creator and its lead character who is struggling with inspiration to paint the famous painting we all know as, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 

Rod. A Lansberry directs this production, as it will be the last musical of the 2017-2018 theatre season at the Arvada Center. I have to say throughly enjoyed attending the previous two musicals they have put on, and like A Chorus Line, this will be my first interaction with this musical, which I’m starting to see is a recurring habit that I have with classic musicals. Nevertheless, I am very excited to see if my classmate’s word holds up. I will be ready to be taken in by the artistry that I’m sure Lansberry and his cast will deliver; tissues in hand. 

  We see Sunday In The Park with George Tuesday, April 17th, at 7:30 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. 

Queen City Architectural Salvage


4750 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216

Finding this little gem is easy to do, straight off a main highway this junk yard is a photographers dream. However be warned, its only open for short hours and only part of the week; not to mention the construction surrounding the entire place. 

The best way to get there currently is to still get off at Brighton Blvd, just know parking is scarce and the neighborhood can be a bit rough. But with this salvage junk yard gem of a place it is well worth whatever walk you might have to do. When I went the sun was just peaking out and the place was packed (there was a photography meet-up) so walking room was tight. I would not recommend bringing a tripod as the aisle ways are small, uneven, and to be courteous to other patrons it would be best to leave it be. 

There are plenty of things there, around 4 old cars, an old diner, toilets, and so much texture some people might overload. The owner is super polite and loves that photographers come to see the place, he is also a Denver Historian. If there is anything you want to know about Denver- ask him. I would say this is definitely a place you could go if you wanted some fun stuff to take pictures of, or if you need a good restoration project for a house. The old doors would make good picture frames, or if you need some fun lighting some of the older buildings are also stocked. 

I might head back in awhile as the place is small, but still enjoyed my time there, and I do believe you will too.

Something's Afoot!

When many people think of murder mysteries we often think of murder novels, written by that of the great Agatha Christine and the many unique and twisting characters she created within her riveting and collectively haunting stories. As you can tell I love a good mystery, I love how each tiny detail of a character and their actions can manipulate or add on to a murder, or a situation that can only end in a Whodunit style dark humor. 

This leads us to the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, Colorado and their production of Something's Afoot, that will be opening on Friday, February 23rd. This musical is satirical poke at these very mysteries that continue to capture the imagination of the world. Being set in the 30s only creates a setting that will cause one to loose oneself in the irresistible atmosphere that  lures in victims with ease. 

Having visited the Town Hall Arts Center once before, that being little over two years ago, I am excited to finally be returning to the very theatre where I wrote my first review. With this musical I believe we are in for a night dark humor, wit and...a rather large pile of bodies. 

We see Something's Afoot on Friday, February 23rd, at Town Hall Arts Center. 

All That Jazz

I  am so excited to say I will finally be able to see Chicago the musical at the Buell Theatre come Tuesday evening on November, 28th. I just recently sat down and watched the film version of this show per my best friend’s demand. In many ways I am so glad that she did and that I took the time to watch it. Often I will assume certain things when it comes to musicals. I believed that the premise was completely different then it actually was. While I did get the murder part correct, the rest of it I was dead wrong. Clearly this is a habit I really need to break. 

  With that being said, I would be lying if I said I won’t be comparing the touring production to the film, however I welcome the changes and differences that come with the show. Chicago has now become one of those shows on my list that I have been dying to see live for the experience. It is a musical revival that has been running for quiet some time on Broadway and continues to break records. I don’t really know a show that has done that with a revival of all things. 

All I can say is let’s see how long it will take me to get these songs out of my head, it took me at least a few weeks before the film score was able to get out. I wonder if the stage production will break that record come Tuesday evening. 

The End of #DFF40

It is officially the last day of Denver Film Festival 40.

I have had a blast seeing all the films I could in the time I had, some were amazing, some not so good. But that is what I consider a beautiful part of a film festival-- seeing films and cinema in a non-skewed way. 

Except for Molly's Game. I wanted to see that movie since it finished principal filming. 

I had the privilege to see and interact with as many people from the Denver Film Society, who I am extremely thankful for, and who put on an amazing event. They deserve recognition for the hard effort and work they put into this fest.

I am excited for my reviews to slowly trickle in, the first will by Molly's Game the Big Night Presentation from Thursday November 9th, and I, Tonya from the Closing Night Presentation on November 11th. 

Keep following to see more reviews pop up of the festival as a whole, the films, and especially the Colorado-grown Walden: Life in the Woods. 

DFS 40

I’m excited. Very excited, I can officially announce that I will be apart of the accredited press for the length of the festival. I will be able to see the films, shorts, and student work that will be featured within the 12 days of a film lovers dream.

There are two red carpet presentations I’m extremely excited for two films; Molly’s Game Jessica Chastain’s new film. Honestly I screamed for a couple of milliseconds on learning that one was in the lineup. The second is the closing night presentation of I,Tonya the Biopic about Tonya Harding—I heard this got good press at Toronto so I’m curious at how this one is going to be. 

I’m also planning on seeing 6 other films or panels, so please give me some options if you know of any good ones that will be happening!

Denver Film Festival runs from November 1- November 12

Dracula.

So I have never been one to go to the Ballet, I've also never really been one for Opera either (yet I have done the latter and highly regretted it). So I can honestly say this is my first time seeing anything close to the highly sophisticated event that is ballet. 

I'm one of the lucky few that has not sat through The Nutcracker, thanks Mom.

Anyhow, when I saw that there was going to be a "Dracula" ballet I got curious, well more than curious I bought the tickets that night. I had loved anything to do with the work and world of Dracula so I thought hopefully there will be creepy music. I just also hope at the same time there will be plenty to eat.

I got really hungry at Cinderella

We see Dracula this Saturday Oct. 7, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.