COVID19’s toll on Colorado theatre

IMPACTED COLORADO PRODUCTIONS TO DATE: 230 AND COUNTING

Small Mouth Sounds

Geoffrey Kent and Jake Mendes were six hours away from opening 'Small Mouth Sounds' at the Arvada Center when the COVID19 shutdown took place. Matt Gale Photography.

Toll spans 95 companies across Colorado

By John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist

There are many ways to measure the devastation being wreaked upon Colorado’s theatre economy by the ongoing COVID19 shutdown, but they don't get much more stark than this: As of today, 230 Colorado theatre offerings by 95 companies have been shuttered early, postponed or canceled. Imagine all that drama, comedy, music, intrigue … just not happening. No hearts moved, moods lifted, tears shed or epiphanies achieved.

All around Colorado this summer, the hills will not be alive with the sound of music. Most every mountain theatre company that comes out to play from Boulder to Greeley to Grand Lake to Creede to Trinidad either has canceled or significantly truncated its summer plans.

This week, check back here for updates from individual companies as our “Straight Talk” series gives leaders from the Colorado theatre community the opportunity to individually state their immediate plans.

The following is a list of all announced impacted Colorado theatre productions scheduled between March through August (and beyond if applicable). These productions represent thousands of Colorado theatre artists on stage and off who have been (or will be) denied the opportunity to earn income on these shows. Impacted artists are encouraged to apply for a Denver Actors Fund DEAR Fund stipend here.

Disclaimer: Many companies are considering rescheduling these productions at later dates. This list will be regularly updated. Updates should be sent to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

SHUTTERED, POSTPONED OR CANCELED PRODUCTIONS:

 THE ACADEMY OF COMMUNITY THEATRE (COLORADO SPRINGS)

  • “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.” (children’s production)

 

ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE (DENVER)

  • "Murder at an Irish Wake"
  • "Mystery in the Toy Shop" (for children)
  • "Red Hot Murder"
  • "Hard Rock Homicide"
  • "Bootleggers Revenge"

AND TOTO TOO THEATRE COMPANY (DENVER)

  • “Fractured Moonlight”

 

ARVADA CENTER

  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • “Murder on the Orient Express”
  • “Small Mouth Sounds”
  • “The Velveteen Rabbit” (for children)
  • “Something Rotten”

 

THE ATHENA PROJECT (DENVER)

  • 2020 Athena Project Arts Festival

 

AURORA FOX

  • “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday”
  • Disney’s “Freaky Friday The Musical”

 

BAND OF TOUGHS (BOULDER)

  • Hypo: A Collaboratory

 

BAS BLEU THEATRE (FORT COLLINS)

  • Way to Heaven
  • Blithe Spirit

 

BDT STAGE (BOULDER)

  • “Ragtime, The Musical”
  • “Aesop-A-Rebop (for children)
  • “Take to the Highway: The Music of James Taylor”
  • TBD: “The Sound of Music” (To Be Determined)

 

BENCHMARK THEATRE (LAKEWOOD)

  • "The Phlebotomist"
  • “The WorkBench Project Workshop Series”

 

THE BITSY STAGE (DENVER)

  • “The Merchant of Mumbai”

 

BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY

  • “Oslo”

 

BRECKENRIDGE BACKSTAGE THEATRE

  • “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”
  • “Matilda: The Musical”
  • “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • TBD: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

 

BUG THEATRE (DENVER)

  • “Freak Train”

 

BUNTPORT THEATER (DENVER)

  • “Cabaret De Profundis, or How to Sing While Ugly Crying”
  • “Magnets on the Fridge”
  • “The Great Debate”
  • “We Still Like You”
  • “The Narrators”

 

CANDLELIGHT DINNER PLAYHOUSE (JOHNSTOWN)

  • “Jekyll & Hyde”
  • “Always…Patsy Cline”
  • “Curtains”
  • “Peter Pan”

 

THE CATAMOUNTS (BOULDER)

  • “FEED”

 

CENTRAL CITY OPERA

  • “Carousel”
  • “Rigoletto”
  • “Dido and Aeneas”

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CHERRY CREEK THEATRE (DENVER)

  • “Grace & Glorie”

 

COAL CREEK THEATER OF LOUISVILLE

  • “First Date”

 

COLORADO NEW PLAY FESTIVAL (STEAMBOAT SPRINGS)

  • 2020 Colorado New Play Festival

 

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (BOULDER)

  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • “All's Well that Ends Well”
  • “Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey”
  • “Coriolanus”
  • “Pericles”

 

COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE

  • “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”
  • “Silent Sky”
  • “Men on Boats”
  • “In the Heights”
  • ”Lonely Planet”   

 

COLORADO SPRINGS THEATREWORKS

  • “An Iliad”
  • “Passion Play”
  • “Twelfth Night”

 

COUNTERWEIGHT THEATRE LAB (COLORADO SPRINGS)

  • “King Lear”

 

CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE

  • “Fully Committed”
  • “The Roommate”
  • “Annie”
  • “Oklahoma!”
  • “The Importance of Being Earnest”
  • “Grounded”
  • “Boomtown”
  • “Headwaters New Play Festival” 

 

CURIOUS THEATRE (DENVER)  

  • “Admissions”
  • “Roe”

 

CURTAIN PLAYHOUSE (WHEAT RIDGE)

  • “The Drowsy Chaperone”
  • "Frozen Kids" (children's production)
  • "The Little Mermaid Jr." (children's production)

 

DANGEROUS THEATRE (DENVER)

  • “That's Not Ketchup: When Role Play Goes Wrong”
  • “Meatloaf and the Milkman”
  • “Comedy and Kink”
  • “Wheel of Doom”
  • “The Sing-Song Ding-Dong Show”

 

DCPA BROADWAY (DENVER)

  • “The SpongeBob Musical”
  • “Mean Girls on Broadway”
  • Disney’s “The Lion King” (postponed)
  • “My Fair Lady” (postponed)
  • “The Band’s Visit”
  • “The Book of Mormon”
  • “Hamilton” (postponed)

 

DCPA CABARET (DENVER)

  • “The Improvised Shakespeare Company”
  • “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top…”(postponed)
  • “That Golden Girls Show” (postponed)
  • TBD: “The Crown – Live!”

 

DCPA EDUCATION (METRO)

  • “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot”


DCPA OFF-CENTER (DENVER)

  • “Theater of the Mind” (postponed)

 

DCPA THEATRE COMPANY (DENVER)

  • “Until the Flood”
  • “Choir Boy"
  • “Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous” (start of season postponed)
  • “Light Up the Sky” (start of season postponed)
  • “A Christmas Carol” (start of season postponed)
  • “The Children” (start of season postponed)
  • TBD: 2021 Colorado New Play Summit
  • TBD: “In the Upper Room”
  • TBD: “Rattlesnake Kate”


THE DINNER DETECTIVE

  • Embassy Suites (Denver)
  • Hilton (Fort Collins)
  • Great Wolf Lodge (Colorado Springs)

 

DURANGO ARTS CENTER

  • “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” (children’s production)
  • “Journey of the Noble Gnarble” (children’s production)

 

EQUINOX THEATRE COMPANY (DENVER)

  • Monty Python’s "Spamalot"
  • “First Date”
  • TBD: “Triassic Parq”

 

EVERGREEN PLAYERS

  • “My Name is Asher Lev”
  • “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • “Peter and the Starcatcher”

 

FIREHOUSE THEATER COMPANY (DENVER)

  • “Ada and the Engine”
  • “Towards Zero”

 

FORGE LIGHT THEATREWORKS (AURORA) 

  • “Bare: The Musical”
  • TBD: “The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes”

 

FOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER

  • “The Armadillo Queen”

 

FRONT RANGE THEATRE COMPANY

  • “A Kiss For My Daughter”

 

FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY (COLORADO SPRINGS)

  • "The Waverley Gallery"
  • "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

 

GLENWOOD VAUDEVILLE REVIEW (GLENWOOD SPRINGS)

  • “Into the Woods”
  • “The 2020 Glenwood Vaudeville Revue”

 

INSPIRE THEATRE COMPANY (PARKER)

  • “Guys and Dolls (youth production)

 

IRON SPRINGS CHATEAU (MANITOU SPRINGS)

  • “Honesty Always Wins, Or This Mine is Mine”
  • “The Great American Novel, Or Just Desserts?”

 

JESTERS DINNER THEATRE (LONGMONT)

  • “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

 

KATY WILLIAMS DESIGN (DENVER)

  • Rocky Mountain Puppet Slam

 

LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY (SILVERTHORNE)

  • “The Roommate”
  • “What We Leave Behind”
  • “Man of La Mancha”
  • TBD: “Popcorn Falls”

 

LAMONT OPERA COMPANY (DENVER)

  • “The Magic Flute”

 

LITTLE THEATRE OF THE ROCKIES (GREELEY)

  • “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
  • “A Comedy of Tenors”
  • “Assassins”

 

LOCAL THEATER COMPANY (BOULDER)

  • Local Lab 2020
  • “Sin Eaters”

 

LONE TREE ARTS CENTER

  • “Broadway Princess Party”
  • “An Evening with Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie”
  • “Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert”

 

LONGMONT THEATRE COMPANY

  • “The Odd Couple”
  • “The Producers”

 

LOST AND FOUND PRODUCTIONS (DENVER)

  • “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” 

 

MADAME ZERVANO’S TRAVELING MYSTERY SHOW

  • “Jazz and Murder”

 

MAGIC MOMENTS (LITTLETON)

  • "Take the High Road"


MATHEATER (BOULDER)

  • “Voyagers” (original musical)

 

MILLIBO ART THEATRE (COLORADO SPRINGS)

  • “The Notorious Nugget”
  • “Tall, Tall Tales”
  • “The RIP” (improv comedy)
  • “The Traveler”
  • “Borderlines”
  • “The Incredible Circus Millibo” 

 

MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE (GOLDEN)

  • “Moon Over Buffalo”
  • “Once” reunion concert”
  • “Rumpelstiltskin”
  • “Hope and Gravity”  
  • TBD: “The Crucible”
  • “Mother Goose” 
  • TBD: “Once on This Island”

 

MISFITS THEATER (BOULDER)

  • “Macbeth”

 

MOSS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (GRAND JUNCTION)

  • “Fiddler on the Roof”
  • “The Wolves”

 

NORTHGLENN PLAYERS

  • “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

 

NORTHGLENN YOUTH THEATRE

  • “Big the Musical”

 

OPENSTAGE THEATRE & COMPANY (FORT COLLINS)

  • “Constellations”
  • “Rumors”
  • “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood”

 

OPERA FOR COLLINS

  • “Verdi's Macbeth”

 

PACE CENTER (PARKER)

  • “Mamma Mia”

 

PERFORMANCE NOW (LAKEWOOD)

  • “The Drowsy Chaperone"
  • “1776”

 

PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY (DENVER)

  • TBD: “Alice in Wonderland” (announcement expected Wednesday)

 

PLATTE VALLEY PLAYERS (BRIGHTON)

  • “Songs for a New World”
  • “The Music Man Kids” (children’s production)
  • “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior” (children’s production)

 

PUBLIC WORKS THEATRE (LAFAYETTE)

  • “The Luster of Lost Things”

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REPERTORY THEATRE (GRAND LAKE)

  • “Kinky Boots”
  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
  • “The Music Man”

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN THEATRE FOR KIDS (DENVER/BOULDER)

  • “Sweeney Todd School Edition (children’s production)
  • “Tarzan” (children’s production)
  • “Matilda” (children’s production)

 

ROUGH DRAUGHT PLAYWRIGHTS (DENVER)

  • Quarterly Theatrical Playground

 

THE ROYAL PLAYERS GUILD (BOULDER)

  • “Stalled”

 

SHAKESPEARE IN THE WILD (CENTENNIAL)

  • “The Tempest”

 

SOUTHERN COLORADO REPERTORY THEATRE (TRINIDAD)

  • Three never announced summer productions

 

THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY (DENVER)

  • The 6th EVER WordFest & Artists of Color Summit (with Su Teatro)

 

SU TEATRO (DENVER)

  • “War of the Flowers: The Kitayama Carnation Strike”
  • “El Corrido del Barrio”

 

STAGEDOOR THEATRE (CONIFER)

  • “Alice in Wonderland Junior” (children’s production)
  • “She Kills Monsters
  • “Sweeney Todd School Edition (children’s production)
  • “Mamma Mia!” 

 

STORIES ON STAGE (DENVER)

  • Adam Golaski's “Color Plates”
  • “Tales from the Big Apple”

 

THEATRE ASPEN

  • “Chicago”
  • “Rock of Ages”
  • TBD: “The Sunshine Boys”

 

THEATER COMPANY OF LAFAYETTE

  • “Always a Bridesmaid”

 

THEATRE D’ART (COLORADO SPRINGS)

  • “Puerto Rican Nocturne”

THIN AIR THEATRE COMPANY (CRIPPLE CREEK)

  • “Under the Colorado Moon” 
  • “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
  • TBD: “I Ought to Be in Pictures”

 

THINGAMAJIG THEATRE COMPANY (PAGOSA SPRINGS)

  • “Bright Star” 
  • “The Wizard of Oz” 
  • “Sweeney Todd” 
  • “Godspell 2012”

 

THUNDER RIVER THEATRE COMPANY (CARBONDALE)

  • “Into the Breeches”

 

TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER (LITTLETON)

  • “Barefoot in the Park”
  • “Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver”
  • “Little Shop of Horrors”

 

THE UPSTART CROW (BOULDER)

  • “A Doll's House” 

 

THE VENUE THEATRE (CONIFER)

  • “Fiddler on the Roof” (children’s production)

 

VINTAGE THEATRE (AURORA)

  • "Marvin’s Room”
  • “Shakespeare in Love” (postponed)
  • TBD: “Fireflies”
  • TBD: “Gypsy”
  • TBD: “Winner of 2019 Vintage New Play Festival
  • TBD: “Quilters”

 

WINDSOR COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

  • “Happily Ever After”

WOLF THEATRE ACADEMY (DENVER)

  • “Guys and Dolls” (children’s production)
  • “Matilda” (children’s production)
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (children’s production)
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