Our final children’s performance from THAC’s Spring 2015 Semester takes the main stage TONIGHT – Thursday 4/23 by the Artemis Fowl students, grades 5-7.
Be sure to stop by Town Hall by 4:00 PM, Thursday 4/23 to see their final performance, and check out my photos (below) from rehearsal the other night! Follow THAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more education updates. Cheers!
TONIGHT – Wed 4/22 – things are getting magical at Town Hall Arts Center! Since February, our Harry Potter Play Production Class has been hard at work not only crafting their acting skills, but perfecting their writing as well! These amazing 5-7 Graders have learned what goes in to telling a story on stage and how plays are made with full lights, sound, and costume! Instructor LuAnn Buckstein says that,
These kids created this show from start to finish. They came up with the story idea, their own characters, and improvised the scenes. There is even costume design by Mia Chaw and music design by Aiden Miller. (Two of the students) What a creative, inventive, playful group!”
They even named the production themselves! DO NOT MISS the THACED original: Triwizard Madness; what promises to be an enchanting performance TONIGHT – 4/22 at 6:00 PM. Be sure to check out my class visit photos (below) and follow THAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for THAC Education updates. Cheers!
Our adorable K-3 Grade Cinderella Class will be taking their newly mastered performance skills to the stage TONIGHT! These students have been working diligently to learn the fundamental techniques of stage acting and improvisation while prating their public speaking skills. Instructor LuAnn Buckstein spoke candidly with me about this energetic bunch saying,
Wow what energy these kids bring to class every time I see them. They have such an uninhibited way of approaching this show. I love the moment to moment creativeness!”
Be sure to stop by Town Hall Arts Center for their performance on this evening, 4/22 at 6:00 PM, and follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for THAC Education updates. Check out these phone photos of LuAnn , teaching assistnats Sam Coto and Kendra Beeman, and our wonderful Cinderella students. Cheers!
The Town Hall Arts Center Education Department is gearing up for a grueling week of performances! Starting with a very special performance from our Super Hero Support Group Class Today, Monday 4/20 – these 3-5 graders have been hard at work since February learning and practicing the fundamental techniques of stage acting, public speaking, and improvisation. I had the chance to speak with class Instructor LuAnn Buckstein who says,
What a creative group! These kids have been working on developing a character and trying to make them bigger than life. They surprise and delight me with their spontaneity and inventive perspectives. I love working with these “Super” kids!”
Check out my photos with LuAnn, her TA Alyssa James, and our little starlet students below, and don’t miss their performance TONIGHT – MONDAY 4/20 (6:00) pm at Town Hall Arts Center. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates about THAC Education. Cheers!
After a long week of killer deals and steals from your favorite retailers, it is time to reflect on what the holidays are truly about… the spirit of giving! Town Hall Arts Center is one of the many non-profit organizations to participate in Colorado Gives Day, an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.
Town Hall Arts Center would like to graciously thank Community First Foundation and FirstBank for their partnership in creating the largest incentive fund in history through Colorado Gives Day – totaling 1 million dollars! As one of the largest giving-day incentive funds in the country, the program proportionally increases the value of every dollar donated to Town Hall Arts Center. According to a Colorado Gives Day Press Release,
“If a nonprofit organization receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, that same nonprofit receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund. The 2014 Incentive Fund is 300 percent larger than last year.”
– Kayla Arnesen, Community First Foundation
Colorado Gives Day 2014 is Tuesday, December 9th! On behalf of our actors (both adult and child), designers, directors, teachers, and staff – we would be honored if you could consider a gift to Town Hall Arts Center this year in the form of a Colorado Gives Donation! It would mean the world to everyone who makes THAC Productions possible, who are all working hard to bring the live theater experience to the Denver metro area! During the past year, over 33,000 students, seniors and adults attended our main stage performances, and preview performances of each main stage musical were attended by over 1,050 underprivileged individuals. In addition, we served over 3,000 children with our educational programs. Many of those children received scholarships or tuition reductions because of the support of individuals such as you!
I hope you are having the happiest of holidays this season. For the many bah-humbuggers you may have encountered during this Black Friday post-holiday week of madness, THAC has the perfect solution to bring you and your peers some holiday cheer! Town Hall Arts Center’s Theatre Education Department has a variety of different classes serving and promoting the importance of performing arts in youth culture throughout metro Denver. We hold multiple sessions of our Actor’s Playground — children’s theater workshop classes for ages 5 to 18. In general we plan 6 summer sessions, 5 fall sessions, and 5 winter/spring sessions. As one season ends, another begins! But not before a fantastic round of LIVE PERFORMANCES on the main stage at Town Hall Arts Center from these future stars! Our Fall Class Play Productions at THAC are FREE and open to the public! Check the schedule (below) and come visit us for an hour of FREE LIVE YOUTH THEATRE this holiday season!
PS. Stay tuned to the THAC BLOG for a special Arts On the Move preview to see how THAC is reaching participants who could not experience our children’s theatre activities otherwise!
FALL CLASS PLAY PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:
SUN | 12.07.14 | 6:00 PM
THE FINAL DRESS REHERSAL
Grades 6 – 12
Directed by: Susan Rahmsdorff
Our most exciting production yet! One-half student created, one-half Noises Off! Our actors will create their unique characters and give them personality. Students build the first half of the show together as those characters hilariously audition for the school play. Then, in the second act, we go back to the script to see the disastrous results as the production falls apart around them! You think the theater is crazy from an audience perspective? Wait until you see the pandemonium back stage!
Who let the mice drive? Join us for this hilarious “Fractured Fairytales” style take on the classic story. We all know the tale of little Ella, forced to do the dirty work so often she became Cinder-Ella! Thanks to her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella scrubs up pretty well, much to the dismay of her wicked Stepmother and terrible Step Sisters!
Join Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John and the whole band of Merry Outlaws as they take on the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. We’ll rob from the wicked and give to the good and have a great time doing it!
Kronos has a new plan to rise and destroy Olympus! This time, it starts with breaking down the protections around Camp Half-Blood. In an attempt to save their sanctuary, Percy, Grover, Annabeth, and Percy’s half-brother, Tyson, set off to find the mythical Golden Fleece that can heal any wound. Along the way, they’ll meet gods and monsters and an array of the most bizarre characters, all living unnoticed in our world! Can Percy accept the burdens of leadership and his family? Can you fight prophecy, even if you aren’t sure what it means? Who is going to get eaten and will that slow them down?
Will Harry be kicked out of Hogwarts? It looks that way. The Ministry of Magic is calling Harry a liar and denying the return of Voldemort. On top of that, the new Defense Teacher, Dolores Umbridge, seems determined to make everything worse! In response to these threats, Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather, introduces him to “The Order of the Phoenix” – a clandestine group formed to fight the Death Eaters and Harry starts “Dumbledore’s Army” – a clandestine student group formed to fight the problems within the school itself. Can Harry, Ron, Hermione and their friends take on all these troubles and still pass their O.W.L exams?
Let’s get to know another cast member performing in Anything Goes! Today’s post is dedicated to Mr Seth Maisel, cast as a Sailor and member of the Anything Goes Ensemble. Check out our Q&A Session where Seth talks Halloween, knee-high boots, and acting for the past 20 years… Enjoy!
WHY SEE ANYTHING GOES? This is one of those fantastic grand spectacle shows. Huge tap numbers, beautiful sets and costumes. Then the performances are absolutely hilarious. I forget what I’m supposed to be doing on stage because I’m too busy laughing at the hilarity going on around me.
Cheryl McNab, Town Hall’s Executive Director is quite proud of all of the changes that happened at Town Hall this summer, we thought we would pass this onto you from her!
This Summer brought several new changes to Town Hall Arts Center. In June, the board approved the purchase of a new microphone system. The new Shure system includes a new improved receiver, 20 body microphones and six wireless handheld microphones adding considerably to our ability to amplify our productions. Also THAC joined with the City of Littleton to upgrade the lighting distribution system. The old system was originally installed sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s. This new system brings THAC into the new millennium giving us the ability to bring in the best of new lighting elements available. Finally, at the end of the Summer, the City of Littleton replaced the final large air conditioning unit on top of the building. Now all three of these air conditioning units are under three years old and should carry the theater coolly for a long time to come.
All of these projects will add to our patrons and students enjoyment of Town Hall Arts Center.
We are just starting to catch our breath after a hectic week of performances. Our students blew the audiences away with performances of “Finding Nemo”, “Ella Enchanted” and “Harry Potter” over the last week.
This week we have schools from all over Denver coming to be a part of the “Participation Christmas Carol” where the audience plays roles ranging from adorable Tiny Tim to the terrifying Ghost of Christmas Future. Of course, we have our own take on the classic tale and everyone, including the audience, joins in to teach our silly sour Scrooge a lesson! We are still taking bookings for schools and groups, so call in.
Our Spring schedule is out and ready and we have a few new changes that we think will make for easier sign-ups, better classes, and more fun for everyone. Our classes will now be divided up by grade-level so that everyone gets to work with peers closer to their own age. So our class for the youngest students (a celebration of the splendiferous Roald Dahl) will be for grades K-2. Our next section is for grades 3 – 5, and it will be their turn to put on a little bit older “Finding Nemo”, this time with all of Disney and Pixar’s trademark sarcasm and irony. Fun for the kids, even more fun for the adults who come to watch!
Our “Harry Potter” class is going to be very exciting this Spring as we bring you “The Half-Blood Prince” for the first time! Students in grades 5 – 7 will learn to “apparate” and take on a much more grown up and serious time at Hogwarts.
And we aren’t done with the big plans. Our “Acting Up! — Theater Workshop for Teens” is going for 12 weeks this time, instead of the usual 10. That is because they will be creating their own musical! Students in grades 6 – 12 will choose their own music and then write and direct their own show that incorporates their choices. It is going to be a lot of work and a lot of fun. We can’t wait to see the result, because nobody knows what it will be!
We have an exciting Spring lineup ahead of us and are already planning for summer shenanigans complete with Shakespeare, comedy, camera work, and another full musical like last summer’s huge hit, “Once on This Island”. No, really, we’re still trying to get those songs out of our heads.
The next production in Town Hall Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Season will be The Sound of Music, with Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. This musical is directed by Robert Wells, choreographed by Kelly Kates, with musical direction by Donna Kolpan Debreceni.
Featured in this production are Rebekah Ortiz as Maria, Keegan Flaugh as Captain von Trapp, and Samantha Jo Staggs as Mother Abbess. This classic musical is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the von Trapp Family Singers, and features many songs that have become standards, including the title song “The Sound of Music,” “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Moutain,” and “Do-Re-Mi.”
Town Hall’s production opens November 16, 2012 and runs through December 30, 2012. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (& 2:00 p.m. on 11/24, 12/8, 12/22 & 12/29) & Sundays at 2 p.m. (& 6:30 p.m. on 12/6).
The Sound of Music is generously sponsored by Colorado Business Bank. Colorado Business Bank has locations throughout the Denver metro area focused on the financial needs of the community, and staffed with banking professionals empowered to make decisions and deliver personalized products and services.
Reserved seat tickets are currently on sale, priced $22.00-$42.00 at the Town Hall Arts Center box office, 303-794-2787 ext. 5 (Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to Noon/ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. and 1 Hour prior to Shows) or on-line at www.TownHallArtsCenter.com. In a continuing effort to make plays at Town Hall Arts Center accessible to all, ten value seats at $10 each will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis one-hour prior to each published curtain time.