2017 Colorado Fall Preview: 'Rock of Ages' and 'Appropriate'

Continuing a tradition dating to 2002, for the next 10 days, we will offer 10 intriguing theatre titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. Only this year we are expanding our coverage by offering 10 musicals AND 10 plays here on the DCPA NewsCenter

PLAY OF THE DAY: Curious Theatre’s Appropriate

Featured actor in the video above: Sean Scrutchins

Featured Actor Sean ScrutchinsSept. 2-Oct. 14
• 1080 Acoma St.
• 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

The story: Three adult children descend on a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch’s estate. There, they find a gruesome Southern relic that causes them to question their family’s history.

But what is it about? Appropriate is a challenging play on racial legacy that is “right on time” as our country grapples with how to handle Confederate relics like statues. Appropriate asks us how we explore our own history with race and how we should progress as a society.

Cast list:
Jamil Jude: Director
Jada Dixon: Assistant Director
Dee Covington: Toni
Erik Sandvold: Bo
Mare Trevathan: Rachel
Sean Scrutchins: Frank
Alec Sarché: Rhys
Rhianna DeVries: River
Audrey Graves: Cassidy
Harrison Lyles-Smith: Ainsley

MUSICAL OF THE DAY: BDT Stage’s Rock of Ages

Featured actor in the video above: Tim Howard

Featured actor Tim HowardAug. 25-Nov. 11
• 5501 Arapahoe Ave.
• 303-449-6000 or bdt’s home page

• The story: It’s the end of the 1980s, and the party is raging. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. Rock of Ages is a mix-tape compilation including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City” by Starship and Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” set to a story about pursuing dreams.

• But what is it about? Rock of Ages is about following your dreams even when there are giant egos blocking your path. It’s about being loud when your heart speaks the truth. This is a poignant musical that finds that fighting spirit with anthems that make you want to jump out of your seat and show the world you still know how to rock.

Cast list:
Director: Scott Beyette
Choreographer: McKayla Marso
Drew: Tim Howard
Dennis: Scott Beyette
Lonnie: Barret Harper
Franz: Brian Cronan
Hertz: Brian Burron
Stacee: Scott Severtson
Sherrie: Olyvia Beyette
Regina: Valerie Igoe
Waitress: Tracey Warren
Constance: Danielle Scheib
Justice: Joanie Brosseau
Groupies: Jessica Hindsley, Alyssa Robinson
Ensemble: Brian Jackson, Alejandro Roldan, Leo Battle

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Our complete 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:

Day 1: Curious Theatre’s Appropriate and BDT Stage’s Rock of Ages
Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre’s General Store and Town Hall Arts Center’s In the Heights
Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox’s Hi-Hat Hattie
Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.
Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

This 2017 Colorado fall preview is compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.

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