The Denver Center Theatre Company production of ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ from 2012. Photo Credit: Jennifer M. Koskinen
The Arvada Center has announced its six-play, 2015-16 season:
Sept. 15-Oct. 4, 2015
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
This is the regional premiere of the musical based on the classic 1970s film. Set in the years after Vietnam, Watergate, and civil unrest; America was ready to embrace something new. When disco blazed onto the scene, it created a cultural shift by embracing a blending of dance styles from high-energy jitterbug, to mid-century rock and roll and the classic grace of ballroom dance. Disco helped launch a new era that resulted in lifestyle changes and musical genres that have become part of our contemporary culture. Saturday Night Fever features all the great Bee Gee disco hits including “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” “If I Can’t Have You,” “You Should Be Dancing,” and more. Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oakes.
Good on Paper
Sept. 29-Oct. 25, 2015
By George Brant
In this quirky romantic comedy, Peg, a lonely police-sketch artist, prefers the company of her many drawings of criminals to the real men in her life. But when her romance-novelist sister gives her a mysterious hand-carved pencil, her sketches come to life. This is great, except when the people you draw are criminals. This modern Pygmalion tale begs the question: Does love define or defy perfection?
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Directed by Gavin Mayer
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, they follow two sisters to a Vermont lodge where they are performing in a Christmas show. This sentimental musical is filled with Christmas cheer, wonderful dance numbers and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Blue Skies,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and the title song.
Directed by Edith Weiss
Inspired by memories of a 1967 childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a 10-year-old studying manners. Young Jeffrey is a misfit little boy who wants nothing more than to be good at something, and he finds his unlikely niche at etiquette school. Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher with a dedication to Emily Post, and no student in her 36 years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. When he discovers her mysterious past, Young Jeffrey leverages what he knows so he can be the first to attain the highest score. The plot is reminiscent of stories by humorists such as David Sedaris.
By Katori Hall
The Mountaintop imagines the last night of Martin Luther King’s life. Exhausted from delivering one of his most memorable speeches, Dr. King rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when an unanticipated visit from a feisty young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of our nation.
April 26-May 15, 2016
Subscription packages range in price from $99 to $294 and are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 3. Call 720-898-7200 or go to www.arvadacenter.org