December: Colorado theatre openings

December Openings. Euan Morton. Hedwig and the Angry Inch. By Joan Marcus.

Euan Morton (‘Taboo’) stars in the national touring production of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ coming to Denver starting Dec. 6. Photo by Joan Marcus.

NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of all upcoming Colorado theatre openings. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at

If it’s December that means holiday theatre — and you have your pick of 33 holiday-themed shows of all tonal stripes listed below. You can even choose between nine iterations of A Christmas Carol, including the one at the Denver Center that features a new director and star in its 24th seasonal staging. But for those seeking secular fare, we have five solid recommendations, followed by a complete list of all your theatregoing options.

Five intriguing non-holiday titles for December:

1 PerspectivesThe Aurora Fox is presenting the classic Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess with a new book adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (TopDog/Underdog) and score (It Ain’t Necessarily So, I Got Plenty of Nuttin’) by Dierdre L. Murray. Set in the 1930s, Porgy and Bess centers on the tragic love story of the crippled beggar Porgy and the beautiful Bess, who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute. For The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Parks replaced the opera’s sung recitatives with spoken dialogue, widening the focus to include the full cast of characters living on Catfish Row. This production is directed by the intentionally lower-cased donnie l. betts through Jan. 1 at 9900 E. Colfax Ave. 303-739-1970 or

2 Perspectives

December Openings DCPAThe Edge Theatre revisits one of its most critically acclaimed past productions with Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, directed this go-round by John Ashton. The story follows the psychological travails of Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman who is a pillar in his Brooklyn community until he takes an unnatural shine to his niece. Through Dec. 31 at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. 303-232-0363 or

3 PerspectivesThe underground world has been waiting 20 years to see a Broadway touring production of the John Cameron Mitchell/Stephen Trask rock-musical masterpiece, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It’s the story of an internationally ignored song stylist and her quest for wholeness. Read our interview with John Cameron Mitchell. Plays Dec. 6-11 at the Buell Theatre, 303-893-4100 or

4 PerspectivesOpus December openingsMichael Hollinger’s Opus is an insider’s look at a high-strung string quartet going through changes in program and personnel. Days before a televised White House concert, the Lazara String Quartet fires its violist and replaces him with a young woman whose skill inspires the group to prepare a monster of a composition — Beethoven’s Opus 131. Doubling the difficulty of the assignment is the fact that the heretofore all-male group has been invaded by a player of a different gender and generation. Presented by the Springs Ensemble Theatre from Dec. 8-18 at 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St. in Colorado Springs.  719-357-3080 or (Pictured, clockwise from top: Jessica Parnello, David Corder, Dana Kjeldsen, Taylor Geiman and Emory John Collinson.)

5 PerspectivesThoroughly Modern Millie, the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a high-spirited valentine to New York in the 1920s. It tells the story of a young woman from Kansas who comes to The Big Apple in search of a new life for herself. But life has other ideas in mind. As you might expect, you’ll get big tap numbers, swinging music and flappers, flappers, flappers. Through Feb. 25 at BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder. 303-449-6000 or

And that’s just the start of things. Here are all your theatregoing options in one handy list:  


(Submit your listings to

Dec. 1-18: Su Teatro’s Joaquín’s Christmas
At 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or su teatro’s home page

Dec. 1-18: Boys Hair Club’s A Krumpus Story
Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. Ticket information READ MORE

Dec. 2-31: The Edge Theatre Company’s A View From the Bridge
1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or

Dec. 2, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017: Shrek: The Musical
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or

Dec. 2-23: Vintage Theatre Productions’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or

Dec. 2-17: Funky Little Theater Company’s The Nerd
2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or

Dec. 3-18: Phamaly Theatre Company’s Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol

At the King Center on the Auraria campus 303-575-0005 or

December Openings Granny. Cleo Parker RobinsonDec. 3-18: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble’s Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre, 119 Park Avenue West, 303-295-1759 or

Dec. 3-24: TheatreWorks’ A Christmas Carol
3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or

Dec. 6-11: National touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or READ MORE

Dec. 8-24: Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Grace Gamm Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or

Dec. 8-18: Lone Tree Arts Center’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000,

Dec. 8-18: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s Opus
1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 719-357-3080 or

Dec. 8-24: Thunder River Theatre Company’s The Last Romance
67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or


Dec. 9-18: Longmont Theatre Company’s Best Christmas Pageant Ever

513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or

Dec. 9-22: Lost & Found Productions’ 4 X’Mas
At The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St.,

Dec. 9-17: Northglenn Players’ Nuncrackers
DL Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, 303-450-8800 or

Dec. 15-27: Thingamajig Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol
Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or

Dec. 16-18: National touring production of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or

Dec. 16-18: Evergreen Players’ Seasons Readings (improv comedy)
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreen players’ home page


Dec. 20-Jan 1: National touring production of Finding Neverland
Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or READ MORE

Dec. 20-23: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Holiday Follies
The Outlets at Silverthorne. Dillon, 970-513-9386 or


Through Dec. 3: Equinox Theatre Company’s One Death, Please?
At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

Through Dec. 3: OpenStage Theatre & Company’s The Flick
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or

Through Dec. 4: Maya Productions’ Conviction
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328 or

Through Dec. 17: Curious Theatre’s Hand to God
1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or READ MORE

Through Dec. 18: Spotlight Theatre Company’s It’s A Wonderful Life in repertory with A Christmas Carol, two live radio plays
John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or

Through Dec. 18: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Bad Jews
At the Outlets at Silverthorne. Dillon, 970-513-9386 or

Through Dec. 18: The Bitsy Stage’s Sadko’s Song: A Russian Tale
1137 S. Huron St. Free, but reservations are required by calling 720-328-5294 or  emailing

Through Dec. 23: Miners Alley Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol
1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or

A December Openings The Snow QueenThrough Dec. 23: Bas Bleu Theatre Company’s The Snow Queen
401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949 or

Through Dec. 23: Miners Alley Children’s Theatre’s The Story of the Nutcracker
1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or

Through Dec. 24: DCPA Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, Stage Theatre
At the Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or

Through Dec. 24: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Off-Center’s The SantaLand Diaries
At the Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or

Through Dec. 24: Arvada Center’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or READ MORE

Through Dec. 24: The Avenue Theater’s Santa’s Big Red Sack
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page READ MORE

Through Dec. 30: Town Hall Arts Center’s A Christmas Story, The Musical
2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or

Through Dec. 30: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s She Loves Me
121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or

Through Dec. 30: Arvada Center’s Junie B. Jones, The Musical  (for children)
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or

A December Openings Wonderful LifeThrough Dec. 31: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s A Wonderful Life
4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or

Through Dec. 31: Thin Air Theatre Company’s A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol
139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or

Through Dec. 31: Midtown Arts Center’s A Christmas Story, The Musical
3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or

Through Jan. 1: Aurora Fox’s The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or

Through Jan. 8: Vintage Theatre Productions’ Beauty and the Beast
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or READ MORE

Through Feb. 25, 2017: BDT Stage’s Thoroughly Modern Millie
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


Ongoing productions
2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or


Dec. 10: Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, through May 13)
Dec. 20: The Great Debate
Dec. 21: The Narrators (a live storytelling show and podcast)
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or

Dec 14: Jay & Silent Bob Get Old (7 p.m.)
Dec 14: An Evening with Kevin Smith (9:30 p.m.)
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or

(Monthly film series in partnership with local theatre companies)
Nov. 15: It’s a Wonderful Life
Pre-screening entertainment by cast of Spotlight Theatre’s current production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play
At the Alamo Drafthouse, Aspen Grove, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, 720-588-4107 or BUY TICKETS

December Openings Amahl Evergreen ChoraleEVERGREEN CHORALE

Amahl and the Night Visitors and Holiday Classics (with Jefferson Symphony Orchestra)
Dec. 9 at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver
Dec. 11 at Rockland Community Church, 17 S. Mount Vernon Country Club Road, Golden
303-674-4002 or 


Dec. 31: A New York New Year’s Eve’ with Chris and Priscilla Flowers
The Outlets at Silverthorne. Dillon, 970-513-9386 or

Dec. 20, 2016: Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol
10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000,

Dec. 10: The Ultimate Christmas Show
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker,


Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or

Dec. 10-11: Making Merry
“One Christmas,” by Truman Capote
“The Demon Foiled,” by Anne Roiphe
“The Christmas Bogey” by Pat Frank
Plus: Holiday songs performed by GerRee Hinshaw, Josh Robinson, Erin Rollman and Gary Grundei

2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder
303-440-7666 or

1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at The King Center on the Auraria Campus
303-494-0523 or

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