Take a trip to Lone Tree to delight in a decade-old arts center built around the idea of independent theater, live music, and shows for people of all ages and abilities.
Those are the key elements of the Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC), which offers not only inexpensive tickets to children’s performances in order to strike a love of the arts, but also sensory-sensitive shows and free, special acts called SPARK! for those suffering from memory loss. Located at 10075 Commons Street in Lone Tree, right off I-25 and Lincoln Avenue, LTAC needs to be on any theater, art and/or music lover’s radar. Best part, it’s just 30 minutes away from downtown Denver.
After a push from residents to build an arts center, LTAC came into fruition three years later in 2011. Operated by the City of Lone Tree, the venue was built on a piece of land donated by the developers of the RidgeGate community. Westlake Reed Leskosky designed the structure and pushed to have as many environmentally-friendly elements as possible. In fact, LTAC is LEED Certified.
Since then, the venue has been going strong, hosting dozens of world-class acts from theater to concerts to interactive events for kids.
- There are 500 seats, but no seat is further than 60 feet from the stage.
- Check out the 225-seat event hall that opens up into 350-seat outdoor theater.
- If you purchase tickets to three or more shows you get a discount.
- While the theater has a season of shows, there are even more events and performances going on. Just check the LTAC calendar online.
- Over 150 people volunteer.
- Parking is free, but there’s also easy access to LTAC by RTD Light Rail and the Lone Tree Link.
Theater for Kids
One of the unique things about LTAC comes in the form of getting children into the theater. The Passport to Culture program does just that, offering tickets for $7 a person, no matter the age or where you sit. Coming up, the theater will show The Wizard of Oz on January 29, kids’ band Doctor Noize on February 19, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra with the Young Artists Orchestra on March 19.
LTAC also hosts Seedlings, an almost monthly event for little kids to come and make some noise while engaging in arts and culture. The next one, on January 10, features the Colorado Ballet and learning to move like an animal to the music. Then on February 14, Top Hogs plays, which centers around performing pigs led by animal trainer John Vincent. Each ticket is $5, and kids under a year old are free.
The 2022/23 season still has so many shows to look forward to, over two dozen in fact. The season wraps up with the Cuban band Tiempo Libre on Saturday, May 6 at 8pm. Here are some highlights to check out, but make sure to peep the whole line up on the LTAC website, lonetreeartscenter.org.
- Home For the Holidays: A Christmas-themed variety show on December 15-23
- An Evening with Laura Benanti: Get to know the award-winning actress on January 13 at 8pm
- Gibney Dance: Gina Gibney’s new modern dance company comes straight from NYC on January 27 at 8pm
- Chicago Tap Theatre: Get into tap dancing while listening to classic tunes on February 4 at 8pm
- Peking Acrobats Featuring the Shanghai Circus: Thirty years of Chinese acrobat talent comes on February 10 at 8pm
- The Hammersteins: A Musical Family: Songs and stories featuring Oscar Andy Hammerstein III, Ali Ewoldt, Teri Hansen, Nicholas Rodriguez, Robert Sims and pianist Cathy Venable on February 24 at 8pm
- Naghash Ensemble: Partake in a mesh of Armenian folk song, classical music, rock and jazz on March 4 at 8pm
- San Jose Taiko: Hear and watch traditional Japanese drumming on March 24 at 8pm
- Mary Louise Lee Orchestra Tribute to Natalie Cole: Hear Ms. Lee’s amazing voice on April 21 at 8pm