How to couple live theatre with your Colorado tourism

Shakespeare returns to Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs with 'Antony and Cleopatra.'
Shakespeare returns to Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs with ‘Antony and Cleopatra.’

By Olivia Jansen
For the DCPA NewsCenter

With so many sights to see traveling through Colorado, it’s hard to visit everything in just one trip. Most people opt for hiking or cycling, but there are also great theatre companies throughout the state. So why not experience the sights and the local talent on the same trip? We’ve paired some of the best theatre companies statewide with popular nearby attractions to make including live theatre on your vacation easy: 

Black Hawk and the Evergreen Players
Black Hawk27608 Fireweed Dr., Evergreen, 80439 MAP IT
303-674-4934 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 30 minute drive from one to the other
Now playing: The Addams Family through July 31
Coming soon: EPiC Summer: Improv Comedy, Aug. 26-27

Did you hit the jackpot at a Black Hawk casino? Use a sliver of your winnings to buy tickets to see the Evergreen Players. With a history as rich as the town, the company started small in 1950 and has grown to producing six shows a year. The Evergreen Players offer titles ranging from classics to regional premieres, with professionals and amateur actors working together on stage and off.

Breckenridge and the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Breckenridge121 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge, 80424 MAP IT
970-453-0199 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 7 minute drive from one to the other
Now playing: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, through Aug. 14  
Coming soon: Hairspray, Aug. 26-Sept. 4

Add some art to your Breckenridge summer vacation by hitting the trails and then visiting the company named Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2010 by the Colorado Theatre Guild. Breckenridge Backstage Theatre has served Summit County for 39 years and produces high-quality shows. Located right off Main Street, it’s the perfect way to unwind from a day on the mountains. And it’s been newly renovated and affords the most comfortable seating you’ll ever hope to find in a theatre.  

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 80903 MAP IT
Phone: 719-634-5581 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 20-minute drive from one to the other.
Coming soon: Shear Madness, Sept. 22-Oct. 16
Watch the animals in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and later watch outstanding performers on stage at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The Center is one of few of its kind in the country, offering a museum, theatre and art school all under one roof. They aim to create extraordinary experiences through their annual season of musicals, comedies and dramas. 

Garden of the Gods and the Colorado Springs TheatreWorks
Garden of the GodsHome base is the Bon Vivant Theatre, 3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 80918
Phone: 719-255-3232 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 25-minute drive from one to the other
Now playing: Antony and Cleopatra, at Rock Ledge Ranch (Garden of the Gods), through Aug. 20 MAP IT
Coming up: Constellations, Sept. 8-25, at the Bon Vivant Theatre.

Colorado Springs doesn’t just offer breathtaking views. It also features wonderful performances at 
TheatreWorks, just minutes away. Located on the Colorado Springs campus during the school year, TheatreWorks moves to a tent in the picturesque Rock Ledge Ranch for an annual Shakespeare offering. TheatreWorks has grown since 1975 into the region’s premiere professional theatre company. It produces seven shows a year to keep their audiences engaged and excited. 

Keystone and the Lake Dillon Theatre Company
keystoneTemporarily located at the Outlets at Silverthorne, Green Village
246V Rainbow Drive, by the Colorado Welcome Center, Silverthorne, 80498 MAP IT
Phone: 970-513-1151 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 10-minute drive from one to the other
Currently playing: Cabaret, through Aug. 14

If you’re looking to get out of Keystone for the night, it’s a quick drive to see the Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Dillon. This award-winning theatre has been in business since 1995 and prides itself on providing quality theatre to Summit County and the Colorado Front Range. Visit the company in its temporary location before it opens its permanent new arts center in Silverthorne. 

Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango Arts Center
mesa-verde802 E. Second Ave., Durango, 81301 MAP IT
Phone: 970-259-2606 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 40-minute drive from one to the other
Coming soon: Fool for Love, playing Aug. 26-Sept. 11

After a long day of hiking, enjoy some down time at the Durango Arts Center. They offer old favorites and new, non-traditional works. If you’re visiting in the fall be sure to check out the Durango Autumn Arts Festival, a showcase for artists, musicians and performers.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Miners Alley Playhouse
Red-Rocks1224 Washington Ave., Golden, 80401 MAP IT
Phone: 303-935-3044 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 15-minute drive from one to the other
Now playing: Little Shop of Horrors, playing through Aug. 21

If you’re in Colorado visiting Red Rocks, make sure to add Miners Alley Playhouse to your list of things to do. The award-winning professional theater puts on musicals, comedies, concerts and more. It also features a full bar and lounge, called Lillie’s Saloon, in the lobby. The hour before every show is Happy Hour. 

Rocky Mountain National Park and Jesters Dinner Theatre
Rocky Mountain National Park224 Main St., Longmont, 80501 MAP IT
Phone: 303-682-9980 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 50-minute drive from one to the other
Currently playing: Oklahoma, through Oct. 2

Hike your way out of the mountains and make your way down to Jesters Dinner Theatre for dinner and a show. Or just a show – they offer a no-dinner ticketing option as well. A ticket toJesters is  affordable, with dinner and a performance topping out at $42. Jesters has been in business since 1987 and draws actors from all over the state.

Buffalo Bill Museum and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Buffalo_Bill6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 80003 MAP IT
Phone: 720-898-7200 or HOME PAGE
Distance: 30 minute drive from one to the other
Coming soon: Sister Act, playing Sept. 9-Oct. 7

A short distance separates the history of Buffalo Bill from the arts at the Arvada Center. After checking out the Buffalo Bill Museum, make the drive to the award-winning regional arts center. With five theatre productions a year, plus professional children’s theatre, there’s sure to be something to spark your interest.

Complete Colorado Theatre listings for August

Bonus coverage: Here are a few additional acclaimed Colorado mountain theatre companies that primarily produce shows during the summertime:


Creede Repertory Theatre
124 Main St., 719-658-2540 or go to
Through Aug. 13: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Through Aug. 14: The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
Through Aug. 18: Kind of Red
Through Sept. 4: The History Room
Through Sept. 17: Private Lives

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or
Opening Sept. 2: Million Dollar Quartet

Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (year-round)
Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or
Through Aug 26: Death by Design
Through Sept. 2: Almost Maine
Through Sept 3: Little Women
Oct. 21-30: Sarah, Plain and Tall

StageDoor Theatre (year-round)
27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or
September 2016: Steel Magnolias
October 2016: The Rocky Horror Show
January 2017: Something’s Afoot
June 2017: Avenue Q

Theatre Aspen
The Hurst Theatre  470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or
Through Aug. 15: Dear Edwina
Through Aug. 19: Buyer and Cellar
Through Aug. 20: Mamma Mia!

Thin Air Theatre Company (year-round)
139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-3247 or
Through Aug. 27: Darling of the Donkey
Through Aug. 27: Pippin
Sept. 2-24: The Foreigner
Sept. 30-Oct. 30: Cripple Creep Show
Nov. 25-Dec. 31: A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol

Thingamajig Theatre Company (year-round)
Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or
Through Aug. 26: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Through Aug. 25: Cabaret
Through Aug. 28: Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Through Aug. 28: Always … Patsy Cline
Oct. 14-30: Grounded
Dec. 15-27: A Christmas Carol  

Thunder River Theatre Company (year-round)
67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or
September 2016: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
December 2016 : The Last Romance
February 2017: The Tempest
June 2017: The Memory Of Water

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