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The cast of A Christmas Carol poses for a photo onstage

First Look: A Christmas Carol

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation for the whole family that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.  Take a look at some of the production photos below.

Jamie Ann Romero smiles onstage during Cebollas rehearsal

Playwrights Announced for the 17th Annual Colorado New Play Summit

The DCPA Theatre Company is proud to announce playwrights, dates, and details for the 2023 Colorado New Play Summit. The 17th annual festival will take place over one weekend on February 25-26, and feature readings of new plays by Jake Brasch, Vincent Terrell Durham, Christina Pumariega, and Sandy Rustin. The festival will also feature Laughs in Spanish by Alexis Scheer […]

The ghost of Christmas Present raises a glass in A Christmas Carol

Hidden Objects in A Christmas Carol

In 1843, England was in an economic depression and yuletide cheer seemed to belong to a bygone era. Through the publication of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens intended to call out the social injustice of the period, but his little ghost story did more than that. Eager to recapture the holiday spirit, A Christmas Carol […]

The cast of A Christmas Carol stands together onstage

Individuals and Events that Inspired A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens called his little Christmas book a “carol” after the songs and ballads celebrating the holiday for the birth of Christ. He carried the pretense further by calling the chapters “staves.” “Stave” is an archaic from of the word “staff,” a stanza of a poem or song. Despite the lyrical title, the good-spirited story […]

A man gestures onstage in Much Ado About Nothing

Understanding Shakespeare in Much Ado About Nothing

Modern audiences don’t have the benefit of footnotes when enjoying a Shakespeare play. When reading the text, footnotes are often necessary to comprehend the nuances of Elizabethan age humor, slang, and history. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is heralded as one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, containing copious amounts of wordplay and banter. Before attending a […]

Designing for a Villain: Don John in Much Ado About Nothing

If clothes make the man, does it stand to reason that costumes make the villain? That’s the question we posed to DCPA Costume Crafts Director Kevin Copenhaver, who has been tasked with designing 1930s-era costumes for Much Ado About Nothing. Not necessarily, was his answer. “I don’t think costumes make the hero or the villain. […]

A hand-painted vest is laid out on a workstation

A Sicilian-Inspired, Hand Painted Vest in Much Ado About Nothing

Director Chris Coleman will set his version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in the Sicilian port town of Messina. A minor but integral character is Dogberry, the incompetent constable, who unwittingly (and comically) discovers a plot to thwart true love. When Costume Crafts Director Kevin Copenhaver took on the charge to design the show, […]

A photograph of three women smiling

A Shining Heart: The Legacy of First Hand Cathie Gagnon

It just doesn’t sound the same in the Denver Center’s costume shop these days. “It’s very quiet now,” Director of Costumes Jan MacLeod said as her team continues to process the July 19 passing of stitcher Cathie Gagnon, an open and outgoing fixture in the DCPA Theatre Company family for the past 30 seasons. They […]

The cast of The Chinese Lady performs on an opulent stage

First Look: The Chinese Lady

The year is 1834 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. Intriguing and powerful, The Chinese Lady is a play unlike anything you’ve seen before. Take a look at some of the production photos below.

An intricate painting of the wedding scene in Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing: More than a Renaissance rom-com

There’s something very modern about Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The rapid-fire zings, the flirty aggression — If Beatrice and Benedick met today, they would badmouth and ghost each other on a dating app. Fortunately, the play is respectfully presented in its original form, only stylistically updated to the 1930s in the DCPA Theatre Company’s […]