The cast and crew of Cherry Creek High School's Man of La Mancha

New Category at Bobby G Awards: Cherry Creek High School’s Stage Management

During rehearsals and preparation for her spring musical, Man of La Mancha, Cherry Creek High School senior Amelia Mindlin-Leitner spent between 18 and 30 hours every week as stage manager, doing everything from attendance to blocking notes.  Stage management can be thankless work. Behind the scenes, they’re running the show, even if the audience can’t […]

The cast of Fossil Ridge High School's Bright Star

Into the Pit: 2023 Bobby G Awards Orchestra Nominees

Musicals all have one thing in common – music, of course! And while the actors, chorus, and dancers take center stage, there is another world right beneath their feet. Most high school musicals feature a pit orchestra comprised of student musicians, all of whom share an immense passion for their craft. At the Bobby G […]

2017-18 Outstanding Actors Abby Lehrer and Elisha Horne. Photo by Emily Lozow.

2018 Bobby G Winners: Where are they now?

From the archives: this article was originally published on May 18, 2022 Each May, The Bobby G Awards gather high school students from across Colorado to celebrate and reward their theatrical achievements. After two years away from the stage, The Bobby G’s are back with more excitement than ever. “The energy, power and positivity in […]

A large number of students clasp hands as they take a bow after performing in the DPS Shakespeare Festival

DPS Shakespeare Festival Takes Kids Beyond the Text

On a brisk April morning, 4,500 students, educators, volunteers, family and friends filled downtown Denver. Passersby were overheard asking, “Is there a parade?” And, the answer was “yes,” but not just any parade. It was the fanfare that preceded the 39th annual Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival, which kicked off with remarks in Skyline Park […]

An actor places a crown on her head during a performance of Macbeth

Taking Theatre to the Community: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ commitment to community performances goes back before Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, before its DCPAccess $10 ticket program, even before its founding in 1979. In fact, the very fabric of the DCPA was rooted in community because its benefactress, the late Helen Bonfils, made it her mission. When […]

The casts and creative teams for the High School Playwriting staged readings pose for a photo together

Q&A with the High School Playwriting Competition Winners

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Education & Community Engagement’s annual Middle School & High School Playwriting Competition inspires students across Colorado to connect with their inner artist.  In this year’s tenth annual competition, three freshman winners were selected for the first time in the competition’s history. The DCPA is excited to see […]

Auditions

From Stage to Screen: Acting for the stage and on-camera

Acting has been around for centuries and over time evolved into different forms. One popular form is acting for the screen. While traditional theatre tells stories from start to finish, performing the same show each night for a different audience, film and television are produced by stitching together scenes, often doing take after take until […]

The Buell Theatre seats filled with students, administrators, and teachers for the To Kill a Mockingbird student matinee performance

Student Matinee Success at DCPA

Growing up in rural Arkansas in the 1970s, there were very few opportunities to experience culture…let alone theatre. I still remember the first time I saw a live performance. My church group drove two hours to see The Nutcracker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It left an impression that ultimately led to a 30-year career in the […]

8 Gallery High School Playwriting Colorado New Play Summit

Two-Time Win for the Walker Family in DCPA’s Playwriting Competition

If sibling rivalry isn’t enough of a motivator, a little cash might do. Or so it seems on the surface when you talk to 2022 and 2023 Middle School Playwriting winners, Wilson and Liesel Walker (ages 13 and 11 respectively). But if you dig just a little deeper, expressing themselves creatively plus the encouragement of […]