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How to Prepare Your Kids for Their First Show

The feeling of seeing a story unfold live on stage is unlike anything else, and it’s absolutely something to share with your children. When they’re ready, that is. While there’s no set age for when kids can be introduced to the stage — each child is different after all — there are signs to look […]

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Rediscovering the “Sunshine of the Spirit” in A Christmas Carol

Anthony Powell is the ghost of A Christmas Carol past, present and future. Powell, the new director of the DCPA Theatre Company’s seasonal favorite, has himself performed as an actor in five Denver Center holiday stagings going all the way back to 1992. He played Bob Cratchit three times, Old Joe once and finally, in […]

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Making the Most of Your Camp Christmas Time

If you’re off to Camp Christmas, the holiday production created by artist Lonnie Hanzon, consider making a day — or night — of it in Lakewood’s Belmar area as you embrace the holiday spirit through November and December. As you select your timed entry you will be factoring in weather, the dietary needs of your […]

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Bobby G Winner is Broadway Bound: Erik C. Peterson, 2013 Bobby G Award Winner

In 2013, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) launched The Bobby G High School Musical Theatre Awards to celebrate achievements in Colorado high school theatre. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the ceremony includes performances from nominees and award presentations. Nearly all award winners are high school students or faculty, but in its inaugural […]

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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 […]

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Trivia: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Before Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Comes to Town, test your memory — and that of your little elf — with some trivia based on the original 1964 classic television special. QUESTIONS: What is the name of the elf who wants to be a dentist? What is the name of the snowman narrator? What […]

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Q&A with Chip Davis, Creator of Mannheim Steamroller

DCPA: I understand in 2019 you celebrated a special anniversary? Chip Davis (CD): Yes — 2019 was the 35th anniversary of our annual Christmas Tour, making it the longest-running consecutive tour in the entertainment industry! We have our fans to thank for this milestone and making Mannheim Steamroller part of their holiday tradition. DCPA: And […]

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David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar’s Theater of the Mind Extends Due to Popular Demand

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Off-Center is excited to announce that due to popular demand, Theater of the Mind co-created by Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar will extend through January 22 in Denver.  Critics are raving about Theater of the Mind with WNYC’s Radiolab calling […]

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10 Fun Facts about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

1. While there are many reindeer in the North Pole, there is only 1 red-nosed reindeer, Rudolph. 2. Sam the Snowman’s pocket watch never changes time throughout the show. It always reads 2 o’clock. 3. Yukon Cornelius discovers the peppermint mine on his third prospecting attempt. 4. All of the human characters in Rudolph the […]

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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 […]