The Arvada Center has been bringing theater to life for 42 years, and with its newly announced 2017-2018 season, the center is bringing new stories to the stage.
“We have a very well balanced season coming for our patrons,” said Rod Lansberry, Producing Artistic Director of Musicals. “There’s a really interesting through line in all the musical about the challenges of producing art.”
What makes the 42nd season at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, unique is the lesser known and newer works that are being featured. The season includes two regional premieres (“Sense and Sensibility” and “The Electric Baby”) and the final musical of the season is “Sunday in the Park with George,” by Stephen Sondheim. Lansberry said its been many years since the center tackled a Sondheim piece.
“’Sunday in the Park’ is a show I haven’t seen done in years,” he added. “We’re always looking to try things that we’re not seeing at other theaters.”
Because of the success of the 2016-2017 season, the plays at the Arvada Center will be done in repertory, which means hiring an ensemble company of actors, directors and designers who will put on all of the season’s productions.
“We were very careful that we didn’t try to duplicate the 2016-2017 season,” said Lynne Collins, Artistic Director of Plays for the second year. “We find ways, even with shows that might be familiar to people, to make everything new and exciting.”
The theme in the repertory shows is secrets, and how people try to keep them.
“These shows also examine taking responsibility, and how sometimes people need to step up and accept it,” Collins added. “For the season, we wanted plays that are great and interesting, and are not on everybody’s radar.”
Subscription packages range in price from $120 to $318 and are on sale current and new subscribers now. Continuing this year is the Theatre Salon Subscription that includes three packages; all seven plays, three musicals or four plays plus the Theatre Salon Series. Single tickets for the 2017-18 theater season go on sale Aug. 7.
“Everything we do here, we do from scratch,” Lansberry said. “We want everyone to come join us as we present the best possible productions.”