Rumpelstiltskin – Summer 2014
The play is delightful fun for the whole family, with lots of laughs, an excellent script and an exciting chase!
Fowler's Vision: A Centennial Celebration Play – Fall 2014
Inspired by the book, Colorado Christian University: First 100 Years by Dr. Janet M. Black (CCU's School of Humanities and Sciences), and by interviews with several alumni, Fowler's Vision is a unique celebration of CCU's 100 year journey from 1914-2014.
The play was written by CCU alumnus Paul Romig-Leavitt '02 and CCU Theatre Director Sanne McCarthy to honor and thank God and share some memories from our journey. The result is a musical, sometimes whimsical, sometimes profoundly thought provoking play – food for both laughter and contemplation.
Annie Get Your Gun – Spring 2015
Annie Get Your Gun, the charming tall tale of the romance between sharp shooters Frank Butler and Annie Oakley, in the days of the Wild West, received a Tony Award-winning revival production on Broadway in 1999. This fresh new treatment of the story continues to contain many favorite Irving Berlin tunes – “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”, “They Say That Falling In Love is Wonderful”, and, of course, the show-stopping “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better!”
Meet Me in St. Louis – Spring 2014
Based on "The Kensington Stories" by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture "Meet Me in St. Louis". This charming musical tale follows the Smith family of St. Louis, Missouri in the exciting year preceding the World’s Fair of 1904. The costumes and romances are delightfully representative of a younger America, and song favorites include “Skip to My Lou” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, as well as—of course!—the beloved title song.
Voices Beyond the Veil: the Story of God, Humanly Speaking – Fall 2013
A series of character sketches from the Bible spans Genesis through Revelation. An unusual contemporary setting allows us to hear the voices of the Judeo-Christian heritage with fresh insight that lifts our spirits and encourages our faith. Join us for this intriguing world premiere by Colorado playwright, Phil Ginsburg.
Fools – Summer 2013
This summer’s theatre production is sheer fun! Neil Simon’s Fools concerns a mythical Ukrainian village around the turn of the century (not this one; that other one—the 1890s). This village finds itself cursed with stupidity! The results are a delightful, laugh out loud romp!
The Music Man – Spring 2013
This popular favorite tells the story of traveling salesman Harold Hill, who sells a Boys’ Band to River City, Iowa with hilarious consequences. This is the only one of our productions with a romantic love story—and songs! Remember “76 Trombones”? Remember the barbershop quartet and “Lida Rose”? Remember “’Til There was You”?
The Jesus Trip – Fall 2012
This is our second production of The Jesus Trip. We produced its world premiere in the mid-90s and had such a good time we decided to bring it back. It concerns a present day young man who wants to live like Jesus. It is full of warmth and laughter, with an intriguing assortment of characters and some worthwhile food for thought. The playwright, David Muschell, who teaches at a university in Georgia, has become a true friend of CCU’s theatre program and is planning to join us during the run.
The Maybe Pile – Summer 2012
This is a coming of age story about a teenage girl. We fell in love with it because the family loves each other. One finds that, of course, in real life. But it is hardly ubiquitous on the contemporary American stage. In addition, the play is lovely, lyrical, whimsical and charming. To top it all off, it is the world premiere of a play written by a 2004 graduate of CCU. She graduated with a theatre major and a creative writing minor, and later acquired a graduate degree in creative writing with a playwrighting emphasis. Come and be excited with us!
My Fair Lady – Spring 2012
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s lively satire, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is filled with well-loved songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and Doolittle’s irrepressible “Get Me to the Church on Time”. My Fair Lady has been delighting audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for over 50 years. You’ll love it too—you probably already do!
Pygmalion – Fall 2011
George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is perched lightly on a Greek myth in which a sculptor falls in love with his creation. Shaw, however, emphatically insists that Higgins does NOT fall in love with Eliza. Colorado Christian University’s production uses Nicholas Grene’s definitive text of the play which, according to Grene, “simultaneously satirizes the idea of human difference exemplified in the constructions of class, and celebrates the irrepressible individualism of the world’s vital geniuses”. It’s not every play that invites you consider social realities while making you fall out of your chair laughing.
Marvin’s Room – Summer 2011
Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson, is described by The New York Times as “one of the funniest plays of the year as well as one of the wisest and most moving.” Marvin’s Room is the darkly hilarious story of one woman’s commitment to caring for her family first, even in the face of personal tragedy. It’s about love and family and adversity. John Lennon was right – life is what happens while you’re making other plans.
Brigadoon – Spring 2011
Lerner and Loewe’s romantic fantasy, Brigadoon, has been charming audiences for over fifty years. Maybe you remember some of the songs—“Heather on the Hill” or “Almost Like Being in Love”?
I, Witness – Spring 2011
(Written by McNair Wilson) For the Passover season we have commissioned a very special new work based on The Jesus Chronicles of Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. The story will be based on the life of Gospel writer, Matthew. We are planning on an exciting look at the Good News—a casual and engaging event to which you will want to bring friends and neighbors.
Little Women – Fall 2010
Every new generation of girls deserves a fresh look at Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women. It has been 12 years since our last production of this uplifting classic, and we are excited to be bringing it to you again this fall. Entertaining for everyone, this story of four sisters living in Civil War times will appeal particularly to the feminine members of your family.
Cinderella – Spring 2010
We all had the time of our lives preparing this very special treat for your family. We returned to Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden for our spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved favorite, Cinderella.
He and She – Fall 2009
Rachel Crothers’ beautifully crafted play is an exploration of gender roles in American culture. Written in 1911, the play is startlingly relevant for a contemporary audience and wonderfully refreshing in its thoughtful and jargon-free consideration of issues we have grown accustomed to encountering more as weapons than as ideas.
Fruit! – Summer 2009
Fruit! is a new musical for children and families about the fruit of the Spirit. The book and lyrics were written by Sanne McCarthy, CCU Assistant Professor of Theatre. Additional lyrics were written by her son Ryan McCarthy, a CCU graduate with a degree in piano performance.
Kiss Me, Kate – Spring 2009
Kiss Me, Kate is the story of a contemporary theatre company that is performing Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The plot includes the present day lives of the troupe and also several scenes in period costumes, recreating moments from the original Shakespeare play.
The Taming of the Shrew – Fall 2008
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is the hilarious story of an ill-tempered and headstrong young woman who, initially courted for her money, surprises everyone – not the least herself – by ending up in a marriage of love.
Wit – Summer 2008
Written by Margaret Edson, Wit is the story of a college professor of 17th Century Literature who specializes in the holy sonnets of John Donne. The story takes place in a hospital where the professor is being treated for cancer. The play, which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, beautifully weaves together one woman's medical concerns, her spiritual challenges, and the poetry of John Donne.
Godspell – Spring 2008
Fresh and inspiring, Godspell is a musical celebration of the life of Jesus Christ, filled with song, dance, and Scripture. The musical was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak. The CCU performance features music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Quilters – Fall 2007
Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, Quilters blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Music, dance and drama depict the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness, and death. With these are love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
Annie Get Your Gun – Spring 2007
A Man for All Seasons – Fall 2006
“The writer of an historical play is a kind of playwright, not a kind of historian. But I think he is obliged to be as accurate, historically, as he can.” So states Robert Bolt, whose A Man for All Seasons is the stirring and uplifting exploration of the life and character of Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England at the time of Henry VIII’s marriage-go-round. More’s life continues to stand as a vivid and ennobling reminder of the authority of personal conscience in the affairs of men.
Carousel – Spring 2006
Set in the late 1800s in a small Maine fishing village, Carousel’s story of undying love and redemption features the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music. Accompanied by a full orchestra, beloved songs, such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “June is Bustin’ Out” will thrill the audience with beautiful vocals and soaring melodies.
The Choice – Fall 2005
Local playwright Dianne Jones-Aké has written of a young teenager’s pregnancy out of wedlock. The time is a couple of thousand years ago. The place is Galilee. The girl is Mary. This profoundly moving story gives us, through a very contemporary lens, a glimpse of some difficulties the mother of our Lord may have faced.
The Curious Savage – Spring 2005
Join Mrs. Savage in her attempt to protect her deceased husband’s estate from the greedy hands of her stepchildren and leave with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – Fall 2004
A musical based on the timeless and lovable Peanuts comic strip characters. Laugh as Charlie Brown tries to fly a kite, listen to Schroeder’s famous "Moonlight" Sonata, and benefit from Lucy’s five-cent psychiatric advice.
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