LONE TREE, CO – Approaching its eighth season, the Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) has established a reputation for presenting outstanding and engaging professional performances for audiences reaching far beyond its south metro Denver location. 60,000 people attend performances at the Arts Center each year, with ticket sales topping $1 million annually, and its theatrical productions have been recognized with numerous Colorado Theater Guild awards and nominations. On May 10, at a private event, Executive Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson announced LTAC’s offerings for the 2018-19 season, and thanked returning season sponsor Park Meadows Retail Resort.

“As we enter our eighth season of producing and presenting remarkable programs at the Lone Tree Arts Center, I’m excited to announce such a wide range of artists, from music legend Jim Messina to the runaway hit of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Choir of Man,” says Rigsby Peterson. “We are welcoming international, regional, and local artists to our intimate theater for unforgettable audience experiences. Our patrons love our welcoming environment, professional performances, free parking, and, most of all, the opportunity to explore a host of cultural offerings available nowhere else in Colorado. I think this is our best season yet!”

The LTAC season is anchored by three self-produced musicals. In October, the Main Stage becomes a blues club with an after-hours jam session for Low Down Dirty Blues. From the creative team behind LTAC’s popular Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There, this sizzling musical revue features veteran blues musicians – including powerhouse Tony Award® nominee Felicia P. Fields and NAACP Theatre Arts Winner Chic Street Man – sharing their favorite blues tunes from the likes of Muddy Waters, Mae West, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin’ Wolf, Pearl Bailey, and more. Directed by Randal Myler with musical direction by Dan Wheetman, Low Down Dirty Blues features two-dozen smokin’ songs filled with passion, soul, humor, and a zest for life!

In December, audience favorite Home for the Holidays is back by popular demand! There’s something for everyone in this family-friendly holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, drummers, holiday songs, and of course, a celebrity appearance by you know who! With new elements for 2018, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you into the holiday spirit.

Get out your bellbottoms and Aqua Net! LTAC is thrilled to present Beehive: The ‘60s Musical in April. Directed and choreographed by Denver’s own Candy Brown, Beehive is a wild toe-tapping, head shakin’ musical tribute to the rockin’ women who broke musical barriers in the ‘60s – everyone from Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin, from the Shirelles to the Supremes, Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner, and everyone in between! Go back in time with classics such as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Proud Mary,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

The 2018-19 season sees the continuation of the popular National Geographic Live speaker series. Sponsored by the Andrews Winslow Foundation and Thrive Home Builders, the series combines breathtaking photography and videography with first-person accounts of exploration and discovery. Photographer Florian Schulz kicks off the series with Into the Arctic Kingdom, an exploration of polar bears, caribou herds, and stunning photos of the Northern Lights. Professor of Egyptology Dr. Kara Cooney focuses on a time in ancient history When Women Ruled the World. Photographer Brian Skerry shows us the wonders of the underwater world from the tropics to the Arctic with Ocean Soul. We finish the 2018-19 series with My Wild Life, showcasing photographer Bertie Gregory’s mastery of the art of capturing intimate shots of animals in their natural environment. Oh, and he’s only 23.

Building on the success of 2017-18 season’s Classic Albums Live series, we bring three new albums to enjoy. Classic Albums Live is a noted Canadian music series by talented session musicians. Note for note, cut for cut, Classic Albums Live pays staggering attention to detail by recreating every sound on the chosen album, followed by a second set of favorites by the band. This year’s offerings are Hotel California; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; and Chronicle, Vol. 1.

 

The season officially opens on September 15 with Lannie Counts: The Greatest R&B Songs Ever Written. Counts is a longtime performer in Las Vegas, having performed with the Las Vegas Tenors, the Lon Bronson All Star Band, and Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns. Counts wowed audiences with his rendition of “When A Man Loves A Woman” in LTAC’s Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There last year, and this performance (with his six-piece band) is packed with the very best of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Al Green, and more. Other notable performers in the 2018-19 season include Sons of the Pioneers featuring Roy Rogers, Jr., just in time for the National Western Stock Show; International Guitar Night, bringing the very best guitar virtuosos from all around the world; living rock legend Jim Messina; Canadian crooner Matt Dusk singing the music of Frank Sinatra; traditional Russian song and dance with Barynya; a capella favorites Rockapella; The Choir of Man, the runaway hit of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Broadway star Lea Salonga, who made her West End and Broadway debuts in Miss Saigon, has portrayed both Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables, and is currently starring on Broadway in Once on this Island.

LTAC also has a fantastic holiday season lined up. Along with Home for the Holidays 2018, we start the season off right with A Classic Country Christmas with Gail Bliss. Perhaps best known for portraying Patsy Cline all over the world, Bliss and her six-piece Nashville band take a stroll down memory lane with carols from yesteryear’s yuletide and many hits from country’s biggest stars of the past decades. Arts Center favorite The Doo Wop Project performs doo wop versions of contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Maroon 5, sprinkling in some “doowopified” Christmas classics along the way. Award-winning folk/Americana performers and songwriters Bettman & Halpin combine classic Christmas songs with unforgettable originals for an evening of terrific musicality, playful banter, beautiful vocal harmonies, and captivating storytelling about the ups, downs, and sideways of the season. In what has become an Arts Center tradition, Denver choir Kantorei returns for the third year with their holiday concert.

In addition to the Main Stage season, LTAC will soon announce afternoon programming for seniors, performances for children, and programs for those with cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. LTAC’s innovative Arts in the Afternoon program, featuring monthly professional concerts for seniors mid-week at 1:30 pm, followed by refreshments, Q&A, and meet and greets with the artists consistently plays to capacity houses. Similarly, Passport to Culture, for children from 4 – 10; Seedlings, for children from 1 – 4; and a robust student matinee program also attract sold-out audiences. LTAC’s award-winning program, SF Family Tree, features sensory friendly programming for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, or intellectual or developmental disabilities. SPARK! programming, offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association, provides free monthly lively discussions, social engagement, and other hands-on multi-sensory activities using the genres of art, music, and poetry for people experiencing mild memory loss, early stage Alzheimer's, or a related dementia, and their family, friends, and guests.

LTAC’s full 2018-19 Main Stage season can be found here. Subscriptions and design-your-own packages are available now to current subscribers and package holders. New subscriptions go on sale Monday, June 4, and new packages can be purchased Monday, July 2. Tickets for individual performances go on sale Monday, July 16. In addition to Park Meadows, 2018-19 season sponsors include SCFD and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenting Partners are Scott Leonhart and Maggie Eichenlaub, Janet and Joel Kaufman, and Betty A. and Don E. Winslow. For more information, visit www.LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or call 720-509-1000.  

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