Orphan Pirates meet lovely maidens

Column by Sonya Ellingboe

Posted 5/27/11

Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking and perennially popular “Pirates of Penzance” will be presented by the Empire Lyric Players at 7:30 p.m. June …

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Orphan Pirates meet lovely maidens

Column by Sonya Ellingboe


Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking and perennially popular “Pirates of Penzance” will be presented by the Empire Lyric Players at 7:30 p.m. June 2, 4, 9 and 11 and 2 p.m. June 5 and 12 at the Schwayder Theater, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver.

Trevor Warren plays the Pirate King; Frederick, Chad Hewitt and Mabel, Rose Sawel. South area singers, including Doris Cresanta of Parker, are included in the cast. The major general and his daughters encounter a band of orphan pirates. Tickets: $20/$18. 303-798-6700, www.elps.org.

Circle June 11 on the calendar for the 7th Annual Wild on Littleton Block Party and Fireworks Show on Main Street. (The street will be closed from 4 to 11 p.m.) Fireworks will be launched at about 9:30 p.m. Music, booths and food vendors. Admission is free and tickets will be sold for food.

The Colorado Morman Chorale presents “On Broadway,” a mix of favorite show tunes at 7:30 p.m. June 4 at the Highlands Ranch LDS Stake Center, 9800 Foothills Canyon Road, Highlands Ranch. (Also June 3 at Denver North LDS Stake Center, 100 Malley Drive, Northglenn). The chorale is 28 years old and has 85 members from Castle Rock to Longmont. Admission free. It will audition for new singers in summer and singers of any denomination are accepted. See www.cmcco.org.

The Military Career and Family Life of Mr. Chiang” is an exhibit opening June 5 at Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Mr Chiang Ching-Kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-Shek, was [president of Republic of China (Taiwan). An opening reception will be 4 to 5 p.m. June 5 and a film screening about his journey will be from 5 to 6 p.m. (in Mandarin with Chinese subtitles). A photo exhibit in commemoration of his 100th birthday will hang through June 10, open from 12 to 5 p.m. each day. The event is presented by the Colorado Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Chinese Writer’s Association in North America and the Colorado Chinese Federation. 303-722-8268.

“Our Favorite Places” is the new show, running through July 23 at the Depot Art Center, 2069 West Powers Ave., Littleton. Littleton artist rita derjue is juror of the Littleton Fine Art Guild’s travel-oriented show. A reception is planned 2 to 4 p.m. June 11. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission free. 303-795-0781.

The Arapahoe Library District kicks off its Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories” on June 4, with special events at individual libraries: Eloise May Library, 1471 S. Parker Road, 10 a.m. to noon, bounce house and Polynesian dancers. Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., 10 a.m. to noon, chalk art, games, Wingnut. Sheridan Library, temporarily at the Sheridan Rec Center, 3325 W. Oxford Ave., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FunBus ages 3 to 7. Smoky Hill, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial, Taiko Drummers, bounce house, activities. Southglenn Library, 6972 S. Vine St., Centennial, 4 to 5 p.m. One World Folk Dancers. 303-LIBRARY.

Works by art students in the Community Education program at Arapahoe Community College are exhibited through June 24 in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts in the Annex at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. The exhibit is juried by Denver sculptor Vicki Rottman and features work by students and their teachers in painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and more. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays Through Fridays. 303-797-5649.

Centennial author Joyce B. Lohse will give a presentation about her new book, “Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen” at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St., Denver. She has written a number of biographies suitable for the young adult or adult reader.

The Hannah Kahn Dance Company will give a free outdoor performance at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Englewood City Center Amphitheater, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Lawn seating. Rain date: June 12. Dancers will perform seven short dances to demonstrate contrasting styles, music, costumes and moods.

Auditions for “The Wiz” will be held by Afterthought Theatre 5 to 10 p.m. June 6 at Dayton Street Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Need 25 to 30 actors of all ages and ethnicities. Bernie Cardell directs. Production dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 24. For appointment, call 303-856-3797 or email afterthought_theatre@yahoo.com.

“Footloose — the Musical” plays at 7 p.m. June 3 and 4, 10 and 11 at Stapleton’s Theatre on the Green, 29th and Quebec. Pam Clifton, Town Hall’s childrens theater coordinator, directs this dance-movie-turned-stage-musical about dancer Ren, who moves to a town where dancing is prohibited. Admission is free. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket. Presented by the Aurora Fox and Stapleton Master Community Association. No reservation needed.

Local author Michael R. Daciek will hold a book signing at 3 to 5 p.m. June 5 at Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 E. Jamison Place, Englewood. His new book is “Change of Heart” and he will talk about it at 4 p.m. A former Air Force and Continental pilot, he has previously published three children’s books and numerous short pieces on aviation. Please RSVP to: writerskrampink@gmail.com.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle has a busy June entertainment calendar. Here’s a start. Reservations: 303-688-4600. Prices include tour, buffet, cash bar, performance and dessert and coffee with performers. For full event schedule, visit www.cherokeeranch.org. June 2-Scotch Tastings and Bagpipes ($70). June 3-Los Tres Amigos, guitarists Ricardo Iznaola, Masakazu Ito and Jonathan Leatherwood. ($65). June 5- “On Broadway,” presented by the Denver Center Theatre Company. ($65). And that’s just this week.

Littleton-based Vision Quest Entertainment presents two June programs: 7 p.m. June 11, original contemporary works in solo piano performances by Lisa Downing, Liz Story and Joy Hawkins at Heritage United Methodist Church, 7077 S. Simms St., Littleton; 2 p.m. June 12, solo piano performances by Lisa Downing, Liz Story and Lee Bartley at Hope United Methodist Church, 5105 S. Dayton St., Greenwood Village. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at door, www.visionquestmusic.com/tix.htm or www.lisadowning.com.

“Passport,” an art show of works by Pixie Glore is featured in June at Great Western Art Gallery, 1455 Curtis St., Denver. The mix of works is based on the artist’s world travels. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the microcredit charity Friendship Bridge that gives low interest loans to por women in Guatemala. A reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. June 3. Hilliard Moore of Highlands Ranch is gallery owner. 303-396-2787.

The 28th Annual Exotic Sports Car Show and Concours d’ Elegance will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 on the west lawn of Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Area car clubs host this show each year as a benefit for Cerebral Palsy Colorado. cpco.org.

Call for artists: Entries for the 28th Annual All-Colorado Show at Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. Juror will be Jill Desmond, Denver Art Museum Curatorial Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art. Deadline is June 6. Show dates: June 25 to Aug. 10. Entry form available at www.greenwoodvillage.com or email jcole@greenwoodvillage.com.

Reminder to quilters: Entry deadline for the 6th annual Firehouse Quilt Show is June 16. Entry fee: $18. The show will be July 15 and 16 at Cherry Hills Community Church. For information and entry form, see: www.firehousequilts.org.

Auditions: “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage (won a Pulitzer for “Ruined”) 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 at The Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax. donnie I. betts directs. Roles: 2 African American women (age 15 to 19); 1 African American woman (age 30 to 45); 1 African American man (age 30 to 45); 1 Caucasian woman (age 25 to 40). There are two Equity contracts and Equity Auditions will be 1 to 2 p.m. Others 2 to 4 p.m. Production dates: Jan. 27 to Feb. 19, 2012. For appointment, call 303-739-1970.


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