Holiday Main Stage Shows

THAC is not producing a full schedule holiday production this season due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, we are moving forward with free filmed concert specials to enjoy in the safety and comfort of your own home! Starting in December, THAC will showcase new concerts from local artists you know and love!

LEONARD BARRET
Leonard is a local performer who has been featured at many local theaters including PHAMALy, the Aurora Fox, and the Denver Center. He has won several Denver Theatre Awards, most recently for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in PHAMALy’s production of Chicago. Leonard has a huge following of local seniors as he loves to perform at retirement homes throughout the state. He has a prepared cabaret of Bing Crosby’s holiday music including the seminal classic “White Christmas.”

  • Frequent performer with the Colorado Symphony
  • 13 years performing on Atlantic City Casino Stages
  • Frequent Cabaret performer – Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and Broadway tributes – Harry Belafonte
  • Denver Awards include:
    • 2004 – Best Actor in a Musical, Denver Post – Sky Masterson, Guys and Dolls
    • 2009 –  Best Actor in a Musical, Daily Boulder Camera & Denver Westword – Don Quixote, Man of la Mancha
    • 2019 – Best Actor in a Musical, Denver Westword – Billy Flynn, Chicago

DAVID NEHLS
David is a local cabaret pianist and singer who is also an accomplished composer. David has written several musicals, including The Great American Trailer Park Musical, which made its debut at the NY Fringe Festival in 2004 as well as an Off-Broadway production in 2005. David has also written an autobiographical cabaret called Me and My Piano which he has toured nationally. He has put together a holiday version of this cabaret.

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful…literally!!  But have no fear, Christmas is near.  And what better way to get into the spirit than a raucous, somewhat naughty, Christmas Cabaret?  A Piano And Me: Holiday Edition is a sequel of sorts to my solo show, A Piano And Me, which has now been performed across the country in LA, Denver and NY.  In prepping the first show I realized how much Christmas material I have written over the years — and how strangely inappropriate and outrageous most of it is!  So join me at the Clocktower Cabaret in downtown Denver for a holiday blast of musical fun.  Along with my guest Sharon K White, we will send you into the season with some good tunes and lots of laughs.  Stay warm – David Nehls”

MATT DAILEY
Matt is a Colorado native with a vast history of performing in Denver area theatres including Town Hall Arts Center and Country Dinner Playhouse. He moved to NYC and was a featured performer in the national tours of Jersey Boys and the revival tour of Miss Saigon.

Please stay tuned for more information.  Thank you for your continued patronage.  Happy Holidays!!!

Thank you to our first holiday concert sponsor, Aspen Grove.  For more local holiday event ideas and shopping, please visit their website.

Colorado Gives Day 12.8.20 – THAC Needs Your Support

This year is different IN A GOOD WAY! An anonymous donor has stepped up and is matching your Colorado Gives donation, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000!!! Make your donation go twice as far!

And for the first time ever, you can schedule your donation in advance. You can schedule your donation starting today, anytime through Colorado Gives Day on December 8!

  • Town Hall Arts Center is committed to producing award-winning musicals and plays. Last year 45,000 people enjoyed a show at Town Hall Arts Center, help us continue to connect people with live theater.
  • Over 5,500 children participated in our Educational Programs, many of whom would not otherwise get this opportunity. Your donations gives children a voice as well as confidence
  • The Stanton Art Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center displays outstanding fine art created by local artists.
  • A series of concerts and special events provides opportunities to bring our community together like the annual Littleton Jazz Festival, Opera Colorado Artist-in-Residence Showcase, Mary Louise Lee Band, Captain Quirk Tribute to the Beatles and more!

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 8, and features a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing impact and the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $257 million since it began in 2010.

Help Town Hall Arts Center receive a piece of the Incentive Fund as well as the $25,000 donor match!

CLICK HERE to go to Colorado Gives website and schedule your donation today!  Thank you!

Sleepy Hollow Supper Party – Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sleepy Hollow Supper Party

Celebrate Halloween and join us for a Sleepy Hollow Supper Party – a family-friendly drive-in event!

WHERE:
Aspen Grove Shopping Center
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120

WHEN:
Saturday, October 24  |  5-8 PM

WHAT:
Sleepy Hollow Supper Party is a special reading of Sleepy Hollow in a family-friendly drive-in atmosphere. It is presented by Aspen Grove, Town Hall Arts Center, Disguises Halloween, the restaurants at Aspen Grove, and MAXFund Dog Adoption Center.

SLEEPY HOLLOW SUPPER TICKET PRICE INCLUDES:

  • $20 Gift Card to Participating Aspen Grove Restaurant for your supper at Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, Noodles & Company, or Qdoba. Aspen Grove will be reaching out to you in advance of the event via email to confirm your choice and you will pick up your gift card when you check-in for the event.
  • Parking spot for your family or friends to enjoy (in the comfort of your car) the Participation Story of “Sleepy Hollow” presented by Town Hall Arts Center
  • Participation (if you desire) in the Halloween Costume Contest, judged by MAX Fund Dog Adoption Center. They’ll be sniffing out the best Family Costumes, best kid costume, and best dog costume. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finalists
  • Musical light show – interactive and DJ hosted

Tickets are sold through Aspen Grove, click here to be directed to the ticket page.

Review: Lessons from a summer of outdoor theatre in the time of COVID – John Moore

Almost Heaven - John Moore Review

by John Moore (Senior Arts Journalist – Arvada Center)

Those companies that got out of the box deepened relationships with grateful audiences. Those that grow stagnant do so to their own peril.

…Not every live offering was so limited by crowd size. The Littleton Town Hall Arts Center had big plans to present a late-winter indoor production of the John Denver biography “Almost Heaven” on an indoor set accompanied by a provocative, original video underscore. When the shutdown ended those grand plans, Town Hall moved the production outdoors to the picturesque environs of nearby Hudson Gardens, which can accommodate about 70 on its expansive grounds.

By the time the run ends on October 11, Town Hall will have managed to sate about 1,500 of its audiences’ theatre fixes. Yes, that only represents about half the crowd size for a single performance of any big Broadway musical downtown. But then again, there aren’t all that many theatergoers who have so far shown much willingness to venture out to any production right now (inside or out). But those who have are being richly rewarded. At such a lousy time, you have to appreciate the opportunity to take in an early fall sunset in a garden while birds fly overhead and you’re listening to lyrics like: “I guess he’d rather be in Colorado; he’d rather spend his time out where the sky looks like a pearl after a rain.”

In every case, the thing that made those efforts special is the very thing that only came about through active problem-solving. Each of those environments enhanced the storytelling experience, and our understanding of the language or the lyrics. I would not have wanted to watch any of them indoors…

Review: Pivoting with Nick Sugar and the Town Hall Arts Center – John Moore

by John Moore (Senior Arts Journalist, Arvada Center)

How a lovely outdoor musical experience grew out of necessity and innovation

‘Almost Heaven’ was scheduled to open inside the Town Hall Arts Center on April 3 when rehearsals were shut down by the pandemic on March 13. What a strange set of circumstances that allowed for the musical to be reimagined as an outdoor, botanic experience at sunset that perfectly matches the tenor of John Denver’s music. Director Nick Sugar talks about it.

What are you doing to pivot?
We were shuttered during our third week of rehearsal. When I realized this was going to be much worse than expected, my first conversation with Town Hall was that “Almost Heaven” was the show that needed to open our theatre back up when the time came. The music is inspirational. It is the spirit of our community at Town Hall. “Almost Heaven” is Colorado. This version at Hudson Gardens is not the theatrical production that we had envisioned. It is not being performed on the set that was designed and completed on our stage. However, being able to see and hear these amazing singers without their masks on is joyous. “Almost Heaven” gives us all hope.

Why are you doing it?
All of us at Town Hall were invested in the show physically and emotionally. The cast was committed to the show as well. If I had to re-cast several performers, or if the Town Hall team felt it weren’t appropriate material to be doing for our first venture back, “Almost Heaven” would not be happening. Putting up a production takes a lot of work. Getting “Almost Heaven” up at Hudson Gardens has taken even more hard work, dedication and determination, and that work will continue throughout the run. After every performance, the band, lights, tent and sound have to be set-up and taken down each night.

Is there a timeline for programming to return to the indoor theatre?
It’s pointless to even speculate right now. Town Hall was lucky enough to be able to pivot with “Almost Heaven.” Hopefully, we can continue to pivot successfully with our next production.

Words of encouragement for others who are now pivoting their way through 2020?
We as a theater community are hurting. We have lost wages and jobs. We are re-learning, growing and trying to survive. Be brave and stay strong. We are a creative group of people. Create. We will pivot.

“Pivoting With …” is a new, ongoing series talking with members of the Colorado theatre community about how they are adapting to changes in their creative and personal lives as the COVID pandemic continues.

Review: Enjoy an outside chance for live theater – Littleton Independent

by Sonya Ellingboe (Littleton Independent)

“Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver” is an appropriate title for Town Hall Arts Center’s production at Hudson Gardens, running through Oct. 11. The lawn next to the blooming Rose Garden is marked with “pods” that hold a blanket or up to four chairs, inviting a relaxed audience to enjoy a LIVE performance with five singers/“Storytellers” and a four-piece band. The air is sweet and the audience happy to be there.

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., who understandably took on the stage name of John Denver, was born in New Mexico and gained international recognition as a composer, songwriter and performer before his untimely death as he solo-piloted his own airplane and crashed.

Harold Thau is credited with the concept for this appealing show and Jeff Waxman for the orchestrations and vocal arrangements in the production. The program says: “songs by John Denver and others,” but the “others” are not spelled out.

Skillfully interwoven are familiar songs such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “I Guess I’d Rather Be in Colorado,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and more … easy listening. Some audience members brought a picnic, while others just relaxed and visited before the performance and during a brief intermission. (No food was on sale at the venue, though it may be during the daytime shows at the trail entrance …)

Performers include Town Hall repeat-performers Matt LaFontaine, Mark Middlebrooks, Alison Mueller and Zach Stanley, as well as area newcomer Tasha Waters, who recently relocated from Philadelphia.

The atmosphere is laid-back and fragrant.

Director/choreographer Nick Sugar has created nice patterns of movement for these Storytellers, but they can’t be dancing on lumpy grass as they might on a wooden stage floor.

Voices blend smoothly and each singer is a solo-quality performer as well — what a joy to experience this on a lovely summer-into-fall evening outside!

Donna Debrecini leads the musicians: Mitch Jervis on guitar, Scott Alan Smith with bass, banjo and harmonica, and percussionist Larry Ziehl, filling that delicious night air with music.

Review: Almost Heaven – Boulder Magazine

by Beki Pineda (Boulder Magazine)

ALMOST HEAVEN – Songs by John Denver and others; Vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Jeff Waxman; based on an original concept from Harold Thau; Directed by Nick Sugar. Produced by Town Hall Arts Center (presented at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Denver) through October 11. Tickets available at 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org.

As I sat on the lawn at Hudson Gardens listening to the beautiful music of John Denver soar into the summer evening, I was struck by the idea that I didn’t really know John Denver’s music. Oh, I knew all the popular stuff that got played on the radio (“Country Boy,” “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” etc.). But I had never really explored his albums and the songs that reflected his personal philosophy. His catalog of music is so much deeper and thoughtful than the average listener realizes. He wrote from the heart about the loneliness of living in a city (“Fly Away”), his own weaknesses and uncertainties (“I’m Sorry,” “Looking for Space”), the beauty of a country childhood (“Montana,” “Matthew”). His song “For You” is the perfect wedding song in its expression of love and devotion.

The unanswered questions he asks in “Weapons” are especially relevant today. “Why are we still making weapons? Why keep on feeding the war machine? How can it be that we’re still fighting each other?”

But more than anything, John celebrated the world in all its wonders and invited his listeners to do the same. “Calypso” asks us to “live in the service of life and the living” and to acknowledge that to “live on the land, we must learn from the sea.” “I Guess He’d Rather be in Colorado” mourns for all those folk who have to live in a city, rather than in the wild beauty of Colorado. “Montana” sings a mother’s prayer for her son that Montana teaches him to be a man. John’s last song was “Yellowstone” – an ode to the wilderness that even includes the cry of a wolf in the lyrics. He wrote this song for an episode of the Nature TV series that explored the untamed parts of our land.

His life and his music is given glorious homage in the performances of the five singers and four musicians who bring it to life in the Hudson Gardens production. Thanks to the wizardry of Curt Behm, the Sound Designer, and his assistant, Board Operator Matthew Dugger, the music “fills up our senses” and echoes into the night. Simple costumes supplied by Designer Linda Morken brought back the homespun look that John adopted. The administrative staff at Town Hall created a pleasant socially-distanced way for the audience to enjoy every aspect of the evening without getting too close to one another.

But this night belonged to John and to the singers who brought him back to us for a couple of hours. Matt LaFontaine, Mark Middlebrook, Alison Mueller, Zach Stanley, and newcomer Tasha Waters have some of the strongest and most melodious voices you will ever hear. The beautiful arrangements designed by Jeff Waxman gave ample opportunity for amazing solo work and even more amazing harmonies. I have to give special kudos to Mark Middlebrook’s rendering of “For You.” I think I could die happy if someone sang that song to me with so much feeling. Each song was celebrated with enthusiasm and joy. Everyone looked and sounded like they were having so much fun bringing the music to the audience. What a wonderful way to spend a summer’s evening!
There is very limited seating and a short run. My advice is to go on line immediately and get one of the tickets for the remaining performances before the buzz about the beauty of this show sells it out. I hope the evening has the same effect on other audience members that it had on me. I started searching for the John Denver music I hadn’t heard and added them to my play list. As John sang in “Poems, Prayers and Promises,” “It’s been a good life all in all.”

A WOW factor of 9.5!!

Live Musical Theater Returns September 11!

Almost Heaven, The Songs of John Denver
Presented by Town Hall Arts Center in the Rose Garden at Hudson Gardens
6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120

September 11 through October 11, 2020. Evening performances begin at 7:00 PM and matinees at 2:00 PM.

The audience will be seated on the lawn so feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort. Hudson Gardens will provide event chairs for any patron that does not have lawn chairs.

A variety of rose blossoms surround a decorative fountain and romantic pergolas. With ample space for outdoor seating on the adjacent lawn, this garden exhibit is the perfect backdrop for our production of Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS

Masks covering mouth and nose are required for all persons during the entire performance and while on the grounds at Hudson Gardens. Any patron not wearing a mask will be asked to put one on or leave the event. The only exception to this rule is the actors, who will be unmasked to perform. The audience and actors will be distanced by at least 25 feet for safety.

Patrons must observe social distancing of at least 6 feet with persons you do not quarantine/live with.

No tickets printed by Town Hall Arts Center or Hudson Gardens. All patrons who purchase tickets will receive e-tickets. Any patrons experiencing difficulty with the technology aspect of e-tickets may contact the box office. In order to assist with limiting germ transmission it is not necessary for patrons to bring their paper ticket – this is for your confirmation.

On days of performance, we will have an active box office on site at Hudson Gardens to assist patrons. However, we strongly recommend patrons purchase in advance and online rather than at the door. the box office will not be available for any transactions other than day-of ticket sales. Please contact the box office during regular hours for any other inquiries or issues. box office hours are currently Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

To assist with limiting germ transmission, there will be no hard copy program available. On the day of their performance, patrons who have purchased tickets will receive a pdf version of the program in their email. The program will also be available on our website.

Hudson Gardens is wheelchair accessible. there are accessible bathrooms adjacent to the performance space as well.

Parking is free at Hudson Gardens. overflow parking is available next door at Denver Seminary.

Typical concessions will not be available. Bottles of water will be on sale for $2.00 a bottle. Patrons are welcome to bring their own water bottles, however no liquor is allowed on the grounds.

In the event of inclement weather we will hold curtain for 30 minutes to see if it clears up enough to proceed. Patrons may wait in their cars or in the event center (while observing social distancing). If we are forced to cancel we will offer refunds or exchanges to another performance date.

SEATING
We are able to fit 35 socially distanced pods with varying capacity on the lawn of the rose garden. Seating is on the lawn and patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for their comfort. Lawn chairs cannot be of the type that stick into the ground. Event chairs will be available for any patrons without lawn chairs.

Check-in will begin at 6:00pm for evenings and 1:00pm for matinees. The Rose Garden will be accessible though the pods may not be set that quickly. We will have chairs for people to sit in and wait, or patrons are welcome to wander the other gardens until the pods have been set up. Seating will be no later than 6:30 for evenings and 1:30 for matinees.

Pod types include:

  • Blanket only (max 2 people) – Bring a blanket or legless lawn chair and enjoy the performance right on the lawn.
  • Chair only (max 2 people) – Bring your lawn chairs or utilize the Hudson Garden event chairs.
  • Chair only (2 – 4 people) – bring your lawn chairs or utilize the Hudson Gardens event chairs.
  • Wheelchair Accessible (2 – 4 people) – Wheelchair accessible seating on the brick pathway. companions – bring your lawn chairs or utilize the Hudson Gardens event chairs.

New Policies & Procedures – 2020-2021 Season

The upcoming 2020-2021 season has become known as our “Make-It-Work” season and we have implemented many (temporary!) protocols to move forward with creating art as safely as we can.  Our intention is to open our 39th season on September 11, 2020.  However, amid this global pandemic, everything is subject to change.

We are keeping a diligent eye on the situation and will remain flexible while maintaining the highest level of safety possible.  If at any time we can reverse any of these suspensions, we absolutely will.  We appreciate your patience through these temporary changes.

Main Stage Productions

We have filled the season with shows that feature smaller casts, yet still uphold the quality that we have come to be known for.  This way we can stay under the maximum number of people allowed in the space as dictated by local government/health expert recommendations.

We will not be announcing our entire season all at once as we normally do.  We will only be focused on the current and upcoming show through the course of this season.  This is so that we can make any changes necessary to stay on top of any COVID issues that may arise.

Seating

To follow social distancing recommendations, we are limiting our audience to 50 patrons per performance (about 20% capacity).  This allows us to keep ample space between occupied seats as well as our actors and musicians socially distanced from the audience.

Season Packages

Unfortunately, due to the way our season packages are built and the new distancing requirements, we are suspending season packages for the 2020-2021 season.  Subscribers will be offered advance sales opportunities for each production before sales are opened to the general public.

We know that one of the biggest perks for our season package holders is having your same seats for every production.  DON’T WORRY!! Your seats will be rolled over from the 2019-2020 season when we begin to renew for the 2021-2022 season.  You will be back in your favorite seats before you know it!

Coupons

Due to limited seating capacity and suspension of concessions, we will not be issuing “Bring-A-Friend 1/2 price” coupons or any of the standard concession coupons during the 2020-2021 season.  However, we will have many offers and promotions over the course of the season to allow our loyal subscribers to get a great deal!

Ticketing

Until the COVID situation is under control and resolved, we are suspending all in-house printed paper tickets.  All ticket sales, whether purchased online, over the phone, or in-person, will receive Print-At-Home tickets via email.  Patrons can either print these tickets at home or download them on a phone/tablet/device to be shown when they arrive at the theater.  Our staff and volunteers will be trained to scan these e-tickets without touching either the Print-At-Home ticket or the device.  It is our focus to reduce as much germ transmission as we can.  Any patron experiencing difficulty with the technology side of e-ticketing can contact the Box Office during regular Box Office hours and we will do everything we can to find a work around.

Box Office During Performances

To negate crowding, germ transmission, to observe social distancing, and keep patron traffic flowing, the Box Office will not be available for advanced sales or exchanges during a performance.  Staff will be present for the performances, however, they will be assisting traffic flow, running the elevator, and assisting with seating.

Will Call

There will also be no Will Call since all tickets will be sent as e-tickets.

Programs

To assist with limiting germ transmission, there will be no hard copy programs provided at the performances.  Ticket holders will receive an email containing a PDF version of the program the day of the performance.  The program will also be available on our website during the run of a production.

Masks & Social Distancing

Everyone in the building during a performance will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing behavior.  The only exception to this rule is the actors on stage who will perform mask-less or wear face-shields.  Patrons will be asked to observe all traffic designations (Example:  Enter Only Staircase vs. Exit Only Staircase).  Patrons who live/attend together may ignore distancing within their group.  Elevator runs will likewise be limited to patrons who live/attend together.

Concessions

To further assist with limiting germ transmission and crowding we will suspend concessions until that time as we feel we can once again offer them safely.

Board of Directors – 2020-2021 Season

20-21 Board of Directors - Town Hall Arts Center

Greetings!  While I am excited to be the new President of the Town Hall Arts Center Board of Directors, I confess to you I had imagined coming into this role under different global circumstances.  Fortunately, because of the work of outgoing President, Denise Kato, and the boards and board presidents before her, our organization is in a unique position to weather the COVID storm.  We have an amazing staff, capable of navigating the operational and programming changes happening every day, and we have a tremendous group of patrons, such as yourself, whose historic and ongoing support of Town Hall Arts Center will keep us solvent.  On that note, I want to personally thank everyone who converted their purchased ticket into a donation at the end of the last season – it made a huge difference!

In the coming year, the Board of Directors will be focusing on a strategic plan that is based on three priorities: offering quality programming, enhancing your patron experience, and connecting to our community.  Additionally, we will be taking a hard look to ensure Town Hall Arts Center truly represents our whole community.  This will include everything from reviewing our policies and practices, to ensuring we offer programming that is relevant and reflective of everyone we serve.

Finally, be sure to stay tuned for more opportunities to join us online.  Our virtual educational programs have been a smashing success – and our staff has been hard at work building online content that is meant for our entire patron base to enjoy.  While we are anxious to have you back in our historic downtown Littleton location soon, there is no reason not to support and enjoy live theater from the comfort of your living room.

Be well,

J.D. McCrumb