Review: ‘Peanuts’ gang takes to stage

By Sonya Ellingboe (Littleton Independent)

Audience members were scattered sparsely around Town Hall Arts Center and the stage is wrapped with a plastic barrier, but it was indeed a joy to settle in for a live performance last weekend as pianist Donna Debreceni and percussionist Sean Case played the opening music for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center.

Centered on stage, we see a large red doghouse as lights go up and we welcome Charles M. Schulz’s beloved crew, who first showed up in October 1950 in the syndicated comic strip, “Peanuts.”

American cartoonist and Peanuts creator Schulz (1922-2000) was born in Minneapolis and lived and worked for years in Santa Rosa, California, where a museum honors his memory.

My concerns about whether that barrier would affect the sound were gone immediately as the cast moved into a series of vignettes from the beloved Schulz comic strip. With book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, additional dialogue by Michael Mayer, additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, this musical, based on what was probably the most famous comic strip of all, is a charmer.

Carter Edward Smith, looking suitably bewildered in his yellow shirt with the black zigzag on it, plays Charlie Brown on a stage he last played on three years ago, while Brekken Baker is bouncy, bossy Lucy Van Pelt, in her first appearance at THAC.

(An old lemonade stand serves as the office for her psychiatric services — 5 cents, please!)

Widely-traveled Mica Dominguez-Robinson appears as Charlie’s little sister, Sally Brown, and Andrew Alber, who appeared in “Cabaret” at THAC, plays Lucy’s blanket-toting little brother, Linus.

THAC regular Matt LaFontaine, who recently appeared as Monty in the virtual Town Hall production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” is philosophical pianist Schroeder, while Logan Traver, also a former “Cabaret” cast member, wears a white suit with a big black spot on his back and reclines on a bright red doghouse — that lovable Snoopy, of course! (He too was in the large “Cabaret” cast.)

He flies with the Red Baron and worries a lot about his supper, which does arrive, of course. Sweet performance.

Expert director Nick Sugar (“Cabaret” Director and Emcee} has returned to direct and choreograph this whimsical work, delivering his usual polished production, despite minimal set pieces and the constraints of a clear wall between cast and audience. The play, originally produced in 1967, does not include some characters who appeared later in the strip. But we certainly can enjoy this crew as we picture Schulz’s whimsical little guys and girls …

The “Happiness” song is perhaps best remembered, but none of the songs ever took on a life of its own like some musical numbers have. Schulz published a book called “Happiness is a Warm Puppy.”

The musical is said, in a review we found, to be based on the cartoonist’s own life — he had a dog as a kid.

Schulz won numerous awards during his lifetime and a posthumous congressional Gold Medal awarded the year after he died. He left a body of work that has indeed become part of America’s cultural fabric.

Review: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

By Beki Pineda

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN – Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz; Directed by Nick Sugar. Produced by Town Hall Arts Center (2450 West Main, Littleton) through April 18. Tickets available at 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org.

You’re a good man, Nickie Sugar, for bringing this nostalgic valentine to childhood into our lives at a time when we all long for the “good ‘ol days.” You knew just what would make us smile, remember, and rejoice that here we are again in a live theatre watching live actors perform together in their own bubble (or, in this case, fishbowl) with other audience members sitting two or three seats away from us. Good for Town Hall as well for arranging all of this and making us feel as safe as observers at an aquarium.

Designed as a comic strip with short vignettes enhanced with music, the whimsical script explores the highs and lows of childhood. From a D on your homework to the successful flight of a kite. From the terror of first love to the affection of a big sister. Playing baseball together and playing with your dog. All of these and many more fun memories are played out for our enjoyment. Carter Edward Smith uses his “dopey” vibe (remember Seymour?) to great effect as the sometime clueless Charlie Brown. His unfulfilled yearning for the Little Red-Headed Girl brings back nostalgic longing for your own first loves. Like the puppets in AVENUE Q, Charlies is on a search for happiness and what makes a “good man”. One conclusion that he very wisely comes to is that if he can find happiness for himself, he can then help others find their own happiness.

Charlie’s high flying dog, Snoopy, is given an energetic portrayal by Logan Traver as he chases the Red Baron and frolics through the musical numbers. He describes a dog’s life and decides he’s got it pretty easy. Until someone forgets to feed him. Who among us as we struggle to give up cigarettes or sugar cannot relate to Little Brother Linus as he tries to rid himself of his security blanket. We watch as he throws it on the ground and walks away . . . . and then desperately runs back to collect it. Andrew Alber makes that struggle real, painful and humorous – all at the same time. Matt LaFontaine brings his bouncy charm to the role of Schroeder, the virtuoso on a toy piano who perfects the definition of aloofness as Lucy attempts to coerce him into a relationship. He even manages to pull together a celebration of Beethoven’s birthday.

The women in the cast also play an important role. Lucy is given obnoxious charm by Brekken Baker while Little Sister Sallie comes to life with the help of Mica Dominguez-Robinson. Lucy’s unrequited affection for Schroeder leads her to finally conclude “Never try to discuss marriage with a musician!” Sallie becomes thoroughly disgusted with a D she got on her homework and uses it as an excuse to create an ever changing philosophy for handling disappointment.

Happily Town Hall has managed to hang on to their top notch crew of technicians. They have created the safe environment in which the actors can perform and the audience can watch with security. The plexiglass shields which circle the stage space create the slightest little distraction because of the occasional reflections on the inner sides. It made me wonder if the cast was watching themselves perform or if they could see through the reflections to the audience. The crew also deserves kudos for the “Kite Gag.” Charlie Brown tries to fly his kite around the notorious kite-eating tree. He successfully gets it aloft, enjoys his few minutes of triumph before the kite starts to fly away and then finally explodes. This difficult special effect was performed flawlessly by all involved. Even though it sounds like a full show band, the on-line program gives musical credit to only Donna Kolpan Debrecini on keyboards and Sean Case on percussion. All I can say is WOW! Good job, everyone.

A WOW factor of 8.5!!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

DEIB STATEMENT

The Board and Staff of Town Hall Arts Center has begun the work to educate ourselves, and on dismantling systems of oppression and racism in our country, and to change our theater’s culture.

We want to recognize the importance of the principles of DEIB: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and to make a conscious effort to embrace the diverse narratives and voices in our community. We recognize that this commitment to diversity must be a mindful, proactive, and ongoing effort. We may not always get it right, but we will never stop trying to improve.

At Town Hall Arts Center we strive to elevate and inspire the individuals and communities who have been historically underrepresented, misrepresented, or excluded from our field. We will focus our efforts on connecting and building meaningful relationships across all cultures. We believe that together we can begin to make this change and reach higher levels because of our diversity.

Town Hall Arts Center commits to being an ally and advocate for these diverse voices, and we will continue to expand opportunities for artists through our diverse selection of presentations, casting, and creative teams. We will improve our workplace culture and create an environment of belonging for all people.

Town Hall Arts Center will continue ongoing anti-racism training for all our Board and Staff so they may contribute to the organizational culture that supports all people that identify as black, indigenous, people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and of different religious or ethical beliefs.

As long as we are willing to listen and learn, we will do the work and move forward as a diverse and inclusive community making everyone feel like they belong. This will make us greater.

GROUNDING STATEMENT

THAC would like to acknowledge that the land we occupy today has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst a number of Indigenous peoples, specifically the Cheyenne, Ute, and Sioux. THAC respects the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather.

STREAMING ONLINE – You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Town Hall Arts Center proudly presents a streaming online production of
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!
By Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer, Andrew Lippa, Charles M. Schulz

Streaming from the safety and comfort of your own home – two weekends only!
April 9-11 & April 16-18  |  Show times Fri/Sat at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM
Tickets start at $26
Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

Join the beloved characters of Charles M. Schulz’ Peanuts, as they explore life’s great questions, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes and celebrate the joy of friendship.

To purchase a ticket to the streaming online production:

  1. Click here. You will be redirected to our streaming host site – ShowTix4U.
  2. Or you can go to the ShowTix4U website and search for “Town Hall Arts Center” in the Find an Organization search bar, and then click on You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown event. You will be redirected to the ticket purchase page.
  3. Ticket prices start at $26. All ticket prices have access to the same content. One ticket purchase per household required to gain access. Support THAC by purchasing a higher priced ticket or multiple tickets for your household.

Please help THAC continue to produce quality entertainment by purchasing a higher priced ticket, multiple tickets, or by donating to THAC directly.

How to View:

  • Please test your network and internet speeds prior to the online event, and make sure that your streaming device is up-to-date.
  • Patrons can purchase You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown online streaming tickets in advance or tickets can be purchased the day of the stream. ShowTix4U, the website hosting the online streaming event, accepts all major credit cards.
  • Patron tickets include all event and stream information. Patrons can easily view the stream event by using the direct link on their ticket. Please check your email for your tickets/direct link to the online streaming event.
  • This is scheduled content. Your ticketed event will start promptly at your scheduled time. If you click on your ticket link after the start time, you will miss part of the show.
  • Please plan accordingly. Refunds will not be granted for those who miss parts of the show. It is the patron’s responsibility to plan their time wisely.

More Info – ShowTix4U: 

If you would like more detailed information about the ShowTix4U streaming platform, please check out the links below and you will be redirected to the ShowTix4U website.

Thank you for your continued patronage and please enjoy the show!

New Safety Protocols at THAC

We are excited to reopen our doors very soon! The safety of our patrons, staff, and artists is our top priority. We have taken every available precaution into consideration, allowing us to offer the safest working environment possible during a global pandemic. The THAC Safety Protocol video will walk you through the new safety policies and procedures we have put into place so patrons can enjoy future live events in our historic theater.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW & WATCH THE THAC SAFETY PROTOCOL VIDEO

TICKETS

  • No tickets will be printed. 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. If you do not have access to your ticket at check-in, we will have a printed list of all audience members and can verify your ticket from that list.

ARRIVAL/MASK & TEMPERATURES

  • Outside of the front doors of the theater, will be social distance markers. Please keep a 6’ distance between parties and stay with your party on these markers until it is your turn to check-in. Patrons must observe social distancing of at least 6 feet with persons you do not quarantine/live with.
  • There will be a table set up in the front of the lobby where THAC staff members and volunteers take temperatures and make sure all patrons are wearing masks upon entering. You will be also be asked if you currently have a cough or any flu-like symptoms. Please stay home if you are experiencing any sign or symptom of illness.
  • Masks covering mouth and nose are required for all persons during the entire performance and while inside the THAC building. 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 while safely separated from the audience.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the venue for your convenience.

CHECK-IN

  • All attendees must provide their name upon check-in for proper COVID tracing as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Tri-County Health, and the Five Star Recovery Program.
  • Check-in will begin 30 minutes before curtain. Evening performances – seating will begin at 7:00 PM. Matinees – seating will begin at 1:30 PM.
  • After temperature check and ticket scanning, patrons will be directed to the Main Stage stairs, or the secondary theater stairs, restrooms, or Stanton Art Gallery area. Please follow all posted traffic patterns and maintain 6’ between patrons outside of your party.

SOCIAL DISTANCING – LOBBY

  • Each section of the lobby will have socially distanced spaces marked on the floor, along with traffic pattern signage posted throughout the building.

SOCIAL DISTANCING – GALLERY

  • We have an incredible exhibit in our Stanton Art Gallery. Please enjoy the current art show while being mindful of your distance between other patrons and staff. There will be spaces marked on the floor that are 6’ apart. Please follow signage directing traffic flow.

SOCIAL DISTANCING – STAIRS

  • We will utilize both sets of lobby stairs as entrances to the theater to allow for extra social distancing. Each staircase will have social distance space markers on the floor to indicate where patrons can wait upon entering the theater.
  • A THAC staff member or volunteer will be present to ensure patrons are observing social distancing rules and to help direct them to their proper seating section.

ACCESSIBILITY – ELEVATOR

  • Town Hall Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.
  • Patrons who need access to the elevator will wait on social distance spacers in the holding section of the Stanton Art Gallery.
  • Only parties that arrive together/live together are allowed on the elevator at one time. The elevator is an oversized freight elevator, so social distance will need to be observed with the elevator operator.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS – INTERMISSION / END OF SHOW

  • At intermission, one staircase will be strictly an entrance, and one will be an exit, allowing patrons to come and go as needed while observing social distancing.
  • Once the show has ended, THAC staff and volunteers will direct traffic and empty out one section at a time.
  • Patrons needing to exit the theater at intermission will be directed to the proper staircase by THAC staff/volunteer.

RESTROOMS

  • Stanchions and social distance markers will be utilized to keep restroom traffic socially distanced. Every other stall, urinal, and sink will be rendered unavailable.
  • Please observe a “2 in / 2 out” rule to prevent overcrowding. Staff and volunteers will be present to ensure patrons follow this rule.
    Soap is available at all usable sinks as well as single-use disposable paper towels.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant cleaner during Act 1 of every performance and after the performance.
    Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the venue for your convenience.

SEATING

  • THAC is offering limited seating with a maximum of 60 seats per show. Tickets are sold in socially distanced groupings of 1, 2, or 3 seats. Every other row has been blocked off as unusable for social distancing.
  • Seats open for sale have been measured and observe social distancing of at least 6’ apart, ensuring that only parties who arrive together will be seated together.
  • Several pairs of seats have been removed to create aisles so that patrons can reach their seats without coming within 6 feet of other parties. The front row has been removed to allow for further social distancing between performers and audience.
  • The seating area will be cleaned and sanitized with hospital-grade cleaner after every performance in preparation for the next performance/business day.
  • Seating will begin 30 minutes before curtain.

SAFETY INSIDE THE THEATER

  • The THAC tech team has installed plexi-glass walls surrounding the stage to further protect the audience and artists from germs and air particles. The performers and musicians will always remain behind these walls.
  • We have installed HEPA air filters both onstage and among the audience to assist with proper ventilation.
  • We have increased the cleaning and disinfecting throughout the venue by utilizing hospital-grade cleaners. Our professional cleaning crew uses electro-static cleaning equipment after every performance. For more information on cleaning methods and practices, please visit the links below.

UNAVAILABLE SERVICES

  • We have discontinued our concessions and bar services and will no longer offer cough drops.
  • The water fountain will not be available. THAC patrons are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle.
  • No hard copies of programs available. We will offer programs in digital form only. Programs will be sent to ticketholders via email or by scanning the QR code in the lobby of the theater.
  • No Will-Call or Box Office services during performances. The Box Office will be open normal business hours – M-F 10A – 3 P.

PARKING

  • FREE PARKING can be found along the street (2-hour time limit from 9 AM – 6 PM)
  • FREE Light Rail parking lots (at the corner of Prince and Alamo or South Rio Grande and Main Street)

For a list of upcoming shows, please click here.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – March 19-April 18, 2021

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
By Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer, Andrew Lippa, Charles M. Schulz
Presented by Town Hall Arts Center
March 19 – April 18, 2021  |  Tickets $47-$52
Evening performances begin at 7:30 PM and matinees at 2:00 PM.
Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

The beloved “Peanuts” comic comes to life in this classical musical.  Bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder, who does not give her the time of day.  Perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus.  Snoopy is in the doghouse and Charlie Brown is in rare form.  The brief vignettes span a few months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to despair.  Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life’s great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship.

Returning to our beloved, historic theater located at 2450 W. Main Street, Littleton, CO. With new safety protocols and precautions in place, we look forward to seeing you soon at THAC! Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times. We hope to continue to bring high quality live entertainment as we have for almost 40 years!

Cast:
Carter Edward Smith – Charlie Brown
Brekken Baker – Lucy Van Pelt
Mica Dominguez-Robinson – Sally Brown
Andrew Alber – Linus Van Pelt
Logan Traver – Snoopy
Matt LaFontaine – Schroeder

Crew:
Nick Sugar – Director/Choreographer
Lexi Holtzer – Stage Manager
Seth Alison – Lighting Design
Curt Behm – Sound Design
Matthew Dugger – Sound Board Operator
Linda Morken – Costume Design
Technical Director – Mike Haas
Greg Kendall – Set/Prop Design
Donna Debreceni – Music Director/Keyboards
Sean Case – Percussion

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW & WATCH THE THAC SAFETY PROTOCOL VIDEO BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS 

TICKETS

  • No tickets will be printed for this production. 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. If you do not have access to your ticket at check-in, we will have a printed list of all audience members and can verify your ticket from that list.

ARRIVAL/MASK & TEMPERATURES

  • Outside of the front doors of the theater, will be social distance markers. Please keep a 6’ distance between parties and stay with your party on these markers until it is your turn to check-in. Patrons must observe social distancing of at least 6 feet with persons you do not quarantine/live with.
  • There will be a table set up in the front of the lobby where THAC staff members and volunteers take temperatures and make sure all patrons are wearing masks upon entering. You will be also be asked if you currently have a cough or any flu-like symptoms. Please stay home if you are experiencing any sign or symptom of illness.
  • Masks covering mouth and nose are required for all persons during the entire performance and while inside the THAC building. 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 while safely separated from the audience.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the venue for your convenience.

CHECK-IN

  • All attendees must provide their name upon check-in for proper COVID tracing as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Tri-County Health, and the Five Star Recovery Program.
  • Check-in will begin 30 minutes before curtain. Evening performances – seating will begin at 7:00 PM. Matinees – seating will begin at 1:30 PM.
  • After temperature check and ticket scanning, patrons will be directed to the Main Stage stairs, or the secondary theater stairs, restrooms, or Stanton Art Gallery area. Please follow all posted traffic patterns and maintain 6’ between patrons outside of your party.

SOCIAL DISTANCING – LOBBY

  • Each section of the lobby will have socially distanced spaces marked on the floor, along with traffic pattern signage posted throughout the building.

SOCIAL DISTANCING – GALLERY

  • We have an incredible exhibit in our Stanton Art Gallery. Please enjoy the current art show while being mindful of your distance between other patrons and staff. There will be spaces marked on the floor that are 6’ apart. Please follow signage directing traffic flow.

SOCIAL DISTANCING – STAIRS

  • We will utilize both sets of lobby stairs as entrances to the theater to allow for extra social distancing. Each staircase will have social distance space markers on the floor to indicate where patrons can wait upon entering the theater.
  • A THAC staff member or volunteer will be present to ensure patrons are observing social distancing rules and to help direct them to their proper seating section.

ACCESSIBILITY – ELEVATOR

  • Town Hall Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.
  • Patrons who need access to the elevator will wait on social distance spacers in the holding section of the Stanton Art Gallery.
  • Only parties that arrive together/live together are allowed on the elevator at one time. The elevator is an oversized freight elevator, so social distance will need to be observed with the elevator operator.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS – INTERMISSION / END OF SHOW

  • At intermission, one staircase will be strictly an entrance, and one will be an exit, allowing patrons to come and go as needed while observing social distancing.
  • Once the show has ended, THAC staff and volunteers will direct traffic and empty out one section at a time.
  • Patrons needing to exit the theater at intermission will be directed to the proper staircase by THAC staff/volunteer.

RESTROOMS

  • Stanchions and social distance markers will be utilized to keep restroom traffic socially distanced. Every other stall, urinal, and sink will be rendered unavailable.
  • Please observe a “2 in / 2 out” rule to prevent overcrowding. Staff and volunteers will be present to ensure patrons follow this rule.
    Soap is available at all usable sinks as well as single-use disposable paper towels.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant cleaner during Act 1 of every performance and after the performance.
    Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the venue for your convenience.

SEATING

  • THAC is offering limited seating with a maximum of 60 seats per show. Tickets are sold in socially distanced groupings of 1, 2, or 3 seats. Every other row has been blocked off as unusable for social distancing.
  • Seats open for sale have been measured and observe social distancing of at least 6’ apart, ensuring that only parties who arrive together will be seated together.
  • Several pairs of seats have been removed to create aisles so that patrons can reach their seats without coming within 6 feet of other parties. The front row has been removed to allow for further social distancing between performers and audience.
  • The seating area will be cleaned and sanitized with hospital-grade cleaner after every performance in preparation for the next performance/business day.
  • Seating will begin 30 minutes before curtain.

SAFETY INSIDE THE THEATER

  • The THAC tech team has installed plexi-glass walls surrounding the stage to further protect the audience and artists from germs and air particles. The performers and musicians will always remain behind these walls.
  • We have installed HEPA air filters both onstage and among the audience to assist with proper ventilation.
  • We have increased the cleaning and disinfecting throughout the venue by utilizing hospital-grade cleaners. Our professional cleaning crew uses electro-static cleaning equipment after every performance. For more information on cleaning methods and practices, please visit the links below.

UNAVAILABLE SERVICES

  • We have discontinued our concessions and bar services and will no longer offer cough drops.
  • The water fountain will not be available. THAC patrons are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle.
  • No hard copies of programs available. We will offer programs in digital form only. Programs will be sent to ticketholders via email or by scanning the QR code in the lobby of the theater.
  • No Will-Call or Box Office services during performances. The Box Office will be open normal business hours – M-F 10A – 3 P.

PARKING

  • FREE PARKING can be found along the street (2-hour time limit from 9 AM – 6 PM)
  • FREE Light Rail parking lots (at the corner of Prince and Alamo or South Rio Grande and Main Street)

To purchase tickets to this show, please click here.

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Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts”
by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Original Direction for this version of
“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer
Originally Produced in New York by
Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson

THE VIDEOTAPING OR MAKING OF ELECTRONIC OR OTHER AUDIO AND/OR VISUAL RECORDINGS OF THIS PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTING RECORDINGS OR STREAMS IN ANY MEDIUM, INCLUDING THE INTERNET, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, A VIOLATION OF THE AUTHOR(S)’S RIGHTS AND ACTIONABLE UNDER UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT LAW. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
https://concordtheatricals.com/resources/protecting-artists

STREAMING ONLINE – Almost, Maine – February 12 -13, 2021

Almost, Maine - Streaming Online

Town Hall Arts Center proudly presents a staged concert version of
Almost, Maine
Streaming from the safety and comfort of your own home!

February 12-13, 2021  |  Show times 7:30 PM
Tickets start at $15

Almost, Maine is a vignette of nine short plays that explore the love and loss in a remote almost-town called Almost, Maine. The play is a series of loosely connected tales about love – relationships begin, end, or change beyond recognition. Strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. On one cold and magical winter night, the citizens of Almost experience the life-altering power of the human heart.

To purchase a ticket:

  1. Click here. You will be redirected to our online streaming host site – ShowTix4U.
  2. Or you can go to the ShowTix4U website and search for “Town Hall Arts Center” in the Find an Organization search bar, and then click on Almost, Maine event. You will be redirected to the ticket purchase page.
  3. Ticket prices start at $15 up to $55. All ticket prices have access to the same content. One ticket purchase per household required to gain access. Support THAC by purchasing a higher priced ticket or multiple tickets for your household.

Please help THAC continue to produce quality entertainment by purchasing a higher priced ticket, multiple tickets, or by donating to THAC directly.

How to View:

  • Please test your network and internet speeds prior to the online event, and make sure that your streaming device is up-to-date.
  • Patrons can purchase Almost, Maine online streaming tickets in advance or tickets can be purchased the day of the stream – February 12-13, 2021. ShowTix4U, the website hosting the online streaming event, accepts all major credit cards.
  • Patron tickets include all event and stream information. Patrons can easily view the stream event by using the direct link on their ticket. Please check your email for your tickets/direct link to the online streaming event.
  • This is scheduled content. Your ticketed event will start promptly at 7:30 PM. If you click on your ticket link after the 7:30 PM start time, you will miss part of the show.
  • Please plan accordingly. Refunds will not be granted for those who miss parts of the show. It is the patron’s responsibility to plan their time wisely.

More Info – ShowTix4U: 

If you would like more detailed information about the ShowTix4U streaming platform, please check out the links below and you will be redirected to the ShowTix4U website.

Thank you for your continued patronage and please enjoy the show!

________________________

Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

ALMOST, MAINE was developed by
The Cape Cod Theatre Project.

 Professional Premiere Production:
Portland Stage Company,
Anita Stewart, Artistic Director,
Tami Ramaker, Managing Director.

 Originally produced in New York by
Jack Thomas/Bulldog Theatrical and Bruce Payne.

 © 2020  This Video recording was produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service and John Cariani. All rights reserved. This performance is authorized for non-commercial use only. By accepting this license, you agree not to authorize or permit the Video to be recorded, copied, distributed, broadcast, telecast, or otherwise exploited, in whole or in part, in any media now known or hereafter developed.

STREAMING ONLINE – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – January 29-30, 2021

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - THAC Main Stage Shows

The Show MUST go on!
And at Town Hall Arts Center, The Show Will Go On!

Town Hall Arts Center proudly presents a staged concert version of
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Streaming from the safety and comfort of your own home!

January 29-30, 2021  |  Show times 7:30 PM
Tickets start at $15

When Monty Navarro learns he is ninth in line for an earldom, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slim and sets off down a ghoulish path. Can he murder his unsuspecting relatives without getting caught and become ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what about love? Murder isn’t the only thing on his mind.

To purchase A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ticket:

  1. Click here. You will be redirected to our online streaming host site – ShowTix4U.
  2. Or you can go to the ShowTix4U website and search for “Town Hall Arts Center” in the Find an Organization search bar, and then click on A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER event. You will be redirected to the ticket purchase page.
  3. Ticket prices start at $15 up to $55. All ticket prices have access to the same content. One ticket purchase per household required to gain access. Support THAC by purchasing a higher priced ticket or multiple tickets for your household.

Please help THAC continue to produce quality entertainment by purchasing a higher priced ticket, multiple tickets, or by donating to THAC directly.

You will be redirected to the ticket purchase page, as shown below.


How to View:

  • Please test your network and internet speeds prior to the online event, and make sure that your streaming device is up-to-date.
  • Patrons can purchase A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER online streaming tickets in advance or tickets can be purchased the day of the stream – January 29 and 30, 2021. ShowTix4U, the website hosting the online streaming event, accepts all major credit cards.
  • Patron tickets include all event and stream information. Patrons can easily view the stream event by using the direct link on their ticket. Please check your email for your tickets/direct link to the online streaming event.
  • This is scheduled content. Your ticketed event will start promptly at 7:30 PM. If you click on your ticket link after the 7:30 PM start time, you will miss part of the show.
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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Book and Lyrics by ROBERT L. FREEDMAN
Music and Lyrics by STEVEN LUTVAK
Based on a novel by ROY HORNIMAN

Orchestrations by Jonathon Tunick
Vocal Arrangements by Dianne Adams McDowell & Steven Lutvak

Original Broadway Production Produced by
Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson,
50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix & Una Jackman,
Catherine & Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage,
ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jame deRoy,
Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane & Bonne Comley,
Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions,
Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell
Michael T. Cohen/Joe Sirola, Joseph & Carson Gleberman/William Megevick
and
Green State Productions
In Association with
The Hartford Stage and The Old Globe

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER was developed, in part, at the 2006 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort with continuing Post-Lab Support through its initiative with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

Colorado Thespian Convention / Thescon 2020

Thescon 2020

The 2020 Colorado Thespian Virtual Conference begins December 10, 2020. This year, the conference is virtual and will reach hundreds of theatre educators and thousands of theatre students across Colorado and Wyoming.

The event is one of the largest Educational Theatre Events in the United States, and provides a great opportunity to connect with theater students and educators.

Town Hall Arts Center has long been a supporter of Thescon and this year, we are proud to sponsor the opening ceremonies of the virtual convention. For more information, visit the Thescon website.

2020 True West Award

True West Award 2020

By John Moore (Senior Arts Journalist, Arvada Center)

With so many (many) lousy things to come out of the COVID shutdown, you have to appreciate it when something truly lovely comes out of necessity and innovation. Like taking in an early fall sunset at The Hudson Gardens listening to the lyrics of John Denver as birds fly overhead: “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.” With other humans. During a pandemic. Under a sky that looks like a pearl after a rain.

And it was an experience that was never in the Town Hall Arts Center’s plans before the virus forced a creative shift in thinking.

“Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver” was scheduled to open inside Town Hall on April 3 when rehearsals were stopped. But rather than shut the production down altogether, Director Nick Sugar’s creative team scrambled for a solution that turned out to be good enough to be true: The re-imagined show eventually went on as an outdoor, botanic experience that perfectly matched the tenor of John Denver’s music.

And it took some heavy behind-the-scenes lifting to make it happen. The Town Hall team had to set up a 40-foot band tent, two trees of stage lights, speakers, other sound equipment and socially distanced audience pods before every performance. And then take it all down again in near total darkness. And do it all over again 18 times over the course of the next month for the enjoyment of 1,500 patrons who surely had no idea how much muscle it took to pull off.

“We had to leave it exactly as we found it every night so that The Hudson Gardens could operate as normal the next day. It was a Herculean group effort, for sure,” said Robert Michael Sanders, Town Hall’s Education Manager.

Note the title. It was the Education Manager’s job to keep the crew moving on schedule. And that nighty “crew” included several people with titles you don’t always associate with “crew”:

Mike Haas: Technical Director
Curt Behm: Sound Designer
Robert Michael Sanders: Education Manager
Matthew Kepler: Programming Manager
Willa Bograd: Volunteer Coordinator
Stacy Hanna: Marketing and PR Manager
Stephanie O’Malley: Development Manager
Kevin Chung: Carpenter
Greg Kendall: Carpenter
Dustin Hartley: Scenic painter and technician
Matthew Duggar: Sound board operator
Sarah Alexander-Wininger: Operations Specialist

Here’s how Sanders describes how the operation went:

“The whole staff would arrive at 5 p.m. to set up the tent and run power from the main building out onto the lawn. We set up the light trees and ran LED lighting strips into the tent, made sure the band had power, and then placed all of the speakers and subwoofers. Meanwhile, Matthew Kepler handled all of the set-up at the front gate for arriving patrons, as well as ticketing – and laying down pods in groups of four, each placed at least 6 feet apart and 25 feet away from the five performers. Hudson Gardens provided a dressing room for the actors, and costume assistant Mikayla LaMantia was there every night to clean and deliver the costumes.”

Because there was no actual stage in the gardens, performers Matt LaFontaine, Alison Mueller, Mark Middlebrooks, Zach Stailey and Tasha Waters sang for nearly two hours while standing in the grass. And the second the show was over, the entire crew jumped back into action, moving everything back into a large storage shed on the Hudson Gardens’ grounds. “We essentially reverse-engineered it,” Sanders said. “Except now it was all in the dark.”

That effort included band members Donna Debreceni, Mitch Jervis, Scott Alan Smith and Larry Ziehl lugging their keyboards, drum kits and guitars from the park back to their cars each night.

Sanders says the plan was masterminded along with Technical Director Mike Haas and Sound Designer Curt Behm, though it took yeoman effort from 11 full-time Town Hall staffers, along with another dozen volunteers and part-time box office workers (Kendra Pierce, Nannette Brown, Amy Calonder, Tamara Jarrett and Dave Johnson) to pull it off every night.

“It was all hands on deck for anything,” Sanders said. “We grabbed anyone who had knowledge in anything.” Even if that meant the Town Hall Marketing Manager learning how to plug in sound and set up lights.

Miraculously, none of the performances were lost by weather. “Although sometimes the cords were frozen because it was so cold,” Sanders said. “And there were two shows where crew had to run up and hold the tent up during a microburst.”

And in the end, was it all worth it?

“Absolutely,” Sanders said. “Even with that amount of work, we would do it all over again in a second. The quality of the entertainment was high, the safety was well thought-out, and audiences were desperate to be entertained in a reasonable, responsible environment.”