A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – Streaming Online – 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.
  • 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!

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

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.”

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!

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”

Please click here for David Nehl’s performance.
Thank you to our first holiday concert sponsor, Aspen Grove.  For more local holiday event ideas and shopping, please visit their website.

MATTHEW DAILEY
Matthew 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.

Matthew will perform Rockin’ Holidays, featuring favorite rockin’ holiday classics from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and a special guest appearance from former cast members of the hit show Jersey Boys.

Please click here for Matthew Dailey’s performance.

ROBERT MICHAEL SANDERS & MEGAN VAN DE HEY
Robert Michael and Megan are a THAC love story and met during the 2007 THAC production of Gypsy, where they played opposite of each other as the characters Herbie and Mama Rose. They went on to play opposite each other a dozen times in various theaters, and eventually married in 2017. The song, “Dream Anywhere” was written by Robert Michael Sanders for Megan on the grand piano in the THAC lobby, on a break between shows.

Robert Michael and Megan will perform Full Circle, a celebration of music and paying homage to the place where they first met.

Please click here for Robert Michael and Megan’s performance.

Thank you for your continued patronage.  Happy Holidays!!!

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.

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

Town Hall Arts Center – June 3, 2020

Town Hall Arts Center is deeply saddened by the injustices and cruelty that have destroyed the lives of so many people of color in our country, most recently George Floyd.

While THAC focuses on theater as entertainment, we do look for opportunities to support and celebrate people from every race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. In working with artists to create theater we strive to bring a community of humans together, to share, to be moved, to experience, to grow, and to be entertained.

THAC at its core is committed to enriching the cultural, social and educational life of our community through live theater. As an organization, we recognize the programming choices we make impact our stakeholders in many different ways, and we strive to make those decisions with awareness and consideration for everyone. We pledge to cast our shows so that ethnic roles are portrayed by ethnic actors and actresses.

In 2019 we began transforming our Board to be more inclusive of diversity and look to expand that diversity in the future in an attempt to recognize people of every race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Finally, we recognize that this statement isn’t the end of the work or efforts. Like our society as a whole, Town Hall Arts Center will begin a process of reflection to identify and take action on further opportunities to truly realize our mission of enriching the cultural, social and educational life of our entire community.