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.  THAC is in the process of applying for and obtaining a variance from the City of Littleton that would allow us to reopen the theater for Main Stage shows.  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.

Denver metro area arts go online

by Paul Albani-Burgio (Centennial Citizen)

Some Denver area institutions say digital approach could become lasting element

Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton was just about to start its spring kids’ classes when the arrival of COVID-19 changed everything.

“Once that all came apart, I, like everybody else, sort of sat back and said: ‘What do we do?’” said Robert Michael Sanders, the education manager at the arts center.

But as the situation came into clearer focus, Sanders realized the center had an opportunity to do something good to help preserve a sense of normalcy for kids and the parents who are struggling to keep them entertained and engaged.

“What we did is we sort of created a pile of classes and decided we could put them together online and just put it out there for people,’” Sanders said. “And we decided that the best thing we could do for the kids stuck at home is just offer something (free of charge) and not add a financial hit to the parents who may or may not be working.”

Sanders said the arts center is offering 10 classes that take place on weekdays between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. to mimic a traditional after-school program. About 90 kids are currently enrolled.

“The response has actually been pretty overwhelming,” Sanders said.

It’s a new way of teaching for Sanders and his team and a new way of learning for the students, but one that has become increasingly commonplace in recent weeks as museums, libraries and other cultural institutions and organizations have responded to the closure of their physical facilities by pivoting to offering content and experiences virtually.

Letter from the Board of Directors

Dear patron,

We’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of you for your support of Town Hall Arts Center.

Town Hall Arts Center was founded 38 years ago by people who were true visionaries; people who wanted to bring the community together, who understood the immense power of art to entertain us, to transport us to other worlds, to transform us, to remind us that we are not alone, to give a voice to those who have been silenced, to present other viewpoints, and to bring joy.  The work wasn’t easy, but this group labored tirelessly because they believed that the citizens of Arapahoe County and South Metro Denver deserved to have outstanding family entertainment and educational programs that were affordable and conveniently located in the heart of Littleton.

Since our founding, hundreds of thousands have been entertained in our beloved, iconic building, which has endured for nearly 100 years through good times and bad.  We are all facing a difficult time right now, and in efforts to keep our community safe and healthy, our Gothic doors are temporarily closed to you, our dedicated patrons.

However, be assured the board and staff of Town Hall Arts Center are still hard at work realizing our mission to enrich the cultural, social and educational life of this community.

  • First, all of our administrative and technical staff are working remotely.  Keeping these talented and dedicated individualsemployed is a top priority of the board and doing so is in the immediate and long-term interest of the organization.
  • While our spring educational programs have been cancelled, our Education Department is hard at work designing virtual experiences to continue engaging students at home, while we look forward to our traditional programming this summer.
  • The cast and crew of Almost Heaven are taking a hiatus from rehearsals right now, but as soon as it is safe to do so, we look forward to opening that show for audiences who will more than ever will appreciate the spirit of relationship and community so prevalent in the music of John Denver.
  • Finally, we continue to focus on the future of Town Hall Arts Center.  Planning for our 40th season will get underway in the next few months, and we look forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of our iconic building later this fall. Additionally, we look forward to sharing more cultural and educational programming announcements with you all soon.

The saying goes “the show must go on” and it most certainly will.  Just as they did more than 38 years ago, and have night after night since, the people of Littleton will gather together to celebrate community, art and live theater. We are honored to play this important role in the lives of so many residents, visitors, seniors, students, teachers, actors, directors, artists, musicians and so many more.

Thank you for being a part of this family,

Town Hall Arts Center Board of Directors

Get to know Emily Tuckman

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Emily Tuckman

DOB: a lady never tells;)
Hometown: Boston, ma
Education: dual masters from NYU in theater Ed and English ed 
Day Job: teach theater and tutor SAT

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
Off-Time: playing with my kid or doing yoga 

Season: spring 
Movie: Stage Beauty 
Musical: invisible thread (off bway)
Color: blue
Animal: unicorn 
Book: anything by Jodi Picoult
Band: Ani DiFranco
Song: fight song 
Beverage: kombucha 

THIS OR THAT…
Cats or Dogs? Dogs 

Beer or Wine? Both
Sweet of Sour? Sweet
Mild or Spicy? Spicy 
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers 
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Piercings or Tattoos? Yes
FroYo or Ice Cream? Froyo 
City or Country? City 
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi 
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
Early Bird or Night Owl? Night owl

ANSWER ME THIS…
Where is your very own Garden of Eden? The ocean

When life hands you lemons? I mean…lemonade obviously
Who do you admire most? My husband
What is your biggest fear? Death and homelessness
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully happy
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? To be on broadway 
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” -(as Bessie would say) Oscar Wilde
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? FB or instagram 
Why see Casa Valentina? These ladies represent the most rewarding advice I’ve ever received, and this play is so real: you’ll jump from laughing to crying!
www.emilytuckman.com
www.ambienceseries.com

 

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Get to know Mark Collins

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…

The Judge/Amy – Mark Collins

Name: Mark Collins
DOB: It was a Sunday evening during the Kennedy Administration.
Hometown: Reidsville, North Carolina
Education: BFA Theatre, CU-Boulder; MFA-Theatre, UNC-Greensboro
Day Job: I run my own house painting business and freelance as a journalist and an actor.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
Off-Time: Buy, selling and playing guitars.
Season: Sum-Sum-Summertime
Movie: Shakespeare in Love
Musical: Urinetown
Color: Purple
Animal: Purry ones
Book: Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilmore
Band: The one I played in that played its final gig in the basement of the Littleton Town Hall in 1984 or ’85. True story.
Song: Sweet Old World, by Lucinda Williams
Beverage: Coffee with cream

THIS OR THAT…
Cats or Dogs? Yes
Beer or Wine? Depends on the season
Sweet of Sour? Salty
Mild or Spicy? Spicy
Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Piercings or Tattoos? Ouch
FroYo or Ice Cream? Ice Cream
City or Country? City
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
Early Bird or Night Owl? Never thought I’d say this, but as I get older — early bird.

ANSWER ME THIS…
Where is your very own Garden of Eden? My basement guitar room.
When life hands you lemons? Use them in my Indian food recipes.
Who do you admire most? My wife, Melissa McCarl.
What is your biggest fear? Accidentally stepping on one of our three cats.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why, in the crystal ball I bought at a garage sale on South Gaylord Street, of course.
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? Play in a rock ‘n roll band again.
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? This too shall pass.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Sure. facebook.com/mark.collins.752, @TMarkCollins
Why see Casa Valentina? Because it gives a peak into the lives of people you probably don’t know.

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Get to know Brian Trampler

Fezziwig/Old Joe – Brian Trampler

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Brian Trampler

DOB: May 3 1963
Hometown: Denver (born and raised)
Education: some college
Day Job: Strategic Business Development

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
Holiday Tradition: With kids in college, lately it has been spending a week in Glenwood Springs during the holidays when kids are on Christmas break.

Off-Time: Relaxing on a beach.
Season: Do I have to pick one?
Movie: Any Marvel movie
Musical: Whichever musical I’m performing in or rehearsing for…
Color: Blue
Animal: Manta Ray
Book: Cryptonomicon
Band: Brian Setzer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Song: Sway – great crooners song, but dig the Michael Bublé version.
Beverage: Beer

THIS OR THAT…
Past, Present, or Future? Present
Cats or Dogs? Cats (I’m allergic to dogs )
Beer or Wine? Beer
Sweet or Sour? Sweet
Mild or Spicy? Spicy
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos
FroYo or Ice Cream? Ice Cream 
City or Country? City
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
Early Bird or Night Owl? Night Owl

ANSWER ME THIS…
When life hands you lemons? Add them to a MaiTai!

Who do you admire most? My wife!
What is your biggest fear? That I won’t be on the stage performing at any point in the future.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Close to retirement and doing even more performing.
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? Travel with my wife.
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? Never stop moving forward.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Go for it! Look for @savoyardbrian on any of those platforms! (FB) (TWITTER) (INSTAGRAM)
Why see A Christmas Carol? It is a story that reminds us that you can’t forget your past, but you can change your future. Who doesn’t need that reminder now and then?

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Get to know Abigail Dantzler

Grace Smythe – Abigail Dantzler

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Abigail Taylor Dantzler

DOB: 12/01/08
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Education: 4th Grade – Broadway Bound
Day Job: Student

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
Holiday tradition: hiding Easter eggs!

Off-Time: Scootering
Season: Spring because it’s happy and cheerful!
Movie: The Librarian – Quest for the Spear
Musical: Phantom of the Opera
Color: White or Blue
Animal: Pygmy Rabbit
Book: The whole Harry Potter Series
Band: Iron Maiden
Song: I haven’t met a song I didn’t like
Beverage: Butter Beer

THIS OR THAT…
Past, Present, or Future? Present because that is where I live.
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Beer or Wine? Neither
Sweet of Sour? Sweet!!!
Mild or Spicy? Mild
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, particularly if I’ve stolen it from my Mom
Piercings or Tattoos? No
FroYo or Ice Cream? FroYo
City or Country? Country
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
Early Bird or Night Owl? Night Owl

ANSWER ME THIS…
When life hands you lemons? Get hot water and sugar. SQUEEZE! Mix. Add ice. Host a lemonade stand!

Who do you admire most? My parents because they are lovely.
What is your biggest fear? Being the only one left in my family
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? On Stage
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? Being an actress on television
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? I get a lot of advice from a lot of people all the time.  I don’t know if it is rewarding yet or not…
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Sorry – no social media because I’m 9.
Why see A Christmas Carol?  Because it is AWESOME!

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Get to know Molly Fickes

Martha Cratchit/Fezziwig Kid – Molly Fickes

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Molly Fickes

DOB: April 6, 2003
Hometown: Golden, Colorado
Education: Golden High School
Day Job: Sophomore at GHS

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
Holiday Tradition: Hiking in the woods to cut down a Christmas tree with lots of friends.

Off-Time: Walking my dog and shopping with friends.
Season: Fall
Movie: Meet the Parents
Musical: Come From Away
Color: Purple
Animal: Whales are pretty cool! And so is my labradoodle Charlie.
Book: The Book Thief
Band: Dixie Chicks
Song: It’s always changing!
Beverage: Red Bush Tea from Pike Place Market

THIS OR THAT…
Past, Present, or Future? Present

Cats or Dogs? Dogs! (don’t tell my cat!)
Beer or Wine? Umm… I’m 15!
Sweet of Sour? Sweet
Mild or Spicy? Mild
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Piercings or Tattoos? Neither- I am scared of needles!
FroYo or Ice Cream? Ice Cream
City or Country? Both!
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Netflix or Hulu? NETFLIX!!!!!
Early Bird or Night Owl? Night owl

ANSWER ME THIS…
When life hands you lemons? Don’t make lemonade unless life also hands you sugar!

Who do you admire most? My parents.
What is your biggest fear? Needles and blood
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still doing theater somewhere!
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? Play Fiona in Shrek or Audrey in Little Shop. Also, I would love to travel to Greece!
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? Whenever I leave to do a show my dad says “Show ‘em what’s what!”
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? No, that’s creepy!
Why see A Christmas Carol? To support local theater.

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