Board of Directors – 2020-2021 Season

THAC Board of Directors 2020-2021

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

THAC Proudly Presents Barefoot in the Park!

Written by Neil Simon.  Directed by Robert Wells.

Written by one of the greatest American playwrights, Barefoot in the Park follows a newlywed couple as they learn to live together in their first apartment.  He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick.  The Broadway play was nominated for three 1964 Tony Awards, and Jane Fonda and Robert Redford starred in the 1967 adaptation.

THAC Proudly Presents Disenchanted!

Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) continues its 38th consecutive season with a hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm—Disenchanted!  

And they lived happily ever after.  Well… not exactly. Snow White & her posse of wanton, defiant princesses are here to set the record straight in this hilarious irreverent musical. Forget the princesses you know—these subversive storybook heroines turn fairytales upside down in this clever, not-for-the-kiddies musical.  Disenchanted! puts a new spin on Disney classics and fairytale happily ever afters. Book, music, and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino.  Directed by Nick Sugar. 

THAC Proudly Presents Cabaret!

“Money” featuring Nick Sugar as the Emcee with the Kit Kat Ensemble from Cabaret.
Photo Allen Jimenez

Littleton, Colorado: Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) opens its 38th consecutive season with an iconic, classic show — Cabaret. Nick Sugar will be reprising his role as the Master of Ceremonies for the second time on the THAC stage, as well as bringing his signature edge to both the direction and choreography. In Berlin, during the 1930s, the sexy and decadent Kit Kat Klub hosted a cabaret full of colorful singers and dancers. An aspiring writer enters into the bohemian lifestyle of the Cabaret denizens, who appear unaware of the rise of the Nazi Party outside their doors, and how their lives would change forever. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Mein Herr,” “Two Ladies,” and “Cabaret.”

Featuring a book by Joe Masteroff. Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood. Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Co-directed and Choreographed on Broadway by Rob Marshall. Directed on Broadway by Sam Mendes. Cabaret will delight you with high-energy song-and-dance numbers, and haunt you long after you leave the theater.

“Last seen on our stage 13 years ago, our uniquely-talented director, Nick Sugar, is also starring as the Master of Ceremonies!”

“Nick and his dedicated design team, actors, band, and crew are sure to transport you on an unforgettable journey.”

Denise Kato, President of the Board of Directors for THAC.

Ticket Information: Reserved seats are currently on sale, priced $26.00-$46.00 at the THAC Box Office, (303) 794-2787, ext. 5 (open Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to Noon/ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to performances) or online at TownHallArtsCenter.org. Patrons interested in on-stage table seating should inquire with the Box Office. Due to mature content, sexual references, and violence, caution is advised for younger audiences. In a continuing effort to make plays at THAC accessible to all, ten value seats at $10 each are made available on a first-come, first-served basis one-hour prior to each published curtain time.

About Town Hall Arts Center: Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) is “Denver’s most intimate” live theater located on Historic Main Street in Downtown Littleton, Colorado and a registered Colorado 501(c) 3 non- profit organization. The mission of THAC is to enrich the cultural, social, and educational life of the community through professionally produced live theater, concerts and other cultural events, and year-round educational programs for children and adults. We are also home to the Stanton Art Gallery, featuring rotating art exhibits from local talent. TownHallArtsCenter.org

2019/20 Season Single Tickets

Town Hall Arts Center’s 2019/20 Main Stage Season includes Cabaret, Meet Me In St. Louis, Disenchanted, Barefoot in the Park, Almost Heaven, and Little Shop of Horrors.

We are proud to announce that single tickets for the entire 2019/20 Main Stage Season, as well as our Concert Series, are now on sale! Visit the Buy Tickets page to read descriptions of the shows and purchase your tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 303.794.2787, ext. 5 or by stopping by the Box Office during normal business hours.