Save the Date: The Value of Names

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by Jeffrey Sweet
Directed by Richard Pegg
Sept. 8 – Nov. 4
Tickets go on sale August 1. 

“The Value of Names has it all: a provocative subject, superb writing, a consistently engrossing story, and an almost overwhelming emotional wallop at its end. A wonderful play. Bravo!”
– Chicago Tribune


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Don’t miss your opportunity to perform on the magnificent new stage of the Elaine Wolf Theatre.

Join us as we present the brilliant Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.  Interweaving plots from several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, the play explores the bigger consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.  The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella – tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family.

This production requires an audition before enrollment and is open to students in grades 6-12. There will be a tuition fee of $400 for those cast in the production.  Note that we will be presenting the Junior version of the script (shorter with more youth friendly music).

 PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS: Wednesday, Sept. 12 (call for audition time)
CALLBACK AUDITION: Sunday, Sept. 23, 4-8 p.m.
REHEARSALS: Generally Sundays (daytime); Tuesdays & Wednesdays (evening); some exceptions; cast called to specific rehearsals
PERFORMANCES: Opening Thursday, Nov. 29; runs Thursdays, Saturday evenings & Sundays through Dec. 9

To make an audition appointment, call (303) 316-6360.

A Journey of the Human Spirit: Tickets Now on Sale!

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Denver, CO – Colorado’s leading arts and cultural organizations will produce A Journey of the Human Spirit on January 16 and 17, 2013 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver. This performance experience will feature Viktor Ullmann’s opera “The Emperor of Atlantis”and Garrett Ammon’s world premiere dance set to Ofer Ben-Amots’ original score titled, “From Darkness to Light.”  Please also visit the Journey of the Human Spirit website for detailed information on the production, producers and performers at www.journey.maccjcc.org

This unprecedented collaboration by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Central City Opera, Colorado College, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Public Radio, Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) and  Newman Center Presents, started with a simple conversation between Colorado Public Radio on air personality Monika Vischer and MACC/JCC chief executive officer, Stuart Raynor. A few years before, Vischer created an award-winning radio documentary series with James Conlon, music director of LA Opera, focused on silenced music of the Holocaust.  Vischer had heard about Raynor’s involvement in producing “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” with Conlon in association with the Houston Grand Opera.  Dedicated to the mission of having these works performed, they began to talk about how “Der Kaiser” could be performed in Denver.  One conversation led to another and the team of those signing onto the mission grew.

During the Holocaust many artists spoke out, trying to stop the destruction of their society.  Two of them were musician/composer Victor Ullmann and his colleague librettist Peter Kien. Their satiric opera “Der Kaiser von Atlantis, oder Die Tod-Verweigerung” (“The Emperor of Atlantis” or “Death’s Refusal”) was composed around 1943 while Ullmann and Kien were imprisoned in the concentration camp/ghetto Theresienstadt.

“This opera is not only an important work in historic terms, but also the perfect example of how the arts are a mirror of mankind,” says Pat Pearce, general and artistic director of Central City Opera.

During their discussions about the project, the collaborative team decided to expand the experience of the opera, creating both a preface and an epilogue.  The audience’s first experiences of the evening will involve traditional Eastern European klezmer music, celebrating life and leading the audience into the story of the opera.  Seamlessly integrated at the end of the opera, a new work of dance will round out the experience, creating a vehicle for hope after so much death.  The dance will be choreographed by BNC’s Garrett Ammon and set to an original music piece, “From Darkness to Light,” which combines eastern European Jewish folk themes with a modern dynamic, by Ofer Ben-Amots, Israeli born composer and chair of the Music Department of Colorado College.

Ofer Ben-Amots’ “From Darkness to Light” is a beautifully complex celebration of our humanity and a perfect juxtaposition to ‘Der Kaiser von Atlantis.’  I am thrilled for the opportunity to create a new contemporary ballet around the world premiere arrangement of this wonderful work,” states Garrett Ammon, artistic director for Ballet Nouveau Colorado.

A Journey of the Human Spirit takes place at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Denver at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, January 16 and 17, 2013.  Tickets are available at www.newmantix.com, in person at the Newman Center Box Office, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO  80210, or via phone to the Box Office (303-871-7715).  The Box Office is open M-F, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The lowest service fees are available online. Watch for more information at www.darknesstolightcolorado.org .

Chai Life IX: YUM

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Chai Life IX: YUM

July 12, 5-10 p.m.

3407 Ringsby Court – TAXI Community


Join co-producers, XY Events and  E-3 Events for a summer food truck celebration! Not only will our favorite mobile restaurants provide items from their normal menus, but they will create  their own take on a traditional Jewish food. Prepare to be dazzled!

Beer and wine will be provided as well as DJs, live music and family entertainment!  Entrance is $1 for those over 21 years old and FREE to everyone else!

For more details please email lkorsen@jccdenver.org
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The Elaine Wolf Theatre Construction Update – Week of January 23, 2012

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The Elaine Wolf Theatre Construction Update – Week of January 23, 2012

The excitement mounts.  We are just beginning to glimpse the colossal changes as the building really takes shape.  As the infrastructure phase slowly comes to a close, the outline of our new space whets our anticipation for the elegance to come.  It is truly an amazing time.


We have not taken time to offer our gratitude to our amazing construction company, Foothills Commercial Builders, and the hundreds of subcontractors who continue to toil away in shift after double shift in our dark and unheated construction zone as we race toward completion.  Thanks for all you do for us.


Last week we finished most of the drywall installation and set in the large electrical panels and new dimmers to handle the theatrical lighting.  We also began work on our sound system installation and began the acoustical ceiling tiles and completed the tile in the lobby bathrooms.


Planned work this week includes continued installation of our solid walnut wood paneling in the lobby, completion of the all drywall and beginning to paint the interior of our elevator tower – as well as a host of projects on the new mezzanine level and theatre interior.




We are delighted to announce that we have received a significant gift from Elaine Wolf for a major renovation of our mainstage theatre space.  The renovation will include a new mezzanine level (adding about 110 seats), a fully accessible row in the orchestra, new stage floor, new electronic marquee, new lobby, new lighting and sound equipment and much more.  Work began in the summer of 2011 and continues through early 2012.  A reminder that we are open for business during the entire construction period!!


As many may already know, our completion date for the theatre has been slightly delayed.  It was our hope to open our new facility with our terrific film festival followed by our children’s theatre production prior to our official grand opening in March.  Due to a delay in pouring the concrete for our mezzanine, we have decided to move our film festival to another venue to insure the best preparation for one of our most important events.  Patrons should note that we are moving our film festival to the elegant Denver Film Center on Colfax (home of the Denver Film Society).  The festival will take place on the same dates with some slight adjustments to some film start times.  Check the website or contact the box office for complete details (303-316-6360).  This change will in no way affect our official grand opening which is still scheduled for March 24, 2012.  We deeply appreciate your understanding and support.


We are excited to announce that our theatre grand opening event will be held on Saturday, March 24 and feature the Grammy award winning group, The Manhattan Transfer.  More details are on our website!