Northern Colorado University Summer Arts Season Returns


The University of Northern Colorado will resume its summer arts season this month with productions from the Little Theater of the Rockies and free outdoor musical performances in the Concerts Under the Stars series.

The Little Theater of the Rockies, the oldest professional summer theater west of the Mississippi River and the oldest professional theater company in Colorado according to UNC, offers three different shows scheduled in June and July.

The company is presenting the murder mystery “Clue” from June 16-19 at the Langworthy Theater in Frasier Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from June 16 to 18 and at 2 p.m. June 19.

The theater will present the comedy “The Revolutionists” from July 7-10 and July 14-17 at the Norton Theater in Gray Hall. Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 7-9 and 14-16 and 2 p.m. July 10-17.

The musical “All Shook Up”, inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, will run July 28-31 at the Langworthy Theatre. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. July 28-30 and 2 p.m. July 31.

Nearly a dozen UNC alumni return to campus, taking on director, lighting, and sound design roles in LTR productions. Many starred in LTR growing up, including Megan Van De Hey, who is this year’s Art Director. Van De Hey says LTR prepared her for the professional theater world by developing her physical and mental stamina.

“LTR has been a mainstay in my life for nearly 30 years,” Van De Hey said in a college statement. “I have grown as an artist and as a person through my time with LTR. I feel so lucky that the university and the community appreciate this program because what it offers students is invaluable.

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Concerts Under the Stars features a diverse lineup of musicians every Tuesday in July at UNC’s Garden Theater off 10th Avenue. The concerts start at 8 p.m., they are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic food. The concert schedule: July 5, the Denver Brass; July 12, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra; July 19, the Burroughs; and July 26, Salsa Forte.

“This year’s lineup promises a mix of sounds that includes swing, funk, Latin and a taste of Americana right after the July 4 holiday, when singer Stephen Taylor joins the Denver Brass,” said said Melissa Malde, associate dean of UNC’s College of Performing and Performing. Visual arts. “We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our community partners.

While UNC’s College of Performing and Visual Arts organizes and helps sponsor these events, generous donors also make the performances possible. UCHealth is the primary sponsor of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Bohemian Foundation’s Littler Youth Fund grant provided funds to ensure young people in Weld County can attend LTR at no cost.

The Weld Community Foundation supports both Concerts Under the Stars and LTR.

“For years, concerts under the stars at the Garden Theater have been an iconic summer tradition. His absence has left a noticeable void,” said Rand Morgan, president and CEO of the Weld Community Foundation. “The mission of the Weld Community Foundation is about our middle name, ‘community’. We knew our 25th anniversary was approaching this year, and what better way to celebrate than to help bring Concerts Under the Stars back? »

Nearly a dozen UNC alumni return to campus, taking on director, lighting, and sound design roles in LTR productions. And they are no strangers to the scene. Many starred in LTR growing up, including Megan Van De Hey, who is this year’s Art Director. Van De Hey says LTR prepared her for the professional theater world by developing her physical and mental stamina.

“LTR has been a mainstay in my life for nearly 30 years,” Van De Hey said. “I have grown as an artist and as a person through my time with LTR. I feel so lucky that the university and the community appreciate this program because what it offers students is invaluable.

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