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Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes

Colorado ACTS Fall 2014 Semester:

After School and Evening Classes:

Keeper of the Tales: Stories from 1001 Arabian Nights

Description: You’re invited to the bazaar, where a wise old woman beggar will set your imagination on a magic carpet ride through tales filled with laughter, love and life lessons!  When a spoiled young princess comes across the storytelling beggar in the marketplace, she gets more than what she came for…  and is forever changed by it.  Featuring lesser-known stories such as “The Husband and the Parrot,” “The Donkey Driver and the Two Thieves” and “The Fisherman and the Genie” among others, the beggar skillfully brings the stories alive, highlighting the unique morals of each.  Be whisked away with the princess to explore tales filled with talking animals, light-hearted comedy, spectacular miracles and timeless lessons for audiences of all ages. 
Dates: Rehearsals: September 11th-November 6th
Time: Thursdays, 6pm-9pm
Tech Day: November 8th Tech Week: November 10th-13th
Performances: November 14, 15, 21 and 22
Ages: 12-18
Teachers: Cindy Troup
Cost:$ 150.00

Mother Goosed

Description: Flip and Cindy have written for Disney, so when this winning pair of writers decides to tackle the world of fractured fairy tales, you know it’s going to be hilarious.  Loaded with tongue-in-cheek humor for audiences of all ages, this creative and witty play does not disappoint!  Joe, a cop in the Fairy Tale precinct, Nursery Rhyme division, investigates the disappearance of Mother Goose.  How can the tales go on without their author?  What will the characters do with no one to tell their stories?  As Joe interrogates a wild assortment of her nursery rhyme characters, including Peter Peter, Mother Hubbard, Little Bo Peep, a handful of Marys and many others, the truth about the missing Mother Goose comes out when her true identity is finally revealed with much surprise and delight! 
Dates: Rehearsals: September 9th-October 28th Tech Day: November 1st
Tech Week: November 3rd-6th
Time: Tuesdays, 6pm- 8pm
Performances: November 7th & 8th
Ages: 8-12
Teachers: Jenn Sharp & Betty Lohr

Fun with Fairy Tales: A Differently-Abled Class

Description: This differently-abled class will focus on fairy tales and stories that all children are familiar with. Students with limited mobility or speaking abilities will be able to participate in creative ways. This class will help encourage differently-abled children to expand their social skills and communication through dramatic play and storytelling.
Dates: Rehearsals: September 9th-October 14th Tech Day: October 18th
Tech Week: October 20th-23rd
Time: Tuesdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Performances: October 25th at 2pm
Ages: 5-18
Teachers: Jenn Sharp & Classroom Assistants

Home School Classes:

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None aka Ten Little Indians

Description:In this superlative mystery comedy – originally titled Ten Little Indians - statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger.

A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned.

A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go!

Dates: Rehearsals: September 12th – February 2015
Time: Fridays, 10am-12pm
Performances: February 2015
Ages: 12-18
Teachers: Ebie Panozzo

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Description: Join us for a swashbuckling, adventurous romp in Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood and his band of Merry Folk save the poor from the tyranny of the elite. Maid Marian and her court of maidens fair also enlist the aid of the brave men and women who stand for justice no matter the cost.

Performances will be each Friday morning in February plus 7:00 p.m. on February 20, 21, and 22.  

In addition to studying the 15th century through history and costume, we shall also, like Robin Hood, do a good turn for others in need through a service project of collecting canned goods for the Arvada Food Bank on Saturday, November 8, 2014, while wearing our 15th century attire!
Dates: Rehearsals: September 12th- February 2015
Time: Fridays, 10am- 12pm
Performances at ACTS: February 20 and 21, 2015
Outreach Performances: February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Ages: 8-12
Teachers: Cindy Oury

Community & Outreach Classes

Outreach Performance Class

Description: Come join Colorado ACTS newest outreach opportunity! This group of actors will put together a show that will tour and perform for thousands of elementary students. We will bring theater to children who may not otherwise get to experience the joy of live theater. This is a tremendous chance to reach out to the people in our community and create a positive theater experience for everyone.

*This class will rehearse and then perform on Friday mornings, 10am-12pm. Actors must be available for rehearsals and performances during this time. Some transportation flexibility may be required because performances will take place at various locations.*
Dates: August 15th- December 12th
Performance: TBD
Time: Fridays, 10am-12pm
Ages: 12-Adult
Teachers: Cindy Troup
Cost:$25.00 materials fee

Summer 2014 Schedule of Classes

Colorado ACTS Summer 2014 Schedule of Classes:
Please visit our classes page for full details

Family & Friends Musical

Sleepy Hollow: Based on the Washington Irving Classic

Description: Here’s a show alive with action, excitement and dynamic music.  When an inane schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow, he brings with him all his worldly possessions as he seeks a well-to-do wife.  He’s sure his dream will come true when he spots the striking Katrina Van Tassel.  Sadly for poor Ichabod, the boisterous Brom Bones is Katrina’s extremely jealous boyfriend.  Matters are complicated even more as the ghostly graveyard is haunted by a host of tense spirits, including the Headless Horseman, the most renowned phantom of all.  When Ichabod proposes marriage to Katrina at a party, he is kicked out by Brom, forcing him to make his way through the graveyard during a raging storm.  In the dark, we sense there’s something overshadowing poor Ichabod, aiming to take the poor soul’s life!  This suspenseful musical is filled with a variety of songs and suitable for all ages. Come join us onstage this summer!

*An audition is required for this show. Please call 303.456.6772 for more details or to schedule your timeslot.*

Dates: Rehearsals: June 3rd-July 24th
Tech Day(s): Saturday, July 26th and July 28th-31st
Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm- 9pm
Performances: August 1,2,8,9
Ages: 8-80!

Week-Long Camps and Classes

Pinocchio Camp (1 Week Class, Two Weeks to Choose From)

Description: Lonely woodcarver Geppetto creates Pinocchio, a puppet, to be his son.  With the help of the Blue Fairy, Pinocchio comes to life, but will only receive the gift of humanity by making right choices.  Pinocchio soon learns that right choices are not easy to make, and falls into many mishaps and troubles. Join us for a week-long camp where the lessons of honesty and selflessness win in the end! We will sing I’ve Got No Strings, Hi Diddle Dee Dee, and When You Wish Upon a Star.

This camp will run twice this summer so choose the week that is best for you!
1st Camp:
July 7th-11th (Session One is closed.)
2nd Camp: July 21st-25th (Session Two is closed. Please email to be added to a wait list.)
Time: Both Camps: 9:00am-12pm
1st Camp:
July 11th at 11am & 7pm
2nd Camp: July 25th at 11am & 7pm
Ages: 6-12

Bed Bugs! Camp (1 Week Class)

Description: Are wicked witches always bad?  That depends on your perspective.  Marie is a little girl who likes to jump on her bed, but to the bedbugs being squished underfoot, she is the wicked witch who causes earthquakes.  The microscopic citizens of her bed are up in arms over the rhyme Marie’s mother says to her every night before bed:  “Good night, sleep tight.  Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” Peter, an impassioned bedbug, feels they must take action against the “witch”.  Patsy, however, prefers a peaceful approach and wants to talk to the witch and work something out.  Despite Patsy’s objections, the bedbugs launch a full-scale attack against Marie, prompting her to investigate with her magnifying glass.  To her surprise, there really are bedbugs…  and they have something to say! In a fun way, it reminds us there are always two sides to every story and that conflict is best resolved peacefully.

Dates: June 16th-20th
Time: 9:00am-12pm, Monday-Friday
Performances: June 20th at 11am and 7pm
Ages: 8-12

The Quest for Quasi How Little Red Got Her Hunch Back Camp (1 Week Class) Class Reopened, Sign Up Now! 

Description: When Red Riding Hood wins a date with Quasimodo, the famous Hunchback of Notre Dame, on “The Dating Game,” she has a hunch she may have found the man of her dreams.  But all this changes when the Wicked Witch of the West breaks up their date at McDonald’s and demands three items of power from Red — the sword in the stone, Captain Hook’s hook and the Blue Fairy’s wand.  Red has only 24 hours to acquire the said articles while Quasi is held hostage in the Wicked Witch’s castle.  Will Red get her hunch back?  Will the Wicked Witch keep her end of the bargain?  Come discover the answers…

Dates: July 14th-18th
Time: 9:00am-12pm, Monday-Friday
Performances: July 18th at 11am & 7pm
Ages: 8-12

Drop Dead Juliet! (1 Week Class)

Description:  Juliet has had enough! Enough with the poison, enough with the stabbing, and especially enough with the dying. She wants a new story and she wants it now. More parts for girls! More romance! Less death! Romeo and Juliet will never be the same – or will it? Not everyone’s so keen on the changes. And why is Romeo sneaking off with Rosaline?

Dates: June 9th-14th
Time: 9am-12pm, Monday-Friday
Performances: Friday, June 13th at 7pm and Saturday, June 14th at 7pm
Ages: 12-18

The Unprincess (1 Week Class)

Description: When the immature and power hungry Princess Cecily drops a dirty shoe into Maggie’s water bucket, our heroine sees the stark contrast between the pampered lives of the royals and the powerless and poor lives of the villagers.  Angered, she puts a bucket on her head and wears the princess’s dirty shoe, proclaiming herself “The UnPrincess of Forlorn.”  While her mockery of the royals was meant to be in jest, it actually helps the villagers start to see the injustice and absurdity of living powerless under their rulers, and they start to think that maybe Maggie should be their queen for real. This charming story is full of twists and turns and a wonderful ending complete with a moral!

Dates: July 7th-12th
Time: 1pm-4pm, Monday-Friday
Performances: Saturday, July 12th, 2pm & 7pm
Ages: 12-18

Shining Stars: A Class for Differently-Abled Actors and Actresses (1 Week Class)

Description: SHINING STARS is a drama camp experience for children with special needs. This week long course will provide students with varying abilities the opportunity to expand their communication and social skills through dramatic play and storytelling. Kids with limited mobility or speaking abilities will be able to participate in creative ways. The class will be taught by a certified speech/language pathologist with a theatre degree, and will conclude with a final performance for family and friends.

Dates: Students can choose from three different sessions:
Session One: June 23rd-27th Shining Stars Session One is now FULL. Please email to be put on a Waiting List. Thank you!
Session Two: July 14th-18th Shining Stars Session Two is now FULL. Please email to be put on a Waiting List. Thank you!
Session Three: August 4th-8th

Parent-Share Performance: During the final class session

Weekly Classes

Murder Mystery in One Act

Description: Who dunnit? Where? Why? And of course…Will they get caught? Discover the answers…

Dates: June 2nd-June 25th
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3pm to 6pm
Dress Rehearsals: June 23rd and 25th, 6pm-9pm
Performances: June 27th & 28th at 7pm
Ages: 11-19

Dance Classes

Learn to Swing and Foxtrot - START DATE HAS CHANGED!

Description: Come and join the fun of being able to swing dance and do the Foxtrot.  These are two truly American dances; swing is high energy and lots of fun, while Foxtrot will keep you moving around the dance floor.  We’ve been away for a while, so if you want a refresher to learn some new moves, or you’ve never danced before, this is the class for you!  Come join us as we learn to have a great time on the dance floor while respecting those around us.

Dates: June 4th-July 23rd <- NEW START DATE
Time: Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm
Dance Party: July 26th
Ages: 12-18


Description: Come and learn the beginning of these two popular dances.  Salsa is upbeat with plenty of room for spins and styling, while the tango will keep you focused and intense. We’ve been away for a while, so if you want a refresher to learn some new moves, or you’ve never danced before, this is the class for you!  Come join us as we learn to have a great time on the dance floor while respecting those around us.

Dates: June 4th-July 23rd <- NEW START DATE
Time: Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm
Dance Party: July 26th
Ages: 18-Adult

Sewing Classes

Learn to Sew a Dress

Description: In this class, students will learn the basics of sewing a dress from a pattern.  You will have the opportunity to learn some more complicated elements of making a dress if you’re a more advance sewer or you can learn the basics.  Students will choose their own project and will purchase their materials and pattern on the first day of class with the instructor’s assistance.  Learn and build a love of sewing as you make a dress of your very own.

*Some basic sewing experience necessary.  A sewing machine is required.  If you do not have one, please let us know and we will see what can be arranged.*

Dates: Two Week Class: June 16th-June 27th
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am-12pm
Ages: 10-Adult

Learn to Sew Pants or Shorts  

Description: In this class, students will learn the basics and some more advanced techniques of sewing by making a pair of pants or shorts.  Whether the pants are pajama styled or with a zipper, every student will get to learn something new or improve the skills they already possess. Students will choose their own project and will purchase their materials and pattern on the first day of class with the instructor’s assistance.  Learn and build a love of sewing as you make something of your very own.

*Some basic sewing experience necessary.  A sewing machine is required.  If you do not have one, please let us know and we will see what can be arranged.*

Dates: Two Week Class: July 14th-July 25th
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am-12pm
Ages: 10-Adult