Life in Colorado means enjoying your neighbors
Being neighborly is a part of life here in Colorado, and as such, we frequent all of our neighboring cities for fun and entertainment. In Golden one of our next door neighbors is Lakewood, and that’s the home of the Lakewood Cultural Arts Center.
It’s a terrific venue that hosts concerts, dance performances, art exhibits, films and theater events all year long. But this month they are featuring something a little different as they are hosting a performing theater troupe of visiting neighbors from just a little farther north than usual. From Missoula, Mont., in fact!
That’s right, it’s the Missoula Children’s Theatre performing a musical theater rendition of “Jack and the Bean Stalk.” This promises to be something special as it’s also going to feature 50 area school children in the performances. Now, don’t think this is going to be some kind of hodgepodge. It’s a fully staged rendition of the classic story we all grew up with.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre has been around for more than 40 years and is in the middle of a world tour. It is all about working with kids and giving them a chance to learn about the theater by using a hands-on approach and getting them involved in its performances. This year alone, more than 65,000 kids will be cast during its international tour.
It runs theater camps and classes in Montana so these people know what they are doing.
There are two shows of “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” both on Saturday, Jan. 26. One is at 1 p.m. and the other is at 3:30 p.m.. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children, $8 for students and seniors or you can get a box seat for $10.
For more information about the Missoula Children’s Theatre check out its website at www.mctinc.org.
The Lakewood Symphony is planning its own Children and Family Concert at the Lakewood Cultural Center as well. On Saturday, Jan. 19, it is presenting Francois Poulenc’s classic “Babar the Elephant.” It’s kind of like “Peter and the Wolf,” but with a trunk. It will be narrated by Lakewood’s own George Valuck and the concert will also feature Matt Switzer’s wacky musings on music.
Story concerts like this are always fun for kids and help to develop their interest and understanding of music. I highly recommend taking them to as many of these types of concerts as you can.
Showtime is 11 a.m. and tickets are only $5. More information about this concert is available at www.lakewoodsymphony.org.
The Lakewood Cultural Center is at 470 S. Allison Parkway. It’s basically at the southwest corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and Alameda Avenue, but you might want to go on line and look at a map as it’s kind of tucked in behind the shopping center there and you can’t see it too well from those main thoroughfares.
You can also order tickets or find more information about these shows as well as others coming up at the Lakewood Cultural Center on its website at www.lakewood.org/culturalcenter or by calling them at 303-987-7876.
Giants and musical elephants. What more could you ask for?
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multimedia production.