The Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center is proud to announce its inaugural season for 2011-12. The season includes over 60 performances of 28 different shows from a wide range of categories including musical and original theater, comedy, dance, classical and orchestral music, family offerings and more. Patrons can expect a thrilling season of live entertainment.
Luma lights the way as the grand opening act on Oct. 28 with two performances on Oct. 29. Luma is creating a special custom light show for the PACE Center’s opening to incorporate local talent, themes and interests.
The PACE Center’s theater lineup features a partnership with the Aurora Fox to present A Christmas Story and Annie, along with the PACE Center premiere of an original musical, Country is… the Music of Mainstreet created by Rick Seeber, a national theater producer based in Denver.
Coming to the PACE Center in November all the way from Austria is the Vienna Boys Choir. And another international act, Direct from Ireland – Celtic Nights – Journey of Hope, tells the story of a rich Celtic heritage through traditional ballads and expert dancing and musicianship. The mix of traditional and contemporary Irish pieces is a glittering celebration of the Celtic experience.
The 2011-12 inaugural season also features family-friendly programming. Audiences of all ages will enjoy seeing Stunt Dog Experience take over the stage with pet tricks and stunts, and Sign Stage’s Stuart Little tells the beloved story of the spirited mouse through hearing and deaf actors who speak and perform sign language simultaneously.
Staff worked on creating a well-rounded season that would include local arts organizations. Artistic Partners for the season are Apex Contemporary Dance Theatre, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Parker Chorale and Parker Symphony Orchestra.
Other highlights of the season include:
A classical music series with several well-known musicians
Defending the Caveman, the hilarious adult comedy show
Gary Krinsky: Toying with Science, a combination of arts and science
the Cashore Marionettes demonstrating life in motion through complex puppets suspended from strings
Italian Sojourn by the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Cinderella by Ballet Ariel
Nutcracker of Parker produced by Colorado School of Dance, a holiday favorite and Parker tradition
Tickets will be available in August. For more information about performance dates and times or the PACE Center, go to www.PACEcenteronline.org.