2015 Summer Season
Plan now to attend a Play at the Historic Jones Theater in
Beautiful Westcliffe, Colorado
May 22 through August 22, 2015
The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts 2015 summer season begins with a classic family comedy/drama: On Golden Pond over Memorial Day weekend and concludes with Wyatt Earp: A life on the frontier, a one man show presented by the great grand-nephew of Wyatt Earp on August 21 and August 22, 2015.
Imagine an evening of Shakespeare in an outdoor amphitheater, watching the sun set over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as you enjoy a family picnic on the lawn. Or marvel at the Youth Theater Musical performed by young people trained in music, dance and drama during intense summer workshops. All of this and much more is available through the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, a non-profit formed in 1992 to enhance the lives of those living in and visiting the area.
Held in the Historic Jones Theater on Main Street or outside in the Feedstore Amphitheater Park, a wide variety of performances delight patrons of all ages. These wonderful facilities provide both residents and visiting interns opportunities to exercise their interest and skills in theater — acting, singing, dancing or designing sets — to express themselves and bring joy to others.
A rural community of less than 4,000 county residents, Westcliffe, Colorado, considers the town extremely fortunate to have the chance to enjoy regular cultural and artistic performances presented by a dedicated group of performers, and welcomes visitors from throughout the region for their summer theater season.
- On Golden Pond: A classic family comedy/drama. A proud elderly man struggles to reconcile with his daughter whom he has never understood. The story plays out On Golden Pond.
Plays - Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m.
Repeats - Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 31, at 2:00 p.m.
- A Taste of Shakespeare: a fundraiser with donations accepted. Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. A preview of our Shakespeare productions, meet the actors, and get an overview of the plays.
- Shakespeare In the Sangres: Experience two Shakespeare comedies in revolving repertory in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, Colorado. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring blankets and/or chairs to sit on and a picnic. The park opens one hour before show time.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fridays, June 19 and 26 at 6:30 p.m., Sundays, June 21 and 28, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2, and Saturday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Merry Wives of Windsor: Thursdays, June 18 and 25; Saturdays, June 20 and 27; and Friday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m.
- Into The Woods: a musical by Stephen Sondheim. What happens when all our wishes come true? The musical Into The Woods follows Grimm’s famous fairy-tale characters as they search for a white cow, a red cape, yellow hair, and a golden slipper to reverse a witch’s curse. Their success leads to surprising consequences and a new understanding of our dreams.
Plays - Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Repeats - Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m.
- Lady Pirates of the Caribbean: Youth Theater Musical. A fun performance by many very talented local children. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 13, 14, and 15, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 16, at 2:00 p.m.
- Wyatt Earp: A life on the frontier: One man show presented by the great grand-nephew of Wyatt Earp. Wyatt Earp has been portraying his famous relative in his one-man play since 1996 when it won an AriZoni award. The play has had over 690 performances in theaters all over the United States, playing to enthusiastic audiences and western history fans. Thursday and Friday, August 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Call for 2015 Summer Internships for College Students
The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts regularly provides summer internships for qualified drama students at its facility at the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, Colorado. Many former interns have said that it was the best summer experience they have ever had learning about the theater.
Westcliffe is a picturesque small town in Southern Colorado at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The interns participate in every facet of theater work. In addition, they work with local children for a two-week-long session of our summer creativity camp, now in its eighteenth year.
The creativity camps consist of theater training for children 7-12 in improvisation, theater games, story telling, makeup, and costume. At the end of the two-week session, the children present original skits which they have developed with the help of the interns. Creativity Camp is early this year, July 6 through July 17, and is nonresidential. Camps take place from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day in the great room of Studio 2, adjacent to the Jones Theater. This year for the first time, there will be a two-hour “Acting for Teens” program for students 13-17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Studio 2.
Interns also will be involved in at least one main stage production: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and/or The Merry Wives of Windsor. They will roles in acting or in technical production work such as lighting, set design, building and set decoration. One student may also be involved in co-directing our Youth Theater musical production in late August if his or her college schedule and background permit.
The internships run ten weeks from May 11 through July 19, and one can continue through August, depending upon student availability and interest. Internships are limited to four students. The theater provides excellent housing in its new building, Studio 2, which has a modern, furnished four-bedroom student apartment. We also pay a weekly living allowance. We do not reimburse travel expenses.
Questions about applications for these internships should be made to Anne Kimbell Relph, Executive Director, WCPA/Jones Theater by email, or by mail to Box 9018, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Applicants should include a photo, résumé with relevant theater experience, and audition DVD or video posted on YouTube. Faculty recommendations are appreciated. Applications must reach us before April 1, 2015.
Jones Theater Restoration and Improvements
The Jones Theater will be closed for the Winter. In late January we start repairs on the theater floor, also installing new heating and a hearing loop to aid those who have difficult in hearing events in the theater. This restoration activity should be finished by early March 2015. Your donations to the Spirit Campaign and to our other fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated. Our goal is to keep the Historic Jones Theater alive to entertain you and your families and friends for at least another 70 years. Warm Regards and many thanks for all of your support. We wish you a wonderful Holliday Season!
The Jones Theater successfully launched a "Go Fund Me" internet funding campaign in March 2014. The Campaign was organized and directed by former Westcliffe residents Peter Link and Julia Wade of Watchfire Music and was successful in raising 50% of the funds required to restore the Jones auditorium.The campaign continues to finish raising sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) to re-insulate and restore the Jones Theater auditorium. This includes restoring the floor of the auditorium with a concrete base, repairing the east wall of the auditorium and re- insulating it to cut down on propane costs. In addition, the old heaters in the auditorium will be replaced with new energy efficient ones in the auditorium floor.
A very special part of the project is to install a hearing loop in the auditorium so that people wearing hearing aids can enjoy the theater movies, plays, and music without distortion. For those interested in making a contribution to the campaign for theater restoration and improvements, donations can be made by mail to the Jones Theater, P.O. Box 790, Westcliffe, CO 81252. If you prefer, we accept donations via PayPal. Click the button below.
We look forward to continuing a very successful campaign and welcoming you to an updated Jones Theater auditorium for the 2015 season.
Donations are tax deductible since we are a not for profit organization. A receipt and thank you letter will be sent to you for your donation.Thank you so much for your help and consideration.
Anne Kimbell Relph, President WCPA
“OUTDOOR THEATER AT ITS BEST”
WCPA presents a different play each evening in the
beautiful outdoor amphitheater behind the Jones Theater. Included
in season ticket.
Performances will be in the Feedstore Amphitheater Park, behind the Jones Theater.
Tickets: Adults, $20; Teens 16 and under, $15; Kids, 12 and under, $5.
Come early and bring blankets and/or chairs.
The Park opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking.
- View the splendid piece in the Colorado Springs Gazette about the Jones Theater and Shakespeare in the Sangres.
- The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts was created in 1992 as a not-for-profit corporation to maintain the Historic Jones Theater both as a movie and theater house for the Westcliffe, Colorado Community.
- Thanks to generous foundation grants and the efforts of many volunteers the theater has been restored and refurbished to its original 30's glamour.
- A major addition, Studio 2, was made in 2003.
- Studio 2 provides sets and costumes, a Youth Theater for rehearsals and exhibits, a home for KWMV radio and living quarters for summer interns.
- The first outdoor production was presented in 2007 using an outdoor stage and park-like seating area next to the theater on 2nd Street in Westcliffe.
- We present 8 live theater productions each summer as well as a full season of first-run movies in our theater which has 148 seats.
- The local high school drama club presents several productions during the year.
- The Theater is also used for many concerts ranging from jazz to bluegrass to opera throughout the year.
- We were honored to receive the El Pomar award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities in 2004 and have continued to expand our artistic horizons. Our new “Shakespeare in the Sangres” initiative for 2008 is an example of our cultural outreach, expansion and service to this rural community.