The University of Northern Colorado summer art 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 and the oldest professional theater company in Colorado according to UNC, has three separate shows scheduled for June and July.

The company is presenting crime thriller Clue June 16-19 at the Langworthy Theater in Frasier Hall. The performances will take place from June 16th to 18th at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. June 19th.

The theater is presenting the comedy The Revolutionists July 7-10 and July 14-17 at the Norton Theater in Gray Hall. Shows are July 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30pm and July 10-17 at 2pm.

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, the musical ‘All Shook Up’ runs at the Langworthy Theater from 28th to 31st July. Show times are 7:30 p.m. 28-30 July and 2 p.m. July 31.

Nearly a dozen UNC graduates return to campus and take on directing, lighting, and sound design roles on LTR productions. Many performed in LTR growing up, including Megan Van De Hey, who is this year’s Artistic Director. Van De Hey says LTR prepared her for the professional theater world by building her physical and mental stamina.

“LTR has been a mainstay in my life for almost 30 years,” said Van De Hey in a university publication. “Through my time at LTR I have grown as an artist and as a person. I am so happy that the university and community appreciate this program because what it offers students is invaluable.”

A 2021 Little Theater of the Rockies production. The Company of the University of Northern Colorado is the oldest professional summer theater west of the Mississippi River and the oldest professional theater company in Colorado. Under new artistic direction, the Little Theater of the Rockies is showing three productions in summer 2022, "A notice," "the revolutionaries," and "All shaken." (Photo courtesy: University of Northern Colorado).
A 2021 production of A Little Theater of the Rockies. The University of Northern Colorado Company is the oldest professional summer theater west of the Mississippi River and the oldest professional theater company in Colorado. Under new artistic direction, the Little Theater of the Rockies will stage three productions in Summer 2022: Clue, The Revolutionists and All Shook Up. (Photo courtesy: University of Northern Colorado).

Concerts Under the Stars features a diverse lineup of musicians every Tuesday in July at UNC’s Garden Theater on 10th Avenue.

The concerts start at 8pm and are free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic food.

The concert lineup: July 5, Denver Brass; July 12, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra; July 19, The Burroughs; and July 26, Salsa Forte.

While the UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts hosts and sponsors these events, the performances are made possible by generous donors. UCHealth is the principal sponsor of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Bohemian Foundation’s Littler Youth Fund Grant provided funds to ensure Weld County youth can attend the LTR for free.

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

“Concerts under the stars at the Garden Theater have been an iconic summer tradition for years. His absence left a real vacuum,” said Rand Morgan, President and CEO of the Weld Community Foundation. “The mission of the Weld Community Foundation is all about our middle name ‘community’. We knew our 25th anniversary was coming up this year, and what better way to celebrate than by helping bring Concerts Under the Stars back?”

Nearly a dozen UNC graduates return to campus and take on directing, lighting, and sound design roles on LTR productions. And they are no strangers to the stage. Many performed in LTR growing up, including Megan Van De Hey, who is this year’s Artistic Director. Van De Hey says LTR prepared her for the professional theater world by building her physical and mental stamina.

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

Concerts Under the Stars features a diverse lineup of musicians every Tuesday in July, beginning with Denver Brass on July 5th. Additional performances include the Colorado Jazz Orchestra on July 12, The Burroughs on July 19 and Salsa Forte on July 26. The outdoor concerts begin at 8 p.m. at UNC’s Garden Theater and are open to the public. Blankets, picnic food and lawn chairs are welcome.

“This year’s lineup promises a mix of sounds that will include swing, funk, Latin and a touch of Americana just after the July 4th holiday when vocalist Stephen Taylor joins Denver Brass,” said Melissa Malde, associate dean of the College of Performing and UNC Fine Arts. “We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our community partners.”

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/06/17/university-of-northern-colorado-summer-arts-season-returns/ The University of Northern Colorado summer art season returns

James Brien

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