Arts and Entertainment

  • 'Peril at Polls' takes center stage — actually, it's a melodrama

    At the convention of Colorado’s “Do Nothing Party,” the villain A. Beast — pronounced “best”; the “a” is silent — enters to boos and hisses, and proclaims that he is “one of the convention plotters — I mean, planners.”

    These are only a few of the amusing moments that pervade the melodrama “Peril at the Polls.”

  • Silver Plume melodrama a family, community affair

    For the 39th year, virtuous volunteers are preparing to fight mustachioed and vicious villains in the annual Silver Plume melodrama on July 2 and 3 at the George Downing Playhouse.

    The melodrama is an important fund-raiser for the town’s historic preservation, and for some, volunteering for the production is a longtime family tradition.

    Melodrama regulars like Gary and Joanie Regester, their children and now grandchildren have participated nearly every year since the performances began.

  • ‘Legally Blonde’ features laughs, songs — and pink — at CCHS

    Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Beyond a ‘Starry Night’

    The mosaic at the John Tomay Memorial Library is a stunning kaleidoscope of colors, forms and ideas.

    Covering three walls of the library’s solarium, the artwork, which is 25 feet long by 6 feet tall, starts as slate silhouettes of Mount Bierstadt and Sawtooth Ridge before extending upward into a wild interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and beyond.

    The Friends of the Library nonprofit sponsored the $5,000 project, “Stone’s Vision: Looking Inward,” by 27-year-old Seanna Nelson.

  • Silver Plume melodrama strikes gold

    The annual Silver Plume melodrama is as much fun as it is a fund-raiser to help restore the town’s historic buildings.

    This year’s 37th annual melodrama is no exception, and as in the 36 years before it, this show is written and directed by local George Downing.

    The volunteer actors, some of whom have been part of the melodramas for decades, enjoy participating in the production, in addition to supporting a worthwhile cause. Proceeds go to the nonprofit People for Silver Plume.

  • On location in Clear Creek

    An independent movie production company has come to Colorado searching for its own fortune with its first full-length movie in Clear Creek County and in Denver.

    The production company, Distant Thunder Films, is filming “Searching for Fortune” in Empire, at Ponder Point and Echo Lake, and last week it was fully entrenched in the Westwinds Tavern on Miner Street in Idaho Springs.

  • The arts’ lovely lessons

    From still-life to colorful eyeballs to primitive art, the Clear Creek district-wide art show has something for everyone.

    Artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade is on display until Dec. 18 at the Majestic Building in Idaho Springs. The district’s two art teachers hope students, families and the community will check out the students’ work.

    Lisa Arnold, art teacher at Carlson and King-Murphy elementary schools, and Ryan Wood, art teacher at Clear Creek Middle/High School, put the show together.

  • Majestic Gallery a time-tested venue

    By Chancey Bush

    For the Courant

    Caroline K. Jensen lives for art.

    The owner of the Majestic Gallery on the east end of downtown Idaho Springs brings the work of three dozen artists to the community.


  • Americana Music Fest rocks Empire

    Attendees groove to the sounds of Bonnie and the Clydes during the Empire Americana Music Festival on Saturday at Minton Park and Ballfield.

  • Things get hairy in Mill Creek production

    It’s all about the voluminous fake sideburns and gigantic fake moustaches in this year’s annual Mill Creek Valley Historical Society play.

    Most of the 12-member cast sport fake facial hair of some sort, which is part of the fun in the satirical comedy “Rome and Julia,” which opens Friday. This year’s show, written and directed by society president Larrice Sell, provides a new twist on “Romeo and Juliet” and is based on a tale about Clear Creek County in the 1860s.