Arts center unveils plans for busy season

More than 50 productions are booked for Lone Tree

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It starts with summer Tunes on the Terrace on June 20, then rolls into a Theatrical Series, a wide variety of musical entertainment spanning choices from classic to opera to jazz, dance, holiday specials and a nice selection of children's and family programming. Lone Tree Arts Center held an event for its subscribers recently to announce its fourth season, with more than 50 productions booked.

Three theatrical pieces were announced: “Guys and Dolls in Concert,” “Home for the Holidays” and the popular and entertaining play “39 Steps,” a spin on a Hitchcock masterpiece. These are produced in conjunction with Starkey Theatrix, which will also produce “The MoTones.”

Regional performing groups such as Wonderbound (dance), Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet and the always inventive Buntport Theater Company are included as well as national touring events such as “An Evening With Nathan Gunn” (operatic baritone) and pianist Julie Jordan Gunn, and “Seasons of Broadway” with Adam Pascal and other Broadway stars.

Holiday entertainment includes “Cowboy Christmas with Sona and Brothers and Buckaroo Poet Waddie Mitchell,” “Big Band Christmas with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra,” “Colorado Symphony — Holiday Brass” and the Colorado Ballet's traditional “Nutcracker” ( the most elaborate production in town, with more than 80 dancers).

In addition to four concerts by the wonderfully talented local Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, led by Lone Tree resident Art Bouton, there will be concerts by Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra and the Yellowjackets to draw jazz fans, plus “Swing Xing! Three Generations of Swing Guitar.”

Children will enjoy a new show developed by the Buntport Theater Company plus its “Yesterado,” eco-hero Steve Trash, Jim Henson's “Dinosaur Train Live” and “Fancy Nancy.”

Area seniors will appreciate the series of weekday afternoon shows by musicians and actors in nine programs, and still in the planning stages is a Cabaret Series, to be held in the Event Hall, disguised at a New York-style lounge … watch for future notices.

Subscriptions are on sale now and single ticket sales begin August 4. Go online to lonetreeartscenter.org for a complete listing or call 720-509-1000.