Many area theater fans will remember Paul Dwyer from the late, lamented Country Dinner Play House, where he acted, directed and produced more than 100 productions over many years, according to a reprint of a 2008 Denver Post story. He is now working with Starkey Theatrix and will direct a return performance to Lone Tree Arts Center of “Home for the Holidays,” which he worked with last season as well. It will have new material and cast members, yet retain its warm family-oriented flavor as more than 50 performers sing, dance and entertain. The production runs Dec. 12-22, with evening and matinee performances. Lone Tree Arts Center is located at 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree. See LoneTreeArtsCenter.org for times and ticket prices, or call the box office, 720-509-1000.
Wind ensemble show
“High Country Holidays” is the title for Colorado Wind Ensemble’s Dec. 14 concert, at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Local composer David Hanson’s “Fanfare for Mountains and Plains” will be featured, as will Christmas, Hanukkah and classical music. A benefit bake sale follows the concert, plus a sale of $25 King Soopers Reward Cards. Tickets: $15/$12/$5 at the door or online at coloradowindensemble.org. Information: 303-394-4552.
South Park stories
Author Christie Wright will give a slide lecture based on her new book: “South Park Perils: Short Ropes and True Tales” for the Dec. 16 meeting of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highglands Ranch. She will give a brief overview of Park County history and a look at some of the historic outlaw and murder stories from the second half of the 19th century. A book sale and signing will follow. Free for members, $1 donation suggested for visitors. Info@highlandsranchhistoricalsociety.org, 641-715-3900, ext. 147406#.
Spotlight on Spotlight
Spotlight Performing Arts Center, 6328 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch, announces two performances and three auditions: “Annie,” a full-length musical production, will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14. Tickets: $12 at the door. A “Holiday Variety Show” will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets: $5, will provide food, clothing, gifts for those in need this holiday season. (Good opportunities for prospective students to see how this school operates.) Auditions are slated: Dec. 20, 4 p.m. — “Sound of Music” for teens and children 5 and older. Now to January — “Winnie the Pooh” for ages 3 to 9. Now to January — “Bye Bye Birdie” for teens and children 5 and older. Call to audition at 720-443-2623. Information: spotlightperformers.com.
It’s a thriller
Bestselling authors James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell will introduce their new novel in the “Order of the Sanguines Series”: “Innocent Blood.” They will appear at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 to discuss a mystery in which the answers are found in a gospel written in Jesus’ own blood. Archaeologist Erin Granger returns to the scene. The pair will also appear at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins at 2 p.m. Dec. 14.