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Local theater groups are gracing the month of March with live performances for everyone to enjoy. From shorter plays to thrilling musicals, theater buffs will have many shows to attend this month. 

Evergreen Players: An Evening of Irish Plays

The Evergreen Players are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish plays and poetry this month.

Director Tal Arnold looks forward to sharing scenes written by Lady Gregory and JM Synge, as well as poetry by William Butler Yeats. 

Arnold sees this production as a tribute to the Irish and is excited for the theater to transform into an Irish pub and feature some excitement that you will have to attend to see!

The first act of the night will be Gregory’s “Spreading the News.” This play shows how a rumor can spread through a community.

“It is a comedy, but it has sort of a social, contemporary commentary to it too,” Arnold said. 

Later in the evening the group will perform Synge’s “In the Shadow of the Glen.” This play is described by Arnold as an allegory about the relationship between the Irish people and the British ruling class. 

“I’m hoping they [the audience] enjoy the evening and feel transported into another time and place. I hope they leave with a sense of independence, empowered to make their own decisions,” Arnold said. 

This will be Arnold’s first full production as a director with the Evergreen Players. He has been directing for over five years. 

The performances will take place at 7 p.m. March 11, 12, 17 and 18. Evergreen Players require proof of vaccination for those eligible and masks for those attending performances. Tickets can be purchased at evergreenplayers.org or by calling (720)515-1528.

Conifer High School: “Twisted”

Conifer High School is excited to present the story of Aladdin…but this time from the villain’s perspective, in its spring musical “Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier.”

After adapting to theater affected by Covid-19, the group is ready to present their unmasked, in-person performance at the high school.

Performing arts teacher EP Archer is directing the play and is happy to see the experiences their students are getting out of rehearsals.

“Not every kid is going to go to Broadway, but every kid can use these skills to help themselves,” they said. 

Archer employs equal opportunity casting, and sees freshmen through seniors, all with different skill levels, in their shows. They even have kids from schools without theater programs, homeschooling and online schooling environments.

“Where can we put people where they will be most successful,” is how Archer looks at casting. 

Archer looks forward to people coming to watch and thinks they will appreciate the work that went into the production.

“I hope they have fun…this show pokes fun at a lot of different Disney characters, themes and even the history of the deal with Pixar,” they said. 

Above all, Archer sees the theater program as a way for students to bond with each other, learn their strengths and, of course, have fun.

Shows will take place at 7 p.m. March 11 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 12 and 13 at the Conifer High School Cafetorium. Tickets can be purchased online at http://our.show/Twisted.

Evergreen High School: “Once Upon a Mattress”

EHS will perform the musical retelling of the story of the princess and the pea, called “Once Upon a Mattress.”

This will be the school’s first live and in person show since March 2020. The cast and crew are excited to be singing, dancing and performing without masks.

Director Sara Garza has been working hard with all 21 cast members to get the show ready for its debut. This will be her first full production as a director. 

Garza said the cast have fully immersed themselves into the play.

“They really have taken ownership and have leaned into their roles, onstage and offstage,” she said. 

The play is family friendly, and Garza looks forward to seeing members of the community there in person.

“It’s got slap happy humor, lots of opportunities for us to laugh during rehearsals,” she said. “It’s a great show for the whole family; we are really encouraging kids to come.” 

Performances will take place at EHS at 7 p.m. on March 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 12. The group is inviting children to dress up as their favorite princess or character for the Saturday matinee show. Tickets can be purchased at evergreenhstheatre.ticketleap.com.