Through the month of May, Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse has embraced the on-demand approach to connect with audiences and its community during the COVID-19 shutdown.
The company launched its new On-Demand Performances series with last summer’s children’s theatre production of “The Frog Prince,” with a video courtesy of Ray Bailey TV. The plan is currently to leave the video available until May 30.
“Our mojo at Miners Alley is completely based on people gathering and having a great experience together as a community,” said Len Matheo, executive/artistic director at the theater. “This really left us in a bind. We wanted to start creating content and we had this archived recording of the show to use.”
The performance can be accessed by registering on the Miners’ website at https://minersalley.com/shows/on-demand-performances/. Once finished registering, viewers will be presented with a link and a password to view the video on Vimeo.
“One of the big challenges we faced was the publishers because it’s really difficult to get the rights to broadcast work online,” Matheo said. “Fortunately, our own Rory Pierce wrote the script, so we were able to make this available.”
The show is free to view, but people are encouraged to donate to keep the theater and its art alive. Miners is working to pay its staff as much as possible and to pay for health insurance, so financial donations and spreading the word about its work are extremely important. Matheo said that as this is Miners’ first foray into this kind of online experience, he’s hoping that it will show publishers that their work can be securely distributed to audiences.
“There are new online resources that show local theaters how to do plays online and deal with things like licenses and public domain,” he added. “We’re working on a lot of different things, but we’re in a holding pattern until we get some kind of guidance on what it looks like for people to gather.”
Looking to the future, Matheo said not only this season’s lineup been affected with cancellations and postponements, but it also has the team rethinking their 2021 season.
“We’re looking at smaller plays, which require less licensing,” he said. “Unlike art centers or galleries that can put their work easily online, what we do is based on interaction. What we’re really doing is testing to see how it works if its an audience that is not live.”
For more information on the production and ways to support the theater, visit www. minersalley.com.
Outdoor activity - visit Standley Lake Park
Located in north Arvada/south Westminster, Standley Lake is the metro area’s third-largest reservoir, and the regional park provides buckets of beautiful space for riding, walking, fishing and wildlife viewing.
The park is currently open for walk-in and drive-in access, and while it’s a popular place for water activities during the hot summer months, those activities are currently prohibited. As someone who lives within a short walk of the park, I can recommend keeping an eye out for raptors (it’s a very popular place for bald eagles), coyotes and foxes, and numerous waterfowl.
Standley Lake is located at 100th Avenue and Simms Street, and there are small parking lots along the south side of West 100th Avenue at Owens Street and at West 86th Parkway and Simms Street. Visit www.cityofwestminster.us/StandleyLakeRegionalPark for details.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week - 320 Festival
Started by Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and Talinda Bennington, the 320 Festival is aimed at changing the way people discuss and relate to mental health issues. The event was scheduled to take place in L.A., but with all the closures, organizers decided to take it online.
Held from Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10, the event brings together performances from pop artists like Echosmith, Lindsey Stirling and Social House, with educational sessions on topics like cultural perspectives on mental health, mental health in the workplace and much more.
We could all use a little inspiration while we wait for some good news, and this event is sure to provide it. Free participation is available on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and the KNEKT.TV Network on Roku and Apple TV.
Streaming style - ‘Detroiters’
There’s a particular feeling that comes with loving a show that was canceled too soon. A mix of bitterness as the untimely end of the story, warm familiarity when you revisit it, and gratitude that it existed in the first place. Such is the case with one of the most underrated comedies of the last several years — Comedy Central’s “Detroiters.”
Staring Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson (who for my money might be among the top five funniest people in Hollywood) as two young creatives in a struggling ad agency in Detroit. If you need a hearty laugh (and who doesn’t these days), check out the two-season show on-demand or on Comedy Central.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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