The Colorado Springs Conservatory produces several large scale productions each year. Productions include full scale musicals, junior version musicals and original works. Dramatic workshop performances of new and timely plays are also produced as part of summer or school year programming.
UPCOMING and CURRENT PRODUCTIONS 2018:
The year of 2018 is kicked off with an original musical based on the children’s books by renowned author and visual artist, Betz Smisek. Founding CEO, Linda Weise, set the Chocolate Mountaineers Club story to music and was premiered at the Pikes Peak Center Studio Bee to sold out crowds of young and old alike.
“Jack, a moral musical tale” will be returning to the stage in a revised version. The original piece, performed in June 2017 by Linda Weise has several new characters and a bit more music. Josh Franklin, CSC alumni and Tony Award winner has been collaborating with Weise on new songs as well as revised script. Franklin will be directing the piece and has invited longtime Broadway based friends Moya Angela and Brian Sears to join the student cast. CSC lead mentor John Wolfe is choreographing the musical and CSC alumni C.C. Wells is designing costumes and sets. The full scale musical will be performed June 21-23 at the ENT Center for the Performing Arts on the UCCS campus.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” will return for the holiday season at the Pikes Peak Center. The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will join forces once again with the students to bring this timeless opera to life.
Thomas Wilson and Linda Weise have come together to write a new Christmas children’s rock opera that will premier at this performance at the Pikes Peak Center.
The Conservatory has produced many fully staged musicals and operas since 1994. From Menotti operas to Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, from Beckett to Shakespeare, the extended conservatory family of performers is committed to excellence in production as well as accessibility of opportunity to each student that wants to participate. Professional directors, to include Ms. Billie McBride, Allyson Paris, Tripp Fountain and Jamie Richards have led these extraordinary performance experiences over the years.
FULL LENGTH MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE:
Jack, A Moral Musical Tale
The Chocolate Mountaineers Club
The Last Five Years
Songs for a New World
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Secret Garden
Seussical, the Musical
Alice Id Wonderland
Fiddler on the Roof
The Jungle Book
Little Shop of Horrors
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Henry and Greta
FULL LENGTH OPERA PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE :
Gian Carlo Menottti’s-
Amahl and the Night Visitors
The Boy Who Grew Too Fast
Chip and His Dog
A Childhood Miracle, by Ned Rorem
Down in the Valley, by Kurt Weill
Brundibar by Hans Krasa
Noyes Fludde by Benjamin Britten
SUMMER INTENSIVE ORIGINAL WORKS
For twelve years, the Conservatory partnered in a summer intensive with Central City Opera and produced original operas written by the students under the guidance of composers in residence, Mr. Roger Ames and Jeffrey Gilden. Subject matter included historical pieces about Stratton, Penrose, Antoinette Perry, General Palmer as well as text by Shakespeare and other poets.
A Jazz Nativity By Anne Phillips
Our Town, by Thorton Wilder
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Shakespeare
Effects of Gamma Rays on Man- in- the- Moon Marigolds, by Paul Zindel
Tartuffe by Moliere
An Evening of Samuel Beckett