Unique Gifts for the Holidays
Part I of V
As the holidays approach it is time, once again, to look at the unique gifts available for shoppers and their families this season. One such gift is a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts which has continually proven to be a great destination for families looking to enjoy a unique version of entertainment: the theater.
“The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a destination that many families have as their holiday traditions,” said DCPA Communications Coordinator, Brittany Gutierrez. “We offer options for families with holiday classics like the Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol” and the touring production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” We also offer non-holiday productions that are great for families like ‘Cirque Éloize - Hotel.’”
Though the theater may feel daunting to some families with young children, Gutierrez said the DCPA has taken measures to ensure that children of all ages enjoy the show as much as their parents.
“We encourage families to look at the show advisories on the DCPA website to see run times and age appropriateness,” she said. “When in doubt, call and talk to a ticket specialist who can help to select an appropriate show based on the child’s age and interests.”
As they have done for years, the DCPA will kick off their holiday season run with the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” The traditional ghost story for the holidays continues to illuminate the meaning of holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations. Opening night for the tale is tonight with a special Spanish-translated performance scheduled for December 2nd.
In addition to its traditional holiday fare, DCPA will also have several promotions available for the 2018-2019 season.
“The DCPA has incredible offers for patrons to upcoming productions and education classes through the annual Cyber Monday deal,” said Gutierrez. “It is the perfect opportunity to give the gift of theatre for the holidays. Year-round, patrons can also visit denvercenter.org to see opportunities for the DCPAccess discounted tickets funded through the support of the SCFD.”
For those looking to give the gift of theater for the holidays, one look at the upcoming calendar proves it is a gift that will keep on giving.
“We have an exciting second half of our season starting with two world premieres “Last Night and the Night Before”, “The Whistleblower”, and artistic director Chris Coleman’s staging of the beautiful classic “Anna Karenina” for our Theatre Company. Upcoming for Broadway is the favorite touring productions “Wicked” and “CATS”, and our hilarious Cabaret production continuing at the Ganer Galleria Theatre “Xanadu.’”
Also launching this holiday season is another classic “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”. The Broadway touring production directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” opens on December 5th and has a limited run through December 15th.
Aside from performances, DCPA offers education classes and multiple payment options that allow for viewing several shows throughout the theater season.
“As the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization, we are inspired every day to create, share, teach and perform for our community,” Gutierrez said. “The DCPA provides opportunities for artists through performing, showcasing new work at the Colorado New Play Summit or helping to develop students through our education programs. Last year through education in-school programs, onsite classes and audience engagement, the DCPA served 142,000 students.”
Some gift options in this unique gift season from the DCPA include gift certificates to be given for any amount as well as a family subscription for families to enjoy musicals throughout the year. Shows in the Family Package include “Cirque Éloize - Hotel”, “Cats”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Packages start as low as eight monthly payments of $26.75.
For more information on subscriptions, performances and other gifts visit www.denvercenter.org.