THACED: The Further Adventures of Harry Potter – Triwizard Madness

Hello THAC Friends & Followers! 

TONIGHT – Wed 4/22 – things are getting magical at Town Hall Arts Center! Since February, our Harry Potter Play Production Class has been hard at work not only crafting their acting skills, but perfecting their writing as well! These amazing 5-7 Graders have learned what goes in to telling a story on stage and how plays are made with full lights, sound, and costume! Instructor LuAnn Buckstein says that, 

These kids  created this show from start to finish.  They came up with the story idea, their own characters, and improvised the scenes.  There is even costume design by Mia Chaw and music design by Aiden Miller. (Two of the students) What a creative, inventive, playful group!”

They even named the production themselves! DO NOT MISS the THACED original: Triwizard Madness; what promises to be an enchanting performance TONIGHT – 4/22 at 6:00 PM. Be sure to check out my class visit photos (below) and follow THAC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for THAC Education updates. Cheers!






THACED: Cinderella

Hello THAC Friends & Followers,

Our adorable K-3 Grade Cinderella Class will be taking their newly mastered performance skills to the stage TONIGHT! These students have been working diligently to learn the fundamental techniques of stage acting and improvisation while prating their public speaking skills. Instructor LuAnn Buckstein spoke candidly with me about this energetic bunch saying, 

Wow what energy these kids bring to class every time I see them.  They have such an uninhibited way of approaching this show.  I love the moment to moment creativeness!”

Be sure to stop by Town Hall Arts Center for their performance on this evening, 4/22 at 6:00 PM, and follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for THAC Education updates. Check out these phone photos of LuAnn , teaching assistnats Sam Coto and Kendra Beeman, and our wonderful Cinderella students. Cheers!




Cinderella Spring 2015 Gallery:

THACED: Superhero Support Group

Hello THAC Friends & Followers!

The Town Hall Arts Center Education Department is gearing up for a grueling week of performances! Starting with a very special performance from our Super Hero Support Group Class Today, Monday 4/20 – these 3-5 graders have been hard at work since February learning and practicing the fundamental techniques of stage acting, public speaking, and improvisation. I had the chance to speak with class Instructor LuAnn Buckstein who says,

What a creative group!  These kids have been working on developing a character and trying to make them bigger than life. They surprise and delight me with their spontaneity  and inventive perspectives.  I love working with these “Super” kids!”

Check out my photos with LuAnn, her TA Alyssa James, and our little starlet students below, and don’t miss their performance TONIGHT – MONDAY 4/20  (6:00) pm at Town Hall Arts Center. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates about THAC Education. Cheers!




Super Hero Support Gallery:

THAC PREVIEW: The Clean House

Hello THAC Friends, Family, & Followers!

The Clean House is THAC’s one & only straight play this season, among 5 other musicals in our 2014-2015 Season Main Stage Productions. Written by Sarah Ruhl, this romantic comedy follows the lovely Brazilian Matilde, an aspiring stand-up comedian and housekeeper who’s more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than cleaning house! The story unfolds in “metaphysical Connecticut,” mostly in the home of married couple Dr Lane and Dr Charles. This theatrical and wildly funny play is a whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love.

 The Clean House has received radiant reviews from a number of critics.  Variety called the play a “…wondrously mad and moving work…” and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times dubbed it a deeply romantic comedy, “…visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling, maybe a little nuts.” Peter Marks, reviewing the Woolly Mammoth Theatre production, wrote: “As with most original voices, it takes a while to tune into Ruhl’s wavelength. Once connected, though, you commune warmly with her funny and compassionate sense of life’s metamorphosing rewards and punishments.”Entertainment Weekly magazine named the New York production one of the top ten theatrical attractions of the year in 2006.

Winning the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, awarded annually to the best English-language play written by a woman, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist – THAC is kicking and screaming for opening night to see how legendary director Robert Wells has adapted this story for the Town Hall Arts Center stage!

Join THAC JAN 9 – FEB 1, 2015 for The Clean House!




 Check out this interview with Sarah Ruhl, writer of The Clean House, where she speaks about the humor in THE CLEAN HOUSE, and on the inspiration for IN THE NEXT ROOM, or the vibrator play.



Daymond Caylo as Charles

Charla Mason Kelly as Lane

LuAnn Buckstein as Virginia

Nita Froelich as Ana

Vivane Rinaldi as Matilde


Bob Wells, Director

Michael Duran, Set Designer

Terri Fong, Costume Designer

John Rivera, Sound Design

Seth Alison, Lighting Design

Rob Costigan, Props Designer

Mathew Kepler, Prod. Stage Manager/Assistant Director



The Clean House




Hello THAC Friends & Followers,

I hope you are having the happiest of holidays this season. For the many bah-humbuggers you may have encountered during this Black Friday post-holiday week of madness, THAC has the perfect solution to bring you and your peers some holiday cheer! Town Hall Arts Center’s Theatre Education Department has a variety of different classes serving and promoting the importance of performing arts in youth culture throughout metro Denver. We hold multiple sessions of our Actor’s Playground — children’s theater workshop classes for ages 5 to 18. In general we plan 6 summer sessions, 5 fall sessions, and 5 winter/spring sessions. As one season ends, another begins! But not before a  fantastic round of LIVE PERFORMANCES on the main stage at Town Hall Arts Center from these future stars! Our Fall Class Play Productions at THAC are FREE and open to the public! Check the schedule (below) and come visit us for an hour of FREE LIVE YOUTH THEATRE this holiday season!



PS. Stay tuned to the THAC BLOG for a special Arts On the Move preview to see how THAC is reaching participants who could not experience our children’s theatre activities otherwise!



 SUN | 12.07.14 | 6:00 PM


Grades 6 – 12

Directed by: Susan Rahmsdorff

Our most exciting production yet! One-half student created, one-half Noises Off! Our actors will create their unique characters and give them personality. Students build the first half of the show together as those characters hilariously audition for the school play. Then, in the second act, we go back to the script to see the disastrous results as the production falls apart around them! You think the theater is crazy from an audience perspective? Wait until you see the pandemonium back stage!


 MON | 12.08.14 | 6:00 PM


Grades 3 – 5

Directed by: Luann Buckstein

Who let the mice drive? Join us for this hilarious “Fractured Fairytales” style take on the classic story. We all know the tale of little Ella, forced to do the dirty work so often she became Cinder-Ella! Thanks to her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella scrubs up pretty well, much to the dismay of her wicked Stepmother and terrible Step Sisters!


TUES | 12.09.14 | 5:30 PM


Grades K – 3

Directed by: Justin Kress

Join Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John and the whole band of Merry Outlaws as they take on the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. We’ll rob from the wicked and give to the good and have a great time doing it!


WED | 12.10.14 | 6:00 PM


Grades: 5 – 7

Directed by: Kelly McAllister

Kronos has a new plan to rise and destroy Olympus! This time, it starts with breaking down the protections around Camp Half-Blood. In an attempt to save their sanctuary, Percy, Grover, Annabeth, and Percy’s half-brother, Tyson, set off to find the mythical Golden Fleece that can heal any wound. Along the way, they’ll meet gods and monsters and an array of the most bizarre characters, all living unnoticed in our world! Can Percy accept the burdens of leadership and his family? Can you fight prophecy, even if you aren’t sure what it means? Who is going to get eaten and will that slow them down?


THURS | 12.11.14 | 4:00 PM


Grades: 5 – 7

Directed by: LuAnn Buckstein

Will Harry be kicked out of Hogwarts? It looks that way. The Ministry of Magic is calling Harry a liar and denying the return of Voldemort. On top of that, the new Defense Teacher, Dolores Umbridge, seems determined to make everything worse! In response to these threats, Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather, introduces him to “The Order of the Phoenix” – a clandestine group formed to fight the Death Eaters and Harry starts “Dumbledore’s Army” – a clandestine student group formed to fight the problems within the school itself. Can Harry, Ron, Hermione and their friends take on all these troubles and still pass their O.W.L exams?



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Ring in the Holidays with Annie!

Spend the Holidays at Town Hall Arts Center’s for our 2013-2014 production of Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Annie is directed by Robert Wells, Henry Award winning director of Town Hall’s 2013 production of The 39 Steps and director of last year’s The Sound of Music. Musical direction is by Donna Kolpan Debreceni, Henry Award Winner, The Who’s Tommy and choreographed by Kelly Kates, most recently here for the 2013 production of 9 to 5: The Musical.

annie_7Featured in this production is Sydney Fairbairn as Annie, Sydney is making her Town Hall Art Center debut, but has recently been seen performing for The Younger Generation Players. Daniel Langhoff returns after a long hiatus from Town Hall to perform the roll of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, Daniel was most recently seen at Town Hall in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Panch. Back after closing last season at Town Hall in HAIR is Rebekah Ortiz as Grace, recently seen at the Arvada Center in No Dogs Allowed. We also welcome for only her second Main Stage production, LuAnn Buckstein as Miss Hannigan, LuAnn teaches children’s theatre at Town Hall and has been a part of the Denver Theater community in one capacity or another for many years, last seen at Town Hall in The Odd Couple.Annie

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, and with the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. Through her fun-filled adventures, ANNIE wins the affections of tycoon Daddy Warbucks, and finds a new home and family.

Town Hall’s production opens November 15, 2013 and runs through December 29, 2013. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (& 2:00 p.m. on 11/30, 12/7, & 12/21) & Sundays at 2 p.m. (& 6:30 p.m. on 12/15).

Ticket Information:

Reserved seat tickets are currently on sale, priced $22.00-$42.00 at the Town Hall Arts Center box office, 303-794-2787 ext. 5 (Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to Noon/ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. and 1 Hour prior to Shows) or on-line at .  In a continuing effort to make plays at Town Hall Arts Center accessible to all, ten value seats at $10 each will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis one-hour prior to each published curtain time.