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Photo: Arapahoe Community College

SENSORY FRIENDLY TO A HIGHER DEGREE A student enrolled in Arapahoe Community College’s (ACC) Elevate at ACC program, says he wants to learn computer aided design, and hopes this will lead to an interesting career. Until recently, though, he hadn’t realized that such training could come in handy in the world of technical theater, or that a career in the arts might be an option. He learned from members of the Lone Tree Arts Center’s technical team that set, lighting, and even costume designers use specialized software to create their work. In late September, Paul Ackerman and Jen Kiser were among five guest lecturers from the Arts Center who presented to 21 students enrolled in Elevate ACC’s career exploration class. Through Elevate at ACC, the college supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they pursue an associate’s degree or complete a higher education certificate. Our technical, marketing, and box office teams all visited the class, launching a new partnership between the Arts Center and Elevate at ACC.

LESSONS OF INCLUSIVENESS For the last three years, the Arts Center has hosted training for small teams from Wellspring Community, a day program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to become volunteer ushers for our sensory friendly performances. Through this program, we see a need in our community to cultivate other learning opportunities and be even more inclusive.

“Our usher training has taken hold as a way to help young adults gain meaningful volunteer experience,” explains Lisa Rigsby Peterson, the Arts Center’s executive director. “For a while now, we’ve been asking: How else can we in the creative sector support skill and workforce development among this population?”

SENSORY FRIENDLY ELEVATED Lisa connected with Shayna Laing and Jennifer Dena of Elevate at ACC, and all three recognized the synergy between the Arts Center and ACC to help students explore career paths in the arts. “We’re excited to work with the Lone Tree Arts Center because of their holistic awareness about serving populations with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Laing, who works directly with Elevate at ACC students. Laing notes that ACC is one of three campuses in Colorado piloting a program for students with special learning needs. Continued on page 7

FROM THE DIRECTOR With our 2018-19 performance season in full swing, the Lone Tree Arts Center is bustling with activity. From our season opening performance by powerhouse singer Lannie Counts, to the start of our programs for children, families, students, and seniors, we are ready to make remarkable arts happen all season long. LONE TREE CITY COUNCIL Jacqueline Millet Mayor Cathie Brunnick Mayor Pro Tem Mike Anderson Council Member Jay Carpenter Council Member Wynne Shaw Council Member


Over the last seven seasons, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many of you. Nothing makes me happier than to see you come together as a community to enjoy performances in our center. I truly enjoy hearing your stories— what brings you here, what programming you connect with, and why you believe so strongly in what we do. Your openness to seeing and hearing the many artistic styles and performers we present fuels our enthusiasm and drives us to innovate. One way we innovate is through our Sensory Friendly Initiative that welcomes those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage deeply in the arts. We embrace this work as part of our culture of inclusiveness, and we lead by example in our community. In fact, we’ve just been awarded the prestigious Scientific and Cultural Facilities District’s Rex Morgan Award for Innovative Partnership and Regional Collaboration!

Steve Hebert Deputy City Manager

In this issue of INSIGHTS, read about our new partnership with Elevate at ACC, a pilot program at Arapahoe Community College that helps those with special learning needs succeed as college students. Together, the Arts Center and Elevate at ACC will help students explore careers. Some of our team were recently guest class lecturers, and they returned inspired to mentor—and learn from—these students.

Kristin Baumgartner Assistant City Manager

We can already envision how our new partnership could help students see options they never thought possible, and maybe even carve out a satisfying place in the arts.

Seth Hoffman City Manager

With your support, we make a big difference in our community. As we approach the traditional charitable giving season, I hope you’ll consider us in your giving plans. You have received INSIGHTS as a patron or supporter of Lone Tree Arts Center. Please contact michelle.mallory@cityoflonetree.com, 720-509-1008, with questions or comments.

Articles may be reprinted with permission. For reprint requests, please contact michelle.mallory@cityoflonetree.com.

Thank you for all the remarkable arts you help make possible. Warmly,

Lisa Rigsby Peterson Executive Director


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Lisa Rigsby Peterson Executive Director

Allissa Dailey Events Manager

Katie Konishi Marketing Specialist

Paul Ackerman Production Manager

Bailey Dunning Administrative and Artistic Assistant

Don Post Lead Stage Technician

Courtney Ozaki Operations and Business Director

Adrien Hoff Marketing Specialist

Robin Scurto Annual Giving Manager

Leigh Chandler Marketing Director

Chris Husted Audio Visual Manager

Michelle Sosa-Mallory Corporate and Foundation Manager

Elaine Caras Events Manager

Jen Kiser Assistant Technical Director

Ashley Vander Weg Box Office Manager

“Mountain Spell” graces the Arts Center’s gardens.

ARTS CENTER ENHANCED: INSIDE AND OUT This past summer, we added a few new touches to the Lone Tree Arts Center to make your experiences even more engaging.

SPELLBOUND Since July, Mountain Spell has graced the grounds near the Arts Center’s front entrance. Colorado artist Harold Linke calls his white bronze sculpture a “swoopie” because of the dancing figure’s sweeping curves. Linke, a sculptor of more than 30 years, explains the piece was inspired by “the freedom and charm of a warm mountain summer day, when the only thing to do is to lean back and soak in the sun and magic.” Maybe that feeling inspired the Lone Tree Arts Commission to select Mountain Spell out of nearly 50 entries in a public art call. The Arts Center will be its home for the next year, and we invite you to enjoy the piece, stroll our gardens, and soak in the sun.

Until now, the pit platform had to be manually set by our intrepid technical team. That meant each use required a crew of five people working more than four hours to install eight different top pieces weighing up to 100 pounds. Besides being labor-intensive and finger-pinch prone, the manual system could only be set to either floor or stage level. But now, the platform can be raised or lowered, like an elevator, to any height we need. This opens many possibilities for set designs and productions on the Main Stage. Whether on the grounds or inside our hall, the Arts Center is an ever-evolving place of cultural vibrancy. The graceful Mountain Spell and our new orchestra pit lift are the latest examples of why it is a remarkable place for arts in our community! By Katie Konishi Marketing Specialist

PIT PERFECTION We made a sweeping change inside the Arts Center, too, by adding an automated orchestra pit lift to our Main Stage. You will see and hear the benefits of this project in many productions to come! Although the theater was closed for performances in August, we were at work on this long-awaited house upgrade. No doubt you have noticed the crescent-shaped orchestra pit at the front of our theater—maybe even sat in it, since we sometimes use the space as additional seating for popular performances. However, the original scaffold lift design had limitations for seating a live orchestra and as a stage extension.

An automated orchestra pit opens new staging possibilities.

FALL 2018




e invite you into our home this season! Over the years, the Lone Tree Arts Center’s holiday traditions have become part of your traditions, too. As always, we have plenty of music and celebration in store. Whether you’re hankering for a country Yuletide, prefer your holiday music doo-wopified, feel lightened by the charm of folk tunes, or love the striking harmonies of choral music, you won’t want to miss celebrating the holidays with us.

Holidays, we present an updated version for 2018. Home for the Holidays is an exciting, heartwarming, and family-friendly variety show featuring all your favorite “old-school” holiday songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, along with many popular new tunes of today. Bring the whole family to see spectacular dancing, drummers, and a dazzling array of holiday wonder on our stage!



We kick off the season with country crooner Gail Bliss, who last graced our stage three years ago in the John Denver Holiday Concert. Gail takes us down memory lane with her favorite country carols and hits from the biggest stars of the past, like Patsy, Loretta, the Possum, and Johnny.

Because we know that nothing makes your spirits shine brighter than our spectacular Home for the

If your heart beats for Motown and Jersey Boys, The Doo Wop Project is back with reimagined versions

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS Gather your family, friends, and neighbors, and start your holiday tradition with us!

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A Country Christmas with Gail Bliss Main Stage, 7:30pm

Country carols from yesteryear’s yuletide!


Lone Tree Merry Days and Tree Lighting

Arts Center Plaza, 6-7:30pm FREE EVENT The holidays start here! Cocoa, S’mores, plus a special guest and his reindeer.


The Doo-Wop Project Christmas Main Stage, 7:00pm

Jersey Boys meets Motown meets Christmas!


Bettman and Halpin: Christmas is a Funny Thing

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS… of familiar holiday tunes that just might become your new old favorites! Bettman & Halpin’s Christmas is a Funny Thing is your ticket for an evening of heartwarming Christmas tunes, folk and Americana music, and moments of humor and slice-oflife storytelling mixed in.

a community celebration that began in 2017 and continues this season. Join us for carolers, crafts, hot cocoa, and S’mores making, plus a visit from Santa and his reindeer. It’s free and it all happens on our Plaza, and across the street at Lone Tree Library and Morningstar Senior Living.

And, you will be thrilled to know that Kantorei, Denver’s premier a capella chorale, returns to fill our hall—and your hearts—with their pitch-perfect sound.

We’ll also gather around to light our outdoor Christmas Tree, so bundle up the family, and join us for a fun-filled evening!

TIME FOR MERRYMAKING The Arts Center rolls out the welcome mat on November 28 for Lone Tree Merry Days,

The lights will shine bright at the Lone Tree Arts Center this holiday season! Our home is your home for the holidays, and we can’t wait to see you here! By Leigh Chandler Marketing Director

Main Stage, 7:00pm

“Silver Bells,” “Blue Christmas,” and holiday stories abound!


A Kantorei Christmas Main Stage, 7:30pm

A cappella choral music of your holiday favorites.

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Main Stage, show times vary Our grand holiday spectacular with dancers, singers, drummers, holiday songs, and Santa.


National Geographic Live:

Ocean Soul

Main Stage, 7:30pm Looking for something to do with family after the holiday? Explore Nat Geo Live!

For tickets and information, visit LoneTreeArtsCenter.org, or call the Box Office, 720-509-1000 By Ashley Vander Weg Box Office Manager

GIVING TO MAKE REMARKABLE HAPPEN It’s the time of year for gift-giving, sharing, and supporting causes you value most. When you support the Lone Tree Arts Center, you demonstrate that you value making remarkable arts and culture happen for our community! Your generous giving helps us bring a spectacular array of artistic performances to our stage, including award-winning theatrical productions. Through your generosity, the Arts Center has become one of the most innovative and respected performing arts organizations in the Denver metro area. SPARK!

BEYOND THE STAGE: DID YOU KNOW? By giving, you also share in our commitment to make the arts accessible at every stage of life. You help us serve increasingly diverse needs, which makes the Arts Center the cultural heart of our community. Consider how your support makes an impact: • Innovative programs for children and families like Seedlings, Passport to Culture, Student Matinees, and Classroom on Stage to support underserved schools. • Engaging daytime programs for seniors, which are free or low-cost, to keep them engaged and culturally active. • Accessible and adapted Sensory Friendly Family Tree performances welcome those with sensory, developmental, or intellectual disabilities in a relaxed environment.

WAYS TO GIVE This season, why not give a gift that has an impact on everyone in our community? Your tax-deductible donation helps make the arts a part of every stage of life. • Join our Monthly Giving Circle. It’s easy to provide vital core support for continuous programming. Just tell us once and we’ll take care of the rest!

Sensory Friendly Family Tree

• Consider an end-of-year gift. Help us continue to present professional performances at the Arts Center. • Give a tribute gift. Consider a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. • Create a lasting legacy. A gift to the Arts Center in your will or estate plans ensures that we will be able to provide remarkable programming for our community for years to come. The work we do at the Arts Center entertains and engages you, your family, and so many others. But most important, the arts bring our community together. By Robin Scurto Annual Giving Manager

To make your gift, Call 720-509-1009 or give online at LoneTreeArtsCenter.org/give



Classroom on Stage

To learn about corporate giving, call 720-509-1008

SENSORY FRIENDLY AT ACC Continued from page 1


THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY SERIES Some life stories are so iconic, it’s hard to imagine they could be retold in a way that makes them more vivid. But that depends on the storyteller. This January 23-24, the Lone Tree Arts Center presents storyteller Shaun Boothe, who melds his talent as a hip-hop artist and his passion as a motivational speaker into a unique style of educational entertainment.

CELEBRATE GREATNESS Through his Unauthorized Biography Series for students and families, the Canadianborn singer-turned-TEDx-presenter uses musical performance, rhyme, spoken word, and multimedia to tell the life stories of current and historic cultural icons, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Malala Yousafzai. Shaun Boothe describes his series as a celebration of greatness made not just to inform and entertain, but to inspire and awaken the greatness within us all. The Arts Center presents Shaun Boothe as part of our Student Matinee series, welcoming students from across the Denver metro area to listen, learn, and celebrate these stories. We will also present an evening performance, so families can attend together.

Working with the Arts Center, he will also make an on-site presentation of Live Your Legacy to a selected local school, which ties to our outreach to Title 1 schools. Live Your Legacy is an extension of his Unauthorized Biography Series, delivered as a dynamic motivational and educational assembly to impress upon students character over reputation, character over fame, and character over circumstances.

STORYTELLING ARTISTRY As a storyteller, Shaun Boothe brings a timely message and shares inspiring accounts of others’ lives with students and families. But when you see and hear him at the Arts Center, you will leave feeling just as inspired by this artist who is relatable, accomplished, and a model of strong character in his own right. Shaun Boothe’s artistry reinforces our vision to make memorable arts experiences happen for everyone in our community. Thank you for helping us make this vision possible. By Bailey Dunning Administrative and Artistic Assistant

Vocational preparation is one of Elevate at ACC’s four pillars. “Coming together with Lone Tree will expand learning outside the classroom and help students understand what skills they might need to be successful in the workplace,” adds Laing. She says the Arts Center team’s authenticity and welcome is noticeable, and in large part, this is what makes the collaboration a good fit.

CREATIVE LEARNING The guest lectures by the Arts Center staff are examples of our common goal to create a supportive learning environment for Elevate at ACC students. These presentations focused on helping students look at a day in the life of an Arts Center team member, the working environment, and training needed for a job in a professional arts venue. Whether immersing in the behindthe-scenes magic of technical theater, brainstorming a promotional campaign with our marketing team, or learning the finer points of customer service from our box office team, the class visits inspired students to consider what could be possible in the arts. As the partnership with Elevate at ACC develops, our team looks forward to more class time with students and on-site learning through internships, informational interviews, and volunteer opportunities. This new phase of our Sensory Friendly Initiative is just taking shape, but like the students at Elevate at ACC, the Arts Center team is eager to learn and take inclusiveness in the arts to a higher degree. By Michelle Sosa-Mallory Corporate and Foundation Manager

For tickets visit LoneTreeArtsCenter.org, or call the Box Office, 720-509-1000 FALL 2018


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The Doo Wop Project Christmas






Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin with the Mary Louise Lee Orchestra

Storytime and Winter Crafts


Sons of the Pioneers featuring Roy Rogers Jr.


Passport to Culture

Arts in the Afternoon


National Geographic Live

with Douglas County Libraries



Denver Art Song Project: Religious Art Songs and Carols Bettman and Halpin: Christmas is a Funny Thing A Folk/Americana Christmas Concert


National Geographic Live

Ocean Soul

with Brian Skerry

My Wild Life


Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band

23-24 Shaun Boothe:

The Unauthorized Biography Series


Matt Dusk Sings Sinatra

27-30 Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

and Experiential Theater Company:

Journey to Oz


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Hansel and Gretel

with Opera Colorado




Mamma Mia!: ‘70s Movie Night


One Hand, One Heart: 100 Years of Bernstein


Arts in the Afternoon

with Bertie Gregory

A Kantorei Christmas

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Nature’s Educators Meet and Greet

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Shakespeare in Love

with Margaret Ozaki Graves


International Guitar Night


The Choir of Man


Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth

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Insights - Fall 2018  

Insights - Fall 2018