With the arrival of green grass and pleasant evenings, some Front Range theater groups are moving outdoors, sending out invitations to bring the family and get cultured out under the stars. Here’s where to take in some theater this weekend, indoors or out.
Theatre on the Green Series, Chicago
7 p.m. nightly, June 4 through 6
The Aurora Fox and the Stapleton Master Community Association join forces this week for three evenings of theater under the stars featuring a rousing production of Broadway's Chicago, the sizzling Kander and Ebb musical choreographed by Bob Fosse. (Stapleton MCA notes that some material may not be suitable for all audiences.) Bring a picnic or take advantage of area restaurants or food trucks on the scene. Admission is free; pull up your lawn chair and enjoy the show.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Much Ado About Nothing
Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, CU-Boulder campus
Selected dates, June 5 through August 9
Tickets: $10 to $54
As the granddaddy of summer theater on the Front Range, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has been bringing the Bard’s works to the beautiful Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and other spaces on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus since 1958. This summer’s repertory kicks off June 5 with Much Ado About Nothing, which runs through August 9; other offerings rolling out through the season include Wittenberg, June 11 through August 8; Othello, June 26 through August 8; Henry V, July 16 through August 9; and Henry VI, Part I, August 2 and 5. Visit the website to learn more about special programs and CSF sideshows.
Cherry Creek Theatre Company, Driving Miss Daisy
June 5 through 28
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $29 to $34
While CCTC doesn’t perform outdoors, it does do its magic in an unconventional setting — right out among the luxurious carpets at the Shaver-Ramsey Showroom in Cherry Creek North. And the quality matches the surroundings: The company presents veteran Denver actors Billie McBride as Miss Daisy and Cajardo Lindsey as her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy in a summer production about an unlikely friendship in the deep South.
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