Community theatre project grows in Grand Junction
WHAT: Sweeny Todd
WHEN: March 13-14
WHERE: Grand Junction High School’s auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction
COST: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students
The Theatre Project, an adult community theatre program in Grand Junction, started in 2010. It has more than 40 local members and it’s managed by Joy Potter and Dana Schmidt-Clingman. They also own Creative Avenues — a children’s theater program.
Each year, the group produces four to six shows including Shrek the Musical, Seussical, Cats, Footloose and more.
“Live theatre is an amazing art form that can’t be replicated other than on a stage,” Potter said.
“It gives people the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage. We have some amazing talent in this valley.”
When the program first started five years ago, it only hosted a few shows the first season; now they sell more than 150 season tickets, which costs $56 for adults and $36 for seniors. Tickets include free popcorn.
Most performances are done for an adult audience. With the connection to Creative Avenues, the program also collaborates on plays, blending children and adult performers.
Performers come from a variety of backgrounds including theatre, singing and production. They also volunteer their time.
“I love working with the cast and crew,” Potter said. “It’s amazing that people put that much time, energy and effort towards their craft.”
Jessica Peterson, a Theatre Project member and actress, became involved two years ago. She also has two daughters who perform for Creative Avenues.
“It’s a really fun, exciting family activity,” she said.
Peterson added that being on stage gives her children positive learning experiences, like memorizing dance steps to music.
“I don’t know how often you see this kind of opportunity in a small community,” she said.
The Theatre Project also gives the Grand Valley a chance to see high-quality performances, Peterson and Potter agreed, which may not otherwise be seen unless one travels to Denver or Salt Lake City.
Performers and backstage volunteers are always needed, organizers confirmed.
The Theatre Project’s next performance, Sweeny Todd, is set for March 13-14. All performances are held at Grand Junction High School’s auditorium (1400 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction). Individual tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
For more information, visit http://www.theaterprojectgj.com.
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