Second Stage Series in the Music Room

A CHRISTMAS STORY | Watch out, kid!

In celebration of our Silver Anniversary of Theatre, we've expanded our programming by starting a series of work in our 108-seat art-deco jewelbox, the Music Room, located on the FAC's second floor.

Below is the full schedule of performances:

Make Sure It's Me | Sept. 13-23, 2012 [BUY TICKETS]

Veronika String Quartet | Dec 2, 2012; Feb. 24, May 5, 2013 [BUY TICKETS]

WYNOT Radio Theatre | Dec. 13-30, 2012 [BUY TICKETS]

Knuffle Bunny | Mar. 21 - April 6, 2013 *MORE SHOWS ADDED!* [BUY TICKETS]

Rough Writers| April 18-28, 2013 [BUY TICKETS]

Veronika String Quartet: Around the World with the String Quartet

The Fine Arts Center is pleased to present the award-winning Veronika String Quartet as part of the Second Stage series for three performances on Sunday afternoons (Dec. 2, Feb. 24 and May 5). All performances for Around the World with the String Quartet are at 2 p.m. in the FAC Music Room.

The quartet established itself as an outstanding ensemble since its formation in Moscow in 1989. The group is known for its versatility and extraordinary musicianship. The unique sound of the VSQ has led to success in international competitions as well as in concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Comprised of first violinist Veronika Afanassieva, second violinist Karine Garibova, violist Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia and cellist Scott Kluksdahl, the quartet served as artists-in-residence at CSU-Pueblo for nearly 12 years and is currently quartet-in-residence at Ascension Episcopal Church in Pueblo.

On Oct. 7, 2012, the Denver Post featured the Veronika String Quarter calling them one of Colorado’s five best chamber music groups performing today.

“Colorado’s chamber-music scene is as rich as it is diverse. So we thought we’d call out the premiere ensembles in the state and introduce you to a few professional chamber-music groups worth hearing,” writes the Denver Post.

Austria | Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 | 2p | BUY TICKETS
The first concert opens with a very diverse program of works by Austrian composers, including Mozart's String Quartet K. 387, in G major, continue with Rondo for String Quartet (1906) by Webern, and concluding with our beloved Beethoven's Op. 59, No.1 in F Major.).

Australia | Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 | 2p | BUY TICKETS
This performance offers a rare opportunity to hear String Quartet No. 11 by renown Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. This contemporary piece is contrasted and complemented by Haydn's "Sunrise" and Dvorak's "Slavonic" string quartets.

Great Britain | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 2p | BUY TICKETS
The centerpiece of our season closing concert is the famous String Quartet No. 2 by Britten. This program also includes such treasures of the Chamber Music repertoire, as Schubert's Quartettsatz and Strings Quartet op. 44, No.1 in D Major by Mendelssohn.

Ticket Information | $15 for individual tickets; $10 for students with valid ID. Purchase a concert package: $40 for all three performances; $25 for students with valid ID. Contact the FAC Box Office to purchase packages: 719.643.5583

WYNOT Radio Theatre: It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly
Thursday - Sunday, Dec. 13-30, 2012 | BUY TICKETS
7:30p on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays | 2p on Sundays & 12/29

Following their successful engagement at the FAC in April of 2012, WYNOT Radio Theatre returns with an original holiday-themed, action-packed episode featuring the insipid detective Rick Luger in It Came Upon A Midnight Deadly, an over-the-top parody of the Golden Age of Radio with over 90 characters, 200 props and costumes, commercial spoofs and audience participation.

Nothing says Christmas like an Old Time Radio parody! Private Dick Rick Luger must protect the honor of a dame, find a missing midget pony, and save the world (or at least the world right now) in this Yule-tide themed adventure! It's radio comedy like you've never "seen" - just in time for the holidays! 

The show is written and directed by Sammy Gleason and Cory Moosman, stars of the FAC’s production of The Producers, and features Jonathan Eberhardt, Nick Madsen, Amanda Cardinal, and Taylor Cardinal.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

March 21- April 6 | $15 | BUY TICKETS

Based on his beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems joins Grammy Award–winning composer Michael Silversher to lovingly celebrate the heart and heartache that can only come from a family visit to the local Laundromat.

The story ... girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. The show, appropriate for all ages, is chock full of adventure, song and gigantic dancing laundry.

We mentioned the giant dancing laundry, right?

Knuffle Bunny stars Lacey Connell (A Year with Frog and Toad, Gypsy), Jen Lennon (the school teacher from A Christmas Story, Hairspray) and Ken Robinson (Elvis from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Full Monty) with puppeteers Sheyna Kissick and Nick Henderson.

Tim Muldrew is the director. He previously directed the FAC’s productions of 1776 and Crazy For You. The creative team includes Chris Sheley (Set Designer), Elise Jenkins (Stage Manager), Ian Ferguson (Music Director), Janson Fangio (Costume Designer), and Josh Birkhimer (Drummer).

Tickets and Show Times

Tickets are $15 for all tickets. Dates and show times are as follows:

Performances: More added due to popular demand!
Wednesday, Mar. 27 | 1p
Thursday, Mar. 28 | 6p
Friday, Mar. 29 | 1p; 6p
Saturday, Mar. 30 | 1p; 6p
Sunday, Mar. 31 | 1p; 6p
Friday, Apr. 5 | 6p
Saturday, Apr. 6 | 10a; 1p; 6p

Bring Knuffle Bunny to Your School!

The FAC is taking Knuffle Bunny on the road to area schools in April! Performances are one hour and are followed by a 30-minute workshop. The production is recommended for grades K-6. Schools should contact Scott RC Levy at 719.477.4336 for more information on booking Knuffle Bunny.

Rough Writers: a new play fest
April 18-28, 2013 | BUY TICKETS

For the first time, the Fine Arts Center is producing a new play festival as part of our 25th anniversary theatre season. This two-week long festival will feature readings of new scripts submitted by playwrights worldwide. Playwrights whose work is included in the festival will have the opportunity to have their script read in front of an audience with a feedback session. A panel of theatre professionals will adjudicate the submissions and the "winning" script will be given a full production during our 2013-2014 season.


Thursday, April 18, 7:30p | Prodigal Brothers by Steven Peterson (Chicago, IL)

Friday, April 19, 7:30p | Sister Sister by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich (Needham, MA)

Saturday, April 20, 2p | An Afternoon of Short Plays

    Comfy Chair by Tim West (San Diego, CA)
    Curse of the Blue Parlour by Eugene Griffith (Sonoma, CA)
    The Boys by Warren Epstein (Manitou Springs, CO)
    Even The Penguins by Alisha Patterson (CA)
    Disposing of Grandma by Sue Bachman (Colorado Springs, CO)
    Relocations by David-Matthew Barnes (Denver, CO)

Saturday, April 20, 7:30p | April's Fool by Kelly McAllister (Denver, CO)

Sunday, April 21, 2p | Pieces of Him by Marisa Hebert (Woodland Park, CO)

Thursday, April 25, 7:30p | Sister Sister by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich (Needham, MA)

Friday, April 26, 7:30p | April's Fool by Kelly McAllister (Denver, CO)

Saturday, April 27, 2p | Prodigal Brothers by Steven Peterson (Chicago, IL)

Saturday, April 27, 7:30p | Pieces of Him by Marisa Hebert (Woodland Park, CO)

Sunday, April 28, 2:00p | An Afternoon of Short Plays

    Comfy Chair by Tim West (San Diego, CA)
    Curse of the Blue Parlour by Eugene Griffith (Sonoma, CA)
    The Boys by Warren Epstein (Manitou Springs, CO)
    Even The Penguins by Alisha Patterson (CA)
    Disposing of Grandma by Sue Bachman (Colorado Springs, CO)
    Relocations by David-Matthew Barnes (Denver, CO)