Colorado's five oldest companies share few commonalties. They play in towns as big as Arvada and as small as Evergreen. Annual budgets range from $50,000 to $1.3 million. They draw anywhere from 4,100 to 40,000 a year.
But there is one thing: "All five companies have pinpointed their audiences, says Little Theatre artistic director Tom McNally, "and they know what they are about."
The Little Theatre is about preparing students from Colorado's premiere performing arts college, the University of Northern Colorado, for careers in Los Angeles, New York and everywhere between. Denver theater buffs know well names like Marcus Waterman, Cameron Stevens, Michael Stricker, Megan Van De Hey, Alex Ryer, Andy Kelso and Beth Malone. Mark Rubald won the 2008 Denver Post Ovation Award winner for best year by an actor.
There are so many Little Theatre alumni in the Denver theater community that in Greeley, they refer to the capital city as "UNC South."
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The Denver Post highlights smaller theaters that know their audiences and feed talent to the larger metropolises: