Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Out & About Center Stage/Creative Expressions Classes to Create Theatre Magic

This year marks the fifth Anniversary for Imagine!’s Out & About’s Centre Stage program. In this program, participants start with brainstorming plot and character ideas in December. The last Friday in February showcases their original creation and shares all participants’ talents and contributions with the public. This year, Centre Stage is directed by Kristel Jelinek Brown, program director at Parlando School for the Arts. “This group is full of such dynamic energy and ideas,” said Kristel. “It is my favorite part about any artistic process, finding out what excites the group then collaborating as a team to make it all work together!” Kristel brings extensive experience and very high energy to each rehearsal, inspiring participants to reach past their comfort zone and act with confidence.

This year, Out & About’s Catalog program designed its Creative Expressions class to aid the big production by building the set designs and props. Examples of projects completed include: spray painting aspen trees, creating an Aspen City Limits sign, cutting out and painting a party bus alien space craft using cardboard, and designing a Maroon Bells landscape as a back drop. The neat thing about this Creative Expressions class is that the participant’s work will be seen by a large audience. They may not appear on stage, but are still “in the play” as their hard work contributes to the big show. “Everyone makes a contribution and it is wonderful to see everyone's creative juices flowing,” said Alexa Trujillo, Out & About instructor.

The annual performance took place on Friday, February 27, and was a giant success! As you can see below, all actors and actresses were glowing with confidence and self-satisfaction. Family members, friends, and even Out & About Friday Night Out participants filled the Broomfield Auditorium with laughter, cheers, and wonderful support. It was a great way to celebrate five years with this ever growing activity. Thank you to all who attended and thank you to the participants for an amazing night!

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