If you have lived in Golden quite a while you know that once upon a time, like most small towns in the country, we had a movie theater right downtown. It sat on the southeast corner of 13th street …
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If you have lived in Golden quite a while you know that once upon a time, like most small towns in the country, we had a movie theater right downtown. It sat on the southeast corner of 13th street and Washington Avenue. That theater has been out of business for a long time now, but the building is still there. It’s been remodeled several times and now it’s divided into several business, the most visible of which is a Starbucks. Yes, that’s where the old Golden Theater used to be. In its day it was actually a very nice place with a winding staircase up to a balcony and the typical elaborate décor seen in a lot of old theaters of that era. But, once more modern multiplex complexes started popping up and television gained a strong foothold, it just couldn’t compete and is now just a memory to those of us who grew up here.
Of course as time marches on and things change, sometimes those changes turn out to be really good things. In this case there is a newer theater in town that is a lot different than the old one. It’s not a movie theater, but one that presents live theater right on stage with a small but very professional group of actors and directors that somehow manage to bring top notch productions to life and present an impressive variety of theatrical experiences to our little town of Golden.
I’m talking about Miners Alley Playhouse, and coincidentally it’s actually located caddy-corner across the street from the old Golden Theater. It’s on the northwest corner of the same intersection.
These guys have been in business for several years now, so it’s not really brand new, but I have to tell, you … I am really proud of our little home town theater. They can be very innovative, presenting new productions of cutting edge plays or they can be humorous with great comedies. They have a flair for the very dramatic and also have enough whimsy to bring fantasy to life. You never know what to expect next and that’s a part of what makes this theater company a real jewel of our community.
Usually when I write something about one of their shows it needs a bit of description and context because they do find some rather obscure material to work with at times. But their next production is actually one of the best known and most produced classics for a small theater company. It’s Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town.
The play’s story line centers around a small town in New Hampshire but it’s written in a way that somehow manages to tell the story of almost any small town around the world. It follows two families through twelve years of life changes and looks at daily life, love and marriage and concludes with dealing with death and eternity. Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human with humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling. It truly is a landmark in American drama.
Miners Alley Playhouse’s production of Our Town stars Jim Hunt as “The Stage Manager” and is directed by Len Matheo.
It will be opening on Friday, March 22 and will run through April 28 with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. With the exception of opening night, which is a bit more expensive, tickets run from $17 to $34 depending on which day of the week you choose and whether you are an Adult, Senior or Student. You’ll have to go to www.minersalley.com and check the box office tab for more details as it varies quite a bit. You can also call them at (303) 935-3044. While you're on the website you might want to check out their Children’s Theater production of Three Billy Goats Gruff running on Saturday afternoons from March 30 through April 27.
As I mentioned before, Miners Alley Playhouse is located on the corner of 13th Street and Washington Avenue with the actual address being 1224 Washington Avenue but the entrance is at the back of the building right on Miners Alley. It’s upstairs in the old Foss Building for those of you who remember Foss Drugs. For those who don’t remember that place, well that’s an entire story all by itself.
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