Arts and Culture
Yes, we left behind Broadway and the vibrant cultural life of NYC when we pulled up our northeastern stakes and moved to Colorado. But, looking back, how often did we actually go to see a Broadway show? By the time we paid for the show tickets, dinner in Manhattan, transportation by train and subway or parking if we chose the wrestle the traffic and drive, we could easily drop $500 to $1,000 for dinner a show. So we never did!
But I discovered that the Broadway shows I couldn’t afford to go see in NY come to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts at much lower ticket prices. The theaters are smaller, so even the cheap seats have better views. The acting is just as good, but I leave the theater with a smile instead of stressing about the upcoming credit card bill.
And I can do community theatre here – not an option in NY, where all the Broadway wannabes scooped up the juicy community roles to pad their resumes. I started as a member of the chorus in “Once Upon a Mattress” for the Evergreen Chorale a year ago and recently finished a stint as one of six principals in “Quilters.” This fall … “The Sound of Music!” And in addition to Center/stage in Evergreen, the metro area is full of wonderful theaters – Arvada, Lakewood, Miner’s Alley in Golden, Stage Door in Conifer, and Town Hall in Littleton, to name just a few.
We love the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Botanical Garden, even Tiny Town and the Museum of Miniatures. It’s a regular cornucopia of arts at a fraction of the New York price.