Dec 23, 2010

Free Family Adventure Day - January 2011

Join us for our next Free Family Adventure Day on Saturday Jan. 15, 2011 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Explore some of the classes we will be offering for our Winter/Spring 2011 Session!

Activities include:

  • Experimenting with Color

  • Hand-building with Clay

  • Constructing Paper Mosaics

  • Painting Vibrant, Up-close Creatures

Docent-led tours to the Fine Arts Center begin at 12:30 pm! Free Family Adventure Days are made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund.

Dec 22, 2010

FAC Holiday Hours (Bah, Humbug!)

Francisco Zuniga, Elena de pie[FAC Museum staff strike a Scrooge-like pose next to a sculpture by Francisco Zuniga (1913-1998) "Elena de pie" (Elena Standing) 1976, Bronze FA 1983.9. The sculpture is part of the FAC's extensive collection of Hispanic Art.]

Though we may be closed on Christmas Day, the FAC Museum staff (pictured above in their self-portrait with Francisco Zuniga's bronze statue) would like to remind you that there's no reason for a Bah, Humbug holiday weekend. On the contrary, come on by to view Ceramics of Tonalá: Legacy of a Thousand Years Christmas Eve until 2 p.m or New Year's Eve day until 2 p.m.

FAC Galleries
Open Christmas Eve - Dec. 24 til 2 p.m.
Open New Year’s Eve - Dec. 31 til 2 p.m.

Closed on Christmas Day - Dec. 25
Closed New Year’s Day - Jan. 1

Bemis School of Art
Closed Christmas Eve Dec. 24 (at noon), 25, 31 and Jan. 1

Dec 20, 2010

Party at the FAC!

The New Year offers a chance to start anew, be it with a new job, a new hair color, or a new family in a newly established autonomous state. Wave goodbye to old ways with today’s offer: for $64, you get admission for two to New Year’s Eve at the Fine Arts Center (a $138 value).

Celebrate the end of the millennium and the beginning of a new golden age at Cruising to Exotic Places, an elegant themed affair running from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. December 31 and featuring multiple dancing areas, tours of the gallery, karaoke, live entertainment, singles-mingles, and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy Argentinean tango dancing in the Buenos Aires lounge, or generate buzz for your self-made sitcom in the Hollywood room. Pair your happy hooves with a contented stomach by adding on a reservation-only sit-down dinner ($50 extra per person), with seating times at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Caribbean buffet ($24.99 extra per person); or post-midnight breakfast buffet ($12 extra per person).

Dec 13, 2010

2010 Denver Post Ovation Awards Nominations - Please vote for your favorites!

[Photo of Alan Osburn as Sweeney Todd and Eryn Caman as Mrs. Lovett in the FAC's 2010 Sweeney Todd. Photo by Tom Kimmell.]

Please vote for your favorites! The ballot is available here through Dec. 20 | 5 p.m.

Congratulations to all those involved in making 2010 a great year for theatre in Colorado! We're honored to learn that our production of Sweeney Todd leads all musicals in Colorado for receiving seven nominations in the 2010 Denver Post Ovation Awards.

Here they are, in order of appearance on the nomination list.
  • Best musical - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's "Sweeney Todd"
  • Actress, musical role - Eryn Carman, Mrs. Lovett, Colorado Springs F.A.C.'s "Sweeney Todd"
  • Supporting actor, musical role - Thaddeus Valdez, Judge Turpin, Colorado Springs F.A.C.'s "Sweeney Todd"
  • Director of a musical - Alan Osburn, Colorado Springs F.A.C.'s "Sweeney Todd"
  • Scenic Design - Christopher L. Sheley, Colorado Springs F.A.C.'s "Sweeney Todd"
  • Lighting - Holly Anne Rawls, Colorado Springs F.A.C.'s "Sweeney Todd"
  • Best band - Roberta Jacyshyn, Colorado Springs F.A.C.'s "Sweeney Todd"

[Updated] Amuzé at the FAC: Exotic Holiday Wine Tasting Dinner

Five-Course Wine Tasting Dinner | $49 per person
Dec. 15 | 7:30 p.m.
Call 719.477.4377 for reservations.

Looking for ways to wow your dinner guests this holiday season? Featuring exotic food pairing choices, this tasting demonstrates ways to add extra flair and flavor to holiday dining. Still not convinced? Here's the menu:

Course 1
Lump Blue Crab in Brioche
Garbel Prosecco, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, 2009

Course 2
Potato Chestnut Soup Demitasse
Novellum Chardonnay, Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc, France, 2009

Course 3
Duck Confit with Frisee
Leyda Pinot Noir, “Classic”, Leyda Valley, Chile, 2009

Course 4
Maple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with, Baby Carrot, & Cheese Polenta
Domaine d’ Andezon, Cotes du Rhone, France, 2009

Course 5
Chocolate Ganache Torte with Coulis
Victoria Tawny Port, R.L. Buller, Victoria, Australia

Dec 10, 2010

Remembering Bill Hyer

[Bill Hyer at the Colorado Springs Abstract opening reception, February 27, 2009. Photo by Mark Fletcher.]

We had the great privilege of working with artist Bill Hyer on the Colorado Springs Abstract exhibition in 2009.

Bill said of his paintings, “My work is based on what I see inside as well as what I know lies beyond this world. When I start a painting, it is because a creative force within beckons me to action and expression and my mood is already present. Rather than beginning with a sketch, the process for each piece begins with a very clear view of what I am going to paint. I can see exactly what I am going to do - what colors I am going to use, where they go on the canvas, and the textures that they will create.”

Bill began painting late in life out of the most genuine kind of necessity. In his paintings, he sought to tap into elemental humanity and spirituality - a tradition in abstraction since Kandinsky, Malevich, Rothko, and Newman. Nevertheless, Bill believed that the essence of his paintings represented a “larger human experience” which came from within him rather than from artistic precedents. There are always hidden images in his paintings, which will continue to challenge viewers to locate individual faces and spiritual references throughout their compositions.

Bill was an extraordinarily passionate and generous person who believed that art could affect our spirit in the most the most affirmative ways. He will be missed.

[Bill Hyer (1936-2010), Exodus, 2006, Oil on canvas, 54 x 66 inches, Gift of the artist, FA2008.7]

Dec 9, 2010

Go, Go, Go, Jo! Meet the Real Joe Behind the Technicolor Star

Meet the real Joseph behind the Technicolor star

Joseph Mikolaj (MICK o lī) stars as Joseph in the FAC’s holiday blockbuster performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mikolaj recently graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance. His stage roles include Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, and Goro in Madame Butterfly. This past April, Mikolaj took first prize at the New York Oratorio Society’s Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition as the youngest musician in the competition.

Q. We’re thrilled to have you in this production! Where are you from?
J.M. I’m from a small town near Houston, Texas. I sang in choir throughout school.

Q. What brought you to Colorado Springs?
J.M. My brother, who moved out here first. He was a dietician in the army, and now he’s finishing up his nursing degree. I finished grad school and I’d planned to move to NY and do the “Big Apple” thing, but I’d been in school all my life, and I wanted a break. I wanted to spend some time with my family. My brother said, “it’s beautiful here and I have an extra room!” and that’s all it took.

Q. How did you get involved professionally in music?
J.M. Even though I sang in my high school choir, I didn’t decide to be a music major until well into my college career. Right before sophomore year, I met up with high school friends from choir who were all music majors, and they were all having an awesome time. So I jumped right into vocal performance degree and found a phenomenal voice teacher in Houston. My voice teacher, Dr. Knapp, suggested Yale University for grad school. I had no idea when I applied about the level of competition-- the Yale School of Music only accepts one student per part, per year.

Q. That’s amazing! How did your classical studies influence your approach to theatre?
J.M. My Degree is in early music and concert singing. In the classical music world, I’m known as a lighter tenor, so early music made sense for my voice. Regardless of the era, there’s an innate drama to the music and to the words the music is set to. When you really delve into that, you don’t have to do anything else besides being moved by it. That doesn’t necessary hold for music theatre, but it deepens that relationship—looking for what is powerful and letting it move you.

Q. What’s your favorite piece of music?
J.M. Impossible to choose just one!

Q. Ok then, what music do you hear in your head when you wake up in the morning?
J.M. Depends on what I’m singing the night before. It’s different every morning. On the classical front, I’ve got a performing of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion coming up in Philadelphia, so I’ve been hearing that in my head a lot lately. I also find myself singing anything from Joseph. “Close Every Door” is a great song.

Q.What do you like best about performing musical theatre?
J.M. It’s so honest. Music theatre is an opportunity to live the best of two worlds. It’s so challenging as an artist, and it’s so fulfilling! You can’t hide behind anything—that’s what makes it raw and honest.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not working or performing?
J.M. I absolutely love to read, especially now that I’m out of grad school and can read for fun. Being able to do that is wonderful! I also enjoy rock climbing and martial arts.

Q. Do you have a favorite line from the show?
J.M. Yes! It’s the line when Joseph and his brothers are reunited: “Can't you recognize my face? Is it hard to see? That Joseph, who you thought was dead, your brother, is me?”

Q. Who would win in a dance off, you or Donny Osmond?
J.M. Donny Osmond! Hands down.

Guided Tour of Allen True Murals

Free Tour | Dec. 17 | 11:30 a.m.
Reservations required by 5 p.m. Dec. 16 | 719.477.4341

Muralist Allen Tupper True (1881-1955) was born in Colorado Springs and many of his paintings and illustrations are currently on display in the El Pomar Gallery of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. However, True’s work has had a permanent home in the city as well, in the form of a mural at the Early Connections Learning Center (formerly Colorado Springs Day Nursery), located at 104 E. Rio Grande St.

In 1922, the artist painted a whimsical mural at the school, featuring themes of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and other fairy tales. The mural is not typically available for public viewing, but through the generous collaboration of the ECLC, may be seen as part of a guided tour of the facility at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. This event is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To RSVP, please call Joy Armstrong, Curatorial Assistant, at 719.477.4341 by 5 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2010.

Like the FAC, the Colorado Springs Day Nursery Association was founded by a group of women, including Alice Bemis Taylor, who donated money to build the Day Nursery to provide a permanent home for the Association. The building was dedicated “to all mothers and all children” in December, 1923. For more information about Early Connections Learning Center, please visit the website.

Dec 6, 2010

Open Auditions Jan 4: The Women

Tues. Jan. 4 | 6 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, please call 719.477.4387 and leave a message stating your name and contact phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

The FAC is holding open auditions for The Women, a play by Clare Boothe Luce on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 starting at 6pm. Needed are actresses ranging in age from 18 to 60. There is one role for a young girl age 10-14. There are no male roles in this play.

The Women will be performed March 25 through April 10, 2011.

At this time all roles are available. All roles are paid. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Actors should arrive about 10 minutes prior to their audition time to fill out paperwork. Please also bring a headshot and resume.

Out of town actors as well as members of Actors Equity Association are welcome to audition. We do offer a limited number of Equity Guest Artist Tier II contracts.

To schedule an appointment, please call 719-477-4387 and leave a message stating your name and contact phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Call backs for The Women will take place on Wednesday, January 5th starting at 6pm. If you pass the first audition you will be invited to attend the call back. Dialogue sides for the call back will be emailed to you in advance.

The Women will be directed by Sandra Womochil Bray.

The Fine Arts Center does not believe in discrimination based on color, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, or otherwise. All performers, including those of color, seniors, women, and performers with disabilities, are encouraged to audition and will be given full consideration.

Make your own jewelry presents with cold chain construction

Chain Construction
1-Day Workshop at Bemis School of Art
Chains will be our focus in this workshop. Soldered, fused and “cold connect” chains will be fabricated just in time for the holidays. Prerequisite: must have basic soldering skills. Supply list. Intermediate Adult

Register online
A83 Santistevan $128 (Members $113)
Sat 12/11 9:30am-4:00pm

Nov 23, 2010

The Art of Gratitude: Celebrating the Arts and Culture Community in Colorado Springs

Happy Thanksgiving! Today in collaboration with Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, we share what makes the arts and culture community of Colorado Springs thankful. Here are our own FAC “gratitudes." If you would like to join in the chorus, please leave a comment about what makes you thankful!

"I am grateful for the opportunity to promote the people and programs at the Fine Arts Center, to be apart of an institution that strives to positively impact every patron, all of our great community partners and, most importantly, the staff at the Fine Arts Center." - Charlie Snyder

"I’m grateful for artists – the essence of who we are and what we do." -Blake Milteer

"I’m so thankful for my incredible family and friends and for the daily opportunity to live a life that I love!" - Joy Armstrong

"I am thankful for the hard work the arts and cultural community members and organizations do to support and encourage the arts of Colorado Springs. Art is all around us!" -Tara Thomas

"I am grateful that I get to work for such a great artistic organization. I get to be inspired by quality art on a daily basis. I am thankful for all of my coworkers whom I learn so much from challenge me in my design work." - Serena Wolford

"I’m grateful for the chance to work with passionate, talented, and caring people! I'm also thankful for holidays that involve food. Food is art you can eat." - Becca Sickbert

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dress Rehearsal!

The FAC's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens this Friday! Do you have your tickets yet? If not, watch this video medley from Sunday's dress rehearsal and get ready for a dazzling performance celebrating brotherhood, dreams, song, and dance!

All together now!
It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
And red and yellow and green and brown and
Scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange and blue!

Nov 22, 2010

Help Urban Peak! Bring Donated Items to Any Performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Nov. 26 - Dec. 19 | FAC Box Office | All performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Look for the Urban Peak Collection Point at the FAC's Box Office!

Did you know? November is homeless and runaway youth month. Between 1200 and 1500 youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 are homeless in Colorado right now, according to the National Runaway Switchboard.

The FAC is partnering with Urban Peak. Urban Peak Colorado Springs helps young people overcome homelessness and other real life challenges by providing safety, respect, essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-reliant adults.

Please help us collect these important items for Urban Peak!
    Socks (crew or athletic)
    Men’s boxers (new)
    Women underwear (new)
    Winter Coats
    Long Sleeve T-Shirts
    Hand Sanitizer
  • Foot powder/spray
    Pill Boxes
    Over the counter
    Sudafed, Neosporin
    Tums, Pepto Bismol
    Icy Hot, Cough Drops
    Alcohol Free Cough Syrup
    Canned Tomato Products
    Any Mexican Food
    Cooking Oil
    Cold Cereals
    Maple Syrup
    Pancake Mix
    Granola/Breakfast Bars
    Juice/ Tang/Kool Aid
  • HYGIENE Supplies:
    Deodorant (men/women)
    Shaving cream / Razors
    Acne face wash
    Mousse and hair gel
    African American hair products
    Lip Balm/Chap stick
    Shampoo & Conditioner

Explore the Wild West! Family Adventure Day Dec 4, 2010

Free Family Adventure Day at Bemis School of Art

Dec. 4, 2010 | 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. | FREE
Explore the Wild West!

Activities include:
Crafting a "Stuffed" Horse Head
Drawing and Designing Cowboy Boots
Constructing a Native American Shield
Docent-led tours to the Fine Arts Center are offered at 12:30 pm!

Light Up a Lifetime: Building Bonds & Breaking Barriers Through Art

Bemis School of Art provided space on Nov. 17 for four Indy Give! 2010 organizations to create a a new kind of intergenerational and inter-species workshop. Silver Key Senior Services, FutureSelf, Urban Peak, and Dreampower Animal Rescue to combine forces.

Each of the four participating organizations share one thing in common: their clients benefit from the social and familial connection that every living creature needs to feel cared-for and loved.

Dream Power brought its participants, puppies and dogs waiting for placement, to open the evening as a social ice-breaker and representative of the many animals who also need people in their lives. With this easy introduction, participants were then led by Wendy Mike, founder of FutureSelf, through a series of artistic explorations allowing participants to feel comfortable with their varying degrees of skill, their ability to express feelings and emotions non-verbally and the power that a stroke, a dash or a block of color will lend to their voice.

The finale was a group project where each participant completed an oil-pastel on paper which was then collected, tiled, and mounted to display a large “portrait” of kids, seniors and pets. They didn’t know it until that moment, but life had imitated art, a concept Oscar Wilde made popular.

One senior participant, Sharon King, wept at the unveiling of the final piece and the moment of realization that, she too, is special and necessary. All who left that night were looking forward to the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights, in which all four groups will participate, and the post-parade LUAL celebration on December 4, 2010 FutureSelf building, 214 E. Vermijo. Call Silver Key Senior Services at 884-2318 to learn more!

Nov 19, 2010

Announcing the New Deco Lounge Tapas Menu!

Art Deco Tapas

  • Sweet Potato Fries with Brûléed Marshmallow Sauce $5
  • American Caviar and Tarragon Goat Cheese Crostini $7
  • White Truffled Yukon and Blue Peruvian Potato Eggrolls with Brown Dipping Gravy $5
  • Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab and Brie Cheese Meltaway on Toast Point with Balsamic Syrup and Sambal Pepper Sauce $10
  • Falafel Dippers with Raita and Garam Masala Apricot Sauce $7
  • Buffalo Pork Wings with Jicama Slaw $4.50 per piece
  • Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce $6.50
  • Prime Grade Beef Carpaccio with Fried Caper, Avocado Parmesan Crisp and Classic Aioli $12

Soup Sippers

  • Potato and Chestnut $2.50
  • Fall Harvest $2.50

Gourmet Burgers

  • Art Deco Burger Eight ounces Ground Beef Chuck served with sandwich set of Romaine Lettuce, Red Onion and Tomato
  • Custom Design Your Burger with choice of any of the following:
    Roasted Peppers, Sautéed Mushrooms, Peach Salsa, Maple Glazed Bacon, Cheddar, Blue and Brie Cheese 9.75

Nov 18, 2010

EVERY TUESDAY: Four-Course Chef's Menu $29

Every Tuesday Chef's Menu Dinners | $29 per person | Reservations required.

Chef Sherman invites you to enjoy his selection of season cuisine. Taste four courses of masterfully prepared dishes, complete with appetizer, salad/soup, entrée, and dessert!

Does not include drinks, tax, or tip.

Please call 719.477.4377 for more details and to make reservations.

Nov 15, 2010

Bemis Faculty Art Show & Holiday Sale

The FAC brings you the celebrated Bemis faculty annual holiday art show and sale. Find gorgeous gifts made by local artists. Sale takes place at Bemis School of Art. Mark your calendars:

Fri., Dec. 3 | 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 4 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 5 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

818 Pelham Place, Colorado Springs, CO

Located off of Cache la Poudre & Cascade | 719-475-2444
Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards are welcome

Edward S. Curtis photography exhibition opens Saturday!

Edward Curtis: From the Sparks Collection | Nov. 20-Feb. 27
Steiner Family Gallery

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) sought to create a photographic document of American Indians. The photographs depicted, as Curtis wrote, "all features of Indian life and environment - the young and the old, with their habitations, industries, ceremonies, games, and everyday customs."

This exhibition features 26 photogravures from the private collection of local photographer Barbara Sparks. All of the works are part of Curtis’ The North American Indian, a series commissioned by J.P. Morgan in 1906. The goal of the project was to photograph and document Native American life, as many believed that the cultures were vanishing and that their traditions would soon be lost forever. When Curtis completed the project, he had taken over 40,000 photographs of 80 tribes and made over 10,000 sound recordings. Read more>>

Nov 13, 2010

Sacred Spaces: Devotional Images travels to Orlando, Florida

Beginning Oct. 15, 2010 and running through Jan. 30, 2011, the Mennello Museum of American Art exhibits Sacred Spaces: Devotional Images with Photography by Alex Harris.

Sacred Spaces is a selection of 18th – 20th century devotional artworks including retablos (paintings on tin or wooden panels) and bultos (carvings in the round) from the FAC's nationally renowned Hispanic Collection that depict the faith of generations emerging in religious objects set in the background of everyday lives.

In this exhibition, examples of devotional objects from the Hispanic collection are shown alongside a series of color photographs by Alex Harris. In 1972, Harris made a rural Hispanic village high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains his home. For over twenty years, he documented the lives and culture of this Hispanic community. The vibrantly painted homes of village elders and the elaborately decked and customized low-rider cars of the younger generation reflect a tradition of self-expression that unites the material with the spiritual by endowing everyday objects with love, beauty, and blessed meaning.

Nov 12, 2010

Progressive Photography Demo: Still Life or Free Portraiture

Ambient Light Streaking Photography
Nov. 16 | 5-8 p.m. in the Glass Corridor during Public Free Day
In this demonstration, Bemis Instructor Brad Flora uses his flash and an extended exposure to add depth visually to the contextual metaphor of the photograph with ambient light streaking directed by subconscious movements.

Disclaimer: These light streaking techniques are being performed by a trained professional. Know that if you ever try them for yourself you will be exposing your camera to a risk of being dropped, broken, or scratched on the lens. If you ever do choose to try any of these techniques, know that you do so at your own risk!

Learn more about Light Streaking, Contextual Metaphors, and Risk vs. Ego at Brad's next class:
Zen and the Photographers Ego
D22 Wed 6-wks 1/26-3/2 6:30-8:30pm

Nov 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day! Bemis School of Art is closed to observe the holiday

["Soldier in Pain" Acrylic on Canvas from Expose Your Art]
Bemis is closed today in honor of Veteran's Day. We salute the brave people who have served our country, like Ft. Carson soldier Isaac Torres. Torres is part of the Military Creative Expressions art therapy program at Bemis School of Art in partnership with Aspen Pointe. He shared his experience with us one afternoon before art class.
Torres's new cafe opens soon in Old Colorado City. Visit the cafe's website

About the Military Creative Expressions program:

It's free and runs for fifteen weeks. Participants can come and go as they please or can continue to take classes for as long as they choose. Soldiers interested in joining the program can start at any time by calling art therapist Kim Nguyen at (719) 572-6450. The program takes place at the Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Ms. Nguyen also says you can, "Just show up."

Nov 10, 2010

Today at the FAC: Colorado Springs becomes the first western event site for Weddings for Warriors!

Today we congratulate all the military couples who are taking part in Weddings for Warriors 2010!

In 2009, the Savannah Wedding Tourism Council, Inc. created Weddings for Warriors (WFW) as a way of saying a heartfelt “Thank You” to active duty military personnel in the Savannah and Lowcountry area from every branch of the service, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve Units. The event provided free wedding ceremonies and vow renewals to active US Military personnel on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2009.

This year, Weddings for Warriors expanded to three events--two in Georgia and one in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This event is being sponsored by Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Colorado Springs and is headed up by their event coordinator, Marty Gagg. The FAC will be the site of two weddings today through Weddings for Warriors West.

Nov 9, 2010

[Updated] Friday Jazz in Deco Lounge starts this week!

7-10 p.m. | Deco Lounge in the FAC's historic west end
No Cover
New tapas menu by Amuzé at the FAC

Enjoy Paul Anderson & Band playing live jazz in the Deco lounge -- FREE -- this Friday and next. Help us celebrate the Chef William Sherman's new tapas menu and happy hour specials on Bristol Beer, select wines, and mixed drinks!

Free Family Adventure Day is this Saturday, Nov. 13 featuring Art for Autumn!

Treasure a day with your family, enjoying artist demonstrations and hands-on art projects led by Bemis School of Art instructors. Create your own works of art during this day of discovery, using current FAC exhibitions as inspiration. All ages welcome!

Nov. 13, 2010 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Autumn | FREE

  • Capture and Create Autumn Leaves
  • Paint a Scenic Fall Landscape
  • Craft Vibrant “Glass” Monoprints

Next Family Adventure Day:
Dec. 4 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Holidays

This program sponsored in part by IMLS
and the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund

Nov 8, 2010

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Director Cam: Rehearsals & Kids Choir!

Cory Moosman turns to the Director Cam to discuss his directorial strategy for rehearsals of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Footage of the chorus rehearsing "Close Every Door to Me" featuring the Kids Choir starts at 2:22!

Celebrate Veteran's Day at the FAC!

As a reminder for all retired and active duty military and their families, the FAC offers 15% off for gallery admission year round.

Why not take advantage of that discount this Veteran’s Day Weekend and see Earl Biss: Between Sky, Earth and Water, Gib Singleton: Religious Works, Allen True's West (which opens Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.) and the fabulous FAC permanent collection. Military ID required.

Additionally, the FAC offers $15 off individual and family memberships for active duty military personnel throughout the year. FAC members receive free admission to the museum, discounts on theatre tickets, art classes, special events, and more.

$30 Military Individual* (regularly $45)
Basic membership benefits for one active duty military adult or spouse

$45 Military Household* (regularly $60)
Basic membership benefits for one active duty military household, including two adults and children under age 17
*Requires proof of ID

Nov 5, 2010

Allen True's West Opening Celebration

Thurs., Nov. 11 | 5-7 p.m.
One of Colorado Springs own, born just a stone’s throw from the Fine Arts Center, Allen True’s illustrations and paintings were as ambitious as the West itself. Allen True’s West is a regionally touring exhibition organized by the Denver Art Museum consisting of 42 works ranging from original oil paintings to periodical reproductions. The Fine Arts Center will supplement its exhibition with additional works borrowed from local collectors.
$5 for FAC Members | $15 for non-members.

Featuring a lecture/book signing at 7 p.m. by Allen True’s granddaughter Victoria Tupper Kirby, co-author of Allen Tupper True: An American Artist and with live music from Redraw the Farm

Nov 4, 2010

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival kicks off at the Fine Arts Center

Fri. Nov. 5- Sun. Nov. 7

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a Festival Gala and two films at the Fine Arts Center.
Friday Night Gala and Full Festival Passes are sold out, but Saturday, Sunday and Weekender passes are still available.

8:30 a.m. Saturday: Films at three venues:
  1. Here at the FAC at 30 W Dale St
  2. Armstrong Theater at Colorado College, 14 E Cache La Poudre St.
  3. South Theater in the Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. across the street from both the FAC (to the west) and Armstrong hall (to the north).
9 a.m. Sunday: Films shown at Armstrong Theater and Cornerstone Arts Center.

Tickets: $50 Gala (SOLD OUT)

$35 Saturday pass; $35 Sunday pass; $65 for Saturday and Sunday; $100 full festival pass. You can pick up your passes at Armstrong Hall or Cornerstone Center for the Arts.

Visit for more information.

Nov 2, 2010

Bring a Turkey to Work Day: FAC staff give the gift of gobble this Thanksgiving

Once again, Bemis and The Fine Arts Center will be collecting turkeys for Bring a Turkey to work day for Care and Share.

When to bring in a turkey: Friday November 12, at Bemis by 3 p.m.

Carol and Tara will take them to the drop off location at the Wal-Mart on 8th street.

Need turkey hunting ideas? You can go by King Soopers or Safeway to get a small turkey for only $5, depending on how much you want to spend. If you have any questions, contact Carol at the Bemis School of Art at 719.477.4348.

John Wayne keeps riding in "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968"

Marisol Escobar, John Wayne

[Above: Marisol "John Wayne" 1963 Wood, Mixed media 104 x 96 x 15 inches Collection of Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Julianne Kemper Gilliam Purchase Fund and the Debutante Ball Purchase Fund]

Some pop culture icons never die. "John Wayne" made yet another appearance at the Brooklyn Museum in Oct. 15, and will be there through Jan. 9. Sculpted by Venezuelan-born American artist Marisol Escobar, "John Wayne" was commissioned by Life Magazine in 1963 to illustrate an article on the movies, though Marisol applied her own distinctive perspective to the cinematic legend.

The sculpture is part of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's permanent collection, and is on loan as part of the traveling exhibition "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968." Sid Sachs of the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at University of the Arts in Philadelphia curated the show.

Saul Ostrow's article titled "Reconfiguring Pop" for Art in America International Review notes that the exhibition is billed as "the first-ever all-woman survey of Pop art." Ostrow goes on to note:
"Seductive Subversion" includes not only underknown Pop artists but also artists who are not typically identified with the movement. Marisol and Niki de Saint Phalle, both well known and associated with mainstream Pop, are present, but so is the Greek-born artist Chryssa, who is now fairly obscure but had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in 1961, when she was in her late 20s.
Marisol likewise incorporated elements of craft, though of the folk art variety. Her wooden sculpture John Wayne (1962-63) shows the cowboy star, gun drawn, astride a horse going at cartoonish full gallop (all four legs extending out from its body). Given its strong horizontal and vertical axes and pronounced silhouette, it is reminiscent of a whirligig or weathervane.

The latest stop for "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 - 1968" is at the Brooklyn Museum, where FAC exhibit preparator Aaron Jakos traveled to install the sculpture. This project, along with a documentary film by Glenn Holsten, has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program.

"John Wayne" will continue to ride across the country until Apr. 3, 2010, to return to the FAC in time for the 75th anniversary celebration.

[Above: Film still from Glenn Holsten's documentary film featuring FAC Exhibit Preparator, Aaron Jakos assembling "John Wayne." Lincoln, Nebraska 2010]

Traveling Schedule:

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
University of the Arts
January 22-March 15, 2010

Sheldon Museum of Art
Lincoln, Nebraska
July 30-September 26

Brooklyn Museum
October 15-January 9

Tufts University Art Gallery

Medford, Mass
January 20-April 3

Nov 1, 2010

Give! 2010 Rewards

Give! 2010 is off to a strong start! This year, we're again offering exciting prizes for people who contribute to the Give! 2010 campaign. What is "Give! 2010"? Just one of the coolest ways to support organizations in your community. All donors who give $25 or more get great rewards, plus the satisfaction of providing real support. In the Indy's words: Live here. Give here.

Read on for rewards details!

Donors who contribute $25 or more:
  • A Paraffin Hand Treatment and Make up application from VEDA Salon & Spa
  • A $5 Gift Card to the ReStore
  • A pint of beer from Bristol Brewing Company
  • One Free Drink Coupon for the Deco Lounge at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from the FAC Theatre Company
  • An Allergen-free Bag of Baked Goods from the Sugar Stop
  • A Cupcake for you and a friend from Couture Cupcakes
  • One (1) specialty Give! Martini from Maggie's Pub
  • A Special Korean Entrée ($10 gift card) from Shin Sa Dong Korean Restaurant
  • One (1) gallery admission to the FAC Art Gallery
  • A bicycle repair kit from Old Town Bike Shop
For donors who contribute $125 or more (plus all of the above!):
  • Your choice of two tickets to either of the following events that will take place during January or February, 2011:
    • A cocktail & appetizers at the Cliff House coupled with a presentation by Colorado Poet Laureate Dave Mason
    • Continental Breakfast at the Broadmoor with Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage
  • A fitness training session with former Denver Bronco Justin Armour
  • A Haircut with Pure Talent from VEDA Salon & Spa
  • A six-pack from Bristol Brewing Company
  • A pound of natural hamburger from Ranch Foods Direct
  • Punch pass for a 5 of Nosh's best sellers on 5 different visits.
  • One (1) 2 hour Play Pass from Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center
  • A Comcast Video OnDemand coupon for one movie ($4.99 value)
  • A $10 Gift Card from Black Cat Books
  • 2 tickets to a selection of Colorado Springs Philharmonic performance
  • One ticket to a production in the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company's 2010/2011 Season.
  • "Don't trust anyone under 14,000 FEET" T-shirt from Mountain Chalet
  • 6-month home delivery of the Independent every Thursday and the Denver Post every Sunday (offer only good in El Paso and Teller Counties)
  • A $15 New Years or Mardi Gras party pack from Zeezo's
  • A relaxing Tea Three experience from the Paul Mitchell School
  • A GIVE! Gourmet Pleasures pack: Smoked Black Pepper & Turkish Olive Oil from Extraordinary Ingredients
  • 1 ticket to a Premiere Series Performance of the Manitou Art Theatre
  • New 4th Edition of The Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado. Includes Coupons for Free Beer and great deals at over 30 locations statewide.

For donors who contribute $500 or more (plus all of the above!):
  • A Serenity Hour from VEDA Salon & Spa
  • A private at home beer tasting from Bristol Brewing Company for a party up to 40 people.
  • A Sapphire #2 Getaway Package, which includes One Night Stay in a Standard Room for Two, Dinner for two in Lombard's Restaurant, Luscious Chocolates and Champagne from the Double Eagle casino
  • 'The Experience' for 2 at Nosh - 5 dishes chosen by the chef
  • Two Free Drinks at the Deco lounge and One ticket to a production in the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company's 2010/2011 Season.
  • One All-Day Play Pass from Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center
  • A PMShines color application from the Paul Mitchell School
  • One additional ticket to a Premiere Series Performance of the Manitou Art Theatre
  • A Free Three-Month Membership to the FAC Art Gallery
  • A VIP tour of the Olympic Training Center and lunch with the Olympic athletes-in-residence from the USOC
For donors who contribute $1,000 or more (plus all of the above!):
  • A Figure Skating clinic on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Honnen Ice Arena from 11:30am-1pm with U.S. Figure Skating on the Colorado College campus, plus great souvenirs from U.S. Figure Skating and autographs from Team USA athletes.
  • Your choice of two additional tickets to either of the following events that will take place during January or February 2011:
    • A cocktail & appetizers at the Cliff House coupled with a presentation by Colorado Poet Laureate Dave Mason
    • Continental Breakfast at the Broadmoor with Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage
  • a haircut with Pure Talent from VEDA Salon & Spa
  • a Diamond #2 Getaway Package, which includes One Night Stay in one of our Exclusive Presidential Suites, Dinner for two in Lombard's Restaurant, Luscious Chocolates, and Champagne (Good Sun-Thurs) from the Double Eagle casino
  • Private wine tasting in the Blue Star wine cellar for a party up to 8 people
  • $500 off tuition to attend the Paul Mitchell School
  • One additional ticket to a Premiere Series Performance of the Manitou Art Theatre
  • A Free Family Membership to the FAC Art Gallery
  • A ticket for an additional fitness training session with former Denver Bronco Justin Armour
  • Four additional tickets to a Colorado Springs Philharmonic performance, plus a private backstage tour.
  • One Eat, Play and Smile Pass from Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center
  • A choice of one complimentary tuition for the Youth Rep or Theatre Journeys or Music Box Theatre classes with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • One 22oz. bomber of Venetucci Pumpkin Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
  • Two complimentary drinks at the Broadmoor's Golden Bee

Oct 29, 2010

Announcing Casting, Orchestra, and Staff for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Morgan Bee (Kids Choir) is excited to be performing in her debut FAC production. As a fifth grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary, her favorite subject is science. Morgan’s favorite hobbies include shell collecting, skiing, and fishing. She likes to watch Oscar, her fish, and groom her two golden retrievers, Jake and Steamer. She would like to thank her teachers, her supportive parents, and her goofball sisters for encouraging her to have fun.

Felecia Black (Ensemble) is proud to make her second appearance at the FAC. With a BFA in Dance from MSU, she’s done repertory theatre in the Midwest, New York, and Japan. Credits include Betsy, in FAC’s Crazy for You, Paula in The Good-Bye Girl, Sally in Cabaret, and Fastrada in Pippin. She was also featured in The Dino Kartsonakis Show in Branson, and later Dino’s nationally-televised Christmas Extravaganza. Felecia’s favorite role is Mommy to Owen and wife to Brandon!

Skip Cochrane (Jacob/Potiphar) has lived and performed around the world, most recently tapping his way across the FAC stage as Custus in Crazy for You. Local: Beadle, Sweeney Todd, Audrey II, Little Shop; Carnes, Oklahoma; Farmer, Music Man; Mendel, Falsettos. Regional: Frank, Annie Get Your Gun; Jinx, Forever Plaid; Sky, Guys & Dolls; opera and oratorio work. Skip is a classically trained pianist and vocalist who also works as an accompanist, musical director, voice teacher, and yoga instructor.

Vania M. Falen
(Ensemble) is excited to be dancing and singing again at the FAC; having last performed in the ensemble in Crazy for You. A speech pathologist by day, Vania is eternally thankful for opportunities to indulge her passion for the Arts! Favorite roles include: Meg in Brigadoon, Maggie in Red Herring and Rizzo in Grease. By far, her most outstanding roles are mother to Connor and Gillian and wife to Geoffrey. Live, Laugh, Love and DANCE!

Max Ferguson (Dan) is a Colorado Springs native who is thrilled to be home again and working at the FAC after 10 years of living out east. Max is thrilled to be a cast member of Joseph after recently closing a successful run as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband. He has recently been seen in Springs Ensemble Theater’s productions of Talk Radio (Sydney Greenberg, etc..) and Glengarry Glen Ross (James Link). Some of his other favorite roles include: Valentine, Kiss of the Spider Woman; Oliver: Kid Simple and RP McMurphy, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Casey Fetters (Kids Choir) is a sixth grader at Pinon Valley Elementary and is making her FAC theatrical debut. She previously played Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and a narrator in Snow White with Alley Cat Theatrics. Casey enjoys playing golf, basketball and is an avid competitive soccer player. In her spare time, she likes to play acoustic guitar. Casey would like to thank her family (especially Grama), for their support and encouragement!

Ericka Gasper (Ensemble) returns to the FAC stage after four long months of theater withdrawal. Previous credits include: Crazy for You (Tess), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Nunsense (Sister Robert Anne), Oklahoma (Laurie), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), and The Full Monty (Susan Hershey). Her fondest memories, however, were made during the two years she spent performing at Walt Disney World. In the real world, Ericka works as a paralegal in the criminal defense field.

Tracy Hedding (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning for her second show at the FAC. Tracy was last seen in Crazy for You as Susie; other credits include Swing! at the former Country Dinner Playhouse, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, as well as countless dance showcases. When Tracy is not dancing she is teaching K-5 music at Rudy Elementary school. Much love and thanks to my family and friends for all of their support and love!

Peyton Hendrickson (Kids Choir) is a young veteran of numerous local productions and has been performing for local audiences for the last four years. While honing her acting she has also studied stage make-up and stage production. She is on the road to fluency in French and Japanese (self-taught). She trains in voice, dabbles in dance, and is an accomplished artist/illustrator working in the Japanese Manga style. Peyton would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see the performance.

Jeremy Holtrop (Asher/Butler) is very excited about the privilege to return to the Fine Arts Center to be a part of Joseph! He was most recently in the FAC’s production of Crazy for You (Moose). Prior to this he was in A Christmas Carol (Fred Anderson), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Townsman/Lumberjack), and The Pirates of Penzance (Policeman). Outside of performing, Jeremy was also the music director of The Sound of Music as put on by the Forestgate Community Theatre. Thanks for coming and enjoy!

Veronica Hrovat (Kids Choir) is thrilled to debut at the FAC in Joseph. Previously she was seen in Little Shop of Horrors (Doo-Wop), Jekyll and Hyde (Chorus/ u/s), and Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit) at her high school, St. Mary’s. Veronica would like to thank her family for their support. Also, special thanks goes out to Kimmie, Skip, Valerie, Joan, Amy, Coco, Brittany, Shannon and the many others who have constantly encouraged and stood by Veronica to help her pursue her dreams.

Aidan Hybl (Kids Choir) is seven years old and a second grader at Cheyenne Elementary School. Aidan has been in FACTS Music Box Theatre for three years and was in My Favorite Things, Colorado Festival of World Theatre. An avid athlete, he enjoys lacrosse, soccer, snowboarding, golf, and swimming. Aidan believes in wearing his hair high and pants a little low and he would like to dedicate this performance to his Dad for watching so many shows.

Liam Hybl (Kids Choir) is excited to be in his first FAC main stage production after seeing his family members perform on stage many times. A third grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School, Liam has performed at the opening of the 2009 State Games of America and in My Favorite Things at the Pikes Peak Center. He enjoys soccer, lacrosse, golf, and snowboarding and thanks all his teachers at school and in the theatre for being so awesome!

Mallory Hybl (Kids Choir) a fifth grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School, Mallory last appeared with the CSFACTC as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Other performances include Rebecca in Our Town with Theatreworks and Carmen, Street Scene and The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of the Rockies. When not performing, Mallory loves to snowboard and play lacrosse. She would like to thank all her family, her theatre family, and her Mom for always being there for her.

Sally Lewis Hybl (Ensemble, Kid’s Captain) is thrilled to be sharing the FAC stage with so many talented children and great theatre friends. Favorites with the CSFACTC include The Music Man (Marion Paroo), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), and Into the Woods (Cinderella, PPAC Award/ Denver Post Ovation Nomination). As always, thank you to Kyle and the family for the constant love and support, and special thanks to Ro for making the magic for the next generation. Tim and Chris, thank you.

Jennifer Lynne Jorgenson (Ensemble) is thrilled to debut her performance with the FAC, especially performing in one of her favorite shows, Joseph. Residing in Colorado, she has been seen in numerous productions along the Front Range. Jen has also toured the U.S. with The Jeremiah People starring in the Emmy award nominated production of The Hiding Place. You can also see Jen in Denver’s only scavenger hunt tour. Check it out at: All Glory goes to God! 2Corinthians4:6!

Joseph Lee (Gad) is currently a junior at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Under the direction of Dawn Wisdom, he is in a show choir, concert choir, and a seven man A cappella group called Slate. At CMHS he played the part of Jack in the 2009 production of Into the Woods . He enjoys any activity that involves music and is thrilled to be in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Evan Lennon (Kids Choir) is elated to return to the FAC stage following his debut as Bert in All My Sons. Evan is a fifth grader at Mountain View Elementary. He has most recently been seen in Nine at Colorado College and as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Evan has participated in the C.S. Children’s Chorale and F.A.C.T.S. Music Box and Theatre Journeys. Special thanks to Sally, Mom & Dad for encouraging him to be a dreamer.

Kate Lennon (Kids Choir) is excited to debut on the big stage with her big brothers at the FAC. Kate is in first grade at Mountain View Elementary. She dances at Northridge Dance Conservatory and attends Kids Music Playground. Kate also participated in F.A.C.T.S. Music Box Theatre. Previous roles include various woodland creatures such as squirrels and sheep. Kate would like to thank Sally, Mom, Dad and especially her brothers for not sending her to Egypt on a camel.

Ryan Lennon (Kids Choir) is thrilled to make his debut with the FAC. Ryan is in fourth grade at Mountain View Elementary. Ryan’s voice can be heard in local radio commercials and he appeared in Colorado College’s production of Nine. He has participated in the C.S. Children’s Chorale and F.A.C.T.S. Music Box Theatre. When not singing, Ryan harkens back to his Canadian roots and hockey…playing it, watching it and blogging it. So go, go go Joseph and go Leafs!

Joe Mikolaj (Joseph) recently graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Masters in Vocal Performance. Recent roles include Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, and Goro in Madame Butterfly. He also frequently does solo work, including Beethoven's Mass in C, Honegger's King David, Haydn's Paukenmesse, Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin , Handel's Alexander's Feast, and Bach's B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio. He is delighted to be singing in the Springs!

Faith Miller (Kids Choir) has been a part of many Academy School District Twenty performances, and most recently portrayed Gertrude in the Discovery Canyon Campus production of Seussical, Jr, The Musical. Faith studies drama, dance, piano and guitar, and is a member of her school choir. She is honored to be a part of this production and dreams of one day performing on Broadway. Faith thanks God, her family, friends and instructors for their support.

Nicole Miller (Kids Choir) is excited about her debut appearance at the Fine Arts Center. She studied with the Theatre Journey's program this summer. Nicole performs with the Honors Glee Club and plays trumpet in the symphonic band at Eagleview Middle School where she is enrolled in the 7th grade Academic Arts Academy. Nicole would like to thank her parents and big brother Sean for all their love and support. She's thrilled to be in the cast of Joseph!

Kerrin Mullen (Narrator) is a graduate of Salem State University with her BA in Theater Arts and Music. A Massachusetts native, Kerrin has done many shows in the Boston area, some favorites include Hair (Crissy), Bat Boy: the Muscial (Mayor Maggie), The Who’s Tommy (Pinball Champ), and A Chorus Line (Maggie). She was recently seen locally in Fire & Ice's production of Rent as Mimi. Kerrin has also directed and choreographed shows including Little Shop of Horrors and Carousel.

Gabriella Papa (Kids Choir) is a 7th grader at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High and is thrilled to be in her first FAC production. Last spring, she appeared as Gwen in her school production of King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table. In addition to musical theatre, Gabby loves lacrosse, running, skiing and reading. She is grateful for her loving family, supportive friends and to Sally Hybl for being such a fantastic mentor.

Samantha Price (Kids Choir) loves to entertain and is really excited about her first performance at the FAC. She is in second grade at North Elementary and has been in several school productions and has taken three years of dance class. Samantha would like to thank her family and friends and a special thank you to Miss Halee Towne, her music teacher, for giving her so many opportunities to do the things she loves.

Casiena Raether (Potiphar’s wife/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her CSFAC debut in Joseph. She holds a BFA in Acting from UW Stevens Point. Favorite roles range from Cassie in A Chorus Line to Maria in Lend Me a Tenor to a gender-bending turn as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Casiena has grown up on the stage, and recently moved to Colorado to pursue her passion. Thanks to Dane and everyone who made this possible. Enjoy the show!

Christian Robinson (Benjamin) is very proud and excited about his first professional FAC show. Christian is incredibly honored to be performing alongside his brother and the rest of this extremely talented cast. He most recently performed in the Youth Rep Theatre companies, Art isn't Easy and Aiming for the Stars. Christian would like to thank his family, friends and the wonderful cast and crew that helped to put this show together. Enjoy the show!

Ken Robinson (Pharaoh/Napthali) is excited to be returning and working with the wonderful staff at the FAC. Previous shows include Sweeney Todd, Music Man, Full Monty, L.P.C., Pirates and Sunday in the Park with George. He’s performed in regional theatre, dinner theatre, theme parks, and cruise lines. Favorite Roles include Malcolm, Full Monty; Ken/Lamar, Godspell and Jinx in Forever Plaid. Ken would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support, especially T,B &D.

Marco Robinson (Issacar) has appeared in nine CSFAC productions and this is his first appearance in an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. He is currently working on breaking into film and acting in Los Angeles. In 2010, he was awarded the Gold Award for Best Actor in The Gazette's Best of the Springs. You may have seen him as Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's autobiographical series here with the CSFAC. He dedicates this performance to his family.

Matthew Satterfield (Levi) is excited to work with the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company so soon after his debut in An Ideal Husband. Matthew recently moved to Colorado Springs from Austin, TX, where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Acting. Some of his favorite projects include Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Marat/Sade. Matthew has enjoyed getting to know Colorado Springs and looks forward to becoming a part of this artistic community.

Erik Stone (Reuben): Joseph marks Erik’s return to the stage after a nearly 20-year hiatus from performing. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Erik toured extensively with the UW Centennial Singers and has performed the roles of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Danny Zuko in Grease and The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. Erik is an avid outdoorsman, devoted husband and father to two talented sons. He is currently the National Sales Director for Bowhunt America and Inside Archery magazines.

Halee Towne (Ensemble) is excited to be in her very first Andrew Lloyd Weber show and to be sharing the stage with one of her students! Halee has been a member of eight casts at the FAC and has loved each show and the people she has been privileged to know and work with. She is a graduate of the London School of Musical Theatre and is currently teaching in Widefield School District.

Christopher Varano (Simeon) is honored to return to the FACTC stage in Joseph. Starting in 2005, Christopher has been involved in more than ten shows at the FACTC including, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged, All My Sons, Little Shop of Horrors, and the Ovation Award winning The Pirates of Penzance. He was last seen in the Springs Ensemble Theater Production of KeepingABreast. He would like to thank his fiancé and family for their love and support.

Ahren Victory (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in Joseph! Past roles include Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown, Florence in The Odd Couple (female version), Fastrada in Pippin, Demeter in CATS, and other various productions. Also grateful to have performed in The Magic Flute at the Pikes Peak Center, Vocal Arts Symposium, and Youth Repertory Theatre at the FAC. Thank you to my family, close friends and mentors for their endless love and support.

Thomas Voss
(Zebulun) was first seen on the FAC stage this past spring in Crazy for You. Other credits include The Boyfriend, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, to name a few. He would like to thank his family and friends for their undying love and support, but most importantly, his Savior, Jesus Christ for His unconditional love and grace.

Joe Walsh (Judah) is a native of the Nashville area. He is thrilled to be involved with such a talented cast. They have helped him so much along the way as this is his third production and first musical! Outside of acting he enjoys honing his craft as a standup comedian. Joe would like to thank his beautiful family, and his very reliable 1981 Ford Courier for never breaking down on the way to rehearsal.

Caleb M. Warren (Kids Choir) is a Colorado Springs native who was enrolled at Academy Endeavor Elementary School and I am currently an 8th grader at Mountain Ridge Middle School. I plan to attend Rampart High School in the following years and will be involved in the drama programs as well as play on the hockey team. My hobbies include drawing, writing screenplays, acting, singing, and dancing.

Becki Yukman (Kids Choir) is absolutely thrilled to be in this season’s production of Joseph! An IB Junior at Palmer High School, you may have seen her in FAC productions of Nuncrackers (2004), Brigadoon (2007), Much Ado About Shakespeare (2007), Cats (2009), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009). She thanks God, her family, friends, and her always inspiring brother, Patrick, for their love and support in all of her endeavors. Above all, she hopes you enjoy the show!

Richard Clark (Percussion) in his tenth season as drummer/percussionist of the FAC Theatre Company’s musicals, is an alumnus of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Teaching privately and gigging the area, Richard recently enjoyed being drummer for the Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo Orchestras. His own recording band, Novena Boy, has four CDs distributed. He & his guitarist-wife, Bonnie, dedicate this performance to their two sons, Paul; serving in Iraq, and Will; now in college

Cynthia Lee Fox (Keyboards) is excited to be back at the FAC for her 4th season! She holds a double Bachelors Degree from CU-Boulder in Piano and Vocal Performance and a Masters Degree from CSU in Vocal Performance. She teaches voice and piano at UCCS and choir, drama, and French at Colorado Springs Christian High School. Cynthia is the CD recording pianist for W.W. Norton Publishing Company's college textbook: The Singing Book; first and second editions, and just released her first vocal CD.

Jay Hahn (Bass) is in his 12th season as the bass player for FAC productions. He has been playing professionally for 37 years and keeps busy feelancing throughout the state with many different groups, in a variety of venues. He also keeps busy with his own groups, Nightshift and Pecos River. Thanks and love to his daughters, Jessie, Elizabeth, Hannah and Mackenzie, and his four grandkids, Addy, Ellie and Chase, and and brand new granddaughter, Agatha!

Roberta Jacyshyn (Conductor/Pianist) began her music theatre addiction in 1982 and enjoys being a part of such a great company. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and her Master of Music from the University of Miami in Florida. Every day, Roberta enthusiastically instills her love of music by teaching in Academy District 20. Thanks to all the fabulous actors and musicians for all their love and friendship.

Mark Rose (reeds) has performed shows at the Fine Arts Center since 1977, recorded with Alan Joseph, Ellyn Rucker, Rare Silk, Steve Barta, the U.S.A.F.A. Falconaires, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band as well as many other performing groups. Mark would like to dedicate this season's performances to his mother, Trudy Rose. As a piano teacher, Trudy gave Mark the gift of music through piano lessons and later Mark discovered music through the woodwinds. Trudy passed away this summer.

Chris Walters (trumpet) hails from Marion, Ohio. He became lead trumpet, soloist, and leader of the prestigious USAF Academy “Falconaires.” Under his leadership this group headlined major jazz festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Chris has been lead trumpet with such jazz greats as Louis Bellson, Natalie Cole, The Four Freshmen, and Dianne Schuur. He has also performed with the Temptations, John Denver, Barry Manilow, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Special thanks to the Fine Arts Center for supporting this wonderful live pit orchestra.

Wayne Wilkinson (guitarist) is originally from San Antonio, Texas. He teaches guitar at Colorado State University at Pueblo and at Colorado Springs Conservatory. He is a former member of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble “The Airmen of Note” based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining "The Airmen of Note" in 1991 he played in The Air Force Academy Band’s "Falconaires" jazz ensemble from 1983 to 1991. He has played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Williams, Ernie Watts and many more.


Cory Moosman
(Director) is an actor, writer, and director. He was last seen on stage on the FAC stage in Sweeney Todd. Other shows include The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, and Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. As a director his shows include The Music Man, Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, I Love You-You’re Perfect-Now Change,Topdog/Underdog, Glengarry Glen Ross, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with author Ken Kesey. He has taught at the Colorado Music Fest-Pueblo, the Vocal Performance Institute at ACC in Denver, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the Bemis School. He is also the creator of WYNOT RADIO THEATRE SHOW, a touring group that spoofs old time radio shows.

Tom Hansen (Scenic Design) was nominated by the Pikes Peak Arts Council for his design for last season's production of Crazy For You. Tom has spent his last ten years as the resident designer for the Show Palace in Spring Hill, FL. His award credits include OKLAHOMA ! (Palace Award, 1999), HARVEY (Lary Award, 2002), PHILADELPHIA STORY (Lary Award, 2003), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Lary Award, 2004), BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Lary Award, 2005) THE GREAT SEBASTIANS (Lary Award Nomination), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Ditectors Choice), and MORNINGS AT SEVEN (Lary Award Nomination). Tom would like to extend a very special Thank You to his lovely wife, Emilie, for her love and support.

Christian Medovich (Lighting Design) has been with Colorado College for 9 years. Christian’s latest creation was co-produced with Illa Conoley for the 6 for twelve production “Nezabuka.” Christian took the leap as a producer along with being the lighting designer, actor and curator for this twisted little tale of good vs. evil. He is very pleased to be lighting for the FAC for the first time since his arrival to Colorado Springs. Christian would like to thank his friends and family for helping produce the creative nectar that fuels the arts and theater.

Leslie S. Aldridge (Costume Design) has designed costumes for A Christmas Survival Guide, All My Sons and An Ideal Husband at the FAC. Leslie received her Bachelor’s degree in Acting from Southern Utah University. Leslie graduated with a Master’s degree in Costume Design from Utah State University where she designed costumes for productions such as Alicia in Wonder Tierra, And Then They Came for Me, and Assassins. As an actress, some of her favorite roles on stage include Shelia Birling in An Inspector Calls and Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Breton Parks Christopherson (Sound Design) Breton is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Denver, with a B.S. in Music Industry Studies with dual emphases in Entertainment Business and Audio Recording Technology. Some of his previous experience with sound design in Colorado Springs includes work on Crazy for You, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Survival Guide, and Broadway Bound with the Fine Arts Center as well as Arsenic and Old Lace, 12 Angry Men and A Midsummer Nights Dream with Theatreworks. He has also worked extensively as a recording artist and composes custom production music with Colorado Springs company, Audio Architects.

Jessica Rose (Properties Manager) is in her sixth year at the FAC Theatre Company. The last five seasons have seen her involved in many productions as both as Scenic Artist and Properties Manager helping drive the force which has been producing sets worthy of mention in such periodicals as The Denver Post and Colorado Springs’ own Gazette and The Independent. Some of the more recent productions include Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Survival Guide, The Music Man, Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, and the Brighton Beach Trilogy. Additionally, Jessica spent summers working as a Scenic Artist on several operas for the Aspen Theatre Center during the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the Aspen Music Festival. The summer of 2010 found her working as a Scenic Artist and Properties Manager for the Youth Rep Program instructing and mentoring local junior high and high school students as the future backbone of theater production teams.

Brantley Scott Haines (Stage Manager) holds a BFA in Theatre Performance Studies from CU-Boulder. He has worked backstage on the FAC productions of Taffetas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Hot Mikado, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He has also recently been seen on stage in the FAC productions of All My Sons, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast and Biloxi Blues. This is the eleventh show he has stage managed for the FAC, preceded by the productions of Crazy For You, 2010 Youth Repertory Theatre, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Little Shop of Horrors, Much Ado about Shakespeare, Brigadoon, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Christmas Carol, Sunday in the Park With George, and Working.

Oct 21, 2010

An Ideal Husband sets a new record at the FAC! (The Beast is going down)

This just in: Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband has officially surpassed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) as our highest attended play in the past 10 years. Congratulations to the cast, crew and FAC performing arts staff on a job well done.

But now is no time to rest on our theatrical laurels.

What's next, you ask? We have our sights set on breaking the standing FAC record for musicals with our holiday production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The current reigning champion from 2008 is none other than Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

We've got incredible talent in our directors, dancers, singers, actors, and theatre techs.
The "Beast" is going down.

Thanks for voting us the Best Of 2010!

The Colorado Springs Independent and its readers have singled out the Fine Arts Center for a few awards in the most recent Best of Colorado Springs issue. Thanks. We're honored!

Cultural White Knight

The Fine Arts Center’s very own Tim Muldrew was dubbed the Indy’s very first “Cultural White Knight” for his contributions to the community’s arts and cultural scene. Muldrew, who joined the FAC in September of 2009, is currently sharing Interim Director duties for the performing arts department with Chris Sheley. Muldrew was cited for his collaborative nature from his time at the Colorado Festival of World Theatre to working on fundraisers for the Care and Share food bank and the Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Tim was honored and flattered with the honor, but on being informed that he was named the 2010 Cultural White Knight, he joked, “Gee, I don’t have any armor. I guess I need to go out and get some.”

Best Cultural Attraction & Museum
Best Art Exhibition

“For years, readers have named the FAC the area’s top cultural attraction and mseum, and when they opined on their favorite art exhibition, the 74-year-old institution cleaned up there as well … readers had one idea in common when they voted for NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration, Conflict | Resolution, William Kentridge: The World is Process, and even 2008’s blockbuster, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero … with an approach that includes lectures, discussion sessions and family days, the FAC has broadened its reach beyond art exhibits, plays and Bemis Art School classes.”

INDYPICK Under-the-Radar Cowboy

Hans Paap’s “Portrait of a Cowboy” was featured as an Indy Pick. The painting, a part of The American West: Cowboys from the Collection, is “subtle at first, with time, everything about this work grows wonderfully strange. It’s both colorful and dimly cast. Its composition is simple but strikingly immediate; a half-imposing character sitting right in front of you, likely on a rock over on a high vantage point. In contrast, the background is oddly indistinct, pastel hills and blotchy clouds … the work feels incredibly dramatic.”