Roamin' the Range, May 2015

Roamin’ the Range, May 2015

Time to put on some fancy duds, get out and celebrate the coming of the warm season!

You’ve read the book, you’ve seen the movies… but be prepared to be transported “there and back again” in this stage adaptation of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic tale of magic, treasure, and dragons as performed at Colorado State University. Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. This CSU production, with 26 cast members, is a fresh theatrical experience for the whole family, from die-hard Tolkien fans, to those ready for an introduction to this world. Multi-media and live actors combine to create the magic of Middle Earth. “It’s a journey of discovery,” said CSU faculty member and set designer Zhanna Gurvich. “We’ve created a varied, rugged countryside on a stage of rock slabs and trees to create a fantasy world.” Runs Thursdays through Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays matinees at 2 p.m. through May 3. All performances at University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. $8 for students and youth under 18, $18 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at UCA Mon.-Fri, 3:30-5:30 p.m., online at CSUArtsTickets.com or by phone 970-491-ARTS (2787). Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the ticket office. Tickets also available 60 minutes before the performance. Advance purchase advised. Some free tickets available for Sunday performance first-come, first-served online or at the Ticket Office.

If you haven’t had a chance to see Juno and the Paycock at Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins, performances continue through May 3. Wendy Ishii plays a leading role in Sean O’Casey’s play in which a working-class Dublin family in the 1920s contends with the strife of Ireland’s revolutionary years and their own demons. Call for tickets at 970-498-8949, Tuesday through Friday 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find at Fort Collins Lincoln Center during the month of May. Moulin Rouge! Sixth annual casino night fundraiser for Open Stage Theatre, 7 p.m., May 9, Jungle Book, May 1-3, 8 & 9, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances, presented by Debut Theatre Company, Fort Collins Symphony season finale, 7:30 p.m., May 9, Dance to the Music, 7 p.m. May 16, A Year in Review, High Country Conservatory of Dance annual spring recital, 7 p.m. May 16. Encore! Encore! Colorado Women of Song present a salute to Broadway 4 p.m. May 17. The Sky’s the Limit, Mountain Dance Kids spring recital, 6:30 p.m. May 19 and 20. Opera Fort Collins presents Lucia di Lammermoor, 7:30 p.m. May 29. Larimer Chorale presents Beyond…Light: Heartstrings, music for chorus and string quartet at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Stuart St., Fort Collins, 7:30 p.m. May 30. Tickets for all these performances can e purchased at the Lincoln Center Box Office, 417 W. Magnolia between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and one hour before each performance. Order by phone 970-221-6730. Handling fees apply.

Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins is showing Memphis the Musical through May 30. “Explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.” Winner of four 2010 Tony awards including best musical. Call the box office for tickets between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 970-225-2555 or purchase online.

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Market Place Drive, Johnstown, opens Singin’ in the Rain April 30—runs through July 12. “Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make this show the perfect entertainment for fans of golden age move musicals.” Tickets online or at 970-744-3747.

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