The fall theatre season is upon us and Poudre High School thespians are starting it off with a sure-to-please performance of The Addams Family starting at midnight on Oct. 31, Halloween night. If midnight performances aren’t your cup of tea, no worries. This talented group will also perform at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and end the show’s run with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 8. This is the first performance of The Addams Family by a high school group in the state. Director Joel Smith has created a program whose participants have won awards at the state Thespian Festival and the International Thespian Festival. High school students also design and make the costumes. Last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast played to sold out audiences, so get your tickets ahead of time at: poudretheatre.org, click on Addams Family to purchase tickets.
Debut Theatre Company of Fort Collins gets into the Halloween act with performances of The Canterville Ghost Oct. 17 through 25 at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, 417 W. Magnolia in Fort Collins. A beloved Oscar Wilde tale about life and death and why love is stronger than both is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Partially supported by Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority’s 2009 investment strategy to benefit local arts/culture non-profit organizations. For tickets and information contact 970-224-5774 email@example.com or debuttheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Lincoln Center box office, 970-221-6730 or lctix.com.
Fourteen local artists have their work on display at the Bas Bleu Theatre Gallery, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins, in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It was painting and photography that began the groundswell for the preservation of wild lands in America. The Wilderness Act set aside more than 9 million acres of federal land to be forever protected from development. In 50 years the number has grown to 110 million acres, more than 3.5 million of which are in Colorado. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sat. 1-4 p.m.. Closed Mondays. The shows runs through Oct. 31 with a first Friday reception 5-7 p.m., Oct. 3.
A heads up for the 2014-15 Lincoln Center season. Mainstage shows feature Mamma Mia!, I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Rosanne Cash in concert, Joshua Bell, Buddy Guy and Cirque Mechanics’Pedal Punk. Info: 970221-6730 or LCtix.com.
“Artistic Eye on History,” an exhibition showcasing the many outstanding artists who live and work in the area, in honor of Fort Collins’ 150th anniversary. Fort Collins Museum of Art, 201 S. College Ave. Open Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. $4, $2 for seniors and students with ID $1 for youth ages 7-18 Museum members and children 6 and under free. Info: 970-482-2787 or www.ftcma.org.
Six Buddhist Gomang monks will spend time in Fort Collins Oct. 8-12 during a Sacred Arts Tour. They bring ancient teachings that create the possibility of global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, wisdom and compassion. The monks will create a peace sand mandala designed by the Dalai Lama and offer authentic Tibetan craft items at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, 200 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins. Their appearances are as follows: Oct. 8, 3 p.m. opening ceremony and blessing at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Oct.9-11, creation of the sand mandala at the museum. Oct. 11, 4 p.m. closing ceremony, procession and dispersal of sand into the Poudre River. Oct.9, Dharma talk, 6 p.m. Grey Rock Room, Lory Student Center, CSU. Oct.12, music and blessing at Unity Church, 1401 W. Vine St., Fort Collins, Oct 12, 3 p.m. cultural pageant with dances, chants and music, Fort Collins Senior Center. Call 970-221-6644 for tickets. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city of Fort Collins Recreation Department has a whole menu of fun fall activities for children during October. They range from hayrides and trick or treat experiences for kids and dogs to a Hogwarts Halloween celebration and a pumpkin patch. Most activities are at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park. Call Maddie Orth at 970-221-6330 or contact her at crinternfcgov.com for details.
The Music of Miles Davis kicks off the CSU Jazz Ensemble Season 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. Tickets at www.CSUArtsTickets.com.