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November 4, 2019
Auditions for our next production, The Merchant of Mumbai, will be held December 7 & 8. For more information click here.
Our Incredible Musical Director
June 25, 2019
If you’ve been to the BiTSY, than you know the work of our incredible Musical Director, Rekha Ohal. The Westword wrote an article about her life as a gigging musician and we’d love for you to check it out here.
Theatrical Flea Market
May 25, 2019
The BiTSY will be holding a Flea Market on June 8 & June 9 from 9am-5pm. Lots of great stuff for sale - many of it has been used in our past shows. Click here for more details.
March 29, 2019
What happens when one of our audience members encounters a real life lamia? This adorableness. Thank you, Stephanie and Todd for this fantastic photo!
March 5, 2019
This was posted on Facebook recently by a regular audience member. We are so grateful to you, Andras, for taking the time to share your kind words with us. The BiTSY couldn't do what we do without those of you who come see us.
"Another truly outstanding performance at the Bitsy Stage! Once again, a seamless narrative - combined with great, sensitive acting. My son was so inspired by the Lamiak that he asked for a "real chore" to do as soon as we got home. I got totally entangled in the weaving of the story from the first moment to the end and was deeply moved by the intimate atmosphere created by the amazing actors who played out of heart. We were exposed to magic today. Thank you very much to everyone involved!"
December 10, 2018
Auditions for our 1st production of 2019, The Basque Things in Life will be held in January. For more information, please click here.
October 26, 2018
We received a lovely note from regular audience member, Erinn Oliver, who is the mom of Daphne and Chloe in the picture from the previous post on this page. Thank you so much, Erinn!
"The sentiments I feel coming to the Bitsy, knowing that it's such a regular part of our lives, having a most WONDERFUL place to bring theater and the cultural arts to my girls' lives on a frequent basis is truly overwhelming at times. I am a total "vibes/feelings" person, and I would be lying if I said that almost every production put on there didn't bring me to tears at one point or another, just being able to particpate with my kiddos in such an experience.
I believe what you're investing in the Bitsy is wonderful, meaningful and transformative, and we are thrilled to support the cause and spread the word!"
Major Thumbs Up
October 22, 2018
More high praise from our BiTSY Family! These little humans have been big fans of the BiTSY for the past several years and it’s always a highlight to see them at the theater.
Many thanks to them and their families for supporting what we do and special thanks to moms Kim and Erinn for giving us permission to share this fantastic photo.
We can’t wait to see you all again at the next one!
We LOVE Our Audience
October 17, 2018
Kaati's mom gave us permission to share this adorable photo of her daughter and our ALOHA company.
The two of them are a regular part of our BiTSY audience and love visiting us and we look forward to having them here.
Kaati was feeling a bit shy this past weekend, so our actors did what they could to make her feel comfortable and allow her to get the photo she wanted.
We love our extended BiTSY family! We couldn't do what we do without you. Mahalo to Shannon, Kaati, and all the rest of you.
Aloha is SOLD OUT
September 18, 2018
Wow! The day after our ticket email went out we SOLD OUT our entire run. We are feeling the love, BiTSY ohana, and are incredibly grateful for your support and love.
If you didn’t get your tickets, please don’t despair. We are often able to move folks off of the wait list, so please click here to fill it our for your chance to join us for this magical performance.
Aloha Tickets Now Available
September 14, 2018
Aloha tickets can now be reserved here. Don’t wait to make your reservations; our last show sold out in just 2 weeks. Remember all seats are FREE!
July 11, 2018
Auditions for Aloha: Postcards from Polynesia are August 4! Click here for more audition information.
Hymn to the Goddess is Sold Out!
May 2, 2018
Wow! We are so grateful to our incredible BiTSY audience. More than 2 weeks before we open and not even that long since the ticket link went live our show is completely sold out for the entire run.
We will be running a wait list and hope if you missed out on getting your guaranteed seats, you'll put your name on that in the hopes we can fit you in later.
Jotunheim Cast Recording
February 28, 2018
We're headed into the studio soon to record the cast album for Jotunheim! You loved us in the theater, now let us rock your face at home, too! Available for pre-sale now!
KGNU Interview about Jotunheim
February 25, 2018
A big thank you to Metro Arts Host, Veronica Straight-Lingo (who plays Loki in Jotunheim), for coming out to interview our General Manager and Musical Director about the show. Check it out and be sure to add Veronica's show to your regular playlist!
Announcing our new Hub for Arts Advocates
December 8, 2017
Key to our mission at The BiTSY is our belief that Art Will Save theWorld.
For the past 5 years we have supported this mission right here in Denver with our free theatrical productions to the local community.
Lucky 20 Productions, the Producer of the BiTSY and the Betsy Stage, is excited to announce our new role as a
Hub for Art Advocacy and introduce a new website to the Lucky 20 family:
Join us as we champion the amazing ways art has inspired and uplifted communities around the world.
Thank you for joining us on this new venture.
Audiences are Loving Anansi!
November 12, 2017
A few of our favorite audience member reactions from this weekend:
From a boy as he exited the theater, "That was so great it almost BLEW MY FACE OFF!!!"
"This place is magical. Absolutely magical."
Our General Manager: What was your favorite story?
Girl: Do I have to have a favorite? It's too hard to pick because I loved them all.
Anansi is Sold Out!
September 30, 2017
We are incredibly grateful to be able to tell you that Anansi has completely SOLD OUT nearly a month before we even open. Than you to our amazingly supportive audiences! If you missed out, you can add yourself to the Wait List by clicking here.
Anansi is Selling Out at an unprecedented rate!
September 27, 2017
We open a month from today and we already have 10 completely sold out shows with several others not far behind.
The BiTSY is so grateful for the love and support of our incredible audiences. Don't miss out on this one - 6 stories told in 6 different ways.
Make your reservations here before it's too late!
June 26, 2017
We received congratulatory letter from Congresswoman DeGette.
We so appreciate when our representatives support the arts!
May 5, 2017
A big thank you to Metro Arts Host, Veronica Straight-Lingo, for coming out to interview the BiTSY Artistic Team about our theater and our upcoming show, The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale.
Winner of Westword's Award for Best Children's Theater 2017
March 30, 2017
We're honored to be selected as the winner of Westword's 2017 editor's choice award for Best Children's Theater Programming in Denver! Many thanks to all of the wonderful artists we work with and our incredibly supportive audience.
Review: The Lass Who Went Out with the Cry of Dawn
March 6, 2017
Thank you for the kind words, Patrick Dorn!
The BiTSY Stage’s fuses folktale with Steampunk in hilarious ‘The Lass Who Went Out with the Cry of Dawn,’ through April 2
MARCH 6, 2017
The BiTSY stage isn’t “just” a children’s theatre. Though the 25-seat house (including floor cushions) seems intended for the wee bairns, and the performance I attended captivated the attention of at least ten preschoolers, The BiTSY’s folktale-inspired productions are thoroughly entertaining for the whole family.
Opening the BiTSY’s new season is The Lass Who Went Out With The Cry Of Dawn: A Celtic Yarn, based on a Scottish tale about the intrepid Lass (Karin Carr) who leaves her mother (Veronica Straight-Lingo) and father (Hannah Carmichael) and undertakes a quest to rescue her older sister (Katie Medved) from the socially inept, dark and mysterious Mischanter (Ryan Barnett). Along the way, she encounters a bewitched tinker (Veronica Straight-Lingo) and tailor (Jessica Hall).
Armed with a sewing needle and thread, a thimble, a twig of cotton, and a penny whistle, along with sage advice from her parents and strangers on the road, Lass faces and overcomes numerous trials, breaks the bonds of the Mischanter’s beguilement, and restores order to the land.
It’s a classic non-violent hero’s journey story, where kindness and determination win the day.
Playwright/Director Patti Murtha, with Samantha McDermott and Jeri Franco, have packed this familiar story structure with non-stop hilarity, goofiness, ingenuity and breathtaking creativity. Performed in “Story Theatre” style, and narrated by the singing Balladeer (Ryan Barnett), The Lass is an imaginative, thrilling, not-too-scary 45-minute adventure. The original Celtic/New Age-style music is performed live by composer/pianist extraordinaire Rekha Ohal.
Special kudos to art director Jeri Franco for the endlessly inventive fabric and Steampunk/mechanical props and set-pieces, half of which would belong in an art gallery if they weren’t also functional. Michal Meyer’s costumes extend the Steampunk/Folk visual metaphor, with peasant costumes augmented by goggles, a top hat, and lots of metallic adornments.
If you love international folktales brought to life by professional actors and large doses of humor, The BiTSY Stage needs to jump to the top of your list. But be sure to call ahead for reservations, as the performances are free (donations accepted) and it doesn’t take more than a couple dozen souls to pack the house.
The BiTSY Stage presents The Lass Who Went Out With The Cry Of Dawn: A Celtic Yarn through April 2 at 1137 S. Huron St. Denver, CO 80223. Performances are Saturdays at 1 & 3 p.m.; Sundays at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Fridays March 10 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. with a special fundraiser performance Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. All performances are FREE, donations are accepted. Reservations at www.bitsystage.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 720-328-5294.
Blogger's Note: Karin Carr's name was incorrect in the original post. It has been corrected here.