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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 email@example.com or by calling 720-328-5294.
Blogger's Note: Karin Carr's name was incorrect in the original post. It has been corrected here.