While options for playing outside are still limited by the cold, the Highlands Ranch Community Association is launching its winter cultural series as a warm and entertaining alternative.
The annual winter cultural series offers four events throughout January and February. The shows put on will include opera, ballet, Irish step dancing and a Broadway medley.
“It's an easy thing to bring a child to,” said HRCA spokeswoman Jamie Noebel. “And you don't have to go downtown and pay a tremendous amount of money.”
Each event will be an hour and a half long and take place at 7 p.m. at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. Tickets will cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door with discounted tickets for military, seniors and children ages 12 and under.
The first show, from Opera Colorado, will be “Hansel and Gretel,” on Jan. 9. The performance will be sung in English and staged traditionally. The next event, Jan. 23, will by the Heritage Irish Stepdancers and will feature bagpipes, Noebel said.
On Feb.6, Ballet Ariel will perform "Peter and the Wolf" with dances from Act 3 of “Swan Lake.” The final event of the series will be a Broadway music medley from the Denver Pops orchestra Feb. 20.
While all these groups have performed for the cultural series in the past, these are all new shows, Noebel said. HRCA decides which groups it will bring in based on suggestions from residents, she said.
“We try to mix it up as much as we can,” she said.
The series is produced by the community association's nonprofit, the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association, which is funded by grants.
“I think it's kind of a hidden secret,” Noebel said of the series. “I wish more people knew about it because I think once you experience it, it's just a lovely Colorado evening.”
More details on the series and tickets are available online by visiting HRCAonline.org and selecting “Schedules and Event Calendar” or by calling 303-791-2500.
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