Boulder, CO— The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) announced their ninth season last spring. However, with its first opening fast approaching, the company is releasing details on an added production and new programming for parents, young theatregoers and those looking to deepen their theatre experience.
First up is the addition of “Grounded” by George Brant. This one-woman show, featuring critically acclaimed actress Laura Norman, will be BETC’s second production in Denver. Currently one of America’s most popular plays, the regional premiere of “Grounded” explores the human side of drone warfare.
This season BETC also begins Playdate, a series of youth classes for students grades 1-8, offered concurrent with select performances throughout the season. Parents see the show while kids engage in a great theatre class with the artistic ensemble.
“We have parents on our staff, in our audiences, among our artists,” says Rebecca Remaly, Managing Director. “We understand the struggle and expense of finding a babysitter for parents who want to see a show. We decided to eliminate that problem and create a way for parents and children to experience theatre together.”
If you are a student or young professional, BETC is offering you a way to see their shows for free. For Boulder shows, any remaining tickets will be available free of charge to anyone aged 25 and under. These tickets will be released five minutes before curtain. “I’m the youngest member of the company, and often in the audience,” says PR and Marketing Manager Daniel Leonard. “We want to challenge other millenials to put down their phone, turn off the TV and come experience a real, live theatrical performance. It’s a free ticket. What’s to lose?”
BETC’s patrons (they don’t have to be “seasoned”) can also join in on in-depth discussions of upcoming plays through Script Club. Program coordinator Heather Beasley says, “We are giving patrons the opportunity to read the script and then discuss it with our artists before they see the show. It’s the chance to go beyond the usual experience and to engage the work at a deeper level.”
All of these programs and offerings come on top of the already announced five-show season. BETC continues to emerge as a regional leader, not only by offering exceptional productions of regional premieres and new plays, but by diversifying both its programming and its audience. With something for everyone in the family, Season Nine at BETC promises to be one of Colorado’s finest offerings.
BETC’s Season Nine begins September 11: betc.org/plays
Playdate: betc.org/playdateScript Club: betc.org/scriptclub
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