BizBeat: Miners Alley Playhouse nominated for 5 Henry Awards

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/11/22

Miners Alley Playhouse has been nominated for “Denver’s version of the Tony Awards," as its October 2021 production of “The Crucible” has been nominated for five Henry Awards.

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BizBeat: Miners Alley Playhouse nominated for 5 Henry Awards

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Miners Alley Playhouse has been nominated for “Denver’s version of the Tony Awards,” as Len Matheo described it.

The playhouse’s October 2021 production of “The Crucible” has been nominated for five Henry Awards, including Best Production of a Play.

Matheo, the playhouse’s producing artistic director, is also nominated for Best Direction of a Play. Miners Alley’s three other nominees are:

  • Jihad Milhem for Best Actor in a Play;
  • Anastasia Davidson for Best Actress in a Play; and
  • Gary Grundei for Best Sound Design.

The theater will find out whether any of its five nominees win during the July 25 Henry Awards ceremony.

“We’re up against the Denver Center and the Arvada Center, so it’s a big deal,” Matheo said of big-name performing arts centers in the area. “… It’s a nice feather in our cap.”

Last October’s performance was the result of “everything coming together” perfectly, he explained. Given how it’s a major honor for such a relatively small production to be nominated, if any Miners Alley nominees win, “that’s all the better,” Matheo continued.

On top of the nominations, Matheo said the theater is “in the thick of it” with several ongoing projects.

The first is its upcoming musical “Hair,” which will run Aug. 5-Oct. 2. Matheo said it will be Miners Alley’s largest production ever in terms of cast size and expense.

The other is the long-term project of moving into the former Meyer Hardware store and opening the Miners Alley Performing Arts Center with a larger theater. The company has been renting its current space for 15 years, and only has a 130-seat black box theater.

Matheo said the company is hoping to move into its new space by January, adding, “We’re excited to be starting our second act, and creating a real place that the community can gather and enjoy great theater.”

New mural of Jurassic proportions brings attention to 'hidden' trailhead

What was once an inocuous-looking shed along U.S. 6 is now very hard to miss.

Dinosaur Ridge and local muralist Julia Williams are bringing color and attention to the Triceratops Trailhead along U.S. 6 near the 19th Street exit. The trailhead information kiosk/storage shed now features artwork of dinosaurs that once roamed Colorado, including the trail’s eponymous triceratops.

Kristen Kidd of Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has said the short out-and-back trail is a “hidden gem” featuring triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex footprints. Now, thanks to a grant from the Golden Civic Foundation and Williams’ spray-painting, the trailhead will be more visible to those traveling on the highway or bike path.

Williams previously worked on the ticket shed at Dinosaur Ridge’s visitor center last fall, and Executive Director Jeff Lamontagne said he and his colleagues were delighted to partner with her again.

The trail is free to walk and includes numerous interpretive signs explaining the geology and paleontology set in stone. Visitors can also schedule a “Walk With a Geologist” tour at dinoridge.org for a more in-depth experience.

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