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Arvada Center Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrating 40 Years

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On July 9, the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities will celebrate 40 years of exceptional art, education, music and theatre--quite the milestone both for the Center and for Arvada residents! From the first musical production, Anything Goes in 1976, to the beautiful presentation of Death Takes a Holiday that recently closed the 40th season, the Arvada Center has strived both to entertain and to tell a story. The Center's three theatres (Main Stage, Black Box and Amphitheatre) have, combined, produced more than 170 musicals from intimate productions such as Smokey Joe’s Café, to professional children’s theatre like Junie B. Jones, and stunning Broadway-style productions including Les Misérables, Evita, and many more.

Celebration Details

Taking place in its outdoor amphitheatre, the 40th Anniversary Celebration will feature the Colorado Symphony, well-known musical theatre actors, members of the Center’s Musical Teen Theatre camp, a presentation by dignitaries, and a commemorative video.

  • The Colorado Symphony will play selections from: West Side Story, Miss Saigon, and Oklahoma.
  • Arvada Center favorites will perform music from popular past productions: Lauren Shealy (White Christmas, Curtains, Miracle on 34th Street, 1940’s Radio Hour); Megan Van De Hey (Death Takes a Holiday, Chess, Nine, Curtains); Daniel Langhoff (Man of La Mancha, Charlotte’s Web, Ragtime); and Stephen Day (Les Misérables, La Cage aux Faux, She Loves Me).
  • Dignitaries will recognize the historic transition coming when the Arvada Center will move from the City of Arvada to its own governing body, and five individuals who have volunteered at the Center since its opening in 1976 will be honored.
  • A brief commemorative video will highlight the Arvada Center's 40 years of accomplishments.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. For additional information and tickets go to or call 720-898-7200. For information on the 2016 Summer Stage Concert Series co-presented with Swallow Hill Music go to

The celebration concert is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center and Brookfield Residential.