Vintage Theatre Productions has called 2119 E. 17th Ave Denver, CO, its home for almost four years. But in April of 2012, this theatre company will have to move, begrudgingly, from the very grounds upon which it was built. The Vine Street Pub, which is located just next door to the Vintage Theatre, is expanding their brewery, which means this beloved theatre company has to find a new residence for their award-winning shows, including Avenue Q and Becky’s New Car.
Founded by Craig Bond, Debbie Laureta, Chris Goranson, Lindsay Goranson, and David Trimble in November 2002, Vintage Theatre Productions moved into their current space in 2008, and opened with two shows that first year. In 2009, Vintage Theatre Productions was nominated for nine Henry award nominations, and the average shows staged per year was 10.
Entertaining theatre is not the only amenity Vintage Theatre Productions has to offer. Along with providing high-quality drama, musicals, period pieces, and any other kind of theatre imaginable, this theatre company also supplies children youth programs and even adult theatre classes. The 2012 Youth Program at Vintage Theatre aims to “establish an environment that will foster and support the creative process of Denver’s youth with the goal of establishing a deep appreciation for the art of live theatre among the participants and their families” (Vintage Theatre Website). The adult classes are currently headed by Benjy Dobrin, and consist mostly of scene study, monologues, workshops, and cold readings.
Vintage Theatre is truly a valuable institution within the Denver community, and their move should be handled as quickly and painlessly as possible. Even though they must desert the space that has served them so well for the past few years, Vintage Theatre will survive and continue to deliver award-winning and excellent theatre. To donate online, or to learn more about Vintage Theatre, please visit their website at www.vintagetheatre.com.