Performing Arts this November: Virtual and Outdoor Shows!

Coat & Denim Drive!

Thank you to Black Hills Energy for supporting a weekend of youth, education, and theatre! Black Hills Energy is generously supporting a drive-in film screening performance of The Big One-Oh! and a live drive-in performance of COATS. Information on both of these events can be found below.

We are excited to announce that any ticket sales or “pay what you can” up to $5,000 will be matched by Black Hills Energy. These three events will take place Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Giving back does not stop there. Black Hills Energy, Scotch Fabric Care, and the Lawrence Arts Center are teaming up to collect coats and denim for the community. Clean out your closet, tubs, and basements and bring your items to the performances that weekend to donate to those in need. Attend the following events and help give back!

Blue Jeans Go Green – Give Old Denim New PurposeDenim collected will promote energy efficiency by being recycled into insulation and used to help with building efforts around the country. Denim should be clean, 90% cotton or greater, and be free from hangers, tags, stickers, or plastic.

Share the Warmth Coat DriveBring a coat in good condition, and Scotch Fabric Care will clean it and work with the Salvation Army to get it to someone in need in our community.


Two Ways to View The Big One-Oh! 

Welcome to The Big One-Oh!, a Zoomsical experience where Charley Maplewood is turning 10—the big one-oh—and she decides to throw a birthday party for herself, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme. Of course, things don’t work out as she plans. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh…becomes the big OH-NO!?

Our cast of ten students and three adults (featured in the photo above) rehearsed on Zoom for three weeks. With a little bit of patience and a dash of editing magic, we are delighted to share a recorded film of the performance!

Virtual Performance Video On Demand

Would you like to watch from home? Purchase a Video On Demand access code and experience the show virtually! Make your purchase now using the pay-what-can options. You will receive a link and password to the video landing page in your confirmation email. Log in and watch at your convenience beginning November 14th. The video will be available for purchase and viewing through December 13th.

The Drive-In Event

Would you like to watch our screening drive-in style? Join us on November 14th at 5 pm for a Drive-In Performance Screening Party! We are sharing this filmed performance drive-in style on a big inflatable movie screen at the Douglas County Fairgrounds! Bring your favorite treats and cozy up in the heat of your car or bring a blanket & lawn chair to sit next to your vehicle. A very special thank you to Lawrence Public Library for the use of their big inflatable movie screen!


Play12 Presents: COATS

Welcome to COATS, 30 original plays in 60 minutes! Youth performance company Play12 will perform this fast-moving sketch style variety show drive-in style at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on November 15th at 1 pm. Inspired by PANTS (The Lawrence Chapter of the Pantomime and Nontraditional Theatre Society), this fun-filled show is packed with energy, entertainment, and coats! Bring your favorite treat and cozy up in the heat of your car or bring a blanket & lawn chair to sit next to your vehicle.


Two Ways to Engage with 10,000

There is still time for you to see 10,000, a one-woman new play development that explores complex intersectional identities and what it takes to become resilient. Featuring performer and activist Victoria Taurean Smith, this unimaginable and true story explores Victoria’s journey from a self-identified victim to their own heroine. A story of resilience, this narrative is a gift that must be shared with others: boys, girls, and everyone in between.

This Video on Demand performance is available until November 15th.

Also, please join us for a Live Virtual Q & A with both the writer and director of 10,000 on November 5th at 7 pm!


Story Slam Continues!

Stay safe and stay home, slammers, because this fall the stories are coming to YOU. This month’s Story Slam brings stories of “Struggle” on Friday, November 13th. This will be the last Story Slam of 2020 before we greet you again with more stories in the new year. Get your favorite beverage ready and join us for music, stories and community.

Digital happy hour and music start at 7:15 pm. Slam starts at 7:35 pm.


Join us for our first ever virtual Play Labs…

Join us in our continued Play Lab series, a research-based space for very young children and their caregivers to create with artists. We invite families with children between the ages of two and six to join us virtually and explore everyday noises in our world, the possibility of language, and how we make music with our bodies. All of these ideas will be used to develop choreography, music, and theatrical ideas for Hubbub, a virtual performance for very young children in January of 2021.

These sessions will run once per Saturday on November 7th, 14th, and 21st for 30 minutes each time. This is a fantastic chance to play and interact with other families and all enrolled families will receive a free ticket for their entire household for the Hubbub performance in January!

You can enroll online, by phone, or in person at the front desk! Questions? Feel free to email or check out our Theatre and Dance for the Very Young program.