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Announcing all-female-directed 2019 season

We are thrilled to announce our 2019 season which will be helmed by a slate of all-female directors.

Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music opens the season January 24. Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical centers around Fredrick Egerman and his past lover Desiree Armfeldt who reconnect amid failing relationships. With a book by Hugh Wheeler, A Little Night Music weaves Egerman and Armfeldt’s affair between various trysts and liaisons of their families and servants during a weekend in the Swedish countryside.

Directed by Henry Award-winner Kelly Van Oosbree, the musical will be reimagined for CCT’s intimate Pluss Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Traci Kern returns to CCT as music director.

“I am always up for a challenge and am drawn to creative storytelling,” Van Oosbree says. “I believe the opportunity to tell this story in a way that accommodates the space is going to create some thrilling staging and a wonderful theatrical experience.”

Following Night Music, our spring production, Other Desert Cities, runs March 28 through April 28. Award-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s family drama centers around Brooke Wyeth, who is still struggling to move on from a decades-old family trauma, but her soon-to-be-published memoir offers hope of finding closure. During a visit to her parents’ home in Palm Springs, Wyeth reveals her new memoir exposes a dark family secret — but her parents are not ready to dig up the past.

Actor and director Sheila Ivy Traister, who received acclaim for her direction of Arabian Nights at the Aurora Fox, directs Other Desert Cities.

The season closes in the fall with Tuesdays with Morrie, directed by Henry Award-winning actor and director Billie McBride. When Morrie Schwartz is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, Mitch makes time in his busy schedule to visit Schwartz every week for a few last lessons from the retired professor on life, love, and what it means to say goodbye. Based on the bestselling true story by Mitch Albom, the stage adaptation is co-authored by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.

“We have such incredible female talent in this city,” says Artistic Producer Susie Snodgrass. “In choosing directors for the 2019 season, I felt that talent needed to be highlighted.”

Season passes are now on sale and are available by calling the box office at 303-800-6578 or visiting cherrycreektheatre.org.
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Kelly Van Oosbree

Director

Kelly Van Oosbree is a busy director/choreographer whose work has been seen...

Kelly Van Oosbree is a busy director/choreographer whose work has been seen all over the Denver metro area and along the Front Range. She is a recipient of two Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards for Outstanding Choreography for The Music Man and Hairspray (Performance Now Theatre Company). Recent directing credits include Company (Aurora Fox), The Secret Garden (Performance Now), Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits (Breckenridge Backstage), To Kill a Mockingbird (Platte Valley Players), and Ring of Fire (Vintage Theatre).

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Traci Kern

Music Director

At Cherry Creek Theatre: Respect: A Musical Journey of Women. She...

At Cherry Creek Theatre: Respect: A Musical Journey of Women. She has music directed many shows from Denver to NYC to the Fringe Festival in Scotland including The Nance, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Seussical the Musical, High School Musical, A Year with Frog & Toad, Nunsense A-Men, Wonderful Town, and How To Succeed… Traci was the co-music director for Magic Moments productions, vocal coach for Phamaly’s production of The Wiz, and assistant music director for their productions of Beauty and the Beast, Man of La Mancha and Urinetown The Musical. In addition to music directing, Traci is also a prolific performer. Her first role in Denver was at Town Hall Arts Center in 1999 as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors. Receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Dakota and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, Traci has been a professional voice teacher and performer for more than 20 years and currently maintains a full-time voice studio in Denver.

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Sheila Ivy Traister

Director

Sheila Traister is an award-winning actress with 39 years as an actor, director,...

Sheila Traister is an award-winning actress with 39 years as an actor, director, writer and educator in film, television and theatre. Recently she directed, For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, for 5280 Artist Co-Op and Arabian Nights at The Aurora Fox. She is the director & co-writer for the feature film Sleeping Dragon and is in development as the director for a full-length action film based on a novel with a female superhero. She received Best Leading Actress Awards for her performances in Sound of a VoiceThe Blue Room, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and critical acclaim as Sah Jin in 99 Histories. As an educator, she has taught acting and directing for CFS, DSA and UCD, in addition to private coaching practice. “My deepest gratitude goes out to Susie, Mark and Maxine for your trust with this amazing play and your vision for a season of all ‘female directors;’ the stunning cast and crew for your glorious talents and unwavering commitment to the journey; and to you our patrons, thank you for embracing live theatre!

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Billie McBride

Director

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Susie Snodgrass

Artistic Producer

After expanding her role with CCT into artistic producer, Susie is looking...

After expanding her role with CCT into artistic producer, Susie is looking forward to the 2018 season and hopes to continue the amazing growth of Cherry Creek Theatre with quality, professional shows that represent thought-provoking content and relatable characters. She feels incredibly fortunate for the position of AP and hopes to continue making a difference in the Denver theatre community by leading with compassion, professionalism and out-of-the-box thinking. Susie is able to wake up daily and truly say she loves what she does. Lastly, a huge, loving thank you to her family — Ross, Milo and Arlo — for their patience when Mom gets a bit batty and for their encouragement when Mom is trying to fly.

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