Written on 03/17/2018

Arvada CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities closes its 42nd theatre season with Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Rod A. Lansberry, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Inspired by the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. This moving piece won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Sunday in the Park with George is underwritten by Terry and Linda Stevinson. The 2017 – 2018 Theatre Season is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, through May 6. Preview performances are April 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm. Audience engagement events, including a weekly theatre salon (registration required), insider’s talkbacks, and happy hours with the cast, are held through the run of the production. To purchase tickets go to or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for its patrons.

The story spanning over a century begins in 1884 where French Pointillist George Seurat is struggling to balance his artistic sensitivity and logical construction with his complicated personal life. Then the story skips ahead, to Seurat's greatgrandson, George who is also an artist. Present-day George is frustrated as he searches for his artistic path only to find the answer to his future is in the past.

Sunday in the Park with George features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by James Lapine. In addition to director Rod A. Lansberry, the Arvada Center creative team includes David Madore (musical direction), Clare Henkel (costume design), Diana Ben-Kiki (wigs & makeup design), Shannon McKinney (lighting design), Brian Mallgrave (scenic design) and David Thomas (sound design).

The cast features Cole Burden (George Seurat / George), Emily Van Fleet (Dot / Marie), Billie Mcbride (An Old Lady / Blair Daniels), Boni Mcintyre (Nurse / Harriet Pawling), Jeffrey Roark (Jules / Bob Greenberg), Heather Lacy (Yvonne / Naomi Eisen), Robert Michael Sanders (Boatman / Charles Redmond), Lisa Kay Carter (Celeste #1 / Waitress), Emily Luhrs (Celeste #2 / Elaine), Lara Hunter (Louise or Young Girl), Sophia Dotson (Louise or Young Girl), Joe Callahan (Franz / Dennis), Abby Apple Boes (Frieda / Betty), Tony Edgerton (A Soldier / Alex), Paul Dwyer (Mr. / Lee Randolph), Piper Arpan (Mrs. / Exhibition Guest), and Jeremy Rill (Louis / Billy Webster). The ensemble features Michael Bouchard, Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Drew Horwitz, Shannan Steele, Susannah Mcleod and Tanner Sands.

Sunday in the Park with George

  • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Book by James Lapine
  • Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
  • Opens Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Runs April 17 – May 6 Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 pm Wednesday matinée, 1:00 pm Saturday and Sunday matinée, 2:00 pm (more)

Preview Performances

  • April 13, 14 and 15 7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour with the Cast

  • Stay after the performance for a social hour with the cast!
  • Friday, April 27 after the 7:30 pm performance and Wednesday, May 2 after the 1:00 pm performance.

Audience Talk Backs

  • These discussions after the performance will cover particular interesting subjects about the production with the cast, director, and/or designers Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, May 3 after the evening performances.

Theatre Salons

  • Thursdays, April 26 – May 17 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The class will attend Sunday in the Park with George on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tuition (including ticket) $104 Details and registration at

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to or call 720-898-7200.