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Colorado Springs Wonderful Arts Heart Builds Outside Venue for New Summer time Program – Colorado Springs Gazette

Warm summer nights and sparkling constellations form the backdrop for the city's newest stage.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is unveiling City as a Venue, a new program that brings theater, dance, music and more to the new FAC outdoor stage and other outdoor areas around the springs, including Acacia Park , Concrete Coyote, the Deerfield Hills Community Center, the Hillside Community Center, and the Meadows Park Community Center.

"People will be looking for a way to gather outdoors safely, and it is an opportunity for us to return to the roots and origins of outdoor theater and the public," says FAC Director Idris Goodwin. "We want a robust, consistent, regular series of events from June to early October."

The outdoor stage, approximately 32 feet wide by 20 feet deep, in the sculpture garden in front of the museum on the corner of Dale Street and Cascade Avenue, will be open all summer and into the fall before the theater moves into the indoor FAC stage autumn returns. Depending on the event, the guests either sit on the grass or on spacious seats.

Performances and activities include Saturdays at the Acacia Park Bandshell Park; FAC Theater School summer camp on the open air stage; "She Loves Me", a musical by the FAC Youth Repertory Ensemble, July 29th-Aug. 1 on the open air stage; "Working", a musical based on Studs Terkel's interview book with American workers from August 24th to September 24th. 5 on the open air stage; and "Art & Acting in the Forest", camps of the Bemis School of Art for children in the conference and retreat center La Foret in the Black Forest.

The schedule is evolving and can be viewed online at fac.coloradocollege.edu. Events on the FAC outdoor stage are chargeable, while events in Acacia Park and community centers are free. Registration is required for FAC camps and classes.

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While some degree of control is lost in an outdoor venue, Goodwin sees many other benefits in taking performance outside. It becomes more inclusive when the walls fall, he says, and it could also be less intimidating for someone who isn't comfortable going to a theater. Goodwin predicts that the FAC will always have some outdoor programs in the future.

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"Maybe not as robust as this year, but there's never a reason not to, not to bring art to people and outside," he says. "Our building is certainly our headquarters, but our mission is to get involved and make sure the community is revitalized and inspired by the arts. We can't just passively hope that they will come to our building. We want 365 days of engagement . "

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