Musical brings theater back to Olde Town

“Torn” will take the stage at Gallery 1874 this weekend

Posted 7/9/18

Before raising children, Deanna Giles studied theater and music. Now, as an empty-nester, she is getting back to her passion — which led her to write a full-length musical with 16 songs titled, …

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Musical brings theater back to Olde Town

“Torn” will take the stage at Gallery 1874 this weekend

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Before raising children, Deanna Giles studied theater and music.

Now, as an empty-nester, she is getting back to her passion — which led her to write a full-length musical with 16 songs titled, “Torn.”

“Torn” is a musical about a girl in love with a painter in love with a painting. The romantic story unfolds as art comes to life. “Torn” not only features music, dancing and acting, but there are also several performance art pieces that come to life through the show.

“What is fascinating about this show is the variety of music,” Giles said. “There’s ragtime, blues, some with a John Denver-feel, rock….”

Giles got the idea for the show after buying two paintings from Denver artist Tony Achilles.

“Both of the pieces became central characters in the show,” Giles explained.

Achilles also plays the male lead of the painter in “Torn,” which allows the character to paint on stage — a strategic move by Giles.

The setting for the production is also by design.

The show, which will run for one weekend, will be performed in Olde Town Arvada’s Gallery 1874.

“That space was key in the development of this musical,” Giles said, explaining that the setting of the show was written as a painter’s studio.

The history behind the performance space was also appealing. The historic building, built in the 1870s as a grange hall was transformed into the Festival Playhouse in 1973.

“Torn” will be the first play to be performed in that space since Festival Playhouse closed in 2013.

“The history of this space is really what makes it breathe,” said David Dean, marketing specialist at Gallery 1874. “We really enjoy exploring ways we can go back to the roots of what this space means to the town and the people that live here.”

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