Paintings and princesses come to gallery, theater

Art stays in step with theme of ‘Disenchanted’ and characters from imagination

Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/7/20

Fanciful paintings by Tara Pappas of Laramie, Wyoming will fill Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., in January while the theater runs performances of the …

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Paintings and princesses come to gallery, theater

Art stays in step with theme of ‘Disenchanted’ and characters from imagination

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Fanciful paintings by Tara Pappas of Laramie, Wyoming will fill Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., in January while the theater runs performances of the musical, “Disenchanted,” about a number of those well-known fairy-tale princesses from Jan. 10-Feb. 9.

Pappas wrote that she “is a mixed-media artist and art educator, who started making art as a youth, influenced by the imaginative quality of surrealist work., as well as the raw expression, color, humanity portrayed in folk art.”

“Her most recent work explores the storytelling nature of art. Beginning with a foundation of words from old book pages, Tara Pappas seeks to create visual stories, embodying the timelessness of the fantastic and its connection to the ordinary.”

Sudee Floyd, who is the new curator for the Stanton Gallery, operated the Outnumbered Gallery on South Prince St. in downtown Littleton for a while and is excited to be back hanging art in downtown Littleton. She will exhibit collections of art that are related to each new show at Town Hall, plus a Western exhibit in August to tie in with Western Welcome Week, she writes. (And she will hope to see friends at Town Hall art receptions.)

“Disenchanted,” with book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino, tells more about those princesses, princes, heroes and other folk we meet in popular fairy tales. But these are not stories for kids — and they may not all live “happily ever after” — and adult language is included …

Nick Sugar is director of this very popular musical, which started off-Broadway in 2009 and has played across the nation and around the world.

Audiences will meet Belle, who sings about a relationship with a beast; Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and more characters brought to the page by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Reviewer John Lamb says it’s much lighter in tone that Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

Tickets for “Disenchanted” cost $25 to $30 and are available at the box office, 303-794-2787 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 on Saturdays — and one hour before curtain time and at townhallartscenter.org.

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