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Easter, Disney On Ice, and Lee Brice!

POSTED March 21, 2024

You can hunt for Easter eggs or attend a sunrise service, watch your favorite Disney characters on ice, or enjoy multiple other entertainment options this weekend in Castle Rock and nearby locales! Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you’ll find music, comedy, theatrical performances, celebrity appearances and more!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, March 21

Join presenter John McKinney, a founding member of the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute (CRSI) as he shares 20 years of exploring and studying Cherokee Ranch. In a casual evening setting John will present research highlights on the geology and paleontology gained over the last 15 years. He will highlight the endeavors of Dr. Al Koch, who, as a retired geologist, helped form the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute in 2013 and was its director until his passing in 2019. John will also highlight the work of other citizen scientist collaborators. This presentation is a rich mixture of photos and stories that will expand your knowledge of the 3400-acre ranch and will include a Q&A session.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30 p.m. Doors Open – Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Presentation
Cost: $20-$37 (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Come to the Parker Arts Center Schoolhouse for a night of laughter as a quartet of funny moms explore everything from motherhood, midlife crisis, marriage, divorce, online dating, and other things that irritate us.  Men are welcome to the show, too. Moms Unhinged is a standup show with an all-mom lineup of hilarious comedians who have performed and entertained audiences all over Colorado.

Parker Arts Center, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23

Darrell Hammond holds the title for being the longest running cast member on Saturday Night Live. The actor and comedian has brought to life a cavalcade of politicians, media figures, celebrities and newsmakers on television through his impressions. Amongst the great number of people he has mimicked include Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Regis Philbin, John Travolta, Jay Leno and Donald Trump. Darrell is known for being one of the most prolific comedians of his time.

In addition to his SNL appearances, Hammond has been seen in a number of feature films and television shows. As a truly versatile actor Darrell has displayed his talents in both dramatic and comedic roles. He has appeared in the TBS comedy series Are We There Yet?, on the acclaimed F/X series Damages, and on the Law and Order franchise. Some of his feature films include Weiners, New York Minute, as well as Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 6. 

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24

Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney’s Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.

Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice.  Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men for a daring rescue in Andy’s room.  Laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on tumble tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.  And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is bringing the magic to Colorado Springs guests for the first time through dynamic moments that take place on the ice and in the air.  This adventure delivers compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers so be prepared to join this magical search and help unlock an epic journey when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party delivers an unforgettable experience to within 30 minutes of Castle Rock!

Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $20

Friday, March 22

Get ready to hop into action and help us find our Easter Friends! Eggs, Bunnies & Chicks have hidden themselves throughout our center. Do you have what it takes to help track them down? Here’s how it works:

  • Gather Your Tools: stop by Outlets at Castle Rock’s Customer Service to pick up your Scavenger Hunt diagram and pencil!
  • Springtime Search: As you shop, watch out for Eggs, Bunnies and Chicks on the store windows.
  • Mark Your Findings: Whenever you spot one of our Easter friends in a window, write the name of the store under the matching character. 
  • Redeem your Reward: After you’ve successfully located all of our friends on your sheet, make your way back to Customer Service for an Easter prize!

Hop and Shop on Saturday, March 30 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt diagrams can be picked up in the 4th Street Event Courtyard!  

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Lucky you! You’ve been invited to the Dunn Speakeasy for the wedding of the year! In this “married to the mob” event, you’ll never know who to trust. With the two families merging together, someone is bound to lose power, which means someone else will lose their life! Get on the trolley and solve this case with your fellow detectives. Dress like the cat’s meow for this mafia wedding! Flapper dresses, zoot suits, feather boas and headbands, pinstriped suits and fedoras are all appropriate. Traditional wedding attire is nifty too! Food shall be served, and a cash bar will be available! Although all ages are welcome, naughty words may occur so use parental discretion.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:00 p.m. Doors Open/Cash Bar/Tours
7:00 p.m. Appetizers
7:30 p.m. Show Commences
Cost: $78.95 + 3.50 Fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Join the Parker Symphony Orchestra as they embark on a musical cruise around the world to celebrate 30 years of bringing music to Parker and beyond! Their second excursion of the season takes us to Russia and Germany with Wagner’s darkly beautiful “Overture to the Flying Dutchman” and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” followed by a fun piece from even further beyond in Australia, “Jabiru Dreaming.” Our excursion ends with Tchaikovsky’s familiar but spectacular “Symphony No. 5!” Your spirits will soar with this musical offering!

Parker Arts Center, 20000Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, March 23

KT Tunstall burst onto the music scene with her 2004 multi-platinum debut, Eye to the Telescope, which spawned the global hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See.” These  songs established Tunstall as a captivating, must-see performer, as well as a Songwriter with a singular knack for balancing introspective folk and propulsive rock. “I feel there are two immediate, recognizable pillars of my style,” she says. “I have this troubadour, acoustic guitar-driven emotional side. Then there’s definitely a rocker side of me with sharper teeth.”

Parker Arts Center, 20000Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $49
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday-Sunday March 23-24

Final performances! It’s not easy being the Pigeon—you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award-winning Pigeon picture books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

“The musical is delightfully, rip-roaringly, giggle-inducingly kid-friendly.” —DC Metro Theater

FAC, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Sat., 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$26
Info: 719-634-5583

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is staging an Organ Symphony featuring the following program and artists:

  • Vaughan Williams Fantasia On A Them By Thomas Tallis
  • Anna Clyne Dance For Cello And Orchestra
  • Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 “Organ”
  • Chloé Van Soeterstède Conductor
  • Zlatomir Fung Cello

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$91
Phone: 719-575-9632

Sunday, March 24

“…one of the most talked-about young companies, not just in L.A. but nationwide…” —Los Angeles Times

In pursuit of the most challenging, original, and diverse choreography in the field, Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC has made waves from coast-to-coast with its far-reaching appeal. Artistic Director Tina Finkelman Berkett leads a masterful troupe, all nimble interpreters of each choreographers’ distinct vision, with fun choreography set to classic music by the likes of Peggy Lee and James Brown. They’re energetic and talented – their athleticism is amazing and their enthusiasm is contagious. 

The evening’s performance will include pieces from choreographers Matthew Neenan, Micaela Taylor, Trey McIntyre, and Alejandro Cerrudo.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, March 27

Normally in science, if you hear a KABOOM, it means trouble… but not for Doktor Kaboom! Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Using masterful improvisational skills, he takes his audience on a sidesplitting tour of the modern scientific method while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

Topics covered include: safety; pressure and force; simple machines; velocity; application of science to everyday life; the scientific method (hypothesis and experimentation); multiple experimentation; constant discovery of new information and data; definitions: chemical reactions, exothermic, external and chemical formula; mass; air pressure and demonstration vs. experimentation.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday, March 28 

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867, Maria Sklodowska would become one of the greatest scientists of her era. After emigrating to France, Marie (as she was known there) would work with and eventually marry another scientist, Pierre Curie, with whom she would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on radioactivity. Over a decade later, she would be awarded a second Nobel Prize for discovering the elements radium and polonium (named for her country of birth). Join Active Minds as they examine the remarkable life of Marie Curie. 

Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock
1:00-2:00 p.m.
RSVP: 303-688-9498

“Marks has remained true to herself throughout her career by combining her passion for country, soul, and Americana.”  —The Wall Street Journal
“[Kristina Train] has a dusky, soulful tone that can imbue even the simplest phrases with wrenching emotion.” —Blue Note

With their chart-topping hits and record-breaking sales, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton wove poignant threads of contemporary womanhood throughout the tapestry of country music. The resulting unprecedented commercial success of each artist is a testament to their individual talents and this program, Trailblazing Women of Country will both entertain and inspire audiences. During this pivotal moment in our nation’s history, soloists Miko Marks, CMT’s 2022 “Next Woman of Country,” and Nashville based singer, Kristina Train, will perform celebrated favorites, supported by a five-member all-female band.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

When Curb Records recording artist, Lee Brice, isn’t selling out arenas, writing and recording songs, or building new brands like American Born whiskey, you’ll find the family man with his wife Sara, two young boys, and daughter. Meanwhile, with over 3 billion on-demand streams, and over 3.6 billion spins on Pandora, Brice continues to enjoy massive success through country radio (where he recently hit number one with “Memory I Don’t Mess With”), digital streaming services, and on the road. 

His latest hit follows three prior number ones: ASCAP’s 2021 Country Song of the Year “One of Them Girls,” “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce, and “Rumor,” which was nominated for Single of The Year at the 55th Annual ACM Awards. 

One of the most-played country artists of all time on Pandora, he was the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque. Lee is also a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA and ACM award winner, and he’s taken nine radio singles to Number One.

Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he’s performed on numerous TV shows, including NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor, NBC’s The Voice and FOX’s Miss USA Pageant. 

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $49
Phone: 719-575-9632

From the moment the lights fade to darkness, you’re transported into another world…another dimension, where the music moves you and the visuals are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Welcome to the world of iLuminate. Named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent, the brilliant cast of the country’s top dancers and choreographers, along with energetic music, creates a mind-blowing, multi-sensory live show experience.

Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate boasts customized LED suits with wireless lighting programs that create extraordinary lighting effects that move along with each of the phenomenally choreographed dance moves.

As the show progresses, each scene creates a new “room” inside “Club iLuminate” where an exhilarating blend of music, dance, illusion, technology and comedy comes to life for an experience that’s sure to be the most fun you’ll ever have in the dark.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $44
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30

Emmy-nominated, Jon Lovitz is one of the best-known names in comedy for his work over the past 30 years. Jon Lovitz is most recognized from his time on Saturday Night Live. He has appeared in many films like The Wedding SingerThe Benchwarmers, and Rat Race. Jon’s done voice acting for TV shows such as The Simpsons and The Critic. He has appeared on Last Comic StandingFriendsSeinfeld, and competed on The New Celebrity Apprentice. Jon’s humor is unique, which is attributable to his quirky personality, and he is sure to entertain.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, March 29

This evening features the hitmakers from the 1960s and the 1970s including Carole King and James Taylor. Tapestry was a seminal album for Carole King, offering up nothing but hits, and she was originally James Taylor’s composer until he coaxed her onto the stage. The rest is history. Many of their collaborations along with the music of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and others will be heard in this wonderful evening of famous hits.

Vocalist Marion Powers will be featured along with the Colorado Jazz Reperatory Orchestra Ensemble.

Parker Arts Center Schoolhouse, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $27
Phone: 303-805-6800

Living legend and powerhouse blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan takes the stage in true Texas fashion! The four-time Grammy-winner has helped breathe new life into the music that has been his lifeline all these decades, becoming a hero to those who cherish America’s real gift to musical history.

When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. For Jimmie Vaughan, he’s dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. It’s a spirit he holds close to him, and for over 50 years of holding the blues close inside him, Vaughan isn’t about to stop now. See him perform LIVE in concert

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $54
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, March 30

National Juggling Champion and kinetic comedian Peter Davison performs amazing juggling, balancing, unicycle riding, clowning and more, and explains the science of motion behind the artistry.

This show is packed with audience participation, education, and entertainment!

Parker Arts Center Schoolhouse, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker
10:00 a.m. 
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-805-6800

Irish Whiskey Tasting of epic proportions, with live skilled bagpiping, kilts and a toast to the magic of the Emerald Isle on Cherokee Ranch and Castle’s beautiful grounds. We will learn about the birthplace of whiskey, what makes Irish whiskey special, how Irish whiskey is made, and we will enjoy a great night of delving deeply into Ireland’s amazing whiskies (whiskey is Gaelic for the Water of Life!). 

Bring a romantic date, friend, colleague, or a family member and let’s celebrate Saint Patrick’s together in style, with the Irish whiskey that started it all! The five tastings will be accompanied by heavy appetizers. A cash bar is available with wine, prosecco, beer, and whiskey specials.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:00 p.m. Doors/Cash Bar/Tours
7:00 p.m. Appetizers
7:30 p.m. Presentation
Cost: $81.75 + 3.50 Fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

If you missed them in Parker, catch them in the Springs! iLuminate has been a household name since they were called “The BEST NEW ACT in America!” during their run on America’s Got Talent in 2011. Maybe you saw them on TV or heard about them through one of our international appearances or saw their Live show in the heart of New York City. 

iLuminate is a company based on the fusion of technology and dance. This distinct intermix will reawaken your senses and imagination! They are a diverse team of experts and together they create a visual experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Audiences will see dancers in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits performing dynamic routines and illusions on a darkened stage. It’s a show that’s completely unique to their brand and incomparable to any other dance performance.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $29
Phone: 719-575-9632

Headliner Alex Hooper is a stand-up comedian, actor, and all-around magical sprite. He delights crowds by blending dark humor with silly positivity. On stage he bursts with energy with comedy that is both is clever and fearless. Alex shines just like his sparkly wardrobe and has headlined clubs all over the world. Whether it’s an audience of 11 or 11,000, Alex leaves comedy-goers begging for more. He is best known as the America’s Got Talent comedian who infamously roasted the judging panel in 2018.  He’s the only contestant ever to get a “yes” from Simon Cowell and a “no” from the rest of the judges. His audition went viral and in 2020 he was invited back again, this time making it all the way to the live shows. He’s been seen in sitcoms, commercials, and walking on tightropes in the park.

Korey David is A stand-up comedian and actor based in Denver. This psychedelic loving ex-Mormon works out his angst on stage from growing up as the black sheep in an ultraconservative household.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $27
Phone: 303-805-6800

Sunday, March 31

He is risen! Join the early birds among Castle Rock’s faithful at Daniel’s Park (New Hope Church) or Butterfield Park (Meadows Church) or later at both churches, plus the Douglas County Fairgrounds and Event Center (Front Range Church). 

Since Daniel’s Park does not take reservations before the month of May, so it’s first come first served. Meet at the Wildcat Picnic Area (map). There may be more than one church meeting there, and New Hope will go further down the road toward the green circle.

Easter is also a bit early this year, which means weather could be a factor. If it snows or rains, it will be too muddy at Daniel’s Park to meet. Sign up for text message alerts to know if the New Hope sunrise service may be cancelled due to weather. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the New Hope Church during Sunday School. 

And Front Range Church is holding an Easter Service at the Douglas County Events Center at 10:00 a.m. So if you miss one, you can catch the other at 500 Fairgrounds Rd., in Castle Rock!

Daniels Park, 8682 N Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia AND
New Hope Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock
Butterfield Park 3952 Butterfield Crossing, Castle Rock
6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $59
Phone: 303-805-6800

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