A fun night in the Old West

Miners Alley Children’s Theater to benefit from annual fundraiser


For Richard and Suzanne Zernow of Lakewood, the fun begins weeks before the actual event, when you’re planning out your outfit for the theme of the evening.

“And when you arrive that evening,” Richard Zernow said, “you get to interact with wonderful people who are all there for a common purpose — to have fun, enjoy wonderful food, see and hear outstanding talent perform … and, above all, see everyone else show love and support for Miners Alley Playhouse.”

Miners Alley Playhouse’s annual fundraiser takes place 6-11 p.m., Oct. 25, at the Buffalo Rose. This year’s event is themed A Night at the Old West Saloon, and costumes are encouraged.

“Western is fun,” said Len Matheo the executive/artistic director at Miners Alley Playhouse, “especially in a town like Golden.”

This year, the playhouse will be using a good portion of the funds raised from its annual fundraiser to build up its children’s programming, Matheo said.

“The current programming for kids is super popular,” said Aimee Valdez who is a season ticketholder and serves on the playhouse’s board of directors, “but it’s limited to the resources available.”

With more resources, more children can get involved, Valdez said. And when children are involved in theater, they benefit in a number of ways, she added. These include the opportunity to explore creativity in a safe place, broadening their sense of humanity, education and learning new skills and building self-confidence.

The confidence they gain through theater generally turns into leadership skills, Matheo added. “And those skills go with them through life.”

Theater in general builds community, the Zernows said, and it’s important to support local theater. The couple are Miners Alley Playhouse season ticketholders and have attended the playhouse’s annual fundraiser for the past four years.

Often, you’ll meet someone new at the fundraiser, and then run into each other at a play, the Zernows said. Or, in the lobby of Miner’s Alley Playhouse, it’s not uncommon for complete strangers to start up conversations with each other to share thoughts about the evening’s performance, the Zernows added.

“Miners Alley Playhouse takes their role in the community, and their responsibility to the community, seriously,” Richard Zernow said, “and makes every effort to pay it forward to the community by providing the best plays with the best cast at the best price.”

Suzanne Zernow agreed.

“I think if more people attended live theater, their lives would be so much more enriched,” Suzanne Zernow said. And “the more people who attend local plays, the more people who will understand and appreciate the importance of the arts and humanities in the world.”


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