DENVER POST OPERAS (and MUSICALS)
Newspaper photo from the 1959 production of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring George Smiley, Elmer Wharton, Betty Jane Watson as Annie and Danny Scholl as Frank Butler.
"Camelot" was announced as the 36th annual show for the Cheesman Park Denver Post Opera Musical slated for July 14th - 20th, 1969. Robert Downing directed the production. Henry Lowenstein produced and designed the big sets for the production. Al Birch who produced all the previous summer musicals, h...
Broadway stars, Wynne Miller as Guinevere and Charles Vick as Lancelot in a newspaper photo of the Denver Post Opera Musical production of Camelot in 1969. Photo by Ira Gay Sealy
37th annual Denver Post Opera Musical production was "Hello, Dolly" starring Sheila Smith as the matchmaking Dolly Levi. Newspaper photo July 21, 1970. The show was presented for 6 nights in July. It was the first time that a hit show was released for a local production while it was still running on...
Press photo on the front cover of the Sunday Denver Post's special Roundup section July 11th, 1971. The Denver Post Opera in the Park presents the musical "Guys and Dolls."
The Denver Post Operas (and Musicals) were large scale productions performed in the beautiful marble pavilion of Cheesman Park near downtown Denver in the summertime starting in 1934 (there was a brief period during World War II when there wasn't a show). Known for their extravagant and spectacular production values, the shows were well attended (reportedly up to 20,000 patrons) and a popular social event where people could gather with friends, share a picnic dinner and enjoy a live production with a full orchestra. Helen Bonfils, the owner of the Denver Post, actress, producer and philanthropist, fully funded the shows from the sets and costumes, the union stage hands, to the performers, and the musicians. She offered these shows free of charge to the theatre going audiences. Max Di Julio, director of Loretto Heights College Music Department, was the conductor. Miss Helen Bonfils died in 1972, so in tribute, her favorite musical, "The Sound of Music" was presented and dedicated to her that year.