The Mezzanine, a private performance, members-only venue that's been developed as a branch of the
The venue will be located at
Modeled after performance venues in
"This is such a good thing for the community because it involves all genres of theater and all genres of art," Kathy said. "It's about bringing
Weise said the venue will allow alumni who have returned to the Springs to showcase their work and bring new talent to the area by leveraging their connections with artists worldwide.
"It's going to be a reason for young performing artists to stay in Springs," she said. "It will speak to all ages."
In addition to 'The Last Five Years," July's programming will include musical performances ranging from cabaret to house music. The venue will be open to the public until October, when it will become a members-only club. Individual memberships cost
Weise said the club's members-only designation is intended to create an intimate atmosphere characterized by respect for the performers. She expects the club to appeal to Conservatory alumni and donors, as well as a variety of others across the community.
"We've gotten feedback that people really appreciate the exclusivity," she said. "They'll know that the people who are there are there for the same reasons they are."
The club's membership requirements will differentiate it from other performance venues in the Springs area, such as downtown's Pikes Peak Center. Its small size and focus on edgy, sophisticated programming also will set it apart, Weise said; the Pikes Peak Center has about 2,000 seats in its main hall and typically hosts shows that appeal to a broad audience. All shows at The Mezzanine will last 60-90 minutes.
"What makes it unique is the performance art," Weise said. "Because of its size, it's going to be super accessible. It's going to be material that doesn't require you to sell 300 seats to fund it."
"It's a great use of a space in that business that had been underutilized," Edmondson said. "It'll bring a different kind of crowd downtown."
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