November 2016 Around Town

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Ponderosa High School will perform the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” for five consecutive days beginning Nov. 15. Originally produced in 1960 as a “black comedy,” this outlandish story of a carnivorous plant was made into a rock musical in 1982 and a hit movie in 1986. The Ponderosa Mustangs’ version will hold true to the Broadway version, so expect creative choreography, music, singing, and of course a crazy moving botanical wonder as the star. From ensemble to costume designer, from lead to crew support, over 100 enthusiastic students are involved in all facets of the production, which will feature two separate casts.

“This is one of the largest productions they’ve ever tackled,” said Abigael Plotke, student president for Ponderosa’s theater council. Design and rehearsals started in early September in preparation the November performances. “I love the sense of community theatre offers,” said Plotke. “Working together for hours after school creates a bond unlike any other activity I’ve participated in. We’re are a family and I love that.”

That kind of passion is shared and nourished throughout the theatre company. “Students collaborate with Mrs. Dunkley to create beautiful but budget-conscious set designs, and they get to have creative control over the costumes, creating beautiful clothing for the time period,” says Plotke. Another standout for the production: the variety of ages cast. “Over the years, a majority of the leads have been played by upper classmen. But in ‘Little Shop’ the leads are played by juniors, seniors and sophomores.” “Little Shop of Horrors” runs Nov. 15-19 at Ponderosa High School, with approximately 90 students participating in performances over five days. For specific times, visit

Parker’s Newly Named “Discovery Park” will be Year-Round Destination

Construction is well underway on the newest addition to the Town of Parker’s fantastic collection of parks, located at Mainstreet and Pine Drive. Newly named “Discovery Park,” located next to the new Parker branch of Douglas County Libraries, is scheduled to open this winter. Discovery Park will be a year-round destination and community gathering place that features interactive fountains in the summer, a vibrant ice trail in the winter and performances and events throughout the year.

“After years of planning, the Town Council is excited to see this unique park come to life,” said Parker Mayor Mike Waid. “We chose the name Discovery Park to showcase all there is to do and learn in this fantastic community gathering place. From concerts and events to the ice trail and interactive fountains, we believe that this space will offer individuals of all ages a place to come explore and learn, or simply relax and have fun.”

11th annual Mountain Pine Woman’s Club Yuletide Bazaar

The Holidays… The aroma of cinnamon, the sparkle of decorations, the, excitement of shopping…it’s all here at the Parker Field House on Saturday, November 12, from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar has been a Parker tradition for the last 11 years. Once again there will be a wide array of holiday shopping with 100+ artisans and vendors. Each aisle will be filled with exciting products, many handmade, sure to please everyone on your gift list. Mountain Pine Woman’s Club is proud to host this annual holiday event. Mountain Pine is a local Parker, volunteer, nonprofit women’s club that has been involved in our community for over 25 years. We are part of a larger organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs that has roots back to 1868. Both groups strive to make communities stronger through volunteerism and promote fellowship among women. There is a wonderful array of gift items, craft and homemade goodies and delectable food items. Of special note is our own Mountain Pine Craft Booth with an incredible display of cuddly stuffed animals for children, darling clothes for the all-time favorite 18”doll, beautiful hand knitted items pet gifts, and home décor.