Kelly Nelson, CCO Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com
Heather Brecl, CCO Associate Director of Marketing
202-292-6500, ext. 105; hbrecl@centralcityopera.org
March 26, 2012


WHO: As part of the Paranormal Project celebrating Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of The Screw included in the 2012 Festival, Central City Opera (CCO) will host a paranormal investigation of the Teller House in Central City with The OtherSide investigators.

WHAT: Participants will spend an eerie evening at Central City Opera’s historic Teller House with The OtherSide Investigators on a hunt for paranormal activity.

Upon arrival, event guests will be greeted by the ghost of Billy Hamilton, the hotel’s famous Scottish caretaker, and then invited to explore the Teller House with the paranormal investigation team to see who still haunts the halls. Before the hunt, OtherSide will hold a Ghost Hunting 101 session to introduce attendees to the equipment used to detect paranormal activity, such as night vision goggles, electromagnetic field detectors and motion detectors.

Night with the Spirits tickets are just $30 and members of The Scene, CCO’s Young Professionals group, receive $5 off the price of admission. Participants must be 21+, and space is limited to fifty participants. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700 or by visiting www.centralcityopera.org/spirits.

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2012

7:00 - 11:00 pm

6:30 pm: Teller House Gift Shop opens

7:00-7:45 pm: greeting from Billy Hamilton, former Teller House caretaker; Ghost Hunting 101/ history of the Teller House; sharing of evidence from initial investigation

7:45-8:45: Paranormal investigation in small groups

8:45-9:15: Intermission with snacks and beverages, including one glass of wine or beer

9:15-11:00: Paranormal investigation in small groups

WHERE: The Teller House

120 Eureka St., Central City, CO 80427

When it opened its doors in 1872, the Teller House was the most opulent hotel between Chicago and San Francisco. Rooms were $2 a night at a time when the going rate was 50 cents. The Teller House is one of more than 30 historic properties now owned by Central City Opera. Though no longer used as a hotel, it serves as a center for opera-related activities such as receptions, recitals, a boutique, and the famous Face Bar with the "Face on the Barroom Floor" and classical murals on the surrounding walls. Located next door to the Opera House, the Teller House is also a living museum of Victorian artifacts and furniture once belonging to Baby Doe Tabor and Governor John Evans.

WHY: This event is part of CCO’s Paranormal Project. In celebration of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Menotti’s The Medium, Central City Opera has partnered with organizations throughout Denver and beyond with the Paranormal Project to present paranormal happenings through the 2012 Summer Festival.

Central City Opera’s 2012 Festival

Running June 30 to Aug. 12, Central City Opera’s 2012 Festival will feature three new dynamic productions: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s original collaboration and Broadway classic, Oklahoma!;Puccini’s famous opera about struggling artists in Paris, La Bohème; and Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera based on the Henry James ghost story, The Turn of The Screw. In addition to its slate of operas for 2012, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives and exciting Festival events from jazz brunches to paranormal happenings and a history weekend to enhance the Central City experience. Subscriptions for the 2012 Festival are on sale now starting at just $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, go on sale April 1. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 80th year, Central City Opera is the nation's fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado's official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.