WHO: Central City Opera’s young professionals group for the culturally curious, The Scene, presents Riverboat Royale, a fun post-show masquerade ball in the heart of downtown Denver.

WHAT: Following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance of Show Boat, attendees can top off their experience with a fun and unique event. Upon arrival, guests can indulge in delicious Creole cuisine from Bayou Bob’s and imbibe in beer from Central City’s Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, wine or the signature cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery. Attendees can enjoy live jazz while bidding on auction items to benefit Central City Opera. Guests may then choose to test Lady Luck at the Riverboat Royale Casino with black jack and roulette, and win prizes from The Wizards’ Chest while enjoying more live entertainment throughout the gallery.

The evening entertainment will feature the jazz trio of Michael Fitzmaurice, Mark Harris, and Eric Moon, along with stiltwalking by Matt Bergen, balloon sculptures by Carrie Turrentine, pop-up opera by Central City Opera Ensemble Artists Antoine Hodge and Jennifer DeDominici, and a dance performance by Wonderbound.

Masks will be provided or attendees can wear their favorite. The Wizard’s Chest will also have a selection of decorative masks available for purchase at the event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700.
Hurricane – Show Boat, Riverboat Royale + open bar, gift bag $125
Crawfish – Show Boat, Riverboat Royale $95
Jambalaya – Riverboat Royale + open bar, gift bag $80
Po’ Boy – Riverboat Royale event only $50

WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2013
2:00 p.m. – Show Boat Matinee Performance at the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
5:30 p.m. – Cocktails, Cuisine and Auction at Dikeou Collection
7:00 p.m. – Casino Games and More Live Entertainment

Show Boat matinee: Denver’s Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
950 13th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Parking in the DPAC garage is $12.

Riverboat Royale:
Dikeou Collection (Walking distance from the Buell Theatre)
1615 California Street
Colorado Building, Suite 515
Denver, CO 80202
Parking in the 1627 California Street garage is $6 after 4 p.m.

The Dikeou Collection was opened in 2003 by New-York based artist and curator Devon Dikeou. This hidden gem houses the collections of cutting-edge contemporary artists like Momoyo Torimitsu, Vik Muniz and other artists, such as Devon Dikeou. Gallery visitors are welcomed by the two most well-known pieces in the collection, a pair of giant pink inflatable bunnies by Torimitsu.

WHY: Riverboat Royale is a fund raiser hosted by Central City Opera’s The Scene, a young professionals group for the culturally curious. The Scene was launched in the spring and supports Central City Opera’s innovative initiatives.www.centralcityopera.org/thescene

Riverboat Royale is made possible by generous donations from the following sponsors: Event Sponsors Arlene and Don Johnson, Industrial Income Trust, Perkins Coie, P.C.; Friends of The Scene Anne and Dave DeMarco, Logan Hovells, P.C., JansenLegal P.C. and Lewis Bess Williams & Weese; In-kind Sponsors Bayou Bob’s, Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, photographers Mark and Kristen Sink, photographer Mark Kiryluk, costume designer Janetta Turner.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival 
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opened the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering running at the Opera House through July 28.

Central City Opera Comes to Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

Single tickets start at $20 for Central City performances and Show Boat tickets start at $22. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.


Celebrating its 81st 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 service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.



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