Dark comedy at Springs Ensemble theatre, more events this week


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The Moors

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., through May 26, Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $10-$15, springsensembletheatre.org

Emory John Collinson, vice president of Springs Ensemble Theatre and director of The Moors, describes SET’s upcoming production as “Brontë sister fanfiction.” While that should be enough to convince you to get your ass over to SET sometime before the show closes on May 26, you might want to go in knowing a bit more about what this particular fanfiction looks like. For the record, it isn’t actually about the Brontë sisters, the famous trio of Romantic-era authors responsible for such titles as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. But it plays off plenty of tropes and conventions found in their lives and work.

“It starts out sort of light and funny and quirky,” Collinson says, “almost like a parlor piece of sorts, you know. And then it just sort of spirals out of control.”

The story follows two sisters in the year 18-something in England, living on the desolate, dreary and dank English moors. They have grand plans for themselves, ambitions of fame and fortune, and they rope their new governess into schemes that swiftly begin to unravel. Add onto this their not-so-faithful dog who weaves his own machinations with the help of a “hapless” moor hen, and you’re in for a weird, wonderful dark comedy. “From the maid to the matriarch — or even from the mastiff to the matriarch — you know, all the way up, they all want their own thing,” Collinson says.

While Collinson emphasizes that, no, it’s not “zany” or “crazy” or anything along those lines, he does warn that there may be a rock ballad somewhere in the middle of the show, and that the dog and the moor hen are both played by humans. (OK, you gotta admit, those elements do set a tone.) Of course The Moors isn’t all fun and games. Murder, class divides and sibling rivalry play into the story, but even these manage to be their own brand of hilarious. “I mean, even the dark stuff is funny,” Collinson says. “At SET especially, we do a lot of pieces that, like, teach you something about the world or make you think about the way you look at something. And this one is — this is fun. It’s just fun in a, you know, put-you-in-the-dark-and-let-you-forget-about-your-own-life-for-a-while [way].”

It should prove a refreshing continuation of SET’s 10th season, with founding member Jodi Papparoth starring as Huldey, local powerhouse Barbara Summerville playing Agatha, and performances by Holly Haverkorn, Ellie Hinkle, Madalyn Roberts and Nathaniel Bourne.

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Americana Spring Fling

May 10, noon to 11:45 p.m., May 11, 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, #1, Fountain, americanaspringfling.com

Get ready to hop back in time and enjoy a weekend of ‘50s-themed fun at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The annual Americana Spring Fling celebrates all the good parts of the ‘50s — namely the cars, music and aesthetic — with a jam-packed schedule of activities. Cruise the cruisers at a pre-’89 car show; zip around in go-karts; dance to music by Flash Cadillac, The Movers and Shakers and Beverly Belles; and even pull up for a drive-in movie, where they’ll be showing Grease on the big screen.

Mother’s Day Jewelry Trunk Show

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 11, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com

Commonwheel Artists Co-op is home to many a Front Range artist, including some of the biggest names in the region. Among the many mediums and styles on display at the gallery, you’ll find handmade jewelry year-round — though not quite like you’ll find it today. At this trunk show, not only are you sure to see a wide array of jewelry styles, but you’ll also get to chat with the artists themselves about their processes and materials. Attach a story to your Mother’s Day gift this year.

2019 Great Bicycle Carnival

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 11, El Pomar Youth Bike Park, 901 E. Fountain Blvd., free, facebook.com/KidsOnBikesCS

It’s one of our favorite times of year, bike season, and that’s something all ages can celebrate. Kids on Bikes, a local nonprofit that aims to get kids active and enjoying the great outdoors, hosts this annual carnival to bring together all corners of the biking community and celebrate our favorite two-wheeled transportation. Enjoy group rides, 

TEDx Colorado Springs

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 12, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $73, tedxcoloradosprings.org

While “ideas worth sharing” might be a wide net, the tagline of TEDx Colorado Springs manages to collect all manner of speakers, from entrepreneurs to scientists to activists. If you’re a fan of the popular TED Talks series, or even if you’re just interested in the ideas being generated in Colorado, you’ll want to attend these presentations.

Spring SEXtival

12:15-3 p.m., May 14, CC’s Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, facebook.com/ColoradoCollegeWellnessResourceCenter

Let’s talk about sex. Often, loudly and clearly, let’s talk about sex! Let’s talk about how to stay healthy, how to have fun, how to take care of yourself and your partner or partners. Let’s share resources and ideas, get tested, reduce the stigma around discussing something society tells us to keep tucked away. Colorado College Wellness Resource Center’s Spring SEXtival aims to do all of the above. In partnership with Planned Parenthood, this festival will have live music, resources, free HIV testing, classic carnival games (but sexier) and way more.

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