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Season and individual tickets are now on sale for the 27th season of Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts performances. The season begins with Dearly Departed, opening at the Jones Theater in Westcliffe for two weekends, May 10– 12 and May 17 – 19. This dark comedy, written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, deals with a rural Southern family’s attempts to come together and plan the funeral of patriarch Bud Turpin.

The season continues with Shakespeare in the Sangres, the outdoor theater festival held in the amphitheater in the Feed Store Park behind the Jones Theater. The two productions for this festival are Hamlet by William Shakespeare and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The two plays will run in repertory through the weekend of July 5 – 7, with Hamlet opening on June 14, and Earnest opening June 21.

Two productions follow in August: the children’s play, A Connecticut Yankee – The Musical, adapted by Tim Kelly from Mark Twain’s classic story, will run August 8 -11. Then on August 30 and 31, area musicians and raconteurs Harry Harpoon and Michael Woodman Barnes will take their audience back in time to frontier days with Mountain Men: Songs and Stories.

The season will wrap up Sept. 20 and 21 with the WCPA’s annual Ten Minute Play Competition, which is dedicated to showcasing new and original works.

Individual tickets for all shows except the children’s show will be $20 for adults, $15 for students (18 and under) and active military, and children under 12 will be $5. The children’s show will be $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the entire season are $115. For more information, call the WCPA office at 783-3004 or visit