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The Colorado Festival of World Theatre is coming to, of all places, Colorado Springs, drawing artists from South Africa to Ireland and Italy for two weeks of dance, music and acting.

click to enlarge Jessica Friesema -  - West side -  - Penrose library employee -  - To what extent do you support the arts community - in - Colorado Springs? I appreciate it; I wouldn't say I - do a - ton to support it. -  - What is your favorite theatrical production? I - Love You, - You're Perfect, Now Change. -  - If you could go to any country to watch a traditional - musical or theatrical performance, where would it be? -  - Maybe somewhere in Central America, because you have - a lot of the European influence and then you have the - Indian influence, so it's diverse. -  - How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic - community? Medium-low. Exposure-wise, I'm just - not - exposed to a ton of what's out there, so it seems smaller - to me. But I'm sure if I were in the right circles, I would - probably be more familiar with everything that the - Springs offers.
  • Jessica Friesema

    West side

    Penrose library employee

    To what extent do you support the arts community in Colorado Springs? I appreciate it; I wouldn't say I do a ton to support it.

    What is your favorite theatrical production? I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

    If you could go to any country to watch a traditional musical or theatrical performance, where would it be? Maybe somewhere in Central America, because you have a lot of the European influence and then you have the Indian influence, so it's diverse.

    How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic community? Medium-low. Exposure-wise, I'm just not exposed to a ton of what's out there, so it seems smaller to me. But I'm sure if I were in the right circles, I would probably be more familiar with everything that the Springs offers.

click to enlarge Adrienne Stahl -  - Downtown Elementary art teacher -  - To what extent do you support the arts community - in - Colorado Springs? Whenever, however. -  - Would you rather watch a tragedy or a comedy? - A - comedy. I just enjoy a good laugh more than I enjoy - being stressed out. -  - How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic - community? I'm actually really impressed with it. - I've - never been to New York or any place like that to contrast - it, but I'd say it's up there. I'm constantly amazed with - what's coming to town.
  • Adrienne Stahl

    Downtown

    Elementary art teacher

    To what extent do you support the arts community in Colorado Springs? Whenever, however.

    Would you rather watch a tragedy or a comedy? A comedy. I just enjoy a good laugh more than I enjoy being stressed out.

    How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic community? I'm actually really impressed with it. I've never been to New York or any place like that to contrast it, but I'd say it's up there. I'm constantly amazed with what's coming to town.

click to enlarge Greg Hendricks -  - South end Heating and air conditioning business -  - To what extent do you support the arts community - in - Colorado Springs? I don't know that I support it at - all, to - be honest. I have a family --  raising two kids, we - participate in school activities -- that's about it. -  - Would you rather watch a tragedy or a comedy? - A - comedy, because there's too much tragedy in this world - already. It's hard to find a decent show on TV anymore or - on the radio. The only thing the media tells you about is - the bad things that are going on, it seems like. -  - How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic - community?  -  - I know there's a lot of things here to do ... I think more - needs to be advertised about things out there for the - kids and for adults in the arts. Because if they don't - know that it's out there, they can't go see it or listen to - it.
  • Greg Hendricks

    South end

    Heating and air conditioning business

    To what extent do you support the arts community in Colorado Springs? I don't know that I support it at all, to be honest. I have a family -- raising two kids, we participate in school activities -- that's about it.

    Would you rather watch a tragedy or a comedy? A comedy, because there's too much tragedy in this world already. It's hard to find a decent show on TV anymore or on the radio. The only thing the media tells you about is the bad things that are going on, it seems like.

    How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic community?

    I know there's a lot of things here to do ... I think more needs to be advertised about things out there for the kids and for adults in the arts. Because if they don't know that it's out there, they can't go see it or listen to it.

click to enlarge Brian Koontz -  - Downtown Ex-32 Bleu employee -  - To what extent do you support the arts community - in - Colorado Springs? Local shows other than art - shows. Just - mainly hip-hop events. -  - Would you rather watch a tragedy or a comedy? - Depends - on the mood I'm in. I like them both. Comedy is always - good though, uplifting. -  - How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic - community? Not bad. It could be a lot better. There - could - be more music.
  • Brian Koontz

    Downtown

    Ex-32 Bleu employee

    To what extent do you support the arts community in Colorado Springs? Local shows other than art shows. Just mainly hip-hop events.

    Would you rather watch a tragedy or a comedy? Depends on the mood I'm in. I like them both. Comedy is always good though, uplifting.

    How would you rank Colorado Springs as an artistic community? Not bad. It could be a lot better. There could be more music.

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