By Chris D’Arienzo

Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp

“Man, back in the day, if you had a dream, a fifth of jack, and a decent amount of hair there was nowhere else to be!”

  • Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical

Durango Arts Center presents ‘Rock of Ages’
by Judith Reynolds / Durango Herald

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It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s and at one of the Sunset Strip in Hollywood’s last legendary venues, the Bourbon Room, sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage as scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.  Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star, Drew, longs to take the stage as the next big thing, and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas. But the rock and roll fairytale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall.  Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it’s too late?  Only the music of hit bands, Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.


Stacee Jaxx: Dave Mensch (Guest Artist)
Lonny: Benjamin Mattson
Drew: Paul Arthur Stewart III
Sherrie: Melissa Kirschstein
Dennis Dupree: Geoffrey Johnson
Justice: Mandy Gardner
Regyna: Sarah Choszczyk
Hertz Klineman: Bob Thom
Franz Klineman: Doug Gonzalez
Mayor/Ensemble: Riki Tsethlikai
Joey Primo/Ensemble: Derek Zuniga
Constance/Ensemble: Lauren Berkman
Ensemble: Therese Geter
Ensemble: Aisylin Lowe
Ensemble: Linz Pinball
Waitress #1/Ensemble: 


Piano: Paula Millar
Guitar: Fred Kosak
Bass: Tracy Korb/Evan Suiter
Drums: Ted Moore/Mark Rosenberg


Director: Theresa A. Carson
Music Director: Paula Millar
Choreographer: Suzy DiSanto
Stage Managers: Andy Grimm, Whitney Gonzales
Set/Light Designer: Eric Bulrice
Asst. Light Designer: Nico Schiavone
Sound Designer: Hails Bassing
Costume Designer: Kate Sweetser, Diane Welle
Props: Bryce Ward

August 17-19, 24-26 and September 7-9 at 7:30pm
August 20, 27 and September 10 at 2pm


$22 DAC Members

$25 General


$200 -available for Saturdays, August 19August 26 & September 9

This live theatre event features a limited number of VIP packages for you and your entourage to include:

  • Reserved seating for four people
  • Complimentary bottle of wine or pitcher of beer and popcorn!


The Box Office is available 24 hours a day online, and open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Contact Doug Gonzalez, or (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 for more information.


Guest Artist, Dave Mensch

Dave Mensch is a touring singer/songwriter who performs nearly 200 shows annually across Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. As a teen in Aspen, CO, Dave performed in musicals including Grease, Godspell and Aladdin, among others.  After attending Fort Lewis College, and while working at Katzin Music and Eagle Sound Recording Studio, Mensch began to pursue his career in music. In 2015, he returned to the stage as Roger in DAC’s production of Rent (see images below) for which he won Best Actor in a Musical in the BroadwayWorld Awards-Denver.  Mensch has released three albums on iTunes and he is about to complete his fourth, featuring musicians Scott Wilson and Mike Smith of Tantric and former Florida Georgia Line guitar player Brian Bonds. Mensch is excited to return to the DAC Theatre stage to play the role of Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages.

The Durango Arts Center is excited to present its 2017 Theatre Season featuring a variety of genres and stories including a contemporary drama, dynamic rock musical, inspired new works and an all-time beloved family show for all to enjoy.  

Elevate your theatre experience as a Season Subscriber and benefit from:

  • Personalized, advance notice to reserve your show dates
  • Priority seating at all DAC performances
  • A beverage and popcorn punch pass.

3 Ways to Subscribe:

  1. Purchase your season package online
  2. Call the Box Office: (970) 259-2606, Ext 13
  3. Drop in and see us at 802 E 2nd Avenue, downtown Durango