Mesa State College students make new theater a reality


A new performing arts theater opens with its first play Jan. 1, giving people more entertainment options New Year’s Day.

Mesa State College theater students Janet Kelleher, 21, and Vanessa Stephan, 26, decided to open Floating Door Productions because they think there needs to be more theater options in the Grand Valley, Kelleher said.

They also view theater as a way to bring communities together, she said.

The first production Floating Door is staging is “On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning).” It is sponsored by the Mesa State Outdoor Program.

Kelleher and Stephan have 14 actors and technicians donating their time for this production.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 1–3, in the Experimental Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Mesa State.

At the center of “On the Verge” are three Victorian ladies who are on an expedition through unknown territories, armed only with their petticoats and wit.

Tickets to the first show are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or booked at


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