New performance art venue to open downtown

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performance artThe owners of downtown Colorado Springs club The Mansion have announced the first scheduled performances at their new venue at 20 N. Tejon St.

Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli, who created the private club for performance art on the second floor of the building, behind The Mansion, said that the first performances will begin next week. The Last Five Years, a musical by Jason Robert Brown, will premiere at The Mezzanine at 6:30 p.m. July 10-13 and 16, according to a news release.

The announcement stated that the venue will play host to a wide array of performance art, including live jazz, classical, theater, burlesque, literary art and more.

“The Mezzanine will be the ‘go-to’ place for the person who wants to go out and be inspired by accessible performances of all kinds and who wants to be comfortable while they are there,” Kathy Guadagnoli said in the release. “We intend to work closely to create programming that is interesting and unique. The fact that it is a membership club means you will always be attending with others who are there for the same reason.”

The Mezzanine will be a membership-only establishment that may be accessed only by way of the alley between E. Pikes Peak Ave. and E. Kiowa St., according to the release. However the release stated that all performances before a grand opening in October will be available to the public upon reservation.

“The Mezzanine is most easily defined as this: a space where performance art comes together with an elegant, edgy atmosphere and customized cocktails,” Linda Weise, founding executive director of The Colorado Springs Conservatory, said in the release. “The Mezzanine will be bringing in top performers from all around the globe with a goal of enhancing downtown Colorado Springs and the Creative District as an artistic hub for artists and audiences alike. I believe that this venue will encourage greater and greater accessibility to all forms of performance art. I also believe that the venue will be the reason for many young creatives to want to stay in Colorado Springs.”