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Otero Players

a Otero Player looks hesitantly on stage

The Otero Players is an independent project of the Otero Junior College Department of Arts. We are a consortium of faculty members, students, college staff, and community volunteers who produce live theatrical events, stage plays, and mediated performances for a variety of venues. Our primary mission is to educate our students and our audiences through the performing arts, and to enhance our community's understanding of social issues and the human condition. We are dedicated to teaching and learning, to research and discovery, and to outreach and public service.

Join Us in Celebrating the Performing Arts

Use this page as your starting point to find information about our many activities, including links to information for students about theatre scholarships, internship opportunities, and more. In addition to main stage productions, we create and present dramas based on local and regional history, record radio plays for broadcast and podcast, and provide community outreach through Carpa Otero, which offers performing arts in the Hispanic tradition.

The Otero Players

Spring 2021 Season

Season Temporarily Postponed Due to Covid Restrictions

Cast of Bus Stop play a song

Ticket Prices

Walk-Up Tickets

  • $7.00 for adults
  • $4.00 for children, students and seniors



  • $6.00 for adults
  • $3.00 for children, students and seniors

Senior Special

  • $2 per person for groups of 3 or more

Rattler Special

  • $2 per OJC student for groups of 3 or more

Advanced Ticket Sales

  • August 1 to October 1
  • December 1 to February 1
  • $5.00 for adults
  • $2.00 for students and seniors

Group Sales

Negotiated for groups of 10+
(20% 10-25; 30% 26-40; 40% 40+)

Subscription Rates

Season Membership $12 per person
Admission to all events August through May (Includes main stage productions at Ed Stafford Theatre, as well as short-run and touring productions)

Family Membership $25 per household
Admission to all events August through May (Includes main stage productions at Ed Stafford Theatre, as well as short-run and touring productions)

Organization Membership

Member benefits negotiated for both Business Patrons (for-profit) and Community Patrons (non-profit).

Steve Simpson Scholarship

Theater Scholarships

Steve Simpson Theatre Scholaraship

This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend OJC full-time for the 2018-2019 academic year and will be majoring in an area of the arts. This scholarship will pay up to 12-hours of tuition and $150.00 towards college related expenses per semester. The tuition portion of this scholarship will not be awarded if a recipient has already received a tuition scholarship from OJC.

Steve Simpson Scholarship Information TBA

Arts Scholarships

Community College students can register for courses that lead to the Associate of Arts degree with a Theatre concentration, or complete general coursework in preparation for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from an accredited four-year program.

Otero Junior College offers full-tuition (plus stipend) scholarships for incoming first-year students who have an interest in theatre (either as an elective or as a full-time major). Applicants must be residents of Colorado with a 3.0 GPA or 3000+ G.E.D. score.

Due date for applications is April 2, 2018.

For more information, contact our Financial Aid Director, 1802 Colorado Ave., La Junta, Colorado 81050; or visit the OJC Financial Aid office, located in the OJC Student Services Center on south San Juan Avenue in La Junta; or call 719-384-6834.

the cast of Secrets Into the Wind

Past Performances 


Medieval Morality Play | April 2019

The play Everyman, is a medieval drama by an unknown author from 1485. “While the author is unknown, this medieval morality play has a long history of related parables: a man is summoned by death and must take account of his life, but realizes the worldly possessions are of little value compared to the good deeds and pure spirit he has been neglecting.” Litle said.

End Game

Samuel Beckett | April 2018

End Game - Samuel Beckett, a play about playing the game and knowing the end

Beckett’s one-act play, aligned with the Theatre of the Absurd, presents four characters that seem both strange and familiar to audiences: while they go about a routine that at times feels like a game and at other times an obligation, the four characters remind audiences of our own routines and habits we adhere to, and at times, try to change.

Bus Stop

William Inge | April 2017

Bus Stop

Bus Stop takes place inside "a street-corner restaurant in a small Kansas town about thirty miles west of Kansas City." Due to icy conditions, an inter-state bus is forced to stop for the night. One by one, the bus passengers are introduced, each with their own quirks and conflicts.

Cast of Bus Stop

Otero Players present Bus Stop

Carpa Otero presents: Secrets Into the Wind

March 2016

An original historical play about the women of Boggsville

the cast of Secrets Into the Wind

Secrets Into the Wind tells the stories of Rumalda Luna Boggs, Josefa Jaramillo Carson, Amache Ochinee Prowers, and Mary Prowers Hough.

Rumalda Luna Boggs’ great-uncle was Mexican businessman Cornelio Vigil.  She was the niece of Josefa Jaramillo Carson, daughter of Francisco Estaban Jaramillo, stepdaughter of Charles Bent, and wife to frontiersman Kit Carson.  Both women were from prominent Taos families.

Amache Ochinee Prowers, a Cheyenne woman whose father (Lone Bear or Ochinee) was killed at the Sand Creek Massacre, was married to John Prowers, for whom Prowers County was named.  Mary Prowers Hough, the sister of John Prowers, was a devout Baptist who married merchant John Hough and was the only Anglo woman to reside in Boggsville at the time.

This preliminary version of the script was written in 2013 by RuAnn Keith, chair of the Arts Department, and Richard Carrillo, recently deceased, an OJC adjunct faculty member who spearheaded the research and management of the historic site of Boggsville.

The performance was dedicated to former OJC Director of Theatre Steve Simpson who died in Greeley, Colorado, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Carpa Otero began in 2007 under his leadership to celebrate performing arts in the Hispanic tradition.

The Otero Players presented their production of Tim Kelly’s The Face on the Barroom Floor

Otero Players in Face on the Barroom FloorMarch 2014

This old-time, family-friendly “mellerdrammer,” according to the playwright, features “madness, treachery, and all new scenery.” He also warns that “this divertissement is devoid of social value in most state of the union.” Perhaps so, but not in Colorado, where the play is set.

One Offs: An Evening of One-Act Plays

October 25 and October 26, 2013

Abby Clark as Kathy and Evan Gwyn as her husband Doug have a plan to deal with their messy neighbor in a scene from Tremont, one of the plays in One-Offs: An Evening of One-Acts, presented by the Otero Players.

The Otero Players presented One-Offs: An Evening of One Act Plays on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre. The production featured seven plays ranging in length from ten to 30 minutes in a variety of styles and eras. Fully staged productions alternated with entr’actes in front of the curtain, and some actors did double duty, performing in more than one play.

An Evening of One Acts
Kathy and Doug Deal With Their Messy Neighbor.