Hi-Hat Hattie

November 24 – December 23

By Larry Parr

Starring Anna High as Hattie McDaniel

A solo musical tour-de-force, “Hi-Hat Hattie” takes place backstage of an old theater where Hattie McDaniel recalls the incredible events of her storied show business life. Raised in Denver and a graduate of Denver East High School, the show details her journey from childhood, through her pain as a stunned widow, to becoming the graceful artist that never buckled under the restraints of appearance, gender or race. “Hi-Hat Hattie” is the funny and thought-provoking musical biography of a talented female artist, who would become the first black woman to win an Oscar for her iconic role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”

Features jazz and blues classics like “St. Louis Blues,” “Danny Boy,” “Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man,” “Amazing Grace” and more.

Musical Direction by Jodel Charles

A pre-show discussion with author and Hattie McDaniel guru, Charlene Porter, exploring the details that made Ms. McDaniel’s life one that we should know and appreciate as a pioneer and a precursor to the civil rights movement. Learn about the McDaniel family history, significant Denver locations in her life and the battles that she fought within and apart from the Hollywood scene.

Aurora Fox Studio Theatre

Free with any ticket purchase. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Sunday, Dec. 3 – 1 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9 – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22 – 6:30 p.m.

The Aurora Fox’s “Go Beyond the Show” is a series of pre- and/or post-show opportunities that allow you to dive into each production a little deeper. Explore the show themes and learn more about the subjects from a variety of production team members, community professionals and subject-matter experts. Together we will discuss the world built by each show and the context to understand it more fully.



“…Fluid and Entertaining”

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

“The show shines bright…”

Ramsey Scott, Aurora Sentinel

“Her glorious vocals dazzle…”

David Marlowe, Marlowe’s Musings


Orchestra Center: $37

Orchestra Left/Right: $33

Balcony: $33

Military/Seniors: $60+: $26

Students: $26 ($18 on Thursdays)

Theatre Industry: $26 ($18 Thursdays)

Hi-Hat Hattie plays on The Aurora Fox Mainstage:

Fridays: Nov 24 (opening), Dec 1, 8, 15, 22  7:30 pm

Saturdays: Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23  7:30 pm

Sundays: Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17  2:00 pm

Thursdays: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14  7:30 pm

Special Industry Performance: Monday, Nov. 18 7:30 pm

Box Office: 303-739-1970

Box Office Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and one hour before each production