• Broadway's 'Hamilton' is heading to Denver

    by NewsCenter Staff | Jun 17, 2016



    By Heidi Bosk
    For the DCPA NewsCenter

    The national tour of the Broadway musical Hamilton will play the Buell Theatre as part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017/18 Broadway subscription series, it was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller and the DCPA.
     
    On Sunday, Hamilton won 11 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, after having set the all-time record with 16 nominations.

    Hamilton. Daveed Diggs. The best way to guarantee tickets to Hamilton is to purchase a 2016-17 Broadway subscription. Broadway subscribers who renew their 2016/17 Broadway subscription packages for the 2017/18 Broadway season will guarantee their tickets for the DCPA's premiere engagement of Hamilton.

    Hamilton will be on the 2017/18 Broadway subscription package. Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time.
     
    DCPA's 2016/17 Broadway subscription package features the pre-Broadway debut of Frozen, The Phantom of the Opera, Roundabout Theatre Company's Cabaret, An Act of God, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, An American in Paris and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Subscriptions for the 2016/17 Broadway season start as low as eight payments of $51.25 and are available at DenverCenter.org.  Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for the Broadway touring productions in Denver.

    (Pictured above right: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette the Broadway musical 'Hamilton.')
     
    With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

    Subscription information for 2016/17 Broadway season

    Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.  
     
    Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowa, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'Hamilton.'
    Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Tony Award-winning Broadway cast of 'Hamilton.'

    Hamilton
    's creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights.
     
    Hamilton features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell (DCPA Theatre Company's The Unsinkable Molly Brown), lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Hamilton is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.
     
    The Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The Hamilton recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.
     
    Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and through the DCPA's News Center.
     
    For more information on Hamilton, visit:
    HamiltonOnBroadway.com
    Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical
    Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical
    Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical

    Hamilton’s 2016 Tony Awards:
    Best Musical: Hamilton
    Best Book of a Musical: Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater:
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Leslie Odom Jr.
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Daveed Diggs
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry
    Best Costume Design of a Musical: Paul Tazewell
    Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Howell Binkley
    Best Direction of a Musical: Thomas Kail    
    Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
    Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire

    Related DCPA NewsCenter coverage:
    Tony Awards offer powerful response to Orlando massacre
    The HamilTony Awards: What Denver’s voter has to say 
    Colorado's ties to the 2016 Tony Award nominations
    Lin-Manuel Miranda on the power of theatre to eliminate distance
    Why Lin-Manuel Miranda's father is obsessed with The Unsinkable Molly Brown




    Hamilton. Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Gold, Cephas Jones.
    Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones.


    The Broadway company of Hamilton.
    The Broadway company of 'Hamilton.'

  • Video: Bobby G Awards' Outstanding Musical nominee performances

    by John Moore | Jun 15, 2016


    The 2016 Bobby G Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school theatre, were held May 26 at the Buell Theatre. Each of the five nominated Outstanding Musicals performed songs or medleys before the crowd of 1,700. Here are excerpts from each of those performances. The featured productions were:  

    • Cherry Creek High School's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Denver School of the Arts' Spring Awakening
    • Mountain View High School's Anything Goes
    • Arvada West High School's Les Misérables
    • Fairview High School's Guys and Dolls
    Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk.


    Bonus video: Mountain View High School 's
    Anything Goes:


    Anything Goes,
    by Mountain View High School of Loveland, was named Outstanding Musical at the 2016 Bobby G Awards. Here is the school's full performance at the Buell Theatre.   


    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Video, story: Kinship and camaraderie at 2016 Bobby G Awards
    Video: 2016 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
    Photos: 2016 Bobby G Awards (Download for free)
    Mountain View scales Bobby G Awards' 2016 peak
    Meet your 2015 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
    Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists
    2015-16 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'

    Bobby G Awards. Arvada West High School's Les Misérables Arvada West High School's 'Les Misérables.' Photo by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter. 
  • The Real Von Trapps and the sound of freedom

    by NewsCenter Staff | Jun 14, 2016




    By Teri Downard

    For the DCPA NewsCenter

    For 1,200 years Nonnberg, the First Abbey of Benedictine Nuns nestled on an Austrian hillside, offered a spiritual shelter from the dark forces of the world. It was here, just prior to World War II, that a high-spirited young novice named Maria sought a life of sacrifice and prayer.

    As is told in one of the most popular musicals in American history, Maria was hurtled from a life of solitude into the tumultuous life on the world stage. Most sitting in the audience know the story of this nun-turned-governess-turned-singer-turned-wife-and-mother.

    Sound of Music Ben Davis Kerstin Anderson Matthew Murphy But what happened to Maria after leaving her beloved Austria?

    The family headed for America with only the clothes on their backs and a few treasured belongings. They had no money and spoke no English as they began a new life in New York doing the only thing they knew: singing for their supper.

    Touring this country from ocean to ocean countless times in a big blue bus, the family learned a new language, new culture and learned to love their adopted country. When they arrived to perform a concert near Stowe, Vermont, they were stunned by the beauty of the place.

    Though plagued by money problems, they were catching on to the American notion of “time payments,” and decided to buy a dilapidated house on a mountain-top overlooking a valley, instead of buying new clothes for the large family.
     
    “We can build a house and barns, but we can never build a view like this,” Georg exclaimed. (Pictured above right: Ben Davis as Captain Georg von Trapp and Kerstin Anderson as Maria Rainer in 'The Sound of Music.')

    The von Trapp family’s story is one of faith, courage and love. When they ran out of money, they prayed and new opportunities for performing arose. When part of their rickety house fell down, they prayed and friends appeared to help them build a new one. When a nearby Army Corps of Engineers facility was closed, they prayed for guidance about a bit of wartime red tape that prevented land purchases by aliens. After threatening Maria with jail, Vermont state officials suddenly relented and the von Trapps turned it into a hugely successful summer music camp.

    When their fellow Austrians were desperate for food and clothing, they prayed to be shown a way to help. They created the Austrian Relief Fund, which grew to include relief drives for several European countries.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Money and tons of food and clothing were collected. They mailed bundles of goods from post offices along their route. When they stood before a judge and took an oath of allegiance to the United States of America, they prayed in gratitude that they were now citizens of the country whose freedom they so deeply cherished.

    The von Trapps touched millions of lives with their music and through their generosity. “…Only one thing is necessary to be happy and to make others happy,” Maria said, “and that one thing is not money, nor connections, nor health — it is love.”

    The Abbey of Nonnberg cast a long shadow. Its young novice lived a life of service. after all.

    This story was adapted from an article by Teri Downard, former Deputy Director of the DCPA’s Media Relations and Publications Department.

    Our The Sound of Music Photo Gallery:

    The Sound of Music
    Photos by Matthew Murphy. To see more, click the forward arrow in the image above.


    The Sound of Music:
    Ticket information


    June 21-26
    Buell Theatre
    Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    Groups: Call 303-446-4829
    ASL interpreted, Audio Described and Open Captioned performance: 2 p.m., June 25

    The Sound of Music. Photo by Matthew MurphyKerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer' and the von Trapp children in 'The Sound of Music.' From left: Svea Johnson, Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
  • Video, story: Kinship and camaraderie at the 2016 Bobby G Awards

    by John Moore | Jun 08, 2016

    Acceptance speeches and interview comments before and after the 2016 Bobby G Awards. Video by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Before newly graduated Ponderosa High School senior Charlotte Movizzo discovered the theatre, she said, “I was the quietest person you will ever meet. I was very shy.”

    How shy?

    “I was afraid to order at Qdoba,” she said. “It was terrifying.”

    Jimmy Miller Bobby G Awards But when Movizzo found the theatre, she found a second home. “I felt I could break out of my shell,” she said.

    Movizzo left any remaining fragments of her broken shell on the Buell Theatre stage last month when she was named Outstanding Actress at the 2016 Bobby G Awards, which honor achievements in Colorado high-school theatre. As the newly named Outstanding Actress and Actor, Movizzo and 15-year-old Durango High School sophomore Curtis Salinger earned a trip next week to New York City, where they will be immersed for 10 days of theatre training with Broadway professionals before performing in the Minskoff Theatre at the national Jimmy Awards.

    That’s how fast your life can change because of the Bobby G Awards, which were begun by late DCPA President Randy Weeks four years ago and named in honor of his late mentor, Denver theatre producer Robert Garner.

    When she heard her name called, Movizzo said, there were no words. “I almost started crying,” she said.

    Winning was nice, but the best part of her Bobby G Awards experience, she said, was working together with her nine fellow nominees for a week on a specially created medley they performed at the ceremony. “Working with all of the nominees has been amazing because they are all so talented,” she said. They became so close and supportive, she said, they formed a private Facebook group.

    But the Bobby G Awards are not all about churning out the next generation of Broadway performers. 2014 Outstanding Actor Conner Kingsley matriculated to Tulane University, where he had the cred to star as Jack in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods as just a freshman. But his heart soon led him toward a Management Environmental Studies degree and, hopefully, next into law school. Kingsley said performing in high-school school theatre and the Bobby G Awards experience prepped him well for that transition.

    “That has really helped me to talk openly in front of people, and taught me how to share my ideas and opinions easily,” he said.

    In the lobby before the Bobby G Awards, it was clear this unique annual gathering is all about celebrating both theatre and camaraderie.

    Bobby G Awards Luccio Dellepiane “For my kids, high-school theatre is their life for four years, and the school musical becomes the epicenter of their entire year,” said Cherry Creek High School Drama Teacher Jimmy Miller, whose How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was nominated for eight Bobby G Awards. “But what my kids really enjoy about these awards is being around other high-school kids and sharing the energy, and sharing the love.”

    Another example of how much can change in a year was made plain when Cherry Creek student Luccio Dellepiane (pictured above) stepped onto the Buell Theatre stage as J. Pierpont Finch alongside his How to Succeed castmates to perform a medley from the show.

    Last year, Dellepiane was singled out as the Bobby G Awards’ Rising Star, an award that honors outstanding work by an underclassman for his work as The Herald in Creek’s Cinderella. This year, Dellepiane starred in the leading role of How to Succeed. Star risen.

    “That was really crazy,” said Dellepiane, who like many others, was surrounded by proud family and friends in the Buell lobby before the awards. “That was the greatest honor I have ever received.”

    Our 2016 Bobby G Awards photo gallery:

    2016 Bobby G Awards

    To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. Photos by John Moore and Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    One of the fringe benefits of winning the Rising Star Award is a year of free classes offered by the DCPA’s Education Department, and Dellepiane took full advantage by signing up for four summer classes ranging from improv comedy to audition tips.

    “I know I grew as a performer because of it,” he said. “It gave me confidence to go further.”

    The Bobby G Awards’ Outstanding Musical Award went to Mountain View High School’s tap-dance extravaganza, Anything Goes. Mountain View is a medium-sized school of 1,200 located in Loveland, about 45 miles north of Denver. 

    “It’s humbling,” leading actor Owen Whitham said of the honor. “We come from a smaller town and we pour our heart and soul into our work. Being recognized for that is something we never even thought of.” 

    The cast’s performance of the title song drew thunderous response from the Buell crowd of about 1,700.

    “Shockingly, only five of us had ever tapped before,” said cast member Kira Minter, who said the students went through a two-week tap-dancing boot camp before rehearsals even started. Their efforts paid off at the Bobby G Awards.

    “I think this program is amazing,” Minter said. “It’s one of those experiences that changes your life. Performing on a real, professional stage is a great opportunity, especially for kids who are new to theatre. It’s a chance for them to say, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is what I love to do.’ ”

    Denver School of the Arts was nominated for seven Bobby G Awards for its daring production of Spring Awakening, one of the first in the nation by any high school troupe. DSA is one of only two schools in the nation that have been invited to perform at the upcoming International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. Actor Keely Kritz said performing Spring Awakening at the upcoming conference “is the fulfillment of a big dream.”

    Spring Awakening is a modern retelling of young 1880s German teens growing up in the complete absence of real information about sexuality or the human body.

    Bobby G Awards Mountain View High School
    Mountain View High School's cast of 'Anything Goes.' Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    “It was freeing to be able to do this show,” said cast member Beau Wilcox. “It’s great to be able to say, ‘This is our school, and we are going to take on a tough subject, and we are going to do a good job with it.”

    Added castmate Jimmy Bruenger: “We like to do shows that are impactful and share a human experience - and what a perfect show to that,” he said. “This is a show about growing up, and we’ve all done that in the past seven years.”

    Still, for many, the enduring moment of the 2016 Bobby G Awards was watching as Curtis Salinger of Durango High School was named Outstanding Actor one year after his brother, Evatt, won the same honor. And it was Evatt who had the honor of handing the trophy to his younger brother, who turns just 16 next week. Curtis called it a Zoolander moment. But he was was most happy for his parents.

    “We have amazing parents, and they have raised us well,” Curtis said. “I know I speak for Evatt when I say we are eternally grateful to them and for the opportunities they have given us.” 

    One of the giddiest attendees this year was 2014 Outstanding Actress Abby Noble, who was happy to be taking her seat in the Buell Theatre audience before the show. “I just ate at McDonalds, because I don’t have to sing,” she said with a smile as wide as her face.

    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

     

    MORE QUOTES FROM THE BOBBY G AWARDS:

    2014 Outstanding Actress Abby Noble: “Theatre definitely helps me in every aspect of my life. Especially when it comes to working with other people at the work place. I am a tour guide at my school, and theatre has really helped with the presentational aspect of the job, abs being able to stand under pressure with a smile on your face and be genuine.”

    Shelly Cox-Robie, director of Boulder High School’s Beauty and the Beast and a 250-year performer at BDT Stage in Boulder: “I am so happy for these kids. We have to fight for funding and fight for any recognition for these kids, who work countless hours for months to make these shows.”

    Ronni Gallup, nominated for the third time at Cherry Creek High School and choreographer of Phamaly Theatre Company’s upcoming Evita: “It is so important that we give these kids a taste of what the real business is. I’m hard on them. I push them and I challenge them, year after year. And I think they are the better for it" 

    2015 Outstanding Actress Emma Buchanan: "Being back at the Bobby G Awards makes me nostalgic being back here at the Buell Theatre. You can feel the excitement of the event and how important it is for so many kids in the state."


    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Video: 2016 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
    Photos: 2016 Bobby G Awards (Download for free)
    Mountain View scales Bobby G Awards' 2016 peak
    Meet your 2015 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
    Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists
    2015-16 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
  • 'Phantom of the Opera' tickets go on-sale

    by NewsCenter Staff | Jun 06, 2016



    By Heidi Bosk

    For the DCPA NewsCenter

    Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera go on sale today, June 6, at 10 a.m. for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' engagement playing The Buell Theatre Aug. 25-Sept. 11.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. Tickets start at $20.

    BUY ONLINE

    Please be advised that the DCPA is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for the Denver engagement of The Phantom of the Opera.

    “It’s wonderful to have a new production of Phantom touring America now that the show has celebrated 28 years on Broadway," said Lloyd Webber. "Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the U.K.”

    Connor co-directed the new production of Les Misérables currently running on Broadway and around the world, as well as the award-winning new London production of Miss Saigon coming to Broadway in 2017 and national tour in 2018, and the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing at Broadway’s Winter Garden.

    Added Mackintosh: "With Phantom still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 28 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of Phantom has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 2 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new Phantom is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again – the music of the night is soaring to dazzling new heights.”

    Phantom of the Opera

    The Company performs "Masquerade." Original tour cast photo by Alastair Muir.


    Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera
    Aug. 25-Sept. 11, Buell Theatre

    • Presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations
    • Directed by Laurence Connor
    • Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Lyrics by Charles Hart
    • Additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
    • Book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Choreography by Scott Ambler
    • Set design by Paul Brown
    • Original costume design by Maria Björnson
    • Lighting design by Paule Constable
    • Sound design by Mick Potter
    • Musical supervision by John Rigby
    • The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh

    Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.

    Photo gallery:

    The Phantom of the Opera

    'The Phantom of the Opera' photos by Matthew Murphy and  Alastair Muir. To see more, click the forward arrow above.

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  • How Disney turned a Beast into a Beaut

    by NewsCenter Staff | Jun 02, 2016
    NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast

    Photos by Matthew Murphy. To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above. 


    Even on your very best day, chances are you’ve never danced with your dinnerware. Oh, you may have talked things out over a good cup of tea from time to time, but rarely with the teapot itself. You even may have warbled in your wardrobe, but with it? Ah, but perhaps you’ve never visited an enchanted castle.

    Fear not. Here’s your chance, as NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast rolls into town for a return run in Denver. As usual, it’s the love of a good woman that turns a beast into his best. Then again, this timeless tale of redemption brings out the best in everyone.

    Based on the traditional fairytale first published in France in the mid-18th century, Beauty and the Beast has been translated into hundreds of versions worldwide. When Walt Disney Pictures released the animated feature film in 1991, it was hailed as an instant classic with critics praising its “songs worthy of a Broadway musical.”

    With two Academy Awards (Best Song and Best Original Score), Disney set out to turn that praise into reality. The transformation of evil into good is hardly the only transformation in this show. To the tune of $13 million dollars, give or take a few, the Disney folk transformed their very successful film musical into an equally successful stage musical. Linda Woolverton adapted her screenplay for the stage complete with new scenes and seven new songs. The show opened at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994, ultimately playing 5,461 performances on Broadway in 13 years.

    With 580 costume pieces, 81 wigs and spectacular staging effects, people become household utensils such as teapots and wardrobes and candelabra and feather dusters and clocks right before your eyes.

    Since its Broadway debut 22 years ago, more than 35 million people in 21 countries have enjoyed the eyebrow-raising effects and sleight-of-hand that are worthy of David Copperfield. Keep your eyes open for some of the sensational elements — 67 LED lights on the magic mirror, the 450-pound “star drop” curtain, the 1,700-pound West Wing set piece and the 1 ton — ONE TON — plate rail featured in “Be Our Guest.” Plus, pint-sized audience members will want to look closely at the tavern set backdrop, where, much like at its famous parks, a “Mickey” is carefully hidden in plain sight.

     

    This article is compiled from the materials provided by the production company and an article written by Teri Downard, former Deputy Director of the DCPA’s Media Relations and Publications Department.

    NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast
    June 7-12
    Buell Theatre
    Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Groups: Call 303-446-4829

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    Brooke Quintana as Belle and Sam Hartley as the Beast in NETworks presents"Disney's Beauty and the Beast." Photo by Matthew Murphy.
  • Video: 2016 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds

    by John Moore | Jun 01, 2016


    In the first of our series of videos covering the 2016 Bobby G Awards, we present you with this 60-second recap, focusing on the Colorado actors who are advancing to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, otherwise known as The Jimmys, later this month in New York City. The Bobby G Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in high-school theatre. Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk.

    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Photos: 2016 Bobby G Awards (Download for free)
    Mountain View scales Bobby G Awards' 2016 peak
    Meet your 2015 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
    Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists
    2015-16 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'


    Bobby G Awards

    Curtis Salinger and Charlotte Movizzo. Photo by Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter.
  • Photos: The 2016 Bobby G Awards

    by John Moore | May 29, 2016
    2016 Bobby G Awards
    To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. To download any photo for free, in a variety of sizes, click on the photo. You will be taken to our Denver Center Flickr account, where you will click on the download arrow at the bottom right of the image. Photos by John Moore and Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter.



    Bobby G AwardsHere is a gallery of our best photos from the fourth annual Bobby G Awards held Thursday, May 26 at the Buell Theatre. The Bobby G Awards, named after late Denver theatre producer Robert Garner, honor outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school theatre.The gallery includes photos from the day-long rehearsal at the Buell on Wednesday, May 25.

    Read our complete report on the 2016 Bobby G Awards


    Bobby G Awards DCPA Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg with New York-bound Outstanding Actor and Acrtress Curtis Salinger and Charlotte Movizzo. Photo by Emily Lozow.DCPA Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg with New York-bound Outstanding Actress and Actor Charlotte Movizzo and Curtis Salinger. Photo by Emily Lozow.


    Here is a fun time-lapse video covering the day-long Bobby G Awards rehearsal the day before the ceremony, including performances by Fairview, Arvada West, Denver School of the Arts, Mountain View and Cherry Creek. Video shot by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk on May 25 in the Buell Theatre.

    The traditional post-Bobby G Awards celebration photo on the Buell Stage by John Moore for the DCPA.
    Everyone who was part of a winning production was invited onto the Buell Theatre stage for the traditional  post-Bobby G Awards celebration photo by John Moore for the DCPA.


    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Mountain View scales Bobby G Awards' 2016 peak
    Meet your 2015 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
    Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists
    2015-16 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High
    Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game
    Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'

    Bobby G Awards Mountain View High School. Anything Goes. Mountain View High School celebrates the announcement that its 'Anything Goes' had won the 2016 Bobby G Award for Outstanding Musical. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

  • Mountain View scales Bobby G Awards' peak

    by John Moore | May 26, 2016

    Overall Production 2016 Bobby G Awards Mountain View Anything Goes


    The Buell Theatre was a Land of Love throughout Thursday’s fourth annual Bobby G Awards, which celebrate achievement in Colorado high-school theatre. Not only was Mountain View High School of Loveland winner of the prestigious Outstanding Musical Award, but brotherly love was on full display when 2015 Outstanding Actor Evatt Salinger handed the 2016 award to his younger brother, Curtis Salinger.

    Mountain View led all schools by earning four of the evening’s 18 awards for its tap-dancing extravaganza, Anything Goes. In all, 11 schools won at least one award, making 2015-16 a second straight year of evenly distributed awards. Fairview High School in Boulder was next with three, with other awards heading out to Durango, Niwot and beyond.

    The Bobby G Awards are a culmination of a year-long program administered by the Denver Center that emphasizes camaraderie and shared experiences - but there is also much at stake. The students named Outstanding Actor and Actress go on to represent Colorado at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. Colorado’s winners are joined by other regional honorees for "The Jimmys," as they are known in New York City. That’s 10 days of intensive training with some of Broadway's leading actors, choreographers and directors, all leading up to a fully staged, one-night performance at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.

    Now only in their fourth year, the Bobby G Awards have established a literal bloodline to Durango, located nearly 400 miles southwest of Denver. Evatt Salinger was named Outstanding Actor last year for his work in Les Misérables. Curtis Salinger was just a freshman when he played Marius to his brother’s Valjean in that production, which was named Outstanding Musical of 2014-15.

    Curtis Salinger literally followed in his brother’s footsteps Thursday when he was honored for his work as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde at Durango High School. He will now be joined in New York by new Ponderosa High School graduate Charlotte Movizzo, who was named Outstanding Actress for her starring role in Sweet Charity.

    Nominees for the Bobby G Awards are determined by scoring from a team of professional adjudicators. Unlike other awards categories, the Outstanding Actor and Actress winners are determined by two equally scored criteria: First, the students are judged for their actual performances in their respective school musicals. The five students with the highest scores then go before a professional panel for a private, scored audition.

    This year, a record 40 schools participated in the statewide Bobby G Awards program, up from 30 the year before. Mountain View, a school with an enrollment of 1,200, is located 45 miles due north of Denver on I-25. It was considered a favorite going into Thursday’s ceremony on the basis of its 10 nominations. It also won for Outstanding Costume Design, Choreography and Chorus.

    The ceremony was filled with emotional moments, none more so than when DCPA Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg announced Curtis Salinger’s name. As last year’s winners, Evatt Salinger and former classmate Emma Buchanan were tasked with presenting trophies to each of Thursday’s honorees. The Buell crowd erupted when it became evident that the Salingers are brothers.

    “I watched my brother win last year, and it was everything that I could ever dream of,” said Curtis.

    Watch our fun time-lapse video covering Wednesday's day-log Bobby G Awards​ rehearsal, including performances by Fairview, Arvada West, Denver School of the Arts, Mountain View and Cherry Creek. Video shot by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk.


    Of note to the local theater community was Brandon Warren’s win as Outstanding Supporting Actor for his performance as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Fairview High School’s Guys & Dolls. Brandon is the son of acclaimed local actor and theatre educator Tracy Warren, who recently starred in Mary Poppins for BDT Stage in Boulder, and is currently performing in Into the Woods with Debby Boone at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown.

    Westminster High School's Andre' Rodriguez, who was named Outstanding Director in 2015, was part of the team that won the Bobby G Award for Outstanding Scenic Design, for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rodriguez has now been nominated in all four years of the Bobby G Awards.

    Students and educators were honored in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence. All participating schools received one personal master class session with a DCPA Education theatre teacher. Winners of the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Actress and Rising Star (Outstanding Underclassman) awards also earn a full year of free classes at the Denver Center. “The DCPA is proud to be a part of your journey,” said Education Director Allison Watrous.

    While the Bobby G Awards culminate each year with Thursday's awards ceremony, which is modeled after the Tony Awards, the year-long focus of the program is to both celebrate and educate. The participating schools receive detailed feedback on their musical productions from the adjudicators. The 10 nominated Outstanding Actors and Actresses are invited to the Denver Center two weeks before the awards to prepare a medley together in community and friendship, which they then perform at the ceremony on the Buell Theatre stage.

    Each of the five nominated Outstanding Productions performed a musical number during the ceremony, each drawing thunderous appreciation from an enthusiastic Buell Theatre crowd estimated at 1,700.

    The Bobby G Awards were founded in 2013 by the late DCPA President Randy Weeks. They are named after late producer Robert Garner, who established Denver as a top destination for touring Broadway shows.

    Veteran Broadway actor Candy Brown, who was in the original Broadway casts of Pippin and A Chorus Line, presented four awards. She is now a teaching artist at Denver School of the Arts, which earned seven nominations for its production of Spring Awakening, which is one of two finalists for Outstanding Musical at the national thespian convention next month in Lincoln, Neb.

    If Brown’s era was the Golden Age of Broadway, she told the current high-school performers in the crowd that they will represent the Platinum Age – one in which “race, creed or color will not matter if you do your job,” she said.

    The Master of ceremonies was again Greg Moody, longtime known as Colorado's Critic-At-Large for CBS-4.

    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.


    THE 2015-16 BOBBY G AWARDS


    Bobby G Awards Anything Goes Mountain West
    Mountain View High School's Outstanding Musical "Anything Goes" at Wednesday's Bobby G Awards rehearsal. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
    Anything Goes, Mountain View High School

    Other nominees:
    • Les Misérables, Arvada West High School
    • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cherry Creek High School
    • Spring Awakening, Denver School of the Arts
    • Guys and Dolls, Fairview High School


    Direction

    Outstanding Achievement in Direction
    Lanny Boyer and Janice Vlachos, Fairview High School, Guys & Dolls   

    Other nominees
    :
    • Lindsey Welsh, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables
    • Jimmy Miller, Cherry Creek High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Shawn Hann, Denver School of the Arts, Spring Awakening
    • Brian Cook, Annie Dwyer and Tom Mullin, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


    Lead Actress


    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

    Charlotte Movizzo, Ponderosa High School, Sweet Charity, Charity Hope Valentine

    Other nominees:
    • Sienna Sewell, Fairview High School, Guys & Dolls, Sarah Brown
    • Abbie Cheney, Glenwood Springs High School, Anything Goes, Reno Sweeney
    • Savannah Wood, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes, Reno Sweeney
    • Keala Fraioli, Steamboat Springs High School, Legally Blonde, Elle Woods


    Lead Actor Bobby G Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

    Curtis Salinger, Durango High School, Legally Blonde, Emmett Forrest

    Other nominees:
    • Danny Miller, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables, Jean Valjean
    • Garrett Charles, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables, Javert
    • Michael Kosko, Denver School of the Arts, Spring Awakening, Moritz
    • Jacob Pearce, Fairview High School , Guys & Dolls, Nathan Detroit


    Rising Star Bobby G Awards
    Rising Star (honoring underclassmen):

    Abby Lehrer, Valor Christian High School, Mary Poppins, Bird Woman

    Other nominees:
    • Matti Guillette, Durango High School, Legally Blonde, Margot
    • Jenna Szczech, Durango High School, Legally Blonde, Pilar
    • Audrey Smith, Fort Collins High School, Company, Sarah
    • John Kibozi, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Levi


    Supporting Actress Bobby G Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

    Senora Robinson, Durango High School, Legally Blonde, Serena

    Other nominees:
    • Lauren Rocha, Brighton High School, Tarzan, Kala
    • Tilly Leeder, Durango High School, Legally Blonde, Vivienne Kensington
    • Hannah Jones, Legend High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Gabrielle
    • Elleon Dobias, Valor Christian High School, Mary Poppins, Miss Andrew


    Supporting Actor Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role   Other nominees
    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    Brandon Warren, Fairview High School, Guys & Dolls, Nicely-Nicely Johnson

    Other nominees:
    • Marcos Ospina, Boulder High School, Beauty and the Beast, Lumiere
    • Jimmy Bruenger, Denver School of the Arts, Spring Awakening, Hanschen
    • Jacob Sadow, Fairview High School, Guys & Dolls, Harry the Horse
    • Michael Mathey, Legend High School, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Jean-Michel


    Musical Direction
    Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction

    Michael Bizzaro and Travis Keller, Fairview High School, Guys & Dolls   

    Other nominees:
    • Chris Maunu and Craig Melhorn, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables
    • Kaitlin Miles, Fort Collins High School, Company
    • Phil Forman, Bryan Kettlewell and Peter Toews, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes
    • Brian Cook, Charles Craig and Vicki Duckworth, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


    OrchestraOutstanding Performance by an Orchestra

    Arvada West High School, Les Misérables       

    Other nominees:
    • Boulder High School, Beauty and the Beast
    • Denver School of the Arts, Spring Awakening
    • Fairview High School, Guys and Dolls
    • Mountain View High School, Anything Goes


    Chorus
    Outstanding Performance by a Chorus
    Mountain View High School, Anything Goes

    Other nominees
    :
    • Arvada West High School, Les Misérables
    • Brighton High School, Tarzan
    • Cherry Creek High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Fairview High School, Guys and Dolls


    Choreography
    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

    Bailey Friar and Tammy Johnson, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes

    Other nominees:
    • Angie Dryer, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables
    • Leigh Miller and Lindsey Solano, Brighton High School, Tarzan
    • Ronni Gallup, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cherry Creek High School
    • Karen Cassel and Emma Sappey, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


    Scenic Design
    Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design

    Corey Baca, Brandon PT Davis and Andre Rodriguez, Westminster High School, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee           

    Other nominees:
    • Jane Archuleta, Nick Dibbern, Phil Lollar and Sammy Perez, Brighton High School, Tarzan
    • Jack Hagen, Yuuki Hashimoto and Caleb Nghe, Cherry Creek High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Shailyn Clay, Tyler King, Rebecca Reynolds and Lucas Sanchez, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes
    • Mallory Hart, Riley Hoffman and Rhys Holton, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


    Lighting Design
    Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
    Whitney Larson and Kayli Porterfield, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables


    Other nominees:

    • Yasmin Farsad, Cherry Creek High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Lenora Grant and Caleb Werkmeister, Fairview High School, Guys & Dolls
    • Jude Franco and Tanner Friar, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes
    • Mallory Hart and Katherine Yates, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat



    Costume Design
    Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
    Jen Bleem, Cindy Sipes and Lauryn Starke, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes

    Other nominees:

    • Harrison Haggas, Chaney McCulloch, Shelly Cox-Robie and Chris Sweeney, Boulder High School, Beauty and the Beast
    • Jimmy Miller and Katya Zabelski, Cherry Creek High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • MaryV Benoit and Lara Kirksey, Denver School of the Arts, Spring Awakening
    • Molly Merewether, Teri Nydegger, Amy Sares and Denise Wood, Wheat Ridge High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat



    Hair and Makeup
    Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Make-up Design
    Austin Sabala, Boulder High School, Beauty and the Beast

    Other nominees:

    • Kendall Mesch, Arvada West High School, Les Misérables
    • Marrisa Hadden, Cherry Creek High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    • Skylar Arterburn and Owen Nuss, Denver School of the Arts, Spring Awakening Averi Davis and Emma Smith, Mountain View High School, Anything Goes




    Photo gallery: Day 1 of the 2016 Bobby G Awards

    2016 Bobby G Awards
    Photos from Thursday's awards ceremony will be posted on Friday.

    SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS:

    • Achievement in Costuming: Annie Trumble, D’Evelyn High School, Young Frankenstein
    • Achievement in Student Direction: Shu Lee and Aurora Vadas-Arendt, Niwot High School, The Sound of Music
    • Achievement in Orchestra: Tristana Whetten, Vista PEAK Preparatory, Beauty and the Beast
    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Photo from Day One of the 2016 Bobby G Awards
    Meet your 2015 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
    Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists
    2015-16 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete listBobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
  • Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists

    by John Moore | May 25, 2016

    The Bobby G Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school musical theatre. The fourth annual awards and performance take place Thursday, May 26, at the Buell Theatre. Today we introduce you to the five students who are finalists for Outstanding Lead Actor. The winner will advance to represent Colorado at the national Jimmy Awards in New York City.

    Arvada West Garrett Charles 

    GARRETT CHARLES

    Javert, Les Misérables
    Arvada West High School
    Class of 2017

    • College plans: BYU
    • Your Director: Lindsey Welsh
    • First role: This is it. It was such an honor to be cast in such a large role as a rookie.
    • Garrett CharlesWhy do you perform? Because I love to see the emotions I can evoke from an audience.  It's the greatest feeling to know someone appreciated your work enough to let affect them emotionally.  It's the greatest compliment to hear, "Garrett, you made me cry with that song."  It means I've made someone's life a little better by sharing my hard work and talent. That is what I live for.
    • Ideal scene partner: Honestly, it was so much fun to do “The Confrontation" with my classmate, Danny Miller. But I would love to sing it with Alfie Boe.  I am such a fan of that man's voice and his work in the 25th Anniversary recording of Les Misérables was phenomenal. It would be such an experience to perform with him.
    • Favorite moment from your show: If I was forced to pick from the among the millions I'd probably say performing “The Epilogue on closing night. I remember entering from underneath the bridge I had thrown myself off of just scenes before, my head whirling with emotions. During that song, I reflected on the entire process and realized how much change I had gone through personally as a result of joining the family that is the Arvada West Theatre Company.  I remember glancing to either side of me and seeing tears streaming down all of my friends' faces.  The emotion and power of that performance topped anything I'd ever experienced.
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: My police-officer uniform had a flap on the front, which was sewn on one side and had Velcro on the other.  After the prologue, I had to do a quick costume change to go back out and play a street urchin, and with the urgency of my costume change on my mind, I ran to the dressing room and promptly tore the flap clean off of the front of my police uniform.  I now had an official-looking trapezoid of cloth in my hand and a very plain-looking blue tailcoat on my body.  I knew I had to be onstage quickly, so I completed my costume change and pounded on the girls’ dressing room door like there was a fire.  They told me I was safe, so I opened the door, mumbled, "ItoremyflapoffcansomeonegosewitbackonIgottabeonstagethanks!" and closed the door.  Thankfully they were able to decode my panicked slur - and the audience never found out about it.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? Javert has been my dream role ever since I found out about Les Mis my freshman year. To be cast in such an important role almost blindly was such an honor, and I was determined not to let anyone in the production down.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? I was extremely surprised when Ms. Welsh read my name. I did not expect to be nominated alongside someone with so much talent as our Jean Valjean, who was also nominated.  I definitely owe thanks to my directors for having the faith to cast me despite never really having seen me act before.
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? The performing arts are the quickest way to get a gigantic circle of friends.  Also, if you don't want the pressure of being onstage or in the pit, there's always a need for crewmembers to run the show behind the scenes, and you will still have the same bonding experiences with your friends that all those onstage do.  I absolutely love it, and I think you will, too.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? Arts education and extra-curricular activities save lives.  I've learned that being a part of something larger than yourself helps you mature, and gives you productive outlets for you pain and sorrow.  That's definitely what theatre and choir are for me.
    • Last word: Thank you so much for the nomination. I'm so honored to be considered for this prestigious award.


     Denver School of the Arts Michael Kosko Bobby G Awards

    MICHAEL KOSKO

    Moritz Stiefel, Spring Awakening
    Denver School of the Arts
    Class of 2016

    • College plans: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
    • Your Director: Shawn Hann
    • First role: I was the Mayor of MunchkinLand in The Wizard of Oz in the 6th Grade at Campus Middle School.
    • Actor Quote 2 Michael Kosko Bobby G AwardsWhy do you perform? I had an obsession with The Wizard of Oz my entire childhood. My older brother loved Pokémon and G.I. Joes, and I just loved Oz. I would parade around saying I’d be the Scarecrow when I grew up. So of course, when the middle school announced the spring musical of The Wizard of Oz, my mother made me audition. The rest is history. Theatre has become my form of expression. It’s the human connection through this work. We all have rich pain and emotion - and in this art form, we’re able to understand others.
    • Ideal scene partner: The first of many to come to mind is Jessica Lange. I have so much respect for the woman. She’s one of the bravest and most powerful artists I can think of, so to do a scene with her would be unreal. More specifically, to play her son, Edmund, in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, would be the dream.
    • Favorite moment from your show: Absolutely, it was saying the line, “I’m ready now: I’ll be an angel.” During that line, I’m on my knees collecting the lilies that llse dropped, and by the end come to the realization that I really am ready. And then I’d take a big breath of the flowers, carefully set them down and then pull out the gun. It was raw and terrifying and beautiful.
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: We had this wonderful moment during an evening performance where my good friend Jimmy Bruenger, who was playing Hanschen, forgot the gun to hand me at the end of the song And Then There Were None. It’s essential to that moment for the gun to appear, and the second the lights shifted into the final chords: he bolted off stage-right and vanished. As each of the other boys made their exits, Jimmy, from the corner of my eye, came charging through the stage door and then stopped dead right at the last foot of wall protecting him from view of the audience. Then, as confident as ever, he strolled on and threw the gun in my hand. It was thrilling.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? This became my dream role in the fall of my freshman year. I wanted nothing more than to play Moritz, and the last thing I could have ever imagined was playing him for my senior musical. It was the biggest deal for me, and it felt so right. I never doubted what he was to me, and where he lived in me. My little Moritz is a huge part of me.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? It is unreal to me, and such an incredible, incredible honor. In the 10th grade, I was in Cherry Creek High School’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and performing at the Bobby G Awards that year as a finalist for Outstanding Musical was the biggest nomination I thought I’d ever come across. I could have never anticipated being nominated myself two years later.
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? I’d say this is the single most important thing in the world. It teaches you what it means to be human. There’s something seriously missing from the boy or girl who is not in the arts. It allows you to feel. There are so many moments in this life when we have to step into the fear, and the moment you’re slightly uncomfortable is the moment you’re living. You must be brave. If you’re even the tiniest bit interested in something: Pull the thread. Investigate it. You owe it to yourself to be open to everything.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? It taught me how important it is to push the bill. Our wonderful principal doesn’t believe in the censorship of art, and we were so fortunate to have his blessing to perform full version of Spring Awakening. Arts education frees you completely. It gives you the ability to process heavy depression or intense delight and really feel those things, but be OK. This show was my biggest challenge yet, but it helped me to understand my emotions and how to deal with them. It taught me that through the darkness, there is always light.



    Arvada West Danny Miller Bobby G Awards

    DANNY MILLER

    Jean Valjean, Les Misérables
    Arvada West High School
    Class of 2016

    • College plans: Majoring in classical voice at the University of Northern Colorado
    • Your Director: Lindsey Welsh
    • First role: It was back in 2014, when I was cast to play The Phantom in Arvada West's production of Phantom of the Opera
    • Actor Quote 3 Danny Miller Bobby G AwardsWhy do you perform? For the joy of meeting new friends I can call my family. And to share music with the world.
    • Ideal scene partner: Ramine Karimloo is my idol. I love his work, and it would be a dream to work with him. He's my inspiration.
    • Fun moment when something went wrong, and how you bounced back: I forget words and flip lyrics around, and once I forgot the words to "Alive," a song in Jekyll and Hyde - and I did not bounce back at all. I literally sang the rest of the song in something like growls and grunts.
    • Favorite moment from your show: The slight moments of silence after singing the last glimmering note of your song.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? This was a euphoric dream. It was unreal. I couldn't have been more excited to be playing the same role as my idols.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? Being nominated again is truly a humbling and scary opportunity. I'm so excited!
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? Fake it till you make it, be confident in your ability to succeed.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? It's enlightening, and I think everyone should have a chance to do live theatre. It really expands your mind to its limits.

     


     Fairview Jacob Pearce Bobby G Awards

    JACOB PEARCE

    Nathan Detroit, Guys & Dolls
    Fairview High School
    Class of 2016

    • College plans: Studying International Affairs and Theatre at George Washington University 
    • Your Directors: Janice Vlachos and Lanny Boyer
    • First role: I played Bully the bullfrog in Bully the Bullfrog, The Musical. I was 6, and in the 1st grade.
    • Actor Quote 4 Jacob Pearce Bobby G AwardsWhy do you perform? To help people to escape from daily lives, and provide that same kind of escape for myself. 
    • Ideal scene partner: I would love to do a scene with Emma Watson, because she seems like such a fun person to work with. Plus just meeting her would be awesome. 
    • Favorite moment from your show: Every day, I got to ad-lib a little bit while Adelaide (Carrie Douglass) had a quick-change. Getting to improvise every performance was such a blast. 
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? It meant I could fully immerse myself in my character’s life and for a few hours each day get to live life from his perspective. 
    • How does it feel to be nominated? Appreciated and honored. 
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? You will be challenged so much in so many ways, but all of these challenges will shape your life in such a positive way. Do not pass up the opportunity to live the life of another and to carry people away from the turmoil of their everyday lives. 



    Durango Curtis Sallinger Bobby G Awards


    CURTIS SALLINGER

    Emmett Forrest, Legally Blonde, The Musical
    Durango High School
    Class of 2018

    • College plans: I’m a sophomore
    • Your Director: Ben Mattson
    • First role: I was a flyboy in the musical Neville at the Durango Arts Center when I was 5 years old.
    • Actor Quote 5 Curtis Sallinger Bobby G AwardsWhy do you perform? Because I love how much you can discover about yourself and your life by portraying someone else. I love sharing the wonderful art of performance, and I love the home, the family, and the trust a theatre creates.
    • Ideal scene partner: I would love to do a scene with Brian D’arcy James because he is a phenomenal actor and so versatile and seems like such a fun genuine guy.
    • Favorite moment from your show: I very much enjoyed Elle’s proposal at the end. (Spoiler!)
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: I ran on-stage after a very hectic off-stage incident getting my mic checked and - fully committed and 100 percent serious - I called to Elle, but Elle didn’t come out of my mouth. Instead, I said, “SAM!!!!” I said, “Man I’m stressed out, Elle, what are you doing here?” and continued on. It was real smooth.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? It’s such an amazing experience to work with a cast and put on a show. I just don’t know how to describe it. It’s an amazing feeling.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? Unreal. I came to the Bobby G Awards last year and watched my brother (Evatt Salinger) win for Outstanding Actor. I watched the guys, dreaming I could be one of them someday. That dream is coming true, and it's exhilarating.
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? It is so much fun. You get so much support. You develop a place in your school where you can go for help with anything. The only negative aspect is it's really time-consuming. But putting in long hours doing something you love, in my opinion, is worth it.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? The diverse group of friends you make from all grade levels is something that makes life in school so much easier. The performing arts at our school is so important to so many people and it develops a family that you’d never expect from a school environment. Arts education is essential, and should never be taken for granted.
    • Last word: Guys, it’s hard to do theatre. I get that. But it's also extremely fun. Don’t let negativity and scorn discourage you from pursuing something you’re passionate about. It’s also extremely important that you’re not afraid to cry or show emotions. Never lose touch of your feelings, or yourself.

    Brothers Bobby G Awards Sallingers
    ​Curtis Sallinger celebrated his brother Evatt's victory as Outstanding Actor at last year's Bobby G Awards with a body lift. This year, Curtis is nominated as a sophomore. Photo by Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter.



    Previous 2016 Outstanding Musical Nominee profiles:
    Cherry Creek High School
    Fairview High School
    Mountain View High School

    Denver School of the Arts
    Arvada West High School



    Bobby G Awards
    : Ticket information

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Buell Theatre 
  • 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


  • Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists
    2015-16 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete listBobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
  • Meet your 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists

    by John Moore | May 24, 2016

    The Bobby G Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school musical theatre. The fourth annual awards and performance take place Thursday, May 26, at the Buell Theatre. Today we introduce you to the five students who are finalists for Outstanding Lead Actress.  The winner will advance to represent Colorado at the national Jimmy Awards in New York City.  

    Glenwood Springs

    ABBIE CHENEY

    Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes
    Glenwood Springs High School
    Class of 2017 

    • College plans: Pursuing a performing-arts degree
    • Your Director: Kate McRaith 
    • First role: Oh, man. The first role I played was a cabbage in my elementary school play. I stuffed some green burlap with newspaper and sang “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” by Aretha Franklin and did the can-can. I was pretty proud about that one! 
    • Bobby G Awards 2016 quoteWhy do you perform? I feel at home and powerful on stage. I am my best self, love the people I have met and love the audience-performer relationship. There is so much love put into a show and a character - that is what I find so amazing. 
    • Ideal scene partner: I would love to perform with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is playing Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton on Broadway. I think any part of that would be amazing. It is such an original piece of work that has changed the way I see rap music and American history. 
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: When I was in 7th grade, I played Ms. Hannigan in Annie. Ms. Hannigan is a little raunchy, so I was wearing these tall heels. Of course, I fell. It was very embarrassing. But the character is supposed to be a little tipsy through the entire show, so I played it off in that way.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role?  So much. When I started to educate myself on the show and its characters, I connected with Reno immediately. She not only is sexy, beautiful and has amazing songs, she has a dynamic about her that makes her such a deep character.  
    • Favorite moment from your show: Anything involving the full cast. I always feel so loved and appreciated by them, and a rehearsal can change any of my bad days. It was times like the after-show dinners at Village Inn, and the full-cast rehearsals that I remember most. I love my theater family. 
    • How does it feel to be nominated? So humbling. I am thankful for all the adults and students who help and encourage me. I am stunned at the support of my community and friends. I feel so loved.  
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? The performing arts have truly changed my life. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of doing. As far as nerves, I always say that when you are on stage, it is your job to have a great time and do your best. I always have to tell myself that I am in control of where I spend my energy, so if you put all that energy toward knocking the audience out of their seats, then you are golden.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? I always found that it was so important to have extracurricular opportunities. But after this, I value it even more. It is essential that not only programs are present, but students have opportunities to shine within them. 
    • Last word: Thank you to Mom, Dad, Papa, and all the friends back home who have supported me whole heartedly. You know who you are, and I hope you know I am so thankful for you. 
     



    Steamboat Springs

    KEALA FRAIOLI

    Elle Woods, Legally Blonde, The Musical
    Steamboat Springs High School
    Class of 2017

    • Postgraduate plans: Performing at Disney World
    • Your Director: Jamie Oberhansly
    • First role: I was cast in first grade as Ngana in South Pacific!
    • Bobby G Awards 2016 quoteWhy do you perform? It’s what I love, and I always feel at home when I am onstage.
    • Ideal scene partner: I would love to act with Lily James because I love Cinderella, and the remake she was in was amazing.
    • Favorite moment from your show: This show was definitely packed full of some great memories but for sure closing night was the best with everyone just leaving everything out on the stage and the energy was so high. My vocal chords were so shot, so I would be backstage pantomiming everything. It got to the point where people just stopped asking me questions so they didn't have a butchered, full body-sign language response!
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: I broke a snap on my dress that I change into on stage during dress rehearsal. And then, come opening night, we forgot to fix it. I just crossed the fabric over itself hoping nobody would see the pink dress underneath before I changed.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? It was such a humbling experience. I couldn't have asked for a better cast and crew to help me with my first leading role.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? This is the most amazing feeling in the world. I couldn't be more on cloud nine!
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? Go for it, and if it doesn't work out, then  find something new. And if it does work out, get ready for the most incredible experience ever!
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? We are so fortunate to have such an amazing director. Even though we may not get funding from the school, we always find a way to keep the arts alive in our community.
    • Last word: A big thanks to anyone who has helped put on the Bobby G Awards. This truly is a great opportunity for everyone who is fortunate enough to participate in it.


    Ponderosa

    CHARLOTTE MOVIZZO

    Charity Hope Valentine, Sweet Charity
    Ponderosa High School
    Class of 2016

    • College plans: University of Northern Colorado
    • Your Director: Kelly Cole 
    • First role: I was The Aristocats for a Christian Youth Theatre summer-camp production in 5th grade. I played the role of Abigail the Goose.
    • Bobby G Awards 2016 quoteWhy do you perform? Because it is my passion. I enjoy the process of becoming another character, and escaping my own life for a little while. 
    • Ideal scene partner: It would probably be Eddie Redmayne. I think he is an amazing performer, and he puts so much passion into all of his work. I would learn a lot from him. 
    • Favorite moment from your show: When I was in the elevator with Oscar. It was a hilarious scene, and it took everything I had not to break character.
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: I had several quick-changes throughout this show. One of the most difficult was one where I had to get out of a dress and character shoes, and into a blouse, skirt and go-go boots - in about 30 seconds. One night, for some reason, my dress zipper got stuck, and I couldn't get out of it. We struggled with the zipper for all of 30 seconds until we had to literally rip the dress to get it off. When I went to put the skirt on, that zipper wouldn't work, either. At that point, my scene partner had been improvising for a good minute. I decided I needed to enter, so I walked on holding my blouse closed with one hand, and holding my skirt up with the other! 
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? It was very exciting to get to play a role that not only fit my vocal range, but had the stage time of an ingénue, and the personality of a character. Charity is quirky and sweet - and was a blast to play. 
    • How does it feel to be nominated? I am so honored to have the opportunity to represent my school at this event. 
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? The performing-arts community is an extremely accepting and supportive group of people. There are so many different roles, both backstage and onstage that you are sure to find something you enjoy. 
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? Much of the education that occurs in high school happens in extracurricular activities. Within the arts, there are opportunities for leadership, cooperation and problem-solving that provide great learning experiences.

     


    Fairview

    SIENNA SEWELL

    Sarah Brown, Guys & Dolls

    Fairview High School
    Class of 2016

    • College plans: Studying Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis
    • Your Directors: Janice Vlachos and Lanny Boyer
    • First role: Baby Judy Garland at age 4 at Riverside Theatre Works in Boston
    • Bobby G Awards 2016 quoteWhy do you perform? It allows me to create other characters and step into their shoes for a moment.
    • Ideal scene partner: Johnny Depp. He always stretches the boundaries of his abilities and the characters he plays.  I swear, he can play anything. He is just an amazing actor.
    • Favorite moment from your show: The Havana Scene. The fight has such high energy because there are so many moments happening all over the stage. I get a bit tipsy in the scene and start climbing the tables and fighting off other people.  
    • When life throws you lemons: We moved when I was entering 5th grade. I had a theatre home and was just feeling really good about myself and my friends when my parents told me we were moving to Colorado.  y mom assured me she would find another theatre group for me to be involved in. She kept to her word, but it was still difficult to make the move.  We moved to Boulder, where there were lots of opportunities to be involved in the arts, and Fairview was probably strongest in its music and theatre programs. Academically, too, which was important to me.  I found my way again, and it has been the better than I could have ever dreamed.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? I'm in shock, and thrilled, and incredibly humbled by the recognition. I'm equally excited that our show was nominated for Outstanding Musical. We had such a united energy as a cast, and I'm glad it was recognized.
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? Just try it. The arts will change your life. And remember, no one starts out knowing how to be spectacular on stage.  It is a learning process, and you are supposed to be unsure at first. For then, there is only room for improvement.
    • Last word: I am eternally grateful to my teachers at Fairview for their guidance and support.  They have pushed me to be my very best, and have held my hand the whole way. I am also blessed with a family who love the performing arts as much as I do, and have always been my greatest fans.  I’m off to college next year to pursue my love of science, but I know I will be somehow be involved in the performing arts as well. I understand that for me to be a whole person, I need to nourish both sides of my brain and soul.  It will be an incredible journey - even though I'm a bit nervous.

     


    Mountain View

    SAVANNAH WOOD

    Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes
    Mountain View High School
    Class of 2016

    • College plans: Attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York
    • Your Director: Katie Marshall
    • First role: I was five years old and in kindergarten. It was just a small play written by my teacher, but I loved it nonetheless. The next was in my sophomore year of high school, when I was 15 and I was cast in the ensemble of Shrek the Musical.
    • Bobby G Awards 2016 quoteWhy do you perform? Because it is what I love to do, and it allows me to be myself. I am allowed to be unique, and I am accepted for being different. When I become another character, I become a better version of myself, and it inspires me every time I am on stage or reading a script. Performing is my home.
    • Ideal scene partner: I would love to be in a scene with Sutton Foster because she inspires me, and her work is so diverse. She engulfs herself in so many different roles that I think acting with her would not only be an amazing time but also a great experience.
    • Favorite moment from your show: I had actually been nervous about Opening Night from the very first rehearsal. But when the time came, the nerves were gone. Instead, I remember being backstage waiting for places to be called, and I could hardly contain my excitement. I was standing behind the curtain waiting for the music to begin and the energy I felt was exponential. Then the lights came up, the curtains opened and I heard the roaring thunder of a sold-out auditorium. Even now I can’t explain the feeling it gave me. I couldn’t stop thinking about how excited I was for people to see the hard work we all had put into this. I wasn’t just excited for myself, but for my castmates as well. They had all worked so hard and it was finally everyone’s time to shine. The energy and the applause, the smiles and the laughter really fed the show that night. It was such an unexplainably impacting show. I never wanted it to end.
    • Fun moment when something went wrong: Once during “Friendship,” Moonface and I got carried away in the improv dialogue in the song and we missed a vocal cue from the pit. But we just hopped right back on time with each other and finished out the song like it had never happened. The crowd didn’t notice, but we did.
    • What did it mean for you to be cast in this role? I was speechless. I had dreamed of playing Reno, but I never believed it would come true. I was so humbled to play her, and I worked so hard to carry out the role.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? I was sitting around with my fellow castmates that day, waiting for the results to be posted. When I heard the news I lost all control of my sanity. I screamed; I jumped; I ran to hug my directors. That turned into joyous laughter and eventually tears began to form in my eyes because I was just so excited to be presented this incredible opportunity.
    • What would you say to a younger student who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? I was honestly terrified to join the performing arts, but I decided to just go for it, and I have never once regretted it. My biggest advice is that it’s OK to be yourself and, in fact, participating in the performing arts is actually a great way to get over any fears you might have. The performing arts are a great place to find yourself, be goofy, be silly, love loud and live passionately. I promise you will never regret it as long as you try. Our biggest regrets are not the things we did do, but the things we didn’t do.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities? This experience has taught me how important the performing arts are to the students in schools and carrying out the arts in our communities. Through our musical, we were able to meet many new members of the community through small performances we would do in senior centers and middle schools. Our show gave us something to strive for. For many of us, it turned out to be our saving grace. It is the one thing I look forward to doing every day.
    • Last word: I just want to say how grateful I am that I get to experience the Bobby G Awards and that I am part of this incredible community.

     



    Previous 2016 Outstanding Musical Nominee profiles:
    Cherry Creek High School
    Fairview High School
    Mountain View High School

    Denver School of the Arts
    Arvada West High School



    Bobby G Awards
    : Ticket information

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Buell Theatre 
  • 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


  • Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    2016 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete listBobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards: Complete list of nominations 
  • Countdown to the Bobby G Awards: Arvada West High School

    by John Moore | May 23, 2016
    Arvada West High School. Bobby G AwardsArvada West is the fifth of five schools nominated for Outstanding Musical we have been featuring here in the DCPA NewsCenter leading up to the May 26 Bobby G Awards at the Buell Theatre. 'Les Misérables' is nominated for 10 awards.

    ARVADA WEST HIGH SCHOOL

    Les Misérables
    11595 Allendale Drive, Arvada CO 80004 MAP IT
    WEB SITE 

    Arvada West High School. Bobby G AwardsThe Arvada West Theatre Company almost had a much more interesting name. "We wanted to go by The Negative Wing Space Theatre Company given our very limited wing space in our theater," joked teacher Lindsey Welsh. "We nixed that idea, but ultimately we are very blessed with our space." Welsh, a graduate of Colorado State University, never took a course in theatre and didn't direct her first show until she got to Arvada West. "My first show was The Curious Savage because that was the last straight play I had acted in," she said. "We had a very small cast and crew, but it was a roaring success. After that, our theatre company has grown exponentially. More students join the company with each production." Welsh is now in her fourth year at the school. "I love to challenge my students," she said. "We have taken on shows such as Noises Off!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Laramie Project, Jekyll and Hyde, and finally Les Mis. It has been quite the adventure."

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    • Tell us a little about your school’s theatre tradition and history: "Before I came to Arvada West, the theatre department was small and not yet established. The program had gone through six directors in five years. When I walked in, I had no idea what to expect. My two performing-arts colleagues, Chris Maunu and Craig Melhorn, showed me the ropes. It was through them I discovered that the performing arts are incredibly high-achieving departments, and I wanted my theatre department to rise to its former glory. I grew up in Arvada and remembered going to Arvada West musicals as a child and loving them. I remember being captivated by those seemingly professionally executed shows. I wanted to instill that feeling in our theatre company again. I believe we are definitely on the road to that, but there are a few individual students who have really helped shape the program into what it is today. On the technical side, Stage Manager Mikayla Assmus has been a blessing for our department. She has completely transformed the work ethic and expectation of what stage crew means. And on the acting side over the past four years, Jordan Crout, Bradley Becker, Emily Holtz, Stephanie Bess, Danny Miller, Rowan Anderson, and Joe Lopez (just to name a few) have truly set the bar for students to come.
    • Arvada West High School. Bobby G AwardsYour program goals: Without a doubt, my goal is always to put on a Broadway-worthy production every time. I want their performances to be clean, crisp and genuine to the human experience. I want them to elicit some emotion from every individual in the audience. But at the end of the day, I also want them to have fun and to love what they do. (Pictured above: Garrett Charles, left, and repeat nominee Danny Miller, right, are both nominated for Outstanding Actor for their work in 'Les Misérables.')
    • What kind of general support do you get? Our school is incredibly supportive of the arts, as they are with all extra-curricular activities. However, the performing-arts department is consistently pushing the envelope, and I am so blessed to have a school and district that allows for that kind of artistic freedom and exploration. We are urged to challenge our students and go above and beyond every time. From our department to our administration, we have a shared vision.
    • What would you say to a younger student at your school who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? It's like a family, so come on in. We might get cranky or overly boisterous but in the end, every one in  our department loves each other and would do anything for one another. I would also say that everyone, no matter what their talents are, can find success and a home in the performing arts. They just have to keep an open mind.
    • What does it mean to your school for your show to be nominated for Outstanding Musical by the Bobby G Awards? We are incredibly humbled and honored. This show has been a dream of ours for the past two years, and this nomination means our blood, sweat and tears have paid off.
    • What does this whole experience tell you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? We have loved participating in the Bobby G Awards because it does very much validate the how much arts education means for our school.
    • Last word: I can't wait to see where the next four years take the Arvada West Theatre Company.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Arvada West High School. Bobby G Awards Arvada West's orchestra is among the school's 10 nominees for Bobby G Awards on Thursday.


    Arvada West's 2016 Bobby G Award nominations

    • Overall Production of a Musical (Les Misérables)
    • Outstanding Direction: Lindsey Welsh
    • Outstanding Musical Direction: Chris Maunu and Craig Melhorn
    • Actor in a Leading Role: Danny Miller, Jean Valjean
    • Actor in a Leading Role: Garrett Charles, Javert
    • Choreography: Angie Dryer
    • Hair and Makeup Design: Kendall Mesch
    • Lighting: Whitney Larson and Kayli Porterfield
    • Chorus
    • Orchestra

    Previous 2016 Outstanding Musical Nominee profiles:
    Cherry Creek High School
    Fairview High School
    Mountain View High School

    Denver School of the Arts
    Arvada West High School



    Bobby G Awards
    : Ticket information

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Buell Theatre 
  • 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    2016 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances
    Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game
    Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards: Complete list of nominations 

  • Countdown to the Bobby G Awards: Denver School of the Arts

    by John Moore | May 21, 2016
    Denver School of the Arts. Spring Awakening. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen. Denver School of the Arts is the fourth of five schools nominated for Outstanding Musical we will be featuring here in the DCPA NewsCenter in the days leading up to the May 26 Bobby G Awards at the Buell Theatre. Denver School of the Arts. Spring Awakening is nominated for seven awards. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

    DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

    Spring Awakening
    7111 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80220 MAP IT
    WEB SITE 

    Denver School of the Arts is a comprehensive secondary arts magnet school for grages 6 through 12. It is part of the Denver Public Schools District. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students engage in intensive studies in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Stagecraft and Design, Theatre, Video Cinema Arts and Visual Arts. DSA is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in a culturally diverse, academically challenging environment. The theatre program itself is made up of about 160 theatre students who auditioned to gain admittance. Its leader is Shawn Hann, who has been at the school for 15 years.

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    • Tell us a little about your school’s theatre tradition and history: DSA, as it is known for short, started as part of Cole Middle School. Arts classes were held in the Byers building fro the late 1990s until the school was opened in its present location 13 years ago. Our most notable graduate and Colorado thespian is probably Gabriel Ebert (pictured at right), who won the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda. Most recently he appeared in the movie Ricky and the Flash with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. Gabe still comes back as an occasional guest artist, and he  meets up with DSA students in New York every year to talk about acting. Another notable grad is Justine Lupe (Schomp), who was on Harry's Law, Shameless (with William H. Macy), Younger (with Sutton Foster), and in the film Frances Ha. DSA Gabriel Ebertgrad Jesse JP Johnson is currently in SpongeBob the Musical on Broadway. Jesse has done seven national tours, as well as three years in the ensemble of Wicked on Broadway. New York playwright Max Posner (Judy) is also a DSA theater major, as well as his sister Jessica Odede Posner, who founded  Shining Hope for Communities in Kenya, Africa. Also five members of the class of 2010 created the Black Actors Guild in Denver, who take Shakespeare into elementary schools and create original work. 
    • Your program goals: Our school is slightly different than a traditional high school in that we are a DPS magnet school. Students audition for one of 11 arts majors and get the opportunity to be a part of that art every single day for 90 minutes. Many of our students travel between 25 minutes to an hour to get to our campus and are very dedicated to studying theatre. Our goal in our performances is to give as many kids mainstage opportunities as possible in any given year, to challenge them with difficult material, and to work together with dancers, musicians, vocalists, and stagecraft majors. Spring Awakening, however, is cast with only acting majors as it is a theatre major performance not an all-school musical.
    • What kind of general support do you get? We are a "do it yourself" organization.  The tickets for each show pay for each show. Most of the time we barely break even on any show that we put on our mainstage. Support live theatre! 👍.
    • What would you say to a younger student at your school who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? Our department motto is this: Step into the fear and be brave. We talk a lot with our students about how taking risks and putting yourself out there, being vulnerable, is the only way that you will get rewards back from this art form. I would say have fun and go for it.
    • What does it mean to your school for your show to be nominated for Outstanding Musical by the Bobby G Awards? We are beyond thrilled to be nominated for Outstanding Musical. The students have worked so hard on this production and believe so strongly in the message this musical carries. When we performed the show at our own school, many audience members were so moved and touched by the story that they opened up to cast members and school counselors about problems they had been dealing with at our school. The whole point of Spring Awakening is to encourage that kind of communication.
    • What does this whole experience tell you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? Theatre changes students' lives. It gives them skills that will transfer into any occupation after high school. From self-esteem to coping skills to organizational skills to working as a team and/or leading a group, stidents walk away with a massive skill set.  

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Denver School of the Arts. Spring Awakening. Jimmy Bruenger. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen. Denver School of the Arts' is nominated as Oustanding Supporting Actor for 'Spring Awakening.' Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.


    Denver School of the Arts' 2016 Bobby G Award nominations

    • Overall Production of a Musical (Spring Awakening)
    • Outstanding Direction: Shawn Hann
    • Actor in a Leading Role: Michael Kosko, Moritz
    • Actor in a Supporting Role: Jimmy Bruenger, Hanschen
    • Hair and Makeup Design: Skylar Arterburn and Owen Nuss
    • Costume Design: Mary V Benoit and Lara Kirksey
    • Orchestra

    Previous 2016 Outstanding Musical Nominee profiles:
    Cherry Creek High School
    Fairview High School
    Mountain View High School

    Denver School of the Arts
    Arvada West High School

    Bobby G Awards
    : Ticket information

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Buell Theatre 
  • 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    2016 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances
    Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game
    Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards: Complete list of nominations 

  • Countdown to the Bobby G Awards: Mountain View High School

    by John Moore | May 20, 2016
    Mountain View Bobby G Awards
    Mountain High School is the third of five schools nominated for Outstanding Musical we will be featuring here in the DCPA NewsCenter in the days leading up to the May 26 Bobby G Awards at the Buell Theatre.


    MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL

    Anything Goes
    3500 Mountain Lion Drive, Loveland, 80537 MAP IT
    WEB SITE 

    Mountain View Phil Forman The Mountain View High School Drama program is cleverly called C.I.A. - Caught In the Act Productions. It has been run for the past 10 years by Phil Forman (pictured right), also the Music Director for the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's current production of Into the Woods, starring Debby Boone. (She calls him "most wonderful.") "We started with only 30 total kids auditioning and now have close to 100," Forman said. "We average around 75 to 100 kids involved in our spring musical each year. This includes cast, tech, and pit orchestra."

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    • Tell us a little about your school’s theatre tradition and history: Mountain View High School opened in 2000 and began producing several shows a year. In 2008, our production of Seussical was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Musical in Colorado in USAWeekend. In certain years we produce a straight play in the fall, a spring musical and an additional show in the late spring that has included student-directed and student-written works, small-scale musicals and variety shows.  For the past four years, we have hosted Day of the Arts. Students from area middle schools come over and view the production in the morning, eat lunch with our company and then take master classes in various art forms in the afternoon. Our students and creative team help run the workshops, which have included: LearniMountain View Bobby G Awardsng a vocal piece from our current show and performing it alongside actual cast members; makeup; dance and visual arts (drawing, photography, jewelry). Band kids learn what it is like to play in the orchestra pit by learning a number from the show and playing it along with one of our leads actors. Our mission is to expose students to world of the arts and allow them to explore their specific passions. We also have been lucky to host several guest artists to allow kids the opportunity to experience professionals in musical theatre. 
    • Your program goals: We have a saying: "Broadway at Mountain View." While we stop at nothing to create a Broadway experiences for kids, our essential mission is to create well-rounded critical thinkers, problem solvers, and passionate, dedicated, hard-working individuals. We also place an emphasis on teamwork and how each individual has to commit to excellence for the betterment of the entire company.
    • What kind of general support do you get? We are self-funded through ticket sales, donations and some district money on occasion. There is quite a bit of collaboration with adults and the community to help make sure our students are successful. Our administration is incredibly supportive and is always willing to help support endeavors such as the Bobby G Awards program.
    • What would you say to a younger student at your school who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? You never know if you'll like it if you don't try. Our philosophy is to cast each grade level in every production. For 90 percent of the shows, we do not cast based on seniority. However, we cast who is best for each role. Don't be shy and get to know your cast, crew, pit and creative team. We are here for everyone to succeed and to help you grow in our program and in your artistic endeavors. There is a difference between positive and negative nerves. Positive nerves that are created from feeling well-prepared as opposed to negative nerves, which are created from a lack of preparation.
    • What does it mean to your school for your show to be nominated for Outstanding Musical by the Bobby G Awards? We are humbled by the recognition of the hard work by our students and staff in these productions. It is an incredible opportunity for our students to perform on The Buell Theatre stage. That experience alone is well worth the months of hard work that goes into producing each production at Mountain View.
    • What does this whole experience tell you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? Mountain View is home to the Loveland Integrated School of the Arts with an emphasis on arts-integrated core classes. Students have multiple opportunities for arts education in both performing and visual arts throughout their time in high school. The students' recognition through the Bobby G Awards has helped to raise the awareness of the great opportunities available for our students. We are grateful for such an incredible awards program that recognizes the art form of musical theatre at the high-school level. 

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Mountain View Bobby G Awards Anything GoesMountain View High School's Bailey Friar and Tammy Johnson are nominated for Outstanding Choreography.

    Mountain View High School's 2016 Bobby G Award nominations

    • Overall Production of a Musical (Anything Goes)
    • Actress in a Leading Role: Savannah Wood, Reno Sweeney
    • Musical Direction: Phil Forman, Bryan Kettlewell and Peter Toews
    • Hair and Makeup Design: Averi Davis and Emma Smith
    • Costume Design: Jen Bleem, Cindy Sipes and Lauryn Starke
    • Scenic Design: Shailyn Clay, Tyler King, Rebecca Reynolds and Lucas Sanchez
    • Choreography: Bailey Friar and Tammy Johnson
    • Lighting Design: Jude Franco and Tanner Friar
    • Chorus
    • Orchestra

    Previous 2016 Outstanding Musical Nominee profiles:
    Cherry Creek High School
    Fairview High School
    Mountain View High School

    Denver School of the Arts
    Arvada West High School


    Bobby G Awards
    : Ticket information

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Buell Theatre 
  • 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    2016 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances
    Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game
    Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards: Complete list of nominations 

  • Countdown to the Bobby G Awards: Cherry Creek High School

    by John Moore | May 18, 2016
    Cherry Creek High School Bobby G Awards 2016

    Cherry Creek High School is the first of five schools nominated for Outstanding Musical we will be featuring here in the DCPA NewsCenter in the days leading up to the May 26 Bobby G Awards at the Buell Theatre.


    CHERRY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    9300 E. Union Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 MAP IT
    WEB SITE 

    The Cherry Creek High School Drama Club is called the Union Street Players, Troupe 1730. We received our Charter from the International Thespian Society in 1957. The program is run by local actor and costumer Jimmy Miller, who is in his 18th overall year teaching and his third year teaching at Cherry Creek. He recently earned his masters degree in Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley. Miller is a graduate of Cherry Creek and a member of Troupe 1730 since 1981. "It is a wonderful experience to lead about 200 exceptional students in Creek’s theatre program," he says.

    Reserve your seat for the May 26 Bobby G Awards

    • Tell us a little about your school’s theatre tradition and history: Our program was started in 1973 by Bob Wells (currently resident director at the Town Hall Arts Center). When I took this job three years ago, I wanted to return the program to how it was when Michelle Busti taught here. I have worked with Creek’s thespian board and all my theatre students to build positivity and inclusivity in our program.
    • Cherry Creek Bobby G AwardsYour program goals: My goal is to run our theatre program like a professional theatre and to give my students as much of a professional experience as possible. My objective at the beginnings of shows is to help students create memorable, authentic character choices to bring our productions life and energy. I also strive to have as many original elements designed by students as possible. We have meetings for set and lighting design, costume design, and overall production. We have structured rehearsal times and organized tech weeks to help create the best shows possible.
    • What kind of general support do you get? The administration, faculty, and community at Creek have been incredibly supportive of our theatre program. While we do not have the same recognition as the football team, we have earned a reputation for putting on professional-quality shows and for raising the bar in production qualities and acting values.
    • What would you say to a younger student at your school who might be nervous or unsure about participating in the performing arts? Our thespian board has made it a goal to make strong connections with younger thespians and with students outside of our theatre community. Theatre teaches so many aspects about dealing with the challenges of life, and we work to be welcoming of all students who want to participate, be it on the stage or behind the curtain.
    • What does it mean to your school for your show to be nominated for Outstanding Musical by the Bobby G Awards? Considering the excellent productions also named, we are deeply honored to be nominated this year for our work on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The Bobby G Awards are the gold standard of excellence in Colorado high-school theatre, and we are humbled to receive this recognition.
    • What does this whole experience tell you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? We have worked incredibly hard this school year on all our productions, and I know our school and community highly value arts education and extracurricular activities here at Creek. A perennial goal of our program is to maintain a professional atmosphere that encourages further support and respect from our school and community.
    • Last words: We are honored to be a part of the Bobby G Awards this year, and we cannot wait to see all of the amazing work put on by our fellow thespians.

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    Cherry Creek Bobby G Awards CostumesCherry Creek High School is nominated for Outstanding Costumes.

    Cherry Creek High School's 2016 Bobby G Award nominations

    • Overall Production of a Musical
    • Direction: Jimmy Miller
    • Hair and Make-up Design: Marrisa Hadden
    • Costume Design: Jimmy Miller and Katya Zabelski
    • Lighting Design: Yasmin Farsad
    • Scenic Design: Jack Hagen, Yuuki Hashimoto and Caleb Nghe
    • Choreography: Ronni Gallup
    • Chorus

    2016 Outstanding Musical Nominee profiles:
    Cherry Creek High School
    Fairview High School
    Mountain View High School
    Denver School of the Arts
    Arvada West High School


    Bobby G Awards
    : Ticket information

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Buell Theatre 
  • 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    2016 Bobby G Award nominations: The complete list
    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    Video: Outstanding Actor Nominee Performances
    Video: Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Rockies game
    Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Video: See how we introduced all 30 participating schools
    Video: Page to Stage highlights with Bobby G Awards winners
    Meet your Bobby G Awards nominees, in their own words
    Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards: Complete list of nominations 

    Cherry Creek Bobby G AwardsJimmy Miller, right, won a 2014 Bobby G Award. The production was 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
  • Macbeth. Happy Friday the 13th. Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth.

    by John Moore | May 12, 2016




    Is there a ghost in the Buell Theatre? DCPA Video Producer David Lenk set up his camera to make a time-lapse video that would Superstition Ghost Lightcapture the load-in of the 'If/Then' national touring production's set in Denver's Buell Theatre back in October 2015. His camera took a photo every 30 seconds for three days and nights. The evident light at the bottom of the screen is a so-called "ghost light" - a theatre tradition in which one standing light is left on throughout the night to ward off ghosts. It may or may not have worked in this case. Upon reviewing the footage, Lenk discovered an unmistakable - and unexplainable blip in the upper-left region of the screen. It was captured in the dead of night, when the building was otherwise empty. "It is either reflecting light from something, or it is generating its own light," said Lenk, "because there is no other light source. It's completely dark." Lenk believes the blip could not be an anomaly or camera glitch, or the mistake would have repeated itself. The video above was slowed down by 180 percent to make the aberration easier to see. 


    By John Moore
    DCPA Senior Arts Journalist

    Theatre superstitions are real. Whether there are real consequences for flaunting those unfounded fears is in the belief of the beholder.

    In honor of today being the only Friday the 13th of 2016, we decided to focus not on merely repeating all those well-worn superstitions. Instead, we asked theatre artists to tell us specific stories of what happened when those superstitions were violated. And there were many.

    Theatre SuperstitionsWhen Austin Terrell was playing Macbeth in high school, the actor made a pact with his castmates not to say the name of the play in the theatre.

    This is a superstition dating back to the 17th century that warns against saying "Macbeth" in a theatre. And while no one knows for sure how it began, there are countless legends of mishaps and even deaths during performances of the play. Maybe it’s all that “Double, double toil and trouble…” sorcery in the play. Regardless, if someone slips up and says the name of the play inside a theatre (outside of the actual performance), that person must exit the theater, spin three times, spit and then utter some vulgarity to neutralize the curse.

    “I was one of the chief enforcers of that rule – and for good reason, being the titular character,” Terrell said. “On the final night of rehearsal before our first performance, I called out the cursed name in a moment of anger, which was answered by gasps and giggles alike. Move ahead 20 minutes to our big fight scenes. One missed step of fight choreography meant a rusty, chipped sword blade across the knuckles of my left hand. Fourteen stitches and a tetanus shot later, I still refuse to say that name in house.”

    Taunting always seems to be a guaranteed way of getting a ghost’s dander up. When actor Erica Lee was in high school, some of her Our Town castmates decided to poke fun at their teacher’s deep respect for theatre superstitions. So they, of course, repeatedly yelled “Macbeth” inside the theatre. “It was minutes before the start of the closing performance of the show,” she said. “During the opening monologue, the trellis fell, seemingly unprovoked, causing a loud boom and an audience gasp. Later, one of the ladders followed suit, nearly injuring the actor playing Emily Webb during the adorable puppy-love scene.

    “After we closed the show, we thought the bad luck was over - until one cast member found a bee in her hair as we walked to the cast party. Then another. Then another. Suddenly, the whole cast and crew were shrieking as we were being chased by an angry swarm of bees inside the house.”

    The Our Towners later received a stern lecture from their director about the dangers of disrespecting theatrical superstitions ... as they passed around the calamine lotion.

    Theatre Superstitions

    Fanci Berndt said “the word” in a theatre her junior year in college, when she was playing a maid in Scapino. And she she stubbornly refused to submit to the cleansing tradition.

    “That afternoon, I got knocked in the head by a flying broom,” she said. “Later, as I was ducking under the stairs backstage, I hit my head and was temporarily knocked out.” Later in life, working as a substitute teacher, Berndt’s class decided to write a play about Shakespeare's ghost. “My daughter and son both contracted chicken pox,” she said.

    Of course, not everyone buys into theatre superstitions. DCPA Fight Director Geoff Kent, also the director of the Galleria Theatre’s upcoming An Act of God, calls them utter (bleep). “I was in a production of Twelfth Night where a light instrument shattered above the audience, dropping hot glass and injuring the audience. An actor later in the run became sick to the point of vomiting blood. Another actor suddenly left the production in the middle of the night to be replaced with no prep. And no one calls it "The Illyrian play" with hushed overtones.

    But Kent was quick to add: "I respect those who hold those rules sacred, if only not to mess with their focus. I find most of the superstitions silly. But there is no need to poke those fears with a stick."

    Too late.

    Your stories:

    Technician Mike Haas: As a talisman to protect the set and keep the technology of a production working, I've hidden a Yoda action figure into the set of every production I've been tech director on. That's more than 100 shows here in Denver protected by Yoda everywhere from the Aurora Fox to Town Hall Arts Center to The Avenue.

    Actor Emma Messenger: On the way to the theater, I have to spot a dog on a leash. The more dogs, the better the show will be. The safer the show will be. It's protection against something going wrong. If I don't see any dogs, I make my husband drive around the neighborhood until we find one. It also works for shows I'm going to see, even if I'm not in them. It's terrible if it's a snowy or rainy day because no one is out walking their dog. In that case, I have to spot a billboard with a dog or some sign of a dog, such as a veterinary clinic. It started several years ago when I was in a production of Sylvia. It's such a well-written, heartfelt play. Making the connection was irresistible. It became a crutch. When I see that dog, it's such a relief.

    Actor Charles Redding: I had just finished building a full-sized deer-carcass prop. It was not for a show. It was the final project for my props-making class (at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs). I was also currently involved in a production of The Spanish Tragedy, where I would be playing The Hangman. I was chatting about the deer carcass with another actor just inside the doors of the Osborne Studio Theatre when the actor said of my prop, “That's fantastic. You could add that into so many different shows. You could use it in Macbeth!" Suddenly the director shouts from behind the set: "Hey! I'm working with NOOSES OVER HERE!" So then came the whole turning ritual, which I was not aware of. I was kind of blown away. For the record, no one died, the hanging effect was fantastic, and the deer recently performed in a Christmas sketch show as Rondo, everyone's favorite expanded-universe reindeer.

    Technician Mitch Chew: Before every rehearsal of Black Elk Speaks at the Denver Center, the cast did a smudge ceremony to ward off any unwanted evil spirits, and to keep actors and technicians safe. It was taken very seriously. I still have the talisman they gave to each of the technicians.

    Costumer Sharon McClaury: During my last year of college, Mary Jo Catlett was a guest artist playing Momma Rose in Gypsy for the Little Theater of the Rockies in Greeley. I was her dresser and personal assistant. Well, she had a pretty good fit when they wanted to use peacock feathers as set dressing in one scene. She insisted she would not share the stage with the "Evil Eye." Onstage, peacock feathers are apparently the "Evil Eye.” She could not believe none of us had ever heard of this "theater no-no." I had designed Bus Stop that same season - and used peacock feathers on one of those costumes. So you can bet I kept my mouth shut!


    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

  • Time-lapse video: Watch the 'Newsies' set go up in Denver

    by John Moore | Mar 24, 2016



    John EkebergDCPA Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg talks all things Disney's Newsies in the video above while Video Producer David Lenk shows you in time-lapse form the show's set rise into place Denver's Buell Theatre over two 8-hour days. 

    "You will see this amazing, three-story, 24-foot tower designed by Tobin Ost, which is made of steel and aluminum, that is actually 7 1/2 tons in weight," Ekeberg says. Interview by DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore.

    The video below shows you the time-lapse by itself. Watch 16 hours of hard work come together in just more than a minute.

    Another look: Just the time-lapse:


    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


    Disney's Newsies: Ticket information

  • Through April 9 at the Buell Theatre
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • TTY: 303-893-9582
  • Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
  • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at DenverCenter.Org.
  •  Kids' Night on Broadway, Talkback with the Company: 7:30 p.m. March 24
  • Accessibility performance: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 3

  • Previous NewsCenter coverage of Disney's Newsies:
    Extra! Read all bout Denver's real Newsies past
    Michael Gorman: The Oldsie of Newsies returns to Denver
    Stephen Hernandez: Dancer's paper trail runs from Wyoming to Newsies
    Photos: Newsies' Fansies hawk some papes around Denver
    Try our Newsies crossword puzzle

    Newsies set load-InThe early stages of the set load-in at the Buell Theatre in Denver on Tuesday. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA's NewsCenter. The photo below shows a little of how the set looks when it is completed. Photo by Deen van Meer.

    Newsies set load-In
  • 'Gentleman's Guide': Where every murder is a comic gift

    by NewsCenter Staff | Feb 11, 2016

    In this exclusive video interview, John Rapson and Kevin Massey tell DCPA NewsCenter viewers about 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.'


    By Sylvie Drake
    For the DCPA NewsCenter


    Today’s Quiz: What’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder?

     
    (a) A directive on how to avoid commitment
    (b) An unserious evening of silly theatre
    (c) A multiple 2014 Tony Award-winner, including Best Musical
    (d) A veiled tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan
    (e) A lesson in “offing” inconvenient heirs
    (f) An inspired rip-off of Agatha Christie meets the Marx Brothers, with a whiff of Noel Coward. Set to music.

    Take your pick. You’ll be right every time.

    But talk to the creative team that put this show together, and you’ll find the outcome wasn’t always so inclusive. It took 10 years to get this farcical thriller in shape and the man who helped most joined the venture at halftime.

    A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder“Robert Freedman, who wrote the book for Gentleman’s Guide, saw my production of The Women at The Old Globe in San Diego,” volunteered Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director of Hartford Stage and the directorial mastermind who scored his own Tony® Award for coming up with some of Gentleman’s Guide’s choicest silliness.

    “Something about The Women convinced Robert that I was the guy for the job. Then I met Steve Lutvak, who wrote the music and was co-lyricist, and we hit it off. It was four years leading to the production we mounted in Hartford — and a fifth year to get the show to Broadway.”

    Of course, there was more.

    Freedman and Lutvak, newbies to Broadway, avoided watching Kind Hearts and Coronets, the 1949 hit movie in which Alec Guinness played all eight heirs to an English
    fortune, each of whom meets an untimely death at the hands of the ninth, just for being, you know … in the way.

    Gentleman's Guide quoteThe film was based on the same 1907 Roy Horniman novel, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, and while the premise held plenty of promise, Freedman and Lutvak lacked rights to the movie and mined the novel instead.

    Tresnjak, who’d seen the movie in high school, also declined to watch it again, relying instead on his own sly sense of humor and instinct for the right casting.

    “I champion great comic actors,” he said. “They’re underestimated. Grad schools don’t teach the craft. I was lucky. I directed Paxton Whitehead. I directed Dana Ivy. It’s like a science experiment to watch Paxton get the laugh and next night figure out how to subdivide the laugh and get three laughs out of the audience without pushing…

    “The older I get, the more it seems like comedy is the perfect response to the absurdity of the world. I wish there were Joe Ortons for our time. Satire is the perfect tool to
    deal with stupid politics.

    “One of the really appealing things about Gentleman’s Guide is its structure, the fact that you have to have a spectacular actor in the revolving-door roles, playing all eight of the aristocratic d’Ysquiths. Every murder’s a gift, because you know that actor’s got to come back in another role. I thought it was really naughty because, like, wow. Monty d’Ysquith kills his whole family and the show ends in a three-way (love affair). I was like, cool! Sign me on. It’s a hand-in-the-cookie-jar kind of show.”

    Tresnjak, who’s staged a good deal of opera, fell in love with Lutvak’s offbeat score. “It’s not ‘American Idol.’ It’s hard to sing,” he said. “The two women’s roles are precise. There’s no back phrasing. You need crystalline soprano voices. That was a big part of it for me.

    “The moment when I knew it was going to work was the ending. It hadn’t been written when I came on board and there was a logistical problem. What happens when you kill the star? When the last victim bites the dust? Umm. You find … a ninth relative! Robert and Steven were, What…?

    “I don’t want to give it away, but there’s a janitor who works in the jail. They let me add that. At that point I knew the show was going to be playful. The best thing was we took huge liberties. Some ideas came from the book, but the more we made up our own, the better it got.

    “The best moment came when we had to redo one of the murders. [We tried] a car going over the cliff, then a plunge off a Ferris wheel. Didn’t work. I was listening. It was like … the famous skating waltz. I said, ‘start skating…’ ”

    That time it worked. 

    “Over lunch that day, Robert and Steven were passing napkins to each other, rewriting lyrics. Kept the tune, changed the words. Then they showed me:

    As I’m cutting, I am contemplating
    And the truth is it’s a tad exhilarating, 

    With the rhythm of a violinist 

    I’ll be sawing where I think the ice is thinnest.

    “Now that is talent,” said Tresnjak, “and it’s buried. But it’s the most sophisticated lyric in the entire show. Steve and Robert write lyrics together. Not one fake rhyme. No cheating. They’re completely rigorous.

    A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder“You have to believe in a musical,” he summarized, “because nothing takes as much (effort). I didn’t work on the show all of the time. I directed 20 productions during those five years. But this was really fun.”

    John Rapson plays the eight victims to Kevin Massey’s Monty. Both men were in the Broadway company.

    “After directing 25 Shakespeare plays, I also can say Shakespeare’s plays are not good. Great, but not good. Who cares? It’s theatrical logic. In Merchant of Venice months seem to be passing in Venice, but in Belmont, it’s the next day. So what?

    “It’s theatrical logic.”

    So, you’re about to discover, is Gentleman’s Guide.

    Sylvie Drake served as Director of Media Relations and Publications for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1994 – 2014. She is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a regular contributor to culturalweekly.com. 

    Photos above: Lesley McKinnell as Miss Barley and Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,' top of page. Above right: Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Massey and Adrienne Eller as Phoebe D'Ysquith. Photos by Joan Marcus. To see more production photos, click here.


    A Gentleman' Guide to Love & Murder: Ticket information

  • Feb. 16-28 at the Buell Theatre
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • TTY: 303-893-9582
  • Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
  • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at DenverCenter.Org.
  • Accessibility performance: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28

  • Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the only authorized online ticket provider for 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.'


    Our previous NewsCenter coverage of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder:
    Video: A Gentleman's Guide to A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
    Video: Kevin Massey sings the national anthem at Broncos game
    Official show page


    'A Gentleman's Guide' in Denver Our photos of 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder' in Denver, to date. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. To see more, click the forward button on the image above. 
  • Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life

    by NewsCenter Staff | Jan 15, 2016
    Dirty DancingChristopher Tierney and Gillian Abbott star in the national touring production of "Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage." Photo by Matthew Murphy.


    In August 1987, every teenage girl in America had a crush on the same actor — Patrick Swayze. His portrayal of Johnny Castle in the hit film Dirty Dancing catapulted him to superstardom. Johnny was from the wrong side of the tracks, but he had a heart of gold (and, let’s face it, he could move).

    Enter Frances “Baby” Houseman, on vacation with her overprotective parents and annoying older sister at Kellerman’s, a lavish vacation resort.

    “That was the summer of 1963. When everybody called me ‘Baby’ and it didn’t occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy got shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn’t wait to join the Peace Corps and I thought I’d never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman’s,” says Baby at the opening of the movie-turned-stage musical.

    Introduce one idealistic, sheltered teenager to an older, experienced dance instructor and you’ve got the sizzle of fireworks that tests loyalty, questions worthiness and sparks passion in audiences across the nation.   

    There’s just something about the story that doesn’t quite go away. In fact, ABC announced in December that it will film a three-hour adaptation of the movie for network broadcast starring Abigail Breslin. Perhaps it’s the “diamond in the rough” story of Johnny or the “coming-of-age” plot of Baby. Or it may be that soundtrack. Winner of a Golden Globe, Academy Award and Grammy, the soundtrack has sold more than 44 million copies and, in addition to number one hits from the 1960’s, includes such songs as “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Hungry Eyes” and “She’s Like the Wind.”

    Now the national touring production of Dirty Dancing  - The Classic Story on Stage comes to the Buell Theatre from Jan. 26-31.

    In fact, the music served as the backbone of the original script development. Scriptwriter Eleanor Bergstein selected the songs she wanted to use and then wrote the story against them. She wanted the music to function as the soundtrack of the story and of the characters’ hearts.

    It may be nearly 30 years later, but we’re all sure to await that singular moment at the end of the musical when Baby flies atop Johnny’s arms, asserting her love, her loyalty and her independence.

    Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
    Click the forward arrow to see more production photos by Matthew Murphy.


    Dirty Dancing  —  The Classic Story on Stage

    Jan 26-31
    Buell Theatre
    Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    Groups: 303-446-4829
    ASL interpreted, Audio described and open-captioned performance: 2 p.m. Jan. 30

  • Katie Phipps makes her 'A Christmas Story The Musical' debut

    by John Moore | Dec 23, 2015
    Kaden Hinkle and Katie Phipps, two young but seasoned Denver stage professionals, were chosen from a local audition to perform as part of the ensemble while the national touring production of A Christmas Story, The Musical plays The Buell Theatre.

    In the video above, DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore and Video Producer David Lenk followed Katie in the hour before she made her big entrance, through her actual appearance on the Buell Theatre stage on Dec. 22. Includes comments from young castmate Caroline Howard.

    Watch Kaden Hinkle's opening night video

    Kaden's week with the show is over. Phipps, 11, performs from Dec. 22-27 (the matinee performance only on Dec 27; no appearance on Christmas Eve).



    Katie Phipps runs through a number in the dressing room just before appearing in 'A Christmas Story, The Musical' for the first time. Photo by John Moore. More photos below.


    A Christmas Story, The Musical: Ticket information

  • Performances through Dec. 27
  • Buell Theatre
  • 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • TTY: 303-893-9582
  • Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
  • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at DenverCenter.org.
  • More new photos from A Christmas Story, The Musical in Denver:

    'A Christmas Story' in Denver


    Previous NewsCenter coverage of A Christmas Story, The Musical:

    Video: Denver friends wish Katie and Kaden well
    Denver, meet your Ralphie Parker
    Two young local actors join tour in Denver
    Video highlights from the show

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    Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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