• 2017 True West Award: Claudia Carson

    by John Moore | Dec 06, 2017
    True West Awards. Claudia Carson. Photo courtesy Jimmy Awards

    2017 TRUE WEST AWARDS  

    Day 6: Claudia Carson


    By John Moore
    Senior Arts Journalist

    Claudia Carson loves her job to her core. That job is to help high-students love theatre to their cores. And she’s pretty good at her job.

    There’s far more to it than that. Carson is also a stage manager, choreographer, director and teaching artist. But what really fuels her fire is coordinating two profoundly meaningful student programs for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts: The annual Bobby G Awards, which celebrate achievements in high-school musical theatre, and a year-round, statewide teen playwriting competition.

    “Claudia is just so joyful, so inspirational and so hungry to make an impact with students,” said DCPA Director of Education Allison Watrous. “She makes those programs possible with her year-round passion and commitment.”

    Claudia Carson True West BGA 2017The Bobby G Awards, which served 42 high schools and nearly 7,000 students last school year, are Carson’s true labor of love. She manages all operational elements of the wide-ranging, 5-year-old  program, including coordinating in-school workshops, professional adjudications of every production and a big, culminating Tony Awards-style party attended by nearly 2,000 each May at the Buell Theatre.

    Participating high schools have the opportunity to be mentored by DCPA Teaching Artists, and last year 24 schools signed on for 70 workshop classes. Once their school musicals go up, they are judged by a field of professional artists and educators who not only score each show for awards consideration, they provide detailed, constructive feedback that teachers can use to make their programs better.

    The awards ceremony itself is a remarkable celebration of the high-school theatre community. Carson not only directs the slick show, she choreographs sophisticated, original medleys that are performed by all of the male and female leading actor nominees. The two students ultimately named Outstanding Actor and Actress move on to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City, also known as The Jimmys. And Carson chaperones them every step of the way.

    “I think the magic of Claudia coordinating the Bobby G Awards program is that she cares so much about theatre in Colorado, and she cares so much about teachers,” Watrous said. “Claudia is a full-on champion of high-school theatre in Colorado.”

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    This past year, the DCPA’s fourth High School Playwriting Competition drew 132 one-act submissions from budding writers in 14 Colorado counties. That after Carson sent DCPA Teaching Artists to 46 high schools, where they conducted 138 workshops for more than 2,800 students. Four of the resulting scripts were chosen to be read by professional actors at the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit in February, and two were ultimately given fully staged productions through DCPA Education’s summer academy.

    Claudia Carson True West BGA 2016If that weren’t “job enough,” Carson also returned to her roots as a Stage Manager this year for the recent return engagement of Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women. And as a summer Teaching Artist for DCPA Education, she and a group of ambitious teens created an entire original musical from scratch — in just two weeks.

    If that sounds like a lot, you should know this about Carson: It's in her DNA. Her mother, Bev Newcomb-Madden, is a pioneer of  children's theatre in Denver and has directed more plays than any other woman in Colorado theatre history. Her sister, Glenna Kelly, is an accomplished actor who for a long time ran Kaiser-Permanente’s acclaimed Educational Theatre Programs for Colorado. And her daughter, Claire Carson, studied at Denver School of the Arts and SMU, and is now an actor in Dallas. That’s three generations of accomplished Newcomb women — and counting. And brother Jamie Newcomb performed in the DCPA Theatre Company's recent productions of Benediction and All the Way

    Pictured above and right: Claudia Carson with 2016 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actors Curtis Salinger and Charlotte Movizzo, and DCPA  Senior Manager of Press and Promotions Heidi Bosk).

    “Claudia is a sensitive, caring and compassionate person, and she really has an innate ability to connect with teenagers,” said DCPA Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg. “But at the same time, she is also a quintessential stage manager and mother, which is probably why she is so good at both jobs. Part of being a good mom is being a good stage manager.”

    Carson graduated from Denver East High School and studied journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She came to the Denver Center as a stage manager for all Galleria Theatre shows for a five-year stretch starting in 2003 with the longest-running musical in Colorado theatre history, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She later took charge of the global expansion of the runaway hit Girls Only and then served as Executive Assistant to DCPA President Randy Weeks, who died in 2014. She has also worked as a stage manager at Curious Theatre and the Arvada Center.

    But she seems to have found her sweetest spot working with students.

    “She’s doing what she loves with the people she loves the most,” Ekeberg said. “For someone who has done so many things, that’s a pretty cool culmination of a pretty cool career.”

    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.


    True West Claudia Carson 2017

    The four finalists from the DCPA's fourth statewide High School Playwriting Competition had their plays presented as readings at the 12th annual 2017 Colorado New Play Summit, including 'Dear Boy on the Tree,' above, written by Jasmin Hernandez Lozano of Vista Peak Preparatory Academy in Aurora. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    ABOUT THE TRUE WEST AWARDS: '30 DAYS, 30 BOUQUETS'
    The True West Awards, now in their 17th year, began as the Denver Post Ovation Awards in 2001. DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore — along with additional voices from around the state — celebrate the entire local theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from 2017 over 30 days, without categories or nominations. 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. His daily coverage of the DCPA and the Colorado theatre community can be found at MyDenverCenter.Org

    A look back at the history of the True West Awards

    The 2017 True West Awards (to date)


    Video bonus 1: The 2017 Bobby G Awards




    Video bonus 2 Student playwriting:

  • Video, photos and quotes from 2017 Bobby G Awards

    by John Moore | Jun 02, 2017
    A VIDEO LOOK BACK:


    Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk. Interviews by Senior Arts Journalist John Moore.


    The Bobby G Awards celebrate achievement in high-school musical theatre. Our look back in video, photos and words. 

    By John Moore
    Senior Arts Journalist

    The Denver Center's fifth annual Bobby G Awards celebrated achievement in Colorado high-school theatre on May 25 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. (Click here for complete night-of coverage of the awards, including a list of winners and nominees.)

    Bobby G Awards. Boulder High RentThe video above provides a recap of the evening and includes interviews with students, teachers and DCPA staff. Our photo gallery below includes the red-carpet walk, the awards, student performances, backstage trophy presentations and a look back at rehearsals leading up to the big night.

    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 The Jimmy® Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. This year’s honorees are Elleon Dobias of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch and Austin Hand of Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins.

    (Pictured above: Boulder High School's performance of 'Rent.')

    Our full report from the 2017 Bobby G Awards

    Bobby G Awards. Valor Christian.  PippinFor Dobias, was her record fourth straight nomination and first win. “Yes, I was nominated for Bobby G Awards my freshman, sophomore and junior year, and lost, lost, lost. But you lose some - you lose some,” she said with a giggle. “I was super excited to be nominated again this year just to have the chance to maybe go out on a win. I can't believe it. My mind is short-circuiting right now because I am just so happy.”

    Dovias played Catherine in Valor Christian's production of Pippin, which was named Outstanding Musical (pictured right). Valor Christian is a private Christian school in Highlands Ranch. "My freshman year when I auditioned for the school play, there were 10 people auditioning," she said. For Pippin, we had more than 60 people audition. I think recognition from a program like the Bobby G Awards has helped that growth."

    (Story continues below the photo gallery)

     

    COMPLETE PHOTO GALLERY:

    2017 Bobby G Awards

    To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. All photos by John Moore and Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter. All photos may be downloaded and redistributed with permission from the DCPA with proper photo credit.

    Award presenters included Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee and Colorado native Gene Gillette, who is a member of the national touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, currently performing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House through  June 25.

    Bobby G Awards. Valor Christian.  Pippin“High school was pretty rough for me,” Gillette told the DCPA NewsCenter. “I really look up to and envy these kids and the discipline they have to have gotten this far at this young of an age. I've been lucky to have theatre in my life." Asked his advice to the teens, Gillette wisdom of his own theatre professor from the University of Colorado. “He told me, "There are two wolves inside of you. There is the wolf that wants to do good, and the wolf that wants to do bad. And whichever wolf you feed, that's what you become. So feed your good wolf.”

    (Pictured right: Reaction to naming of Valor Christian's 'Pippin' as Outstanding Musical.)

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    While the Bobby G Awards culminate each year with the 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. Joe Robinson, who played Dewhurst in Chaparral High School’s The Scarlet Pimpernel, was named the 2017 Rising Star. That’s an award reserved for a promising underclassman. 

    “I would like to thank my Bobby G adjudicators for all of the valuable feedback you gave me,” Robinson said in his acceptance speech. “It really helped me in the right direction last year, moving into this year, and now going into next year.”

    (Story continues below the photo)

    Bobby G Awards

    Timothy McCracken, Head of Acting for DCPA Education, said the Denver Center is proud to offer the Bobby G Awards in Colorado because it aligns so well with its overall educational mission. “We are always looking for ways to continue to offer opportunities for younger artists to see what art and theatre can bring to a community, and to themselves as individuals. And this is one of those programs that highlights that."

    Coming next week: A separate video offering performance highlights.

    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 OF NOTE:

    • Shelly Cox-Robie, Director, Boulder High School (and 25-year actor at the nearby BDT Stage): The theatre kids feel like this is their equivalent of the football team going to state. As both a parent and as a teacher, it means so much for these kids to have the support and the camaraderie and the family that they have with (school theatre).
    • Bobby G Awards. North High School and Strive Prep's 'In the Heights'Maya Stone, North/Strive Prep High School's In the Heights: Doing In the Heights made a really big impact at our school because the story of In the Heights isn't just a story to our community. It's our story. We have such a feeling of pride. So many people put in so much work to make this happen. And it means so much to come together for one final performance her at the Bobby G Awards. I was telling (a castmate) on closing night, 'I just want to go on stage as Nina one more time. You always want that when a show closes - and it is amazing that we get that opportunity to do that here tonight.
    • Davie Gonzalez, North/Strive Prep High School's In the Heights: It feels great to be invited to the party. It makes us feel like we did something really special. Something this big makes us feel really happy about ourselves, and makes us feel like we really do matter to this community.
    • Dayna Marshal, North/Strive Prep High School's In the Heights: Being nominated for Outstanding Musical was a very big deal to us. It meant coming out of the shadows. It meant proving everyone wrong about a minority community at a small school. It means everything to us. And as for performing tonight at the Ellie: It feels like butterflies are exploding in my stomach.
    • Trey Kochevar, Outstanding Actor finalist, Lakewood High School: At school, it's become a lot more that arts can be a cool thing thanks to the Bobby G Awards, rather than it just being about sports. You get a lot more respect when you are able to showcase your craft like all of the other extra-curricular activities can.  
    • Grace Nolte, Outstanding Actress finalist, Chaparral High School: I came into this experience so scared that it was going to be such a catty environment. That changed the first minute we were all together. I have never been in such a collaborative environment with such contagious energy.
    • Asha Romeo Outstanding Actress finalist, Boulder High School: I think this program raises up the schools that have put  a lot of work and dedication into their productions, and pushes other schools to better their own programs.
    • Jesse Shafroth, Outstanding Actor finalist, Boulder High School: The Bobby G Awards has given us all good insight into what  show business is actually like. Because these rehearsals have been really fast-paced, and we have been learning a lot of stuff very quickly. I want to give a shout-out to our (Bobby G Awards) director, Claudia Carson. She's the best.
    • Chantal King, Outstanding Actress finalist, Niwot High School: Everyone has been so nice. Meeting everybody here was such a humbling and great experience.
    • Gable Kinsman, Outstanding Actor finalist, Valor Christian High School: “I think theatre doesn't usually get the credit that it deserves at our schools, but I think the Bobby G Awards program definitely helps.
    • Austin Hand, Outstanding Actor, Fossil Ridge High School: This was the first year Fossil put itself up for nominationf, so just everyone was so excited when we found out that we were even nominated for two awards. I feel like athletics in schools get most of the recognition because of the competitive nature of sports. Theatre doesn't have that, so its fun to have that extra push that Bobby G Awards provides to strive for greatness.
    • Timothy McCracken, Head of Acting for DCPA Education: I have an 8-year-old son and I cannot wait till he has an opportunity to be in this environment, I think it is so inspiring. There are so many people here. The excitement is just amazing. You can just feel everyone bubbling over.
    Bobby G Awards. Outstanding Actor and Actress medley.
    The Bobby G Awards' Outstanding Actor and Actress finalists performed a medley tailored to each other, and their school musicals.

    Previous 2017 Bobby G Awards coverage

    Meet your 2017 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress finalists
    Meet your 2017 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor finalists
    2016-17 Bobby G Award finalists are announced
    Video: The 2017 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
  • Meet your 2017 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actress Finalists

    by John Moore | May 24, 2017
    The Bobby G Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school musical theatre. The fifth annual awards and performance take place Thursday, May 25, at the Buell Theatre. (RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE.)

    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.

    Actress 1 Dobias

    ELLEON DOBIAS

    Catherine in Pippin
    Valor Christian High School
    Class of 2017

    • College plans: I will be attending Roosevelt University in Chicago
    • First role: My theatre debut was May 16, 2013, as Mrs. Potts in a required 8th grade production of Beauty and the Beast, My teapot spout arm is still sore . . . 
    • Why do you perform? One of my mentors once told me that the aim of the art of theatre is not to represent the outward appearances of things, but rather their inward significances. This phrase has come to mean a great deal to me because, as I continue to play various characters, I am reminded that performance has the power to give light to what may have once gone unseen, unaddressed or unappreciated.
    • Ideal scene partner: This is a total toss-up between Phyllis Diller and Carol Burnett. Phyllis Diller absolutely revolutionized comedy for women, and her witty creativity and masterful delivery have been an inspiration to me. Carol Burnett, on the other hand, has such a hilariously gawky, self-deprecating yet completely magnetic presence about her.
    • Favorite moment from your show: One of my favorite things about this role was all of the quirky, ad-libbed comments and improvised character exchanges between Catherine and Pippin (played by Gable Kinsman). From playing guitars for our duet to weeping in silent strength in the final scene, Gable’s talent and encouragement pushed me as an actress in both emotional vulnerability and light-hearted humor, and I am incredibly grateful for being able to play off of our friendship on stage.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? I have been both humbled and amazed by the talent I’ve seen at the Bobby G Awards over these last four years, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. My fellow nominees have been delightful to say the least, and it is truly such an honor to work alongside them.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? Arts education has legitimately changed my life. It has sparked in me a desire to influence positive social and cultural change with empathy and optimism, and I look back on my four years at Valor with nothing but gratitude and love for my theatre family and teacher mentors. The Bobby G Awards is not a competition but rather a celebration of the role that performance art has played in the lives of all of these students. We are all from different schools and different personal backgrounds, but we join together in the joy that comes from creating something wonderful.

    Actress 3 King

    CHANTAL KING 

    The Witch in Into the Woods
    Niwot High School
    Class of 2017  

    • College plans: I am headed to University of Northern Colorado. I will be majoring in political science and hopefully one day will become a Political Consultant. Or take over Stephen Colbert's talk show.        
    • First role: I played July in Annie when I was 10 years old and in the fifth grade at Twin Peaks Elementary
    • Why do you perform? Because I love making people smile and feel better. Theatre has always been an escape for me. Going to see any play or musical is magical. And I want to share that experience with any and every audience member I perform in front of. 
    • Ideal scene partner: I would love to be in a scene with Patti Lupone. She has been a big role model for me. She is just so iconic in the musical-theater world, and doing a scene with her would just be a dream come true. 
    • Favorite moment from your show: It has to be our final dress rehearsal. It was the scene where The Baker and his wife have lost their cow, and I pop out of nowhere to threaten them. Then Rapunzel singing was supposed to stop them in their tracks, but the actor forgot to sing. So I keep going on with my lines and I did not know what to say. So when we came to the end of my cue line, just yelled to the Baker and his wife:  "I will eat your beans! " Which made no sense. The Baker and his wife practically broke character, and it was just a hilarious moment! 
    • How does it feel to be nominated? It is such honor, and I'm just lucky to have this experience.  I'm very appreciative of being a part of theater for so long it is such a joy. 
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? That art is so valuable and important in the high-school years. I met some of my closest friends through arts participation. I don’t think I would have truly found myself if I did not do theater. My biggest takeaway from arts education and extracurricular activities is to just try, because you don't know who you'll meet or how it can better you as a person if you don't put yourself out there and go for it.  

    Actress 4 Marter

    CAMERON MARTER

    Lakewood High School
    Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd
    Class of 2017

    • College plans: University of Montana, double major in acting and psychology
    • First role: It was in a program called Prelude, which is linked with the Evergreen Children’s Chorale. The show was Pinnochio, and I played the Ringmaster. I was in first or second grade.
    • Why do you perform? It brings me joy. But more important, it brings other people joy, along with a plethora of different emotions. If I made one audience member laugh or cry or smile or emote in any way, I feel like I’ve done my job.
    • Ideal scene partner: Colin Firth is one of my all time favorite actors. I might pass out if I were in the same space as him.
    • Favorite moment from your show: There’s a song called “A Little Priest,” and it’s essentially seven minutes of Trey (Sweeney Todd) and I making cannibalism puns. I’m supposed to pretend to take a swig from one of the cups on my counter, but I forgot to drain the cup of water from a previous scene. When I went to take a swig, I wasn’t ready for any actual liquid to be in the cup, and I proceeded to inhale the water. We went on with the song mostly fine, but there was a brief 30-second period of me coughing like mad, and then giving Trey the wrong cue line once I started again. It was the night we recorded the show, too.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? There are not enough words to begin to describe how I felt seeing my name among the nominees. There was a lot of joy and excitement. But above all, the biggest thing I felt was gratitude.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? I have felt endless joy through this and every other experience I have had in theater. I think every student should find an art or an extracurricular activity they take pride in and have a passion for. It’s through hard work in the things we are passionate about that we find joy.


    Actress 5 Nolte

    GRACE NOLTE

    Marguerite St. Just in The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Chaparral High School
    Class of 2017

    • College plans: Drake University to major in Musical Theatre
    • First role: I played the old woman in Cinderella for CYT community theatre when I was 11 years old
    • Why do you perform? Because I love how you can really make a character your own. You can bring your past experiences and emotions to help your characters grow. I also love how the emotion from a character can relate to audience members and their past experiences. It can be such a powerful moment. 
    • Ideal scene partner: I love Tom Hanks. He is such an incredible actor, and I feel like he would be so much fun to work with and learn from.
    • Favorite moment from your show: Our final dress was our best rehearsal yet, and after we finished there was such a contagious energy going around. In that moment, we truly realized what everyone had worked so hard on for three months. It was an incredible feeling that we had created something truly amazing.  
    • Fun moment where something went wrong: During the sword-fight scene, a sword (not mine!) hit me in the face. Luckily, this was the scene where my husband was going to be executed, so it was OK that a few tears were shed. 
    • How does it feel to be nominated? It honestly hasn't fully hit me yet. I am so honored and thankful that I have gotten the opportunity to take part in this wonderful event, and that I get to share this feeling with all of my wonderful cast and crew members, as well as the other incredible nominees.  
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? I have been in theatre for all four of my high-school years, and there were times when I felt that theatre wasn't always as important at our school as the sports teams or student government. But this is my family, and theatre has given me a place to belong. I am so glad that there is an event like The Bobby G Awards, where so many these schools can come together and celebrate all of our achievements and support one another in the work that we do. 


    Actress 1 Romeo

    ASHA ROMEO

    Joanne Jefferson in Rent
    Boulder High School
    Class of 2017

    • College plans: Attending San Francisco Conservatory of Music to study Vocal Performance
    • First role: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
    • Why do you perform? Because it gives me the chance to connect to audiences even though I’m portraying a completely different person. It means I get to experience another life. I do it because of the raw connection it creates between myself and those watching.
    • Ideal scene partner: Robin Williams. I have always loved and admired his comic flare, as well as his ability to genuinely present both himself and as his characters. I think he was incredibly intelligent as far as understanding human nature. Just being in the same room with him would be a pleasure.
    • Favorite moment from Rent: Anytime I performed “The Tango: Maureen” with Jesse Shafroth, who played Mark. Each performance was unique, and I always had fun doing it. On our last show, Jesse and I were really milking it, and our audience was playing into it as well. There was some improvisation from both of us and I’m sure we looked ridiculous. But I will always remember how fun and natural it felt.
    • How does it feel to be nominated? It still feels like a bit of a dream. It’s been a wonderful experience to work with all the other nominees, and it has been very humbling.
    • What has this experience taught you about the value of arts education and extracurricular activities at your school? So many kids have talent and drive and potential. It’s a shame when those kids don’t get the chance to explore those abilities. I’m grateful to have gone to Boulder High School, where there are dedicated teachers and staff who take time out of their days to work with us. Boulder High provides focus on almost every aspect of the arts, and I could have taken classes in each one if I chose to. I would want that same high-school experience for everyone else.

    Reserve your seat for the May 25 Bobby G Awards celebration here!

    Previous coverage of the 2017 Bobby G Awards:
    Meet your 2017 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
    2016-17 Bobby G Award finalists are announced
    Video: Montage welcoming all 42 participating schools
    Coming tomorrow: 2017 Outstanding Actor finalists

    Meet your 2017 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Finalists
  • Video: 2017 Bobby G Awards welcome montage

    by John Moore | May 22, 2017


    The fifth annual Bobby G Awards, which culminates in a Tony Awards-style ceremony and performance on Thursday, May 25, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, celebrates outstanding achievement in high-school musical theatre in Colorado. This year the program included participation from a record 42 high schools across Colorado, and 30 of those received at least one nomination. That's up nearly double from 16 a year ago. Here's brief a look at all of the participating schools.

    Reserve your seat for the May 25 Bobby G Awards celebration here!

    Previous coverage of the 2017 Bobby G Awards:
    2016-17 Bobby G Award finalists are announced


    Photos: A look back at last year's Bobby G Awards:

    2016 Bobby G Awards

    To see more, click the 'forward' arrow on the image above. This year's ceremony will be May 25 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

  • 2016-17 Bobby G Award finalists are announced

    by John Moore | May 02, 2017
    2016 Bobby G Awards

    A look back at the 2016 Bobby G Awards in photos. To see more, click the 'forward' arrow on the image above. This year's ceremony will be May 25 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.


    Finalists for the fifth annual Bobby G Awards were released this morning. The awards program, which culminates in a Tony Awards-style ceremony and performance on Thursday, May 25, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, celebrates outstanding achievement in high-school musical theatre in Colorado. This year the program included participation from a record 42 high schools across Colorado, and 30 of those received at least one nomination. That's up nearly double from 16 a year ago.

    BOBBY G AWARDS While the nominations were more spread out than ever, Lakewood High School emerged with the most nominations, with 11 for Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Boulder High School earned eight for Rent and Chaparral High School eight for The Scarlett Pimpernel.

    Those three productions are all up for Outstanding Production of a Musical, along with In the Heights, a co-production between Denver North High School and STRIVE Prep Excel High School; and Valor Christian High School's Pippin.

    All five productions will be invited to perform at the May 25 Bobby G Awards ceremony, as well as the 10 individuals nominated for Outstanding Actor or Actress.

    (Pictured above right: Mountain Vista's Anything Goes wins Outstanding Musical at the 2016 Bobby G. Awards. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.)

    Reserve your seat for the May 25 Bobby G Awards celebration!

    With today's announcement, tickets are now on sale for the 2016-17 Bobby G Awards ceremony, which will include performances by students from across Colorado on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage. The evening is an opportunity for the students to commune and mutually support one another’s work. Click here to purchase tickets.

    Adjudicators, made up of professional working theatre artists in the Denver area, attended the participating schools’ musical theatre productions. Using the standards set by The Bobby G Awards training and criteria, as well as their own professional experience, these adjudicators completed extensive evaluation forms, offering schools detailed feedback on various elements of their musical productions. Participating schools receive each adjudicator's comments, praise and constructive criticism as a way of recognizing accomplishments and motivating future growth.

    (Story continues after the following list of nominations)

    2016-17 Bobby G Awards Finalists:

    Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Make-Up Design

    Devan Green
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Brighton High School

    Cierra Denning and Izze Sajdak
    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Chaparral High School

    Katie Kostenik
    Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Lydia Cole, Averi Davis, Emma Smith and Hannah Tester
    Children of Eden
    Mountain View High School

    Maya Julien, Christina Larez and Simone Rodriguez
    In the Heights
    North High School and STRIVE Prep Excel High School

    Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

    BOULDER RENTJoe Kennedy and Anne Murphy

    Aida
    Fairview High School

    Mollie Beck, Nikki Habestad and Rebecca Spafford
    The Addams Family

    Fossil Ridge High School

    Camille Gionet, Kaila Govan and Alyssa Mader
    Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Jen Bleem, Lauryn Starke, Cynthia Vega and Ramses Vega
    Children of Eden
    Mountain View High School

    Mona Lucero, Simone Rodriguez and Sarah Davies-Schley
    In the Heights

    North High School & STRIVE Prep Excel High School 

    Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

    Demian Detweiler and Scott Nelson
    Pippin
    Aspen High School

    Brian Morgans
    The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Chaparral High School

    Jude Franco, Dennis Gilsdorf and Nich Gilsdorf
    Children of Eden

    Mountain View High School

    Ethan Thomas and T.J. Thomas
    The Little Mermaid
    Ralston Valley High School

     Karley Durate, Anthony Heredia, Joylene Quintana and Travis Roth
    Tarzan
    Westminster High School

    Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design

    Hannah Freeman and Tom Ward
    Pippin

    Aspen High School

    Katya Hirsch and Chris Sweeney
    Rent
    Boulder High School

    Clare Buntrock, Rachel Barckholtz, Taylor Dykstra and Jace Smykil
    Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Josh Belk and Starr Samkus
    Starlight Express
    Palmer Ridge High School

    Tori Byam & Liam Southwick
    Beauty and the Beast

    Durango High School

    Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

    Cabaret
    Bear Creek High School

    Rent
    Boulder High School

    Fiddler on the Roof
    Brighton High School

    The Producers                                   

    Denver School of the Arts

    Aida
    Fairview High School

    Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction

    CHAPARREL SCARLET PIMPERNELDuncan Cooper
    Cabaret
    Bear Creek High School

    Mary Bateman
    Rent
    Boulder High School

    Steve Hinman and Luke Tredinnic
    The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Chaparral High School 

    Bryce Melaragno and Debbie Miller
    Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  

    Lakewood High School

     Marty Magehee, Rick Paswaters and Jenny Timmons
    Pippin

    Valor Christian High School

    Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

    Rent
    Boulder High School

    Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
    Lakewood High School

    Children of Eden

    Mountain View High School

    Pippin
    Valor Christian High School

    The Pirates of Penzance
    Wheat Ridge High School

     

    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

    Lindsey Solano
    Fiddler on the Roof    
              
    Brighton High School

    Angie Dryer
    Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Caitlin Parets
    Guys and Dolls
    Loveland High School

     Evan DeBord, Tammy Johnson, Cydney Kutcipal and Rachel Miller
    Children of Eden
    Mountain View High School

     John DeYoung and Jamie Geary
    Pippin

    Valor Christian High School

    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    Will Coleman
    Lumiere
    Beauty and the Beast
    Arvada West High School

    Brandon Michael
    Herr Schultz
    Cabaret

    Bear Creek High School

    Adrian Clark
    Farleigh
    The Scarlett Pimpernel

    Chaparral High School

    Luccio Dellepiane

    Harold Bride
    Titanic

    Cherry Creek High School

    Will Warner
    Beadle Bamford
    Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School 

    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

    LAKEWOOD SWEENEY 800Stella Martin
    Andrea
    Once on This Island

    Conifer High School

    McKinley Mueller
    Grandma Addams
    The Addams Family
    Glenwood Springs High School

    Anna Rosenthal
    Grandma Addams
    The Addams Family

    Heritage High School

    Alexa Hand
    Sydney
    It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman
    Resurrection Christian  School

    Libby Lukens
    Jan
    Grease
    Steamboat Springs High School

    Rising Star

    Joe Robinson
    Dewhurst
    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Chaparral High School

    Ana Lemus
    Serena
    Legally Blonde
    D’Evelyn High School

    Luke McKenzie
    Theo
    Pippin

    George Washington High School

    Sam Feng
    Oz Guard
    The Wizard of Oz

    Lutheran High School

    Ellie Hill

    La Fou
    Beauty and the Beast

    Regis Jesuit High School 

    Outstanding Achievement in Direction

    NORTH IN THE HEIGHTSShelly Cox-Robie
    Rent
    Boulder High School 

    Kate McRaith
    The Addams Family

    Glenwood Springs High School

    Tami LoSasso and Yovana Milosevic

    Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Katie Marshall
    Children of Eden

    Mountain View High School

    Lindsey Hutcheon and Kurt Muenstermann
    Pippin
    Valor Christian High School 

    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

    Valor copyAsha Romeo
    Joanne Jefferson
    Rent
    Boulder High School

    Grace Nolte
    Marguerite St. Just
    The Scarlett Pimpernel

    Chaparral High School

    Cameron Marter
    Mrs. Lovett
    Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Chantal King

    Witch
    Into the Woods
    Niwot High School

    Elleon Dobias

    Catherine
    Pippin
    Valor Christian High School

    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

    Jesse Shafroth
    Mark Cohen
    Rent
    Boulder High School

    Chandler Carter
    Chauvelin
    The Scarlett Pimpernel

    Chaparral High School

    Austin Hand  

    Gomez Addams
    The Addams Family

    Fossil Ridge High School

    Trey Kochevar           

    Sweeney Todd
    Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    Gable Kinsman

    Pippin
    Pippin

    Valor Christian High School

    Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

    Rent
    Boulder High School

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Chaparral High School

    Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Lakewood High School

    In the Heights
    North High School & STRIVE Prep Excel High School

    Pippin
    Valor Christian High School

    PRHS Starlight Express

    2017 Outstanding Special Achievement Award Winners:

    In addition to the nominations, this year’s four Special Achievement winners also were announced today: 

    • Orchestra: Tim Costello, Cabaret, Bear Creek High School
    • Scenic Design: Danielle Waldman, The Producers, Denver School of the Arts
    • Technical Direction: Chris Brown, Into the Woods, Niwot High School
    • Special Achievement for a Colorado premiere (at the high-school level): Starlight Express, Palmer Ridge High School (pictured above, photo by Jackie Burhans)

    The Bobby G Awards, overseen and hosted by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, are Colorado's regional representative within the larger Jimmy® Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards. The winners of Colorado's Outstanding Actor and Actress awards not only will be invited to attend the Jimmy Awards in June at the Minskoff Theatre in New York, but to participate in a week-long series of intensive classes and workshops with Broadway actors, directors and designers. The national awards ceremony will be June 26.

    Video recap: Kinship and camaraderie at the 2016 Bobby G Awards

    Video highlights from the 2015-16 Bobby G Awards ceremony.

    Today’s announcement produced several return nominees, including Danny Miller of Arvada West, who was nominated as Outstanding Actor for his role as Valjean in Les Misérables. In 2014, Miller was nominated in the same category as a sophomore for playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera.

    Reserve your seat for the May 25 Bobby G Awards celebration!

    Last year’s Bobby G Award winner for Outstanding Actor was Curtis Salinger for Durango High School’s Legally Blonde. Ponderosa High School's Charlotte Movizzo was named Outstanding Actress for her starring role in Sweet Charity. Both are expected to perform at this year's Bobby G Awards.

    Luccio Dellepiane of Cherry Creek High School, who was named Rising Star as a sophomore for Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, is nominated this year for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Harold Bride in Titanic.

    Elleon Dobias of Valor Christian High School, nominated in 2015 as a Rising Star for playing Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast, and again last year as  Supporting Actress for playing Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, is nominated for a third time, as Outstanding Actress for playing Catherine in Pippin

    Notables from Colorado theatre community:

    • Rebecca Spafford, who recently played Karen in OpenStage's August: Osage County in Fort Collins, is nominated as part of the costume team for Fossil Ridge High School's The Addams Family.
    • BDT Stage veteran Shelly Cox-Robie, nominated last year as part of a costume team, is nominated for directing Boulder High School's Rent.


    2016-17 Bobby G Awards participating schools:


    Arvada West High School
    Beauty and the Beast

    Aspen High School
    Pippin

    Bear Creek High School
    Cabaret

    Boulder High School
    Rent

    Brighton High School
    Fiddler on the Roof

    Castle View High School
    Aida

    Chaparral High School
    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Cherry Creek High School
    Titanic

    Conifer High School
    Once On This Island

    Denver School of the Art
    The Producers

    D’Evelyn High School
    Legally Blonde

    Durango High School
    Beauty and the Beast

    East High School
    Hairspray

    Erie High School
    The Addams Family

    Fairview High School
    Aida Mary

    Fort Collins High School
    Poppins

    Fossil Ridge High School
    The Addams Family

    Gateway High School
    In the Heights

    George Washington High School
    Pippin

    Glenwood Springs High School
    The Addams Family

    Heritage High School
    The Addams Family

    Lakewood High School
    Sweeney Todd -The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Legend High School
    Fiddler on the Roof

    Lewis Palmer High School
    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Liberty Classical Academy
    Peter Pan

    Loveland High School
    Guys and Dolls

    Lutheran High School
    The Wizard of Oz

    Monarch High School
    Annie

    Mountain View High School
    Children of Eden

    Niwot High School
    Into the Woods

    North High School & STRIVE Prep Excel High School
    In the Heights

    Palmer Ridge High School
    Starlight Express

    Ponderosa High School
    Little Shop of Horrors

    Poudre High School
    Legally Blonde

    Ralston Valley High School Regis Jesuit High School
    The Little Mermaid Beauty and the Beast

    Resurrection Christian School
    “It’s a Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman”

    Steamboat Springs High School
    Grease

    Valor Christian High School
    Pippin

    Westminster High School
    Tarzan

    Wheat Ridge High School
    The Pirates of Penzance

    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:
    Mamma Mia's Cashelle Butler returns to Cherry Creek High School
    Authentic voices: 2017 student playwriting winners announced
    North High School gets real with In the Heights
    Video: Colorado's Bobby G Awards reps win scholarships in New York 
    Bobby G Award winners' Road to the Jimmy Awards
    Video, story: Kinship and camaraderie at 2016 Bobby G Awards
    Video: 2016 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
    Video: Outstanding Musical nominee performances
    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


  • Bobby G Award winners' Road to the Jimmy Awards

    by John Moore | Jun 19, 2016

    This YouTube playlist will be updated all week with more dispatches from Charlotte Movizzo and Curtis Salinger for BroadwayWorld. Bookmark it here.


    Today, Denver’s representatives for the 2016 National High School Musical Theatre Awards – “The Jimmys” – arrived in New York and immediately began their eight-day immersion into workshops and rehearsals, all leading up to their appearance on Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre stage on June 27.

    Charlotte Movizzo of Ponderosa High School and Curtis Salinger of Durango High School were chosen to represent Colorado at the DCPA’s recent Bobby G Awards, which celebrate Outstanding Achievement in high-school theatre.

    We spoke with each of them on their way to the Great White Way:

    Meet Charlotte Movizzo:

    1 PerspectivesHow has your life changed since the night of the Bobby G Awards ceremony? I have had some incredible opportunities. I was invited to sing to perform before the DCPA board, and at the Randy Weeks Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised more than $91,000 for the advancement of musical theatre for Colorado high-school students. Both events showed me what incredible people there are supporting the program, and high-school theatre. Otherwise, I have been very busy practicing and preparing music for New York.

    2 PerspectivesTell us about your family connection to the local theatre community. My mother performed at the former Country Dinner Playhouse alongside some big names in the local and Broadway theatre communities. Having a mom with a background in the performing arts has influenced me since Day 1. I grew up singing showtunes in the car, and performing for anyone who would listen. My mom has made sure that I have had every opportunity to grow in the arts, from driving me theatre camps to staying up until midnight listening to me sing the same two measures over and over. She is my vocal coach and acting coach, and she has done everything she can to teach me her knowledge of the performing-arts world. The two of us often can be found doing tap combinations while washing the dishes, and attempting to harmonize to Annie Get Your Gun in the car.

    3 PerspectivesWhat’s the one thing you are looking forward to most in New York? Having the opportunity to work with the amazing teachers and professors there, as well as meeting other high-school students from around the country who share my passion. The theatre world is a very supportive place, so I can’t wait to see what relationships I form there.

    4 PerspectivesHow do programs like the Bobby G Awards and the Jimmy Awards help the reputation and respect of your high-school theatre program? This experience will help the theatre program at Ponderosa make a name for itself within the school, as well as within the community. The Bobby G Awards have allowed our theatre program to say that we have people going to the equivalent of “state” or, “nationals” - titles usually claimed by the sports teams.

    5 PerspectivesSierra-BoggessWho do you most hope to encounter on the streets of New York? Sierra Boggess, star of School of Rock. is a guest speaker at the Jimmy Awards. Not only is she a Denver girl, but she is so incredibly versatile and talented. She has been a huge inspiration to me. I saw her perform in The Little Mermaid at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House before it went to Broadway, and I have been dying to see her perform ever since.

    Last words: I am so honored to have been allowed this enormous opportunity. I already have learned so much in a very short amount of time, and I know I have so much more learning ahead of me.

    READ MORE ABOUT CHARLOTTE AND THE OTHER NOMINEES

     Bobby G Awards Road to the Jimmy Awards Montage

    Clockwise from top: Curtis Salinger and Charlotte Movizzo shortly after winning their Bobby G Awards on May 26 at the Buell Theatre; Charlotte performs before the DCPA Board, Charlotte and Curtis appear on Fox's 'Daybreak' with Chris Parente; Charlotte and Curtis on their first day at the Jimmy Awards in New York; Curtis turned 16 on June 18, and he found the perfect place to mark the rite of passage on Denver's 16th Street mall.

    Meet Curtis Salinger:

    1 PerspectivesHow has your life changed since the night of the Bobby G Awards ceremony? My life has been surreal. I still don't believe I won. Walking around town is a mess of congratulations and word has spread through a front-page newspaper story in my hometown of Durango. It's an indescribable feeling when someone you don't know congratulates you on the street for winning this award. It's also been a mad dash preparing material and forms and packing for a theatre camp to then leave right away for New York.

    2 PerspectivesTell us about your interesting family connection to the Bobby G Awards. My brother, Evatt, won the Bobby G Award for Outstanding Actor last year. He was the one who really inspired me to continue and pursue theatre, and I've been watching him on stage for as long as I can remember. Watching him have so much fun and get so much support was something that really gave me the ‘oomph’ it took to join in, and I'm so glad I did. Our family was so, so excited and blown away when he won. For me, it became my dream. I'm so fortunate that this dream came true.

    3 PerspectivesWhat’s the one thing you are looking forward to most in New York? While watching the show On Your Feet! is going to be very exciting, I'm looking forward to meeting the other actors and the professionals the most. I love making new friends and learning new things, and there's no better place to do that than with the nation's best. I'm also really looking forward to singing the opening and closing numbers with the guest artists because it will be a chance to sing with this enormous group of absolutely amazing peers and professionals all doing what they love. I think that'll just be flat-out awesome.

    4 PerspectivesHow do programs like the Bobby G Awards and the Jimmy Awards help the reputation and respect of your high-school theatre program? I think my winning the award gives my school fresh perspective when it comes to the arts. Sports offers the opportunity to compete in tournaments and make the playoffs and there's a goal of winning first place. And that is impressive. However, with theatre, a show usually opens and closes - and that's it. This award tells students they can take their art further and get recognition for their talent. The Bobby G Awards gives you the chance to extend the experience – to Denver and New York. And, no two of the four Outstanding Actors have come from the same school. And they happen to be brothers - and one of them happens to be me! One of the Outstanding Actresses came from our school, and last year our show was named Outstanding Musical at the Bobby G Awards and the Colorado Thespian Conference. This is a huge success from our school. It will help our community and our school board recognize that we have some amazing talent in Durango and theatre is something that should not get looked over.

    5 Perspectivesleslie-odom-jrWho do you most hope to encounter on the streets of New York? Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. … OK, basically the entire cast of Hamilton. I am thrilled that Zachary Levi is hosting the Jimmy Awards in New York, because I've seen his TV show Chuck and I loved it. I used him in a TED-x talk I gave about promoting theatre in the schools because he was a childhood actor. He's someone I really look up to, and it will be awesome to have him host.

    Last words: The mom of a kid I'd worked with in a show last year came up to me on the street and congratulated me on winning. She told me her son looked up to me, and that I was setting a really good example for the younger kids. That was one of the most rewarding things that's ever happened to me. I have a goal to help promote theatre – especially for guys - and to hear that was amazing. That was something I’ll never forget.

    READ MORE ABOUT CURTIS AND THE OTHER NOMINEES

    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
    Video: Outstanding Musical nominee performances
    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'

    Check out the 2016 Nominated Performers' Medley:


    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 10 nominated Outstanding Actors and Actresses took part in an original medleys before the crowd of 1,700. They were joined by last year's winners, Emma Buchanan and Evatt Salinger of Durango High School. The featured students are:

    Garrett Charles, Arvada West High School
    Abbie Cheney, Glenwood Springs High School
    Keala Fraioli, Steamboat Springs High School
    Michael Kosko, Denver School of the Arts
    Danny Miller, Arvada West High School
    Charlotte Movizzo, Ponderosa High School
    Jacob Pearce, Fairview High School
    Curtis Salinger, Durango High School
    Sienna Sewell, Fairview High School
    Savannah Wood, Mountain View High School

    Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk
  • 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'
  • 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.

  • 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'
  • 2015-16 Bobby G Awards Finalists are announced

    by John Moore | May 02, 2016
    2015-16 Bobby G Award Finalists

    For more 2015-16 nominees, click the 'forward' arrow on the image above.


    Finalists for the fourth annual Bobby G Awards were released this afternoon. The awards program, which culminates in a Tony Awards-style ceremony and performance on May 26 at the Buell Theatre, celebrates outstanding achievement in high-school musical theatre in Colorado. This year the program was expanded to include 40 schools across Colorado, up from 30 the year before.

    Savannah Wood Mountain ViewThree schools garnered 10 nominations each: Mountain View High School in Loveland (Anything Goes), Arvada West (Les Misérables) and Boulder Fairview (Guys and Dolls). Those three are all up for Outstanding Production of a Musical, along with Denver School of the Arts’ Spring Awakening and Cherry Creek High School’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  All five schools will be invited to perform at the May 26 Bobby G Awards ceremony, as well as the 10 individuals nominated for Outstanding Actor or Actress. (Pictured right: Savannah Wood of Mountain View High School.)

    In all, 16 schools earned at least one nomination, not including this year’s Special Achievement winners, which were announced today: 

    • Annie Trumble, Costumes, D’Evelyn High School’s Young Frankenstein
    • Shu Lee & Aurora Vadas-Arendt, Student Direction, Niwot High School’s The Sound of Music
    • Tristana Whetten, Orchestra Vista PEAK Preparatory’s Beauty and the Beast

    The Bobby G Awards, overseen and hosted by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, are Colorado's regional representative within the larger National High School Musical Theatre Awards, otherwise known as "The Jimmy Awards.” The winners of Colorado's Outstanding Actor and Actress awards not only will be invited to attend the Jimmy Awards on June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York, but to participate in a week-long series of intensive classes and workshops with Broadway actors, directors and designers.

    Video highlights from the 2015-16 Bobby G Awards ceremony.


    Last year’s Bobby G Award winner for Outstanding Actor was Evatt Salinger for Durango High School’s Les Misérables. This year, his younger brother, Curtis Salinger, is nominated in the same category for playing Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde.

    Adjudicators, made up of professional working theatre artists in the Denver area, attended the participating schools’ musical theatre productions. Using the standards set by The Bobby G Awards training and criteria, as well as their own professional experience, these adjudicators completed extensive evaluation forms, offering schools detailed feedback on various elements of their musical productions. Participating schools receive each adjudicator's comments, praise and constructive criticism as a way of recognizing accomplishments and motivating future growth.

    With today's announcement, tickets are now on sale for the 2015-16 Bobby G Awards ceremony, which will include performances by students from across Colorado on the Buell Theatre stage. The evening is an opportunity for the students to commune and mutually support one another’s work. Click here to purchase tickets.

    (Story continues after the following list of nominations.)

    2015-16 Bobby G Award Finalists: 

     

    Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Make-up Design

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Kendall Mesch

    Beauty and the Beast

    Boulder High School

    Austin Sabala

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Marrisa Hadden

    Spring Awakening

    Denver School of the Arts

    Skylar Arterburn & Owen Nuss

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Averi Davis & Emma Smith




    Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

    Beauty and the Beast

    Boulder High School

    Harrison Haggas, Chaney McCulloch, Shelly Cox-Robie & Chris Sweeney

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Jimmy Miller & Katya Zabelski

    Spring Awakening

    Denver School of the Arts

    MaryV Benoit & Lara Kirksey

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Jen Bleem, Cindy Sipes & Lauryn Starke

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Molly Merewether, Teri Nydegger, Amy Sares & Denise Wood




    Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Whitney Larson & Kayli Porterfield

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Yasmin Farsad

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Lenora Gant & Caleb Werkmeister

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Jude Franco & Tanner Friar

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Mallory Hart & Katherine Yates




     

     

    Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design

    Tarzan

    Brighton High School

    Jane Archuleta, Nick Dibbern, Phil Lollar & Sammy Perez

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Jack Hagen, Yuuki Hashimoto & Caleb Nghe

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Shailyn Clay, Tyler King, Rebecca Reynolds & Lucas Sanchez

     

     

     

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    Westminster High School

    Corey Baca, Brandon PT Davis & Andre Rodriguez

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Mallory Hart, Riley Hoffman & Rhys Holton

    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Angie Dryer

    Tarzan

    Brighton High School

    Leigh Miller & Lindsey Solano

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Ronni Gallup

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Bailey Friar & Tammy Johnson

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Karen Cassel & Emma Sappey




    Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Chris Maunu & Craig Melhorn

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Michael Bizzaro & Travis Keller

    Company

    Fort Collins High School

    Kaitlin Miles

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Phil Forman, Bryan Kettlewell & Peter Toews

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Brian Cook, Charles Craig & Vicki Duckworth

     

    Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Tarzan

    Brighton High School

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School





     

     

    Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Beauty and the Beast

    Boulder High School

    Spring Awakening

    Denver School of the Arts

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

     

    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

    Tarzan

    Brighton High School

    Lauren Rocha

    Kala

    Legally Blonde

    Durango High School

    Tilly Leeder

    Vivienne Kensington

    Legally Blonde

    Durango High School

    Senora Robinson

    Serena

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway)

    Legend High School

    Hannah Jones

    Gabrielle

    Mary Poppins

    Valor Christian High School

    Elleon Dobias

    Miss Andrew

     

     

    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    Beauty and the Beast

    Boulder High School

    Marcos Ospina

    Lumiere

    Spring Awakening

    Denver School of the Arts

    Jimmy Bruenger

    Hanschen

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Jacob Sadow

    Harry the Horse

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Brandon Warren

    Nicely-Nicely Johnson

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway)

    Legend High School

    Michael Mathey

    Jean-Michel





    Rising Star

    Legally Blonde

    Durango High School

    Matti Guillette

    Margot

    Legally Blonde

    Durango High School

    Jenna Szczech

    Pilar

    Company

    Fort Collins High School

    Audrey Smith

    Sarah

    Mary Poppins

    Valor Christian High School

    Abby Lehrer

    Bird Woman

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    John Kibozi

    Levi




     

     

    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Sienna Sewell

    Sarah Brown

    Anything Goes

    Glenwood Springs High School

    Abbie Cheney

    Reno Sweeney

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School

    Savannah Wood

    Reno Sweeney

    Sweet Charity

    Ponderosa High School

    Charlotte Movizzo

    Charity Hope Valentine

    Legally Blonde

    Steamboat Springs High School

    Keala Fraioli

    Elle Woods





    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Danny Miller

    Jean Valjean

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Garrett Charles

    Javert

    Spring Awakening

    Denver School of the Arts

    Michael Kosko

    Moritz

    Legally Blonde

    Durango High School

    Curtis Salinger

    Emmett Forrest

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Jacob Pearce

    Nathan Detroit





    Outstanding Achievement in Direction

    Les Misérables

    Arvada West High School

    Lindsey Welsh

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Cherry Creek High School

    Jimmy Miller

    Spring Awakening

    Denver School of the Arts

    Shawn Hann

    Guys and Dolls

    Fairview High School

    Lanny Boyer & Janice Vlachos

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Brian Cook, Annie Dwyer & Tom Mullin



    Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

    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

    Anything Goes

    Mountain View High School















     

    Special Achievement Award-Winners

    Outstanding Special Achievement in

    Costumes

    Young Frankenstein

    D’Evelyn High School

    Annie Trumble

    Outstanding Special Achievement in Student Direction

    The Sound of Music

    Niwot High School

    Shu Lee & Aurora Vadas-Arendt

    Outstanding Special Achievement in Orchestra

    Beauty and the Beast

    Vista PEAK Preparatory

    Tristana Whetten

     

    Today’s announcement produced several return nominees, including Danny Miller of Arvada West, who was nominated as Outstanding Actor for his role as Valjean in Les Misérables. In 2014, Miller was nominated in the same category as a sophomore for playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera.

    Reserve your seat for the May 26 Bobby G Awards celebration!

    Other repeaters from 2014-15 include Cherry Creek's Jim Miller, who’s nominated both for Direction and Costuming How to Succeed…. Last year, Miller won the Costuming award. Karen Cassel, a co-nominee for choreographing Wheat Ridge High School’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, won the award last year for Fairview’s Anything Goes.

    Jack Hagen of Cherry Creek High School (How to Succeed ...) has now been part of three straight nominations for Scenic Design. Mountain View’s Costuming team of Jen Bleem, Jerri Hartshorn and Cindy Sipes were nominated last year. Among those who have been nominated twice over the past three years are Cherry Creek High School’s Yasmin Farsad (Lighting Design), among others.

    Jimmy Miller is nominated for directing and choreographing Cherry Creek High School's 'How to Succeed in Business...'

    Jim Miller is nominated for directing and choreographing Cherry Creek High School's 'How to Succeed in Business...' 


    Notables from Colorado theatre community:

    • A Michael KoskoLanny Boyer: The University of Northern Colorado grad who appeared in the BDT Stage's production of The Music Man was co-nominated last year for lighting Anything Goes at Fairview High School. This year, he is a co-nominee for directing Guys & Dolls.
    • Annie Dwyer and Tom Mullin, longtime favorites at the former Heritage Square Music Hall, are among three nominees for Outstanding Direction of Wheat Ridge High School's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Dwyer is a Henry Award-winner who now appears often at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
    • Ronni Gallup (who performed in Town Hall’s West Side Story) is nominated for a third straight year in Choreography (Cherry Creek’s How to Succeed…)
    • Michael Kosko, a senior at Denver School of the Arts (pictured right), was nominated as Outstanding Actor for his role as Moritz in Spring Awakening. He recently starred in Miners Alley Playhouse’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and appeared in The Avenue Theater’s Tigers Be Still.
    • Leigh Miller, a graduate of the DCPA’s National Theatre Conservatory and will soon appear in Off-Center’s Sweet & Lucky, is nominated for Brighton High School’s Tarzan
    • BDT Stage veteran Shelly Cox-Robie is part of the Boulder High School team nominated for Outstanding Costume Design for Boulder High School's Beauty and the Beast.

    2015 Bobby G Awards Ceremony

    Photos from the 2015 Bobby G Awards ceremony.


    Selected recent NewsCenter coverage of the Bobby G Awards:

    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 

  • 2016 Bobby G Awards announces list of 40 participating schools

    by John Moore | Mar 02, 2016

    Video highlights from the 2015 Bobby G Awards, above.

    The Bobby G Awards, a year-long celebration of Colorado high-school theatre administered through the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, has released the list of 40 participating schools for the fourth annual awards to be presented on Thursday, May 26, at the Buell Theatre.

    Bobby G Awards. Evatt Salinger. The record lineup represents 25 percent growth for the program since 2015. For the second time, Colorado high schools statewide are eligible for consideration. The 2016 roster includes high schools in Niwot, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Cortez (located in the southwest corner of the state).

    Between them, the 40 schools are taking on 29 musical titles in 2015-16, with Anything Goes being the most popular, with three productions. Other multiple productions include Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

    Bobby G AwardsPrivate and public high school musical theatre programs in Colorado were invited to have their shows adjudicated by professional theatre experts. Participating schools receive detailed feedback on their musical production and are considered for the annual awards show, which is modeled after the Tony Awards. The two sSudents named Outstanding Actor and Actress move on to the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City.

    Last year, Durango High School's production of Les Misérables was named Outstanding Musical. (Pictured above: Outstanding Actor Evatt Salinger, top, and Durango classmate Emma Buchanan, winner of Outstanding Actress for Les Misérables. Photo by John Moore.)

    For more information, click here


    School Name

    2015-16 Musical Title

    Arvada West High School

    Les Misérables

    Bear Creek High School

    Monty Python's Spamalot

    Boulder High School

    Beauty and the Beast

    Brighton High School

    Tarzan

    Castle View High School

    Beauty and the Beast

    Cherokee Trail High School

    Grease

    Cherry Creek High School

    How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

    Dakota Ridge High School

    Catch Me If You Can

    Denver School of the Arts

    Spring Awakening

    D'Evelyn High School

    Young Frankenstein

    Discovery Canyon Campus High School

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Durango High School

    Legally Blonde

    Erie High School

    Hello, Dolly!

    Fairview High School

    Guys and Dolls

    Fort Collins High School

    Company

    George Washington High School

    Copacabana

    Glenwood Springs High School

    Anything Goes

    Green Mountain High School

    Kiss Me, Kate

    Heritage High School

    No, No, Nanette

    Lakewood High School

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Legend High School

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Lewis Palmer High School

    Urinetown

    Loveland High School

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Montezuma-Cortez High School

    Big Fish

    Mountain View High School

    Anything Goes

    Niwot High School

    The Sound of Music

    Palmer Ridge High School

    Oliver!

    Pomona High School

    The Music Man

    Ponderosa High School

    Sweet Charity

    Poudre High School

    Avenue Q

    Regis Jesuit High School

    How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

    Resurrection Christian School

    Anything Goes

    Smoky Hill High School

    Mary Poppins

    Steamboat Springs High School

    Legally Blonde

    Thomas Jefferson

    Hello, Dolly!

    Thunder Ridge High School

    Footloose

    Valor Christian High School

    Mary Poppins

    Vista PEAK Preparatory

    Beauty and the Beast

    Westminster High School

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Wheat Ridge High School

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

     


    DCPA NewsCenter coverage of the 2015 Bobby G Awards:
    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    Video: The Acceptance Speeches
    Video: A look at Durango's Outstanding Musical, Les Misérables
    Photos: The 2015 Bobby G Awards. (Download for free)
    Video: The 2015 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
    Andre' Rodriguez's stirring Bobby G Awards speech
    Bobby G Award winners sing National Anthem at Coors Field
    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'
    Bobby G Award winners' daily video blog from New York City
    Break a Leg video: Cheering on Bobby G Awards winners in NYC
    2014-15 Bobby G Awards: Complete list of nominations 
    2015 Bobby G Awards announces list of participating schools
    Annaleigh Ashford raises $735 for new Bobby G Awards memorial fund
    Denver Center establishes Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for The Bobby G Awards


    Full photo coverage of the 2015 Bobby G Awards:

    2015 Bobby G Awards CeremonyPhotos by John Moore and Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter. To see more, click the forward arrow above. Below: The 2015 Buell Theatre crowd.


  • Break a Leg video: Cheering on Bobby G Awards winners tonight

    by John Moore | Jun 29, 2015



    Evatt Salinger and Emma Buchanan of Durango High School, who last month were named Outstanding Actor and Actress at the 2015 Bobby G Awards at the Buell Dinger and Brady O'Neill of the Colorado Rockies. åTheatre, have represented Colorado this past weekend at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, which culminate tonight (June 29) with the announcement of national winners - and a performance by all participants on a Broadway stage in New York City.

    The DCPA NewsCenter collected video well-wishes from friends and family in Durango, as well as previous Bobby G Awards representatives, staff from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and even Colorado Rockies mascot Dinger.

    Watch as Salinger and Buchanan (we call them E&E for short) receive encouragement from grandparents, teachers and even DCPA CEO Scott Shiller. 

    Please check back at the DCPA NewsCenter tonight for competition results, which are colloquially known as The Jimmy Awards..

    Peter Salinger wishes his sin well at tonight's Jimmy Awards in New York City. To watch, play the video at the top of this page.

    Peter Salinger wishes his son well at tonight's Jimmy Awards in New York City. To watch, play the video at the top of this page.



    Our 2014-15 Bobby G Awards coverage to date:
    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    Bobby G Awards winners' daily video blog
    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)
    Video: The 2015 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
    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 
    2015 Bobby G Awards announces list of participating schools
    Annaleigh Ashford raises $735 for new Bobby G Awards memorial fund
    Denver Center establishes Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for The Bobby G Awards


    For more information on the Bobby G Awards, which honor excellence in Colorado high-school theatre, click here.
  • Video: 2015 Bobby G Awards Outstanding Actor Performances

    by John Moore | Jun 23, 2015



    The fourth in our series of five videos covering the 2015 Bobby G Awards on May 28 at the Buell Theatre is a brief montage showing highlights from the live medley performed by all Outstanding Actor and Actress nominees.

    Opening the number are 2014 winners Abby Noble and Conner Kingsley. The nominees are:

    • Emma Buchanan, Eponine in Durango High School's Les Misérables
    • Raegan DeBord, Amneris in Mountain View High School's Aida
    • Ty Eatherton, Puck in Chaparral High School's Puck's Potion
    • Sam Hulsizer, Nathan Detroit in Rock Canyon High School's Guys and Dolls
    • Charlie Kolbrener, Moonface Martin in Fairview High School's Anything Goes
    • Taylor Lang, Aida in Mountain View High School's Aida
    • Dylan Ruder, Beast in Valor Christian High School's Beauty and the Beast
    • Alei Russo, Reno Sweeney in Fairview High School's Anything Goes
    • Evatt Salinger, Jean Valjean in Durango High School's Les Misérables
    • Lea Schoengarth, Mimi Marquez in Westminster High School's Rent
    TO WATCH THE FULL, UNEDITED MEDLEY, CLICK HERE

    Medley produced by Claudia Carson and Ryan Durfee for the the DCPA.

    The video culminates with the announcement of the winners.

    Video by David Lenk and John Moore.

    2015 Bobby G Awards: Outstanding Actor and Actress nominees. Photo by John Moore

    2015 Bobby G Awards: Outstanding Actor and Actress nominees. Photo by John Moore


    Our 2014-15 Bobby G Awards coverage to date:

    Bobby G Awards a triumph for Durango High School
    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)
    Video: The 2015 Bobby G Awards in 60 seconds
    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 
    2015 Bobby G Awards announces list of participating schools
    Annaleigh Ashford raises $735 for new Bobby G Awards memorial fund
    Denver Center establishes Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for The Bobby G Awards
  • 2014 Bobby G Awards: All our video coverage

    by John Moore | Jun 01, 2014

    The Bobby G Awards, hosted by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, honor achievements in local high school theatre. Enjoy our video coverage:

    2014 Bobby G Awards Video: Individual Honoree Announcements:
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    In this first video in our series, we show you the announcements of all honorees in supporting roles and non-acting categories. Among the many featured are Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee, Entertainment Anchor Greg Moody and Denver Center Lighting Designer Charles Macleod. Video by Topher Blair, edited by David Lenk.

    Our complete coverage of the 2014 Bobby G Awards:

     

    Awards show highlights at a glance:

    This brief video that captures the fun and excitement of the 2014 Bobby G Awards, Guests include emcee Greg Moody, Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee, Denver Center Academy Teaching Artist Allison Watrous, and participating students including Abby Noble and Conner Kingsley, who were named Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress and will advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards ("The Jimmys") later this month. in New York. Video by Topher Blair. Interviews by John Moore.

    Video: A look at the nominated Outstanding Musicals:

    Here, we take a look at the five shows nominated for Outstanding Musical. Interviews include Cherry Creek director Jim Miller and students from the nominated shows. Video by Topher Blair, edited by David Lenk. Interviews by John Moore. The nominees:

    • The Phantom of the Opera, Arvada West High School
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cherry Creek High School
    • Seussical, Grandview High School
    • Young Frankenstein, Lakewood High School
    • High School Musical On Stage! Westminster High School

    Video: Nominated Actors Medley Highlights: 

    Here, the 10 Outstanding Actor and Actresses nominees perform a medley at the ceremony, held on the Buell Theatre stage. Video by Topher Blair, edited by David Lenk. Medley directed by Claudia Carson. Featured are: 

    • Stephanie Bess, The Phantom of the Opera, Arvada West High School
    • Amelia Jacobs, City of Angels, Littleton High School
    • Abby Noble, Seussical, Grandview High School
    • Lorelei Thorne, Annie Get Your Gun, Faith Christian Academy
    • Kira Vuolo, Damn Yankees, Pomona High School
    • Conner Kingsley, Young Frankenstein, Lakewood High School
    • James Marsh, Shrek The Musical, Chaparral High School
    • Danny Miller, The Phantom of the Opera, Arvada West High School
    • Dylan Ruder, Fiddler on the Roof, Valor Christian High School
    • Chris Salguero, High School Musical On Stage! Westminster High School

    Video: Outstanding Actor and Actress Medley: 

    Here, 2013 Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress Chris Maclean of Chaparral High School and Nicole Seefried of Denver School of the Arts perform a medley at the ceremony. They also talk with John Moore about their whirlwind year, along with Chaparral theatre teacher David Peterson. Maclean and Seefried advanced to last year's National High School Musical Theatre Awards ("The Jimmys") for a training immersion, performance and awards ceremony  in New York. This year's honorees are Conner Kingsley of Lakewood High School and Abby Noble of Grandview. Video by Topher Blair, edited by David Lenk. Medley directed by Claudia Carson.

     

     

    imageLeo Fox, right, of Grandview High School, with his proud little brother. Photo by John Moore.

    imageAJ Winter, left, and Jackson Warnock of Mountain Range High School's "Xanadu."

     
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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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