ShakesCheer: The Bard meets the Broncos' cheerleaders

by John Moore | Oct 04, 2015


Matt Zambrano of 'As You Like It' with Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Photo by John Moore. Matt Zambrano, who plays the clown Touchstone in the DCPA Theatre Company's new production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, recently visited with Denver Broncos cheerleaders to combine forces and come up with a cheer that combines the best of The Bard and the Broncos. The result is absurdly fun.

As You Like It is the story of a new love that becomes threatened when the budding lovers are banished to the Forest and Rosalind is forced to disguise herself as a young man, where loves blooms in many different kinds of ways. It is the first time the DCPA has staged the Shakespeare comedy in its 37-year existence.


Creative team:
Featuring: Matt Zambrano with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Sam, Sara, Romi, Katie M. and Gioia
Creative Director and writer: Rob Silk
Copywriter: Carolyn Alanania Michaels
Video Producer: David Lenk
Denver Broncos Director of Cheerleaders: Shawna Peters
Media coordinators: Heidi Bosk and Hope Grandon
Photographer: John Moore

As You Like It: Ticket information

  • Performances through Nov. 1
  • Presented by the DCPA Theatre Company
  • Space Theatre
  • 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • TTY: 303-893-9582
  • Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
  • Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at

  • Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – – is the only authorized online ticket provider for the Denver engagement of 'As You Like It.'

    Matt Zambrano with Denver Broncos cherrleaders for ShakesCheer. Photo by John Moore. Matt Zambrano with Denver Broncos cheerleaders for ShakesCheer. Photo by John Moore.

    'Meet the Cast' profiles (more to come):
    J. Paul Boehmer, the Dukes
    Maurice Jones, Orlando
    Geoffrey Kent, Actor, Assistant Director and Fight Director
    Emily Kron, Phoebe
    Nick LaMedica, Sylvius
    Matt Zambrano, Touchstone

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of As You Like It:
    Perspectives: 5 things we learned about As You Like It
    Kent Thompson and the Four Loves of As You Like It
    As You Like It opens: A woman's woman in a man's world
    As You Like It begins rehearsals: 'Literally, watch it bloom'
    Costume corner: Letting it all go in the Arden Forest
    Shakespeare's largest female role might surprise you: It's Rosalind
    Casting announced for Theatre Company's fall shows
    DCPA Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
    Official show page

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    1. Stephen | Oct 16, 2015

      Love this! Really appreciate the cheerleaders' willingness and good-humor, and Matt's goofballness--good fun!

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      John Moore
      John Moore
      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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