Meet the cast: Allen Dorsey of 'A Christmas Carol'

by John Moore | Dec 11, 2015
Allen Dorsey, A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen Allen Dorsey in the 2014 DCPA Theatre Company production of 'A Christmas Carol.' Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

Dick Wilkins and Christmas Yet to Come in A Christmas Carol

Allen Dorsey At the DCPA Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol, Lord of the Flies. Other credits include Into the Woods (Jack), Spamalot (Historian/Not Dead Fred), White Christmas (Mike Nulty), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle).

  • Hometown: Mount Airy, MD
  • Training: American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), New York
  • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Mama Rose in the 2008 revival of Gypsy. Oh wait, that was actually Patti Lupone. … Umm. ... Uhh. … Next question please.
  • Why are you an actor? Because I didn’t make the Olympic curling team.
  • Allen Dorsey What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor: I would teach yoga in a small town in the middle of the mountains. I would also own a bed-and-breakfast and sell the organic vegetables that I grew in my garden. … Not that I’ve given it any thought.
  • Ideal scene partner: Elaine Stritch, because she is both my spirit animal and fashion inspiration.  
  • Why does A Christmas Carol still matter? My favorite quote from the play is Fred’s line, “But it is the only time I know of, in the whole long year, when we open our hearts freely, and think of the people around us as fellow passengers to the grave, and not some strange race of creatures bound on separate journeys.” I think these words are so relevant when looking at everything happening in our world. It’s very easy to separate yourself and forget that we are all human beings who are all connected, and deserve kindness no matter our social, economic or religious standing. When do we lose sight of this idea? And how can we keep it, not just on the holidays, but every single day?   
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? A new holiday tradition they can share with their friends and family every year.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..." another slice of pizza … that I can share with someone in need. … obviously.
  This was Allen Dorsey's video interview for the DCPA NewsCenter before appearing last year in 'Lord of the Flies.'

A Christmas Carol:
Ticket information

  • Through Dec. 27 in the Stage Theatre
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • Accessibility performance: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19

  • Previous 2015 'Meet the Cast' profiles:

    Meet Courtney Capek (Belle)
    Meet Shannan Steele (Fred's wife)
    Meet Jake Williamson (Ensemble)
    Meet Ben Heil (Peter Cratchit)
    Meet Ella Galaty (Fan)

    Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of A Christmas Carol:
    Photos, video: Your first look at A Christmas Carol 2015
    Philip Pleasants: A Scrooge for the ages, one last time
    First rehearsal: Scrooge, in typical fashion: Let's get to work!
    From Denver Center's Tiny Tim to TV's Fuller House
    Beginnings and endings for stars of A Christmas Carol, The SantaLand Diaries
    Video: Leslie O'Carroll performs A Christmas O'Carroll ... in 5 minutes
    Actor Scott McLean is now also a published children's author
    Video: The Christmas Carol Coast to Coast Challenge. No. 1: Denver
    By the numbers: A Christmas Carol over 22 years at the DCPA
    First day of 2014 rehearsal: Interviews, cast list and photos

    Previous years' 'Meet the Cast' videos:
    James Michael Reilly
    Leslie Alexander
    Philip Pleasants
    Sam Gregory
    Mehry Iris Eslaminia
    Allen Dorsey
    Leslie O'Carroll
    Stephanie Cozart
    Charlie Korman
    Kyra Lindsay
    M. Scott McLean

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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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