To bee or to beetle? For Tristan C. Regini, that is the question

by John Moore | May 25, 2018
Tristan C. Regini Tommy. Photo by Bamboo Booth
Tristan C. Regini, center, on opening night of 'The Who's Tommy' with castmates, from left, Radley Wright, Olivia Sullivent, Samuel Bird and Owen Zitek. Photo by Bamboo Booth.

Sixth grader in The Who's Tommy has raised $13,000 to thank cancer doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado for saving friend

Tristan C Regini QUOTEMEET TRISTAN C. REGINI
Young Tristan C. Regini, known to Denver Center audiences as Boy Ebenezer in the Theatre Company's most recent A Christmas Carol, is now playing the Youth understudy in The Who’s Tommy. Elsewhere, Tristan performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London with West End Stage, and in Billy Elliot (as Small Boy) at the Vintage Theatre.  

  • Hometown: Denver
  • School: Sixth-grade majoring in Theatre at Denver School of the Arts
  • Twitter-sized bio: Likes to have fun and make new friends any opportunity he can. Entrepreneur who earns money through odd jobs such as shoveling snow and gardening work. Has a passion for live theatre and entertaining people. Desire to be on stage is infinite.
  • Website? tristansworkshop.com
  • What would you be doing if you were not an actor? I would be a chef, because I like to cook.
  • Bucket-list role: Alexander Hamilton or King George in Hamilton
  • One time you saw greatness play out in front of you: Hamilton was a great show, and it makes me want to do lots more theatre. Every song inspired me.
  • One role where you were completely miscast: I played a Boll weevil beetle in Bugs. ... I’m more of a Yellow Jacket!
  • One thing we might not  know about you: I’ve raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Hospital Colorado. I’m still raising money to help thank the doctors for saving my friend's life from brain cancer. ... Also, I wrote and edited a kids newspaper last summer called “The Wash Park Kid Times.” You can check out these things on my website.

  • What's playing on your Spotify? Imagine Dragons
  • One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers? Have shows where kids can come up on stage if they are chosen, and want to.
  • Tristan C Regini Sam Gregory A Christmas Carol Photo by Adams VisComWhat is The Who's Tommy about? It's a musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's classic 1969 rock opera. Tommy retreats from the world after a traumatic incident, but a newfound talent for pinball introduces him to fame and fortune.
  • Why does The Who's Tommy matter? Because it tells people that even if you have disabilities, you can thrive in life.
  • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing The Who's Tommy? To appreciate life and everything in it.
  • What do you want to get off your chest? I wish I had political power, because there are horrible things happening in the world, and I wish I could stop them.

(Pictured above and right: Tristan C Regini as Young Ebenezer with Sam Gregory in 2017's 'A Christmas Carol.' Photo by Adams VisCom.)

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The Who's Tommy:
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Tommy_show_thumbnail_160x160Based on The Who’s iconic 1969 rock concept album, Tommy is an exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit. When young Tommy retreats into a world of darkness and silence after a deeply traumatic incident, he must navigate a harsh and unforgiving world with no hope of recovery. But when he discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who’s classic stadium rock as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.
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  • Performances through May 27
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The making of 'The Who's Tommy'
The photos above are from the making of the DCPA Theatre Company's new production of The Who's Tommy, spanning the first day of rehearsal on March 13 to the Opening Night performance on April 27. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of photos.

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