Audition: Denver Center looking for two wee pinball wizards

Sam Buntock

‘The Who’s Tommy’ will mark the Denver Center return of Director Sam Buntrock (Frankenstein). Photo by John Moore.

The tiniest version of The Who’s traumatized protagonist will be played by two area youngsters. Here’s how to apply.

The DCPA Theatre Company is looking for two young pinball wizards to share the role of 4-year-old Tommy in its upcoming production of The Who’s Tommy, which runs April 20 through May 27 in the Stage Theatre.

TOMMY_256x288This youngest version of the title role is seen several times throughout the show and includes one speaking line and minimal singing. Rehearsals begin on March 13. These two young actors are expected to attend all rehearsals after school and on weekends, in addition to all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and scheduled performances.
The ideal boys for this role should be between the ages of 4 and 8 and be no taller than 4 feet, 8 inches.

Parents of interested children should email a photo and resume including any previous acting experience to with the subject line “Young Tommy Submission” by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. 

The Who’s Tommy is the stage adaptation of the famous 1969 concept album about a boy who is traumatized into catatonia after witnessing his father commit murder, and nonetheless goes on to become an international pinball superstar. The show contains some violence and sexual content.

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  • Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend
  • Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
  • Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
  • Directed by Sam Buntrock
  • April 20-May 27
  • Stage Theatre
  • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Based 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. This production reunites director Sam Buntrock and scenic designer Jason Sherwood, the team behind last season’s audience favorite, Frankenstein.

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