Miscast 2015 announces stellar lineup for Sept. 14 at Town Hall

Denver Actors Fund Miscast 2015

The lineup for “Miscast 2015,” a community-wide benefit for the Denver Actors Fund to be held Sept. 14 at the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, has just been announced – and the cast list is enough to make any local director envious.

“Miscast 2015” is an opportunity for members of the local theatre community to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legitimate stage. Tickets are $10 (plus fees if ordered online) and are available at 303-794-2787 or online at townhallartscenter.org.

Scheduled performers include Megan Van De Hey, Leslie O’Carroll, Matt LaFontaine, Steven Burge, John Ashton, Jayln Courtenay Webb (the newly announced Managing Director of Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins) and members of the acclaimed handicapped Phamaly Theatre Company.

The hosts are again Damon Guerrassio and Mark Pergola (better known in the local theatre community as Elvira Barcelona.)

This year’s event will include several special performance twists, such as a series of games a la Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync contest on “The Tonight Show.” Eden Lane, host of Colorado Public Television’s “In Focus with Eden Lane,” is one of the local luminaries who has agreed to play along for one of the games.

To see our complete gallery of photos from the evening, which raised just more than $2,000 for The Denver Actors Fund, click here.

The Denver Actors Fund provides financial and practical services to members of the local theatre community who find themselves in medical need. In just two years, the grassroots nonprofit has raised more than $47,000 to help local artists.

Each applicant submitted a proposed song and a ‘Miscast concept’ for judges to consider. Now just in its second year as a Denver Actors Fund benefit event, Director Robert Michael Sanders said he received far more submissions than he had performance slots.

“This year’s turnout was completely overwhelming,” said Sanders. All applications were  considered by a special “Miscast” selection committee based on variety and cleverness, among other factors.

“We made the choices we think best suit this year’s show,,” said Sanders, who called the resulting list “the best cross-section of talent from many different theaters, types and styles of performances.”

While the list of scheduled performers has been announced, their actual Miscast musical numbers will remain a secret until the night of the show on Sept. 15. Last year featured a Girl Scout singing “My Unfortunate Erection” (from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and members of Phamaly doing a Full Monty strip-tease. For starters.

“It may be all wrong … but it feels so right,” said Sanders.

Taylor Nicole Young and Cory Wendling
Carter Edward Smith
Matt LaFontaine and Reace Daniel
Jalyn Courtenay Webb
Max Peterson
Phamaly Theatre Company
Steven Burge
Megan Van De Hey and Leslie O’Carroll
John Ashton
Kaiser Educational Group “The Mutts”
Special appearance by TV personality Eden Lane
(More surprises to come)

​Director: Robert Michael Sanders
Event Coordinator: Ronni Gallup
Musical Direction: Donna Debreceni
Lights: Alexis Bond
Stage Manager: Jonathan Allsup
Special Thanks: Leslie Rutherford, Denise Kato and Cheryl McNab, Town Hall Arts Center

7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14
Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St.
A benefit for the Denver Actors Fund
Tickets for “Miscast” are $10 (plus fees if ordered online) and are available now at townhallartscenter.org or call 303-794-2787

To read more about last year’s “Miscast,” and see photos and video, click here

Video by John Moore for the DCPA.

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