Acclaimed Denver troupe celebrates three decades of providing performance opportunities for disabled actors
Denver’s acclaimed Phamaly Theatre Company celebrated 30 years of providing performance opportunities for actors with disabilities by presenting a series of anniversary concerts at three venues across the metro area. The June 1 concert was part of Phamaly’s annual fundraising gala at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, where it was announced that Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock had proclaimed that date as Phamaly Theatre Company Day in the city.
Phamaly company members Lucy Roucis and Mark Dissette collaborated on writing the retrospective celebration of Denver’s groundbreaking theatre company by revisiting unforgettable moments from the company’s first three decades. The director was former Phamaly artistic leader Steve Wilson.
The concerts featured a cast of 42 past and present Phamaly company members. The evening opened with a stunning reminder from one of the company’s most popular shows, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Just after founding Phamaly members Kathleen Traylor and Gregg Vigil spoke about all the doors that were closed to disabled actors in 1989, Phamaly company members sang “Close Every Door” from Joseph.
At the event, Phamaly Artistic Director Regan Linton unveiled a new Phamaly logo and mission statement, which reads in part: “To be a creative home for theatre artists with disabilities; to model a disability-affirmative theatrical process; and to upend conventional narratives by transforming individuals, audiences and the world.”
The fundraising goal for the evening was $75,000.
See below for sampling of photo highlights from the evening, along with link to our full gallery of about 100 photos. The concert series culminated on June 6 with a performance at the 7,500-seat Levitt Pavilion.
Photo gallery: Highlights from Phamaly’s 2019 gala
Select photos from Phamaly Theatre Company’s 2019 annual gala at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture. Click on any photo to see a larger version.
Phamaly Theatre Company’s upcoming summer musical, Chicago
- Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb
- Directed by Regan Linton
- Musical Direction by Donna Debreceni
- Choreography by Debbie Stark, Ronni Stark and Gabrielle Barnette
- Performances: August 1-25
- Where: The Studio Loft at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
- For reservations: Call 303-575-0005 or go to phamaly.org