By John Moore
Jan. 24, 2013
Here are some bonus images from my night visiting the cast of the Arvada Center’s “Blithe Spirit,” the classic Noel Coward comedy playing at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. The cast includes Leslie O’Carroll, Kate Berry, Steven Cole Hughes, Heather Lacy, Boni McIntyre, Mark Rubald and Alex Ryer. Directed by Rod Lansberry. Through Feb. 17. 720-898-7200 or www.ArvadaCenter.Org. All photos by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks: Melanie Mayner, Rod Lansberry, Lisa Cook and Lisa Kurtz.
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Director Rod Lansberry, in the tie, tells his cast about an hour before curtain that he has never before canceled a final rehearsal. He did, in this case, because he felt his cast didn’t need it. That’s stage manager Lisa Cook leading the meeting, to his right.
Just six days before opening, the Arvada Center announced that Leslie O’Carroll would assume the role of Madame Arcati because of severe illness to Arvada Center favorite Beth Flynn, who surprised her replacement on opening night with this flower bouquet and words of encouragement (photo and inset below). The card reads: “Dear Leslie, Great Scott! You’re going to be fabulous! Happy opening, dear brilliant friend. I’m a wicked fan. Have fun, make it a real rouser! Big love, Beth.”
Heather Lacy has a group of actor friends based in New York who always send each other opening-night flowers. The card reads: Our dearest Heather, congrats dearie on your Arvada Center debut. How we all wish we could be there to support you, slap your ass, and, of course, kegel with you. Love, The Follies.
Boni McIntyre, all one of her, shows up four times in this mirrored photo. “Blithe Spirit” also marks McIntyre’s Arvada Center debut. She most recently appeared in Ignite Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd” as Mrs. Lovett.