Bonus photos: My night with the Arvada Center’s ‘Blithe Spirit’

Actor Mark Rubald emerges from backstage following the opening performance of the Arvada Center’s “Blithe Spirit” on Jan. 22.


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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From left: Leslie O’Carroll, Kate Berry, Heather Lacy and Steven Cole Hughes meet early to run lines in the studio theater lobby.


Actors Kate Berry and Heather Lacy.


Steven Cole Hughes gets in a pre-show stretch in the Arvada Center studio theater lobby.


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.


Director Rod Lansberry and actor Steven Cole Hughes go over some final stage business.


Actor Steven Cole Hughes begins his transformation into the character of Charles Condomine in “Blithe Spirit.”


The hair and makeup crew has some ongoing fun at young Justin Bieber’s expense backstage at the Arvada Center.


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 begins her prep to turn into the silver-tongued — and silver-haired — ghost Elvira.


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.


Makeup and wig technician Andrew Ozbun fits a microphone pack between actor Heather Lacy’s patted-down scalp and her wig.


Longtime Arvada Center favorite Alex Ryer (“Souvenir,” “The Lady with all the Answers”) prepares for her role as the giddy and guileless doctor’s wife, Violet Bradman.


The opening-night curtain call, just before Leslie O’Carroll joined in the bows. That’s Kate Berry bowing, left.


Understudy Billie McBride is all smiles, as she did not have to go on as either the maid, Edith, or Madame Arcati on opening night.


Glass-encased art adorns the lobby of the Arvada Center, where actors and audience gathered for an opening-night reception after the performance.


Actors Heather Lacy and Mark Rubald have fun with glass at the opening-night afterparty.


Art is everywhere to be found on the walls and along the Arvada Center hallways.


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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at