Photos: My day at ‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’

Stage manager Emily MacIntyre has no defense for Brian Landis Folkins’ whiskery charms before Sunday’s first public performance of the Denver Children’s Theatre’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.


By John Moore
March 13, 2013

Opening No. 41, “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse”: “Lilly” is back for a second staging by the Denver Children’s Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Missy Moore is now taking on the role of the excitable mouse who stands up to bullies, can’t focus in class and is none too pleased about a new arrival in her home. Through April 28 at the Mizel’s Wolf Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St., 303-316-6360 or Public performances: 1 p.m. Sundays (but not March 31 or April 14). Directed by Billie McBride. Also featuring Michael Bouchard, Brian Landis Folkins, Devon James and Misha Johnson. Masks by Todd Debreceni. Photo by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks to Emily MacIntyre, Steve Wilson, Tom Kobes, cast and crew.

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The Wolf Theatre underwent a massive renovation last year at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.
Missy Moore as the mouse that roars when she doesn’t get her way.


Chester the mouse learns a fine lesson in courage from Lilly and all, but, Ryan Wuestewald seems to be asking, “Why doesn’t anyone ever stage ‘Chester’s Way?’ – which is only funny if you know that was another chapter in Kevin Henkes’ series of popular children’s books.


Misha Johnson is a proud new momma mouse.


Michael Bouchard is quiet as a church mouse sneaking up on a juggling Brian Landis Folkins during Sunday’s pre-show sound check.


Devon James plays Lilly’s pretty, and pretty snotty, cousin Garland, among other roles.


Shoes are just one component of Linda Morken’s fully homemade costume repertoire.


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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