Photos: My night at Boulder Ensemble’s ‘Bach at Leipzig’



By John Moore
May 8, 2013

Welcome to my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes on opening nights in Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore copyright 2013 for www.CultureWest.Org.

Opening No. 67: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Bach at Leipzig”: Opening night for the theater company that goes by the nickname “Betsy” meant a season-announcement party for the troupe founded by Stephen Weitz, above. He’s holding his son, Jameson, who turned 1 on the very day of this opening-night party. The party gathered accomplished local actors such as the Denver Center’s John Hutton to participate in scene readings of next year’s offerings. Then it was on to a sold-out “Bach,” a new period farce that stars Hutton’s frequent Denver Center castmate Sam Gregory, along with a who’s-who ensemble including Jim Hunt, Chris Kendall, Anthony Bianco, Michael Bouchard and Josh Hartwell. Their breakneck story? When Germany’s greatest organist dies, leaving his post vacant, the Leipzig city council invites a small number of musicians to audition for the appointment, including a young Johann Sebastian Bach. Based on actual events, this new comic farce by Itamar Moses imagines how six little-known musicians resorted to bribery, blackmail and betrayal to get the job they wanted. Through May 18, but sold out except for newly added performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-15, at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or betc’s home page. Thanks: Anja Hose and Drew Metzroth.

The following gallery is just one chapter in my ongoing photo series called “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre,” bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes all over Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the actual, official photo series featuring one intimate, iconic snapshot from 68 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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Esteemed actor Sam Gregory, on a break from the Denver Center Theatre Company, runs through a scene as part of the required pre-show safety fight call.


Sam Gregory and Chris Kendall practice a scene as part of the pre-show fight call.


More shots from the fight call.





Director Stephen Weitz, wearing a suit in the left foreground, congratulates his cast just before they go backstage to get into costume.


Jamie Ann Romero, a member of BETC’s artistic ensemble, at the season-announcement party in the lobby of the Dairy preceding the performance.





Stephen Weitz, right, gathered accomplished local actors such as the Denver Center’s John Hutton to perform scene readings of next year’s offerings for the opening-night crowd.



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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