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By John Moore
June 12, 2013
Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Even if you’ve seen Shakespeare’s most popular title before, you likely haven’t seen it with a Hermia who walks (and dances!) with a crutch. Sean Scrutchins makes for a charming hero with his lady love — that is, before his Lysander transforms from a Romeo into a Ro-monster. As Hermia, Jenna Bainbridge doesn’t know it, but she is about to lose her crutch (two of them, actually). Turns out, she doesn’t much need it. Bainbridge, who has oft-demonstrated her loveliness while starring in sweet musicals like “Beauty and the Beast” for the handicapped Phamaly Theatre Company, and “Cinderella” for Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, has also proved to have talons in the Denver Center Academy’s “The Rimers of Eldritch.” In “Midsummer,” she’s the picture of loveliness, until Lysander’s spell-bound reversal turns her Hermia into a veritable forest pugilist. Bainbridge, a Castle Rock native and rising senior soprano at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, was partially paralyzed from a fall at 18 months old, and now walks with a pronounced limp. But in this fresh and fun new take on “Midsummer,” she’s proving once again that she can pretty much run with anyone. Also starring Sammie Jo Kinnett, Taylor Fisher, Steven Cole Hughes, Jamie Ann Romero, Nigel Gore, Greg West and Larry Hecht. And featuring Nathan Stith, Sam Sandoe, Hannah Christenson, Alex Esola, Bud Coleman, William Rowland, James Miller, Benaiah Anderson, Jared Norman, Nicole Bruce, Amy Handra, Trine Jensen, Lydia Thompson, Sofie Berg and Sarah Jo Adler. Directed with great wit and good cheer by Geoffrey Kent, longtime company actor and fight choreographer, in his Colorado Shakes directorial debut. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Saturdays June 15, 22 and July 6 (plus Thursday, Aug. 8); 6:30 p.m. Sundays July 21, 28, and Aug. 4 and 11; plus 6:30 p.m. on various weekdays: July 23-24, and Aug. 3, 6 and 7. At the Mary Rippon Amphitheatre, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or Colorado Shakes’ home page. Thanks: Clay Evans, Rachel Ducat, Paul Behrhorst and Caitlin Conklin.
The gallery above 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 80 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.
How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund
The new Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. Photo by John Moore. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):