Announcing: Performer lineup for “Miscast 2014”!

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Steven Burge was the uncontested “Best Dressed” performer at Miscast 2009. What surprises are in store for this year? Photo by John Moore.

 

By John Moore

Robert Michael Sanders today announced the performance roster for “Miscast 2014,” a fundraiser hosted by the Aurora Fox Theatre on Sept. 29 as a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund.

“Miscast” is an opportunity for members of the local theatre community to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legitimate stage. This popular tradition dates back a decade to its origination by the late Next Stage Theatre Company.

Performers were encouraged to apply for one of the 12 available performance slots, either as individuals or in groups. A panel of local luminaries considered the submissions, taking  into account the cleverness and creativity of the pitch.

We don’t want to spoil any surprises, so today we are announcing a partial list of confirmed performers. We’ll keep the songs or scenes they are actually performing a secret. The following list is subject to change. And there are a couple of additional surprises in the works that you’ll just have to see to believe.

MISCAST 2014

Co-hosts: Mark Pergola and Damon Guerrasio

Director: Robert Michael Sanders

Miscast poster ideaMusical Director: Trent Hines

Producer: Charles Packard

CONFIRMED PERFORMERS:

Chris Boeckx

Patrick Brownson

Lauren Dennis

Nigel Huckle

Debbie Minter

Josh Nelson

Owen Niland

Jeremy Palmer

Lyndsay Giraldi Palmer

Alisa Schmidt

Melinda Cary Smart

Daniel Traylor

Jalyn Courtenay Webb

Additional members of Phamaly Theatre Company

A group from Kaiser Permanente

Additional secret surprises.

Tickets for “Miscast” are just $10 and are available now by clicking here, or call 303-739-1970.

The Denver Actors Fund provides situational relief to members of the local performing community who find themselves in sudden, situational need.

ALSO: Please check back here tomorrow for a major, fun announcement regarding MISCAST 2014.

MISCAST 2014

 

“Steel Magnolias” launches Denver Actors Fund’s “Tap Shoe Initiative”

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By John Moore
Aug. 4, 2013

Senior Housing Options last night became the first area theater company to designate a performance as “Denver Actors Fund Night,” in effect launching its new Tap Shoe Initiative.

Senior Housing Options’ resource development coordinator Jane Prancan made a pre-show curtain speech introducing the Denver Actors Fund to Saturday night’s “Steel Magnolias” audience, asking that they toss their spare change into a piggy bank she had set up in the lobby. In an additional show of support, Prancan announced that all intermission drink sales would go to the Denver Actors Fund.

That was all the more generous of a gesture given that “Steel Magnolias” is itself a fundraiser. Every summer, a play is staged in the lobby of the Barth Hotel that raises money for programs that provide services to more than 500 economically disadvantaged seniors in the metro area. “But without our actors,” Prancan told the crowd, “we don’t have a show.”

Prancan’s efforts netted the Denver Actors Fund an easy-breezy $115.80, which brings the balance of this brand-new nonprofit funding source to $3,268.46. The hope is that all metro companies will participate in the Tap Shoe Initiative as a way of helping to replenish the Denver Actors Fund as grants go out to help actors.

I founded the Denver Actors Fund three months ago as a modest new source of relief for when members of the local theater community (on stage or off) find themselves in immediate, situational medical need. As part of ongoing fundraising efforts, board president Chris Boeckx conceived of the “Tap Shoe Initiative,” which asks every metro theater company to create their own signature piggy bank – the Fund’s own change collector is a tap shoe signed by Tommy Tune and donated by Rick Madden.

The companies are being asked to give their “tap shoes” (or whatever they conceive) a permanent backstage home where it can collect change from actors, crew and visitors throughout the run of a show. In addition, companies are asked to designate one night per year or run (as often as they deem appropriate) as “Denver Actors Fund Nights,” were the shoe is moved out into the lobby, and the audience on that given night is asked to chip in.

Here is more information on the Denver Actors Fund.

Here is more information on the Tap Shoe Initiative.

We are grateful to Jane Prancan for taking such immediate action in response to our call for participation, which only went out to theater companies last month. “Steel Magnolias,” featuring Denver Actors Fund volunteer council member Rhonda Brown, plays Thursdays through Saturdays through Aug. 24 at the Barth Hotel, 1514 17th St. Call 303-595-4464, ext. 10, or go to Senior Housing Options’ home page.

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. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):

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Photos: Denver Actors Fund’s All-Theater Trivia Smackdown

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By John Moore
July 23, 2013

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. The All-Theater Trivia Smackdown raised more than $1,200 on July 15 at Buntport Theater.

The quizmasters were Erin Rollman and John Moore. Scorekeeper: Samantha Schmitz. Performers: Karen Krause, Rebecca Salamonsson, Stephen Day, Traci Kern, Rob Riney and Sarah Rex. Pianist: Ryan Durfee. Food donated by Chris Silberman and Sue Leiser. Tables by Beki Pineda. Liquid refreshments by Rhonda Brown. Helper: Jessica Robblee.

Photos by Brian Landis Folkins, Carla Kaiser Kotrc and John Moore. Thanks: Kirk Montgomery,
KUSA Cannel 9.

 

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. To donate, please go here (with our humble thanks):

 
Click here to subscribe to the CultureWest.org Monthly E-Newsletter

Video: Step Up to the Mic: Denver Actors Fun-draiser highlights

By John Moore
June 3, 2013

Watch video highlights from CultureWest’s evening of karaoke silliness to raise seed money for the new Denver Actors Fund, a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need.

The host was Kent Randell. Performers on this video include Hannah Duggan, Steven Burge, Rich Cowden, Ben Dicke, Traci Kern, Seth Caikowski, Jalyn Courtenay Webb, Joel Adam Chavez, Carla Kaiser Kotrc, Lindsey Falduto, Tyler Nielson, Rob Rehburg, Paul Dwyer, Brian Walker-Smith, Joey Gasiorek, Justin Franzen, Suzanne Nepi and Kathi Wood.

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Photos by John Moore, Kevin Lowry and Dabiel Langhoff.

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund
If you could not attend our June 1 fundraiser, you can still help get us off the ground with your donation. Just go to our fundraising page here to contribute — with our humble thanks.

About CultureWest.Org
Former Denver Post theater critic John Moore launched www.CultureWest.Org in August 2012 to change the way arts and culture are covered in Denver. In addition to reporting breaking news, his innovations have included several long-form video news documentaries; a daily Q&A with local theater directors; and an ambitious, year-long photo series titled, “It’s Opening Night in Colorado.” He also is the founder of the Denver Poust Underground Music Showcase (The UMS), entering its 13th year as now the largest music festival in Denver with more than 350 bands playing over four days.