Video: Watch ‘After the Darklights,’ Episode 2

The pilot episode of “After the Darklights,” above, and the newly released Part 2. Each runs about 10 minutes.

By John Moore
Oct. 29, 2012

The second episode of “After the Darklights,” an online, post-apocalyptic web series written and directed by Denver’s Michael Morgan, has been launched.

In the story, the world as we knew it ended “the night the lights came.” Those who watched fell where they stood in the glow of the unexplainable strobes. But not all. A bloody few, called “ferals,” rose, changed like ravenous animals. The few unchanged survivors are fighting every minute to survive against a world that wants them all dead.

The pilot episode debuted a year ago. Since then, Morgan, producer Brian Landis Folkins (an instructor with the Denver Center Academy for the past 14 years) and his all-local cast and crew have been working to raise the money needed to continue telling the story to their exacting, professional standards. The cast includes Emily Paton Davies, Leah Watson, Josh Hartwell, Jim Hunt, Andy Waldschmidt, Brian Colonna, Channel 9 news anchor Kirk Montgomery and others. Music by Bop Skizzum. Future episodes will feature Karen Slack, Jude Moran and more. Special effects were designed by nationally recognized make-up artist Todd Debreceni.

We were on set for the recent filming of Episode 2, and shot the photos featured below:

Photos: On the set of “After the Darklights”

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Here’s a link to a video podcast we aired in 2012 from the launch party for Episode 1.

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Photos: My night at the 2013 Henry Awards

By John Moore
July 27, 2013

My photos from the 2013 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards. To see caption information for any photo above, or to see the gallery if watching on a mobile phone, click here. (The information is posted on the lower-left corner of each photo.) Or just click the “show info” option on any photo.

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Recap: Regional companies make an emphatic bow at 2013 Henry Awards

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My video tribute to Ray Angel, Diane Beckoff, Harry Cruzan, Shana Dowdeswell, Diane Gadomski, Robert Garner, Angela Johnson, David Kristin, Will Marshall, Brook Millard, Adam Perkes and Linda Rae Wheeler. This served as the “memoriam” section of the 2013 Henry Awards celebration held July 22 at the Arvada Center.

 


Members of the local theater community give their shout-outs to this year’s Henry Award nominees. One comes all the way from Poland.

 

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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.

 

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Photos: My Night at Phamaly’s “Circle of Stars” gala

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By John Moore
June 18, 2013

The Phamaly Theatre Company’s 2013 Circle of Stars benefit at the Mizel Center’s Wolf Theatre on June 15 was an evening of performance excerpts from recent shows and upcoming titles, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org

 

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Photos: My night at The Edge’s ‘The Shadow Box’

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By John Moore
April 24, 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 for www.CultureWest.Org.

 

OPENING 56

 

Opening No. 56: The Edge Theatre’s “The Shadow Box”: 9News entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery, above, isn’t just making a quick cameo in Rick Yaconis’ staging of Michael Cristofer’s 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three hospice patients at a mountain retreat. Montgomery plays “The Interviewer,” an off-stage (but live) voice who serves, in effect, as a confessor to the patients and their families. It’s never made evident exactly why these dying patients have abandoned medical treatment in favor of The Interviewer’s psychological experiment, which only makes the underlying inevitability of their situations all the more more unsettling. John Considine played Montgomery’s role in Paul Newman’s 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation. Also featuring: Marc Stith, Paul Page, Carol Bloom, Haley Johnson, Brock Benson, Michelle Grimes, Patty Ionoff (Yaconis) and Paul Escobedo. Through May 19 at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. 303-232-0363 or the edge’s home page. Thanks: Rick Yaconis, Charles Cobb and Gloria Shanstrom.

The following gallery is 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 56 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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“The Shadow Box” is The Edge’s second offering since moving into its new theater space 2 miles to the east of its former home, at West Colfax and Teller Street in Lakewood.

 

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The walls of The Edge Theatre pay homage to iconic signs along Colfax Avenue, past and present.

 

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Backstage flowers for actor Michelle Grimes.

 

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A view of the set from behind the stage.

 

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Kirk Montgomery (above and below) sits in a booth unseen by the audience. He participates live in the play by interviewing several residents of a hospice retreat.

 

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Photo gallery: My day backstage at “War Horse”

By John Moore
Jan. 10, 2013

Here are some images from my day visiting the cast of the national touring production of “War Horse,” playing through Jan. 20 at the Buell Theatre. 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org

 

A cast member takes a moment to prepare and reflect moments before the audience is allowed into the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

A cast member takes a moment to prepare and reflect just before the audience is allowed into the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Local NBC anchor Kirk Montgomery interviews cast members Angela Reed and Mat Hostetler, who graduated from Colorado high schools. Photo by John Moore.

Local NBC anchor Kirk Montgomery interviews cast members Angela Reed and Mat Hostetler, both of whom graduated from Colorado high schools, in the lobby of the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Television cameras set up on stage for an appearance by the "War Horse," Joey. Photo by John Moore.

Television cameras set up on stage for an appearance by the “War Horse” himself, Joey. Photo by John Moore.

 

Douglas County native Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott, Albert's mother, has a moment with Joey. Photo by John Moore.

Douglas County native Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott, Albert’s mother, has a moment with Joey. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

Joey, and the three puppeteers who operate him, make an appearance for the media. Photo by John Moore.

 

Colorado cast members Mat Hostetler and Angela Reed are interviewed by Adam Goldstein of the Aurora Sentinel. Photo by John Moore.

Colorado cast members Mat Hostetler and Angela Reed are interviewed by Adam Goldstein of the Aurora Sentinel. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey's handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

Joey’s handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joey's handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

Joey’s handlers Jessica Krueger, Patrick Osteen and Jon Riddleberger talk about bringing the horse to life on the Buell Theatre stage. Photo by John Moore.

 

The Buell Theatre's stage door. Photo by John Moore.

The Buell Theatre’s stage door. Photo by John Moore.

 

Angela Reed signs in for the evening performance. Photo by John Moore.

Angela Reed signs in for the evening performance. Photo by John Moore.

 

Mat Hostetler backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Mat Hostetler backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Every show that plays the Buell Theatre gets an honorary spot for cast autographs on the backstage walls. Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott in "War Horse," previously appeared in the touring production of "Spring Awakening." Photo by John Moore.

Every show that plays the Buell Theatre gets an honorary spot for cast autographs on the backstage walls. Angela Reed, who plays Rose Narracott in “War Horse,” previously appeared in the touring production of “Spring Awakening.” Photo by John Moore.

 

A crew of about eight costumers iron, steam, clean and repair costumes backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

A crew of about eight costumers iron, steam, clean and repair costumes backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Mat Hostetler, who plays Veterinary Officer Martin, among other roles, shows off his guns backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Mat Hostetler, who plays Veterinary Officer Martin, among other roles, shows off his guns backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

Angela Reed backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

Angela Reed backstage at the Buell Theatre. Photo by John Moore.

 

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

 

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

The cast circles up for a vocal warmup onstage at the Buell Theatre moments before the audience is allowed in. Photo by John Moore.

 

Veteran Richard Callan helps out the ushers by passing out programs to arriving guests moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

Veteran Richard Callan helps out the ushers by passing out programs to arriving guests moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

 

Veteran Richard Callan takes a moment to check his glove moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

Veteran Richard Callan takes a moment to check his gloves moments before the presentation of the Color Guard. Photo by John Moore.

 

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

A presentation of the Color Guard by local American Legion veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

 

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. Photo by John Moore.

A presentation of the Color Guard by local American Legion veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

 

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. The group includes Harry Giglio, Harry Ciruli Jr., Chick Blemler and Richard Callan. Photo by John Moore.

A presentation of the Color Guard by local veterans preceded the start of the performance. Photo by John Moore.

 

Once the show begins, the volunteer ushers gather around a closed-circuit television in the lobby to watch the opening scene. Photo by John Moore.

Once the show begins, the volunteer ushers gather around a closed-circuit television in the lobby to watch the opening scene. Photo by John Moore.

Arvada Center joins Broadway bigshots, Perez Hilton on “Carols for a Cure” CD

By John Moore

Nov. 29, 2012

The Arvada Center has the distinction of being one of only two regional theaters in the country invited to join current Broadway companies performing on the 14th annual “Carols for a Cure” double-CD, a mix of holiday classics and original material benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Right alongside the likes of Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper and Perez Hilton, there is the Arvada Center’s cast of the just-opened “Miracle on 34th Street” singing “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”

The 2012 CD features the Broadway companies of “Newsies,” “Evita,” “Once,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Jersey Boys,” among others. Perez Hilton is currently making his professional theatrical debut performing in the off-Broadway revue “NEWSical The Musical.”

“Carols for a Cure” can be purchased for $20 at any performance of “Miracle on 34th Street,” running through Dec. 23 at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. (720-898-7200 or the arvada center’s home page). Start times vary, but the show, a musical variation of the classic film with music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson (“The Music Man”),  generally begins at either 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; as well as 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Check the web site for exact dates and times.

The CD also can be ordered for $23 online at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212-840-0770, ext. 238, from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. MST.

Lauper, who wrote the music for “Kinky Boots,” opening on Broadway this spring with Denver’s Andy Kelso and Annaleigh Ashford in the cast, sings “Blue Christmas” on the CD. Martin, who plays Che in “Evita,” is joined by Elana Roger (Evita), Michael Cerveris (Peron) and Max von Essen (Magaldi) singing “We Three Kings/Los Reyes Magos.” Broadway legend Chita Rivera joins Stephanie J. Block, Jim Norton, and others from “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” singing “Good Queen Wenceslas.” Hugh Panaro (“The Phantom of the Opera”) sings with his castmates on an original song titled “Outside the Box.”

The “Carols for a Cure” series has raised more than $3 million since 1999, providing support and care for those living with AIDS, as well as lending support to women’s health issues. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Denver’s Project Angel Heart, which provides meals to homebound AIDS patients.

“Carols for a Cure” song list:

Disc 1:
LOS TRES REYES MAGOS- Evita featuring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger
CALL YOUR MOM- Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ALONE ON CHRISTMAS- Chaplin
FOR MY CHILD’S FIRST CHANUKAH- Lisa Yaeger
GOD REST YE, MERRY GENTLEMEN- Newsies
GOOD QUEEN WENCESLAS- The Mystery of Edwin Drood
THE WEXFORD CAROL- Once
DOMINICK THE DONKEY- Peter and the Starcatcher
OUTSIDE THE BOX- The Phantom of the Opera
THE WREATH OF KINDNESS- The Lion King
BLUE CHRISTMAS- Kinky Boots featuring Cyndi Lauper

Disc 2:
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH- Bring it On
A PEREZ HILTON CHRISTMAS – featuring Perez Hilton, NEWSical The Musical
NYE@THE VENUS CLUB- Rock of Ages
THE BIRTHDAY OF A KING- Mary Poppins
SOUL CAKE- Mamma Mia!
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING- Rebecca
O HOLY NIGHT- Wicked
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING- I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the John W. Engeman Theatre
JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS- Miracle on 34th Street at The Arvada Center
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE BABY/GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING- Jersey Boys

Another way to support those in need this holiday season:

Support KUSA entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery’s second CD benefiting 9Cares/Colorado Shares: “Opie Gone Bad – Another Christmas.”

The CD featuring Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, American Idol’s Ace Young and Dianna DeGarmo, as well as Chris Daniels, Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee, actor Pam Grier, members of Phamaly Theatre Company and Kirk himself.

The CD is available at all King Soopers stores.

 

 

 

Video, photo coverage: “After the Darklights” web-series launch party

By John Moore

Oct. 10, 2012

The 10-minute pilot episode of “After the Darklights,” a new post-apocalyptic web series written and directed by Denver’s Michael Morgan, was launched today as a free online offering. The video posted above chronicles the launch party held at the Laundry on Lawrence artists collective at 27th and Lawrence streets in the RiNo neighborhood just north of downtown. The video posted below is the actual pilot episode.

Morgan, also a local actor who will next appear in Curious Theatre’s “Time Stands Still,” opening Nov. 3, filmed the pilot with an all-local cast and crew that includes Emily Paton Davies, Leah Watson, Josh Hartwell, Brian Landis Folkins, Pamela McCreary, Mike Marlow, Chuck Fiorella, Channel 9 news anchor Kirk Montgomery and more. The series is produced by Brian Landis Folkins, who also appears in the series. Future episodes will feature Karen Slack, Jude Moran, Jim Hunt and others. Specials effects were designed by nationally recognized make-up artist Todd Debreceni.

Here is the official summary statement describing “After the Darklights,” which is most easily categorized as a zombie tale — but the undead evil ones here are better described as “ferals”:

The world as we knew it ended the night the lights came. There were a few of us who missed their coming. The few survivors. The rest who watched fell where they stood in the glow of the unexplainable strobing and fading in the sky. Most died. But not all. Many rose, bloody, shaking. Changed. Like animals. Ravenous animals. The last of us woke to a world where the air hurt to breathe, the sun burned you alive in minutes, and the risen hid in the shadows, waiting for nightfall, waiting to hunt. Waiting to feed. We are the last of who we once were, and we’re fighting every minute against a world that wants us dead…

The creative team has launched a $20,000 online fundraising campaign to help pay for the filming of the next several episodes.

Look for “After the Darklights” to be featured on the Friday (Oct. 12) episode of “In Focus with Eden Lane,” airing in Denver at 7 p.m. on Colorado Public Television Channel 12.

 

 

Photos from the Oct. 7 launch party:

Emily Paton Davies and Mike Marlow. Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.

 

Elgin Kelley, director/writer Michael Morgan and Cat Tobiasson at Monday’s launch party for “After the Darklights.” Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.

 

Full disclosure: The author of this article has a cameo in the pilot episode of “After the Darklights” as a dead body. John Moore was made that way by a feral Pamela McCreary. An inauspicious film debut for Moore.

 

Director/writer Michael Morgan was joined by Denver Comic Con director Charlie LaGreca at Sunday’s launch party. Photo by John Moore.

 

Director/writer Michael Morgan is interviewed by Eden Lane for an episode of “In Focus with Eden Lane” that airs at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12) on Channel 12. Photo by John Moore.

 

A still from the pilot episode of “After the Darklights” featuring actor Josh Hartwell. Photo by John Moore.

A still from the pilot episode of “After the Darklights” featuring Emily Paton Davies. Photo by John Moore.

Actor Mike Marlow. Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.

 

“Feral” Pamela McCreary and feral flee-er Emily Paton Davies. Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.

 

Actor Leah Watson. Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.

 

“After the Darklights” producer Brian Landis Folkins with director/writer Michael Morgan.

A still from the pilot episode of “After the Darklights” featuring actor Emily Paton Davies.Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.