Photos: My night at Midtown Arts Center’s ‘Les Misérables’

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By John Moore
Nov. 30, 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. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series (these are outtakes), click here.

Opening No. 137: Midtown Arts Center’s “Les Misérables”: This production has closed, sadly, but the buzz on it was so strong all the way down from Fort Collins, I wanted to see it — and represent it in our photo series — before it was too late. So think of this as the first “Closing Night” entry in our soon-to-close “Opening Nights” photo series. And the production lived up to its billing. The crowd may have been prodded, but it didn’t take much cajoling to get the screaming dinner patrons to wave their red napkins at the curtain call in support of the rebellion — and the production they had just seen. In all, more than 9,000 attended “Les Misérables” during its 12-week run, making it the second-most attended show in Midtown (formerly the Carousel Dinner Theatre) history. No. 1: “Shrek, the Musical.” “Les Misérables” featured a cast made up of both established local actors and a few who were brought in from New York. It starred David Ambroson as Jean Valjean and featured Brandon Schraml as Javert, Amy Madden Copp as Fantine, Nigel Huckle as Marius, Colleen Johnson as Eponine, Lisa Carter as Cosette, Colin Morgan as Enjolras, Michael Lasris as Thenardier and Jalyn Courtenay Webb as Mrs. Thenardier. The ensemble included Allen Dorsey, Tom Berger, Mikeal Macbeth, Jodye Carroll, Lauren Neely, Benjamin Danielowski, Julia Smith, John Sosna, Anne Tereze-Schwartz, Cynthia Vaughn, Camille Nugent, Korynne Terrio, Rylee Vogel, Elijah Walker Brandt and Kellan Oliver. The directors were Kurt Terrio, Jalyn Courtenay Webb (vocals) and Casey Cropp (orchestra). All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series (these are outtakes), click here. Thanks: cast and crew.

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The cast gets jazzed with director Kurt Terrio moments before the final performance begins.

 

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Photos: 2013 Bobby G Awards honoring Colorado high-school theater

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Chaparral High School wins the first-ever Bobby G Award for outstanding musical, “Les Misérables.” See the slideshow below for more shots. Just push the “play” button.

By John Moore
June 2, 2013

The 2013 Bobby G Awards, named after late Denver producer Robert Garner, honor the best in Colorado high-school musical theater. They are part of a national awards program called the Jimmys. The inaugural Bobby G’s gala was held May 30, 2013, at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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For more coverage of the 2013 Bobby G Awards, click here. You’ll find:

Video: Watch as Chaparral High School’s “Les Misérables” wins best musical.

Video: Colorado actors on Broadway offer their support and congratulations.

Names: Complete list of nominees and winners.

What are the Bobby G’s?
In addition, here you can about the Denver Center’s decision to join the national high-school awards program.

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Video: Watch Chaparral High School win the Bobby G for Best Musical

By John Moore
May 31, 2013

Watch as Chaparral High School’s “Les Misérables” wins best musical at the inaugural Bobby G Awards on May 30 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Senior Chris Maclean also won best actor for his portrayal of Jean Valjean.

The Bobby G Awards honor Denver metro high-school thespians, which culminated Thursday with the announcement of Maclean and Nicole Seefried as best actor and actress. Seefried played Kate Monster in “Avenue Q” at the Denver School of the Arts. Their regional awards earned both a week-long Broadway immersion as part of the National High School Musical Theater Awards, affectionately known as “The Jimmys.” While in New York, the regional winners experience five days of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with theater professionals administered by the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Their week culminates with a special performance on a Broadway stage — at the Minskoff Theatre. More than 50,000 students participate in the awards program nationally, and in the past five years, $750,000 in merit scholarships have been awarded. Local adjudicators considered 15 public and private high-school stagings.

The Bobby G Awards were initiated by David Cates and Denver Center president Randy Weeks. Next spring, the field is expected to expand to 24 participating schools

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    More Bobby G’s coverage:

Video: Colorado actors on Broadway offer their support and congratulations

Photo gallery from the awards ceremony:

Story: What are the Bobby G’s? Read about the Denver Center’s decision to join the national awards program honoring high-school theater.

    Complete list of nominees and award recipients:

Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
Les Misérables, Chaparral High School

The Producers, Bear Creek High School
In The Heights, Westminster High School
Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High School

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
David Peterson, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School

Tami LoSasso, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School
Kella Manfredi, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Kryssi Martin, Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
André Rodriguez, In The Heights, Westminster High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nicole Seefried, Kate Monster, Avenue Q, Denver School of the Arts

Kelli Brewster, Elle Woods, Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Libby Rubin, Molly Tobin Brown, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Northglenn High School
Lea Schoengarth, Vanessa, In The Heights, Westminster High School
Caroline Vickstrom, Hope Cladwell, Urinetown, Evergreen High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Chris Maclean, Jean ValJean, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School

Asa Cogswell, Caldwell B. Cladwell, Urinetown, Evergreen High School
Alex Owens, Leo Bloom, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Chris Salguero, Usnavi De La Vega, In The Heights, Westminster High School
Graeme Schulz, Jean ValJean, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Meaghan Johnson, Mrs. Meers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High Scho
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Arika Drake, Meg Brockie, Brigadoon, Arapahoe High School
Charlotte Grimm, Brooke Wyndham, Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Emma Grueskin, Delilah Strict, Zombie Prom, Colorado Academy
Samantha Steele, Madame Thenardier, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Michael Board, Trekkie Monster, Avenue Q, Denver School of the Arts

Clay Edwards, Eddie Flagrante, Zombie Prom, Colorado Academy
Matt Laughlin, Bun Foo, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High School
Justin Michael, Carmen Ghia, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Nathan Montgomery, Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain, Cherry Creek High School

Rising Star (Outstanding undersclassman)
Rose Lucas, Serena, Littleton High School, Legally Blonde

Maria Gesicki, Chip, Legacy High School, Beauty and the Beast
Ethan Miller, Josh, Colorado Academy
Gavin Roberts, Roberts/Father Flynn/Miner/Maitre’D in Monte Carlo/Quartet, Northglenn High School, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Zombie Prom
Liam Sonke, Aaron/Grandmaster Chad/Harvard ensemble, Littleton High School, Legally Blonde

Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction
Steve Hinman and Jerry Vander Does, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School

Tammy Ahmed and Nathan Payant, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Marie Hayden & Brett (Bert) Lawson, Little Shop of Horrors, Hinkley High School
Bryce Melaragno and Teri Willmarth, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School
Kelly Parmenter, Brigadoon, Arapahoe High School

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus
The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Les Misérables, Chaparral High School
Les Misérables, Lakewood High School
Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High School

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra
Little Shop of Horrors, Hinkley High School

The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Les Misérables, Chaparral High School
Singin’ in the Rain, Cherry Creek High School
Beauty and the Beast, Legacy High School

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Stacia Luigi, Christina Mau and Kella Manfredi, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Meg Flinders and Stephanie Prugh, Once Upon a Mattress, Heritage High School
Jody Gayton and Santana Trujillo, In The Heights, Westminster High School
Heather Westenskow, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School
Lisa Wood, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High School

Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
Erin Ramsey, In The Heights, Westminster High School

Dean Arniotes, Urinetown, Evergreen High School
Brandon Davis, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School
Taylor Dykstra and David Peterson, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School
Stephen A. Scherer, Zombie Prom, Colorado Academy

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Daniel Davidek and Travis Roth, In The Heights, Westminster High School

Madison Arterburn, Avenue Q, Denver School of the Arts
Andy Becker, Emily Helmus and Julie Rooney, Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Kenzi Everitt, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School
Patrick Hinchcliffe, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Christian Atkinson, Once Upon a Mattress, Heritage High School

Vince Alcon, Karin Fowler, Naomi Sanchez and Reyna Sanchez, In The Heights, Westminster High School
Celene Alejandre, Nicky Fernandez and Genevieve Glowacki-Geyer, Avenue Q, Denver School of the Arts
Ellen Bradford, Les Misérables, Lakewood High School
Lisa Wood, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High School

Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Make-Up Design
Rebecca Maestas, In The Heights, Westminster High School

April Edwards, Justine Jones, Megan King, Maddie McKinnon, Arianna Savci and Schuyler Wright, Zombie Prom, Colorado Academy
Kella Manfredi, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Maggie Ste. Marie, Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Jessica Van Houweling, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design
Steven Cross, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smoky Hill High School

Emily Biffinger, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School
Kris Davis, Avenue Q, Denver School of the Arts
Jose Martinez, The Producers, Bear Creek High School
Adriana Rodriguez, Ailee Rowe & Jack Worthington, In The Heights, Westminster High School

Outstanding Special Achievement Award Recipients
Matthew Cheney, Brigadoon, Arapahoe High School
Erik Peterson, Les Misérables, Chaparral High School
Jared Giammanco, Legally Blonde, Littleton High School
Greg Hainline and Ben Hartman, Avenue Q, Denver School of the Arts

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Outtakes: My night at Lakewood High School’s ‘Les Misérables’

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Connor Kingsley, center, who plays Marius, gathers the cast in the hallway outside the school auditorium to salute director Tami LoSasso after an ambitious opening performance of “Les Misérables” on March 13.

 

By John Moore, March 14, 2013

My ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series, “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theater,” brings you one intimate, iconic snapshot from 42 Colorado opening nights (and counting). But I also like to post outtakes offering more of a behind-the-scenes look at each stop.

Opening No. 42, Lakewood High School’s “Les Misérables”: Remaining performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 14-16) at 9700 W. 8th Avenue in Lakewood. 303-982-7123 or go to www.SeatYourself.Com. Featuring Graeme Schulz, Hunter Benjamin, Beky Winkler, Brooklyn Webb, Annie High, Connor Kingsley, Samantha Steele, Riley Konsella, Peter LoSasso, Melissa Elliot, Gabriel Branson, Bonnie Evans and a cast and crew of 150.

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The opening performance was interrupted by a fire alarm that went off because of all of the smoke used in the climactic battle scenes. The school pays a four-figure fee to the local fire department to have the alarms put on silent during performances, but that didn’t stop an alarm from causing about a 10-minute delay on Wednesday.

 

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Curtain call for the cast of about 40.

 

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Senior Graeme Schulz, who plays Valjean, is also president of the Lakewood High School Theatre Company.

 

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Riley Konsella (above) and Samantha Steele (below) play a naughty Mr. and Madame Thenardier.

 

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 Ensemble cast member Dan Taylor, right.

 

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The view from where the student musicians crawl into the orchestra pit, literally!

 

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Robert Garner given Lifetime Achievement Award at memorial

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By John Moore

Sept. 8, 2012

Longtime Denver theater producer Robert Garner was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadway League of New York at a celebration Saturday honoring Garner, who died July 19.

The award was presented via videotape by Nick Scandalios, chairman of the board for the Broadway League and executive vice president of the Nederlander organization.

“Bob put Denver on the map, making it a must-stop for any tour,” Scandalios said. “And at the same time, he was instrumental in opening up many road markets in the West for Broadway touring.”

He added: “Bob was always plugged into Broadway. In fact, we always used to say, ‘If you wanted to know something about Broadway, call Bob Garner in Denver.’

“My boss, Jimmy Nederlander, always said, ‘You could always count on Bob Garner to be loyal and a friend. And friends in this business are the most important things. You can count them on one hand, and you could do things with a friend on a handshake.’ ”

The afternoon culminated with a tribute from Denver Center president Randy Weeks. “Bob was my Peter Pan,” he said. “He didn’t want to grow up — or he did not want to grow old.”

More coverage:

Here’s my look back at the man for all ages

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To read several tribute pieces to Bob, click here

Bill Husted, Judi Wolf and Donald Seawell at Saturday’s celebration of the life of theater producer Robert Garner. Photo by John Moore.