Announcing: Performer lineup for “Miscast 2014”!


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.


Co-hosts: Mark Pergola and Damon Guerrasio

Director: Robert Michael Sanders

Miscast poster ideaMusical Director: Trent Hines

Producer: Charles Packard


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.



Photos: Opening weekend of ‘Always … Patsy Cline’

From left: Carla Kaiser Kotrc as Louise, music director Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Megan Van De Hey as Patsy Cline.


By John Moore
April 14, 2013

Opening No. 54: Starkey Theatrix’s “Always … Patsy Cline”: Photos from opening weekend, including an on-stage proposal! Starring Megan Van De Hey as Patsy Cline and Carla Kaiser Kotrc as Louise Seger. Also featuring the Bodacious Bobcats: Neal Dunfee, Dan Hoeye, Jason Tyler Vaughn, Bob Case and Scott Alan Smith. Directed by John Moore (Hey, that’s me!). Musical direction by Jalyn Courtenay Webb. Through April 20 at the PACE Center, 20000 E. Pikes Peak Ave., in Parker. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; also 2 p.m. Sundays, April 14. Tickets: 303-805-6800 or Thanks: Seth Caikowski, Shaun Albrechtson, Ronni Gallup, Chris Starkey.

This photo gallery is part of my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love 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 54 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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For my return to directing, I got plenty of advice from more experienced, well-wishing directors around town. Advice, such as: “Break their spirits.” (Turns out, the actual expression is, “Break a leg”). Also: “You must wear a beret and carry a riding crop.” (Who knew?) So before opening night, Carla Kaiser Kotrc (Louise) gave me just that, so I played along. As did co-star Megan Van De Hey (Patsy).


Flowers for Carla Kaiser Kotrc on the VIP preview night.


The Bodacious Bobcats, from left: Bob Case, Jason Tyler Vaughn, Scott Alan Smith, Neal Dunfee and Dan Hoeye.


Drummer Dan Hoeye.






Director John Moore and Megan Van De Hey (Patsy).




Megan Van De Hey reflecting at sound check.


The (at times persnickety) sound and video cues.


Producer Ronni Gallup and stage manager Seth Caikowski.




Guitarist Jason Tyler Vaughn: “I played my heart out for this show, and all I got was this lousy CD!”


Bringing Schlitz back to cool, like it’s PBR.


Taking a moment during sound check.


(Please click “Page 2” below to go to the next page of our photos from opening weekend of “Always … Patsy Cline”)

Phamaly’s Jeremy Palmer accepts volunteer award, Denver mayor’s proclamation

Phamaly Theatre Company actor and writer Jeremy Palmer accepts the Denver Foundation’s Minoru Yasui Volunteer Award, and Denver mayor Michael Hancock’s proclamation making Nov. 15, 2012, “Jeremy Palmer Day” in Denver. Video by John Moore of Run time: 7 minutes.

It’s Jeremy Palmer Day in Denver – and all wife Lyndsay got was a bag of cookies. Photo by John Moore