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Henry Awards: Big night for ‘The Whipping Man,’ Denver Center

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Photos by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

By John Moore
July 20, 2014

Curious Theatre Company’s staging of the remarkable Civil War drama The Whipping Man swept the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards on Monday, while the Denver Center Theatre Company was honored for Outstanding Season for the fourth time in the past seven years.

The Denver Center’s Animal Crackers, the most nominated production in Henry Awards history (13), won three awards, including Outstanding Musical. It’s a lighthearted re-enactment of a famous 1928 Marx Brothers Broadway musical.

Arvada Center to bring Tony-winning ‘Memphis’ to Arvada

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Felicia Boswell as Felicia and Bryan Fenkart as Huey in the national touring production of “Memphis.” The Arvada Center will stage the first local production of the Tony-winning musical next season. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

By John Moore

The Arvada Center has announced a three-play, three-musical lineup for its 38th season, headlined by the first locally staged production of the Tony Award-winning best musical, Memphis. (Here’s my 2012 review of the national touring production.)

Like the Denver Center, the Arvada Center is reducing its total show output next season, while maintaining its ongoing collaboration with Creede Repertory Theatre.

Kathleen M. Brady to make Arvada Center debut in ‘The Mousetrap’

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Kathleen M. Brady, shown above appearing in the Denver Center’s world premiere production of “Mama Hated Diesels” in 2010, is currently appearing “A Christmas Carol.”

By John Moore

Kathleen M. Brady, a beloved member of the Denver Center Theatre Company since 1987, will make her debut at the Arvada Center in Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” opening Jan. 28. 

The cast also features Colin Alexander, who is right now appearing alongside Brady through Dec. 29 in the Denver Center’s “A Christmas Carol”; and John Arp, who was in the ensemble of the Denver Center’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and has understudied for several other shows.

Photos: Denver Center out in force at ThesCon 2013 

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Allison Watrous of the Denver Center Academy leads high-school students from three states in a game during her ThesCon 2013 workshop titled, “What do you Want? The Objective and Action Workshop.”

By John Moore

More than 4,800 high-school theatre students have descended on the Colorado Convention Center right now for the third and final day of ThesCon 2013, the 49th annual Colorado State Thespian Conference. All high schools and charter schools in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico were invited to attend.

Members of the Denver Center theatre education and production families are at the conference in force, leading workshops, adjudications and information seminars. The roster includes Jessica Austgen, Stuart Barr, Tam Dalrymple Frye, Rachel Ducat, Larry Hecht, Carol Krueger, Jannett Matusiak, Brian McManus, Antonio Mercado, Heather Nicolson, Mackenzie Paulsen, David Saphier, Ashlee Temple and Allison Watrous.

Broadway wins over an avowed “Pippin” pessimist

By John Moore

As a former Denver Post theatre critic in the Google age, you can’t run, and you can’t hide, from your own words. In most cases, I don’t want to.

When it was annnounced that “Pippin” will launch its national tour in Denver in September 2014, I was immediately reminded of my admittedly cranky review of the 2006 Arvada Center production, headlined, “Pippin bares an ick factor.”

My lead from that review: