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Mamma Mia: Actor’s mom proud to see son returning in blockbuster

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Tucker Worley at age 12, left, and 22.

By John Moore

When Tucker Worley returns to Denver next week as a member of the national touring production of “Mamma Mia,” his friend Jake Brasch dares you to ask him to do a backflip. Oh, he’ll do it. No question about it.

“Tucker has managed to work a backflip into every performance he’s ever done,” Brasch said. “Tap dance? Back flip. Sondheim? Backflip. Shakespeare? Backflip.”

Tucker’s mom has known her kid was born to backflip since … before he was born. We’re talking in the womb. Whether she liked that idea or not.

Denver Center names three student playwriting finalists

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From left: Victoria Capraro, Jack Fletcher and Laurain Park.

By John Moore and Alexandra Griesmer

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has announced the three finalists for its inaugural Regional Youth Playwriting Workshop and Competition for Colorado high-school students.

The finalists are:

Scenester No. 6: Gabriela Gonzales, Denver School of the Arts

Today on Denver CenterStage, we continue our exciting daily countdown of the 10 talented high-school student playwrights whose works have been selected as semifinalists for our inaugural statewide playwriting competition. Details below.

Scenester No. 6: Gabriela Gonzales

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School: Denver School of the Arts

Teacher: Moss Kaplan

Play title: Yesterdays

What is your play about? When Ainsley moves into her new apartment with the help of her high-school sweetheart and friend, Levi, both realize how much they’ve changed since their adolescence. While Levi wants nothing but to help her, Ainsley is afraid of becoming dependent on him again and tries to push him away.

Favorite word that appears in your script: Cactus-y!

Dream casting: I would choose Anna Kendrick in the role of Ainsley. In the movies I’ve seen her in, she is able to play a strong female character with her guard up as well as get across a vulnerability that explains her character’s fear to reveal herself to others. These characteristics are really important to the story of Yesterdays and the character of Ainsley.

Scenester No. 4: Victoria Capraro, Denver School of the Arts

Today on Denver CenterStage, we continue our exciting daily countdown of the 10 talented high-school student playwrights whose works have been selected as semifinalists for our inaugural statewide playwriting competition. Details below.

Scenester No. 4: Victoria Capraro

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School: Denver School of the Arts

Teachers: Brandon Becker and Shawn Hann

Play title: Sailor’s Knot: A Play in Six Movements

What is your play about? Two people who fall in love. Their story is told by a Greek-style chorus who represent fate. It seeks to examine the nature of nature itself, and the process it takes for stars to align.

The Scenesters, No. 1: Mateo Correa, Denver School of the Arts

Today on Denver CenterStage, we begin an exciting daily countdown of the 10 talented high-school student playwrights whose works have been selected as semifinalists for our inaugural statewide playwriting competition. Details below.

Scenester No. 1: Mateo Correa

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School: Denver School of the Arts

Teacher:  Shawn Hann

Play Title: The Story of You

What is your play about?: It’s about how people allow fate, religion, people and more control their lives, whether it’s for the best or worst. It follows the stories of several people spanning several generations, showing how cause-and-effect makes the world what it is.

Favorite word that appears in your script: Copulate.

Local actress headed for national high school theatre competition

Nicole Seefried as Kate Monster in Denver School of the Arts' production of Avenue QDenver School of the Arts’ graduate, Nicole Seefried, received the inaugural Bobby G Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. As part of this honor, Nicole will travel to New York this summer to represent Colorado in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Minskoff Theatre. We caught up with Nicole before she left for The Big Apple.

 

DCPA: Do you have a favorite role? Favorite musical?

NS: Kate was definitely my favorite role I have played, since she was such a challenge and got me into puppetry (which, being the dork I am, I fell in love with). Avenue Q is also probably my favorite musical I have done, other than Honk Jr. my 6th grade year at Graland [Country Day School], because who doesn’t love to be a duck?