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Page to Stage video highlights: Kent Thompson and John Moore

Check out these brief video highlights from John Moore’s wide-ranging, hour-long conversation with Denver Center Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson, recorded  on Feb. 11 as part of the Denver Center’s monthly Page to Stage discussions held at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on East Colfax Avenue.

The pair talk about the recent Colorado New Play Summit, the challenges Thompson faces in crafting his company’s upcoming  2014-15 season (expected to be announced on or around March 4), how the ongoing erosion of the mainstream media is affecting arts organizations like the Denver Center, and all manner of things “Hamlet.” Thompson directed the mainstage production that runs through Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Stage Theatre.

Meet the cast video series: Michael Keyloun

In this ongoing video series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 55: Meet Michael Keyloun, who has returned to the Denver Center Theatre Company after last appearing here in “Jesus Hates Me” and “Noises Off.” Now he’s playing Rosencrantz in “Hamlet,” which is being performed through Feb. 23 in the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

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Photo: What … Fun at the ‘Hamlet’ student talkback?

Cast members from ‘Hamlet” conducted a talkback with students from Colorado and Wyoming who attended today’s matinee. The cast turns around and does another show at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Feb. 13). That’s six hours on stage alone! From left: Jacob H Knoll (Laertes), Amelia Pedlow (Ophelia), Peter Simon Hilton (Claudius) and Sam Gregory (Polonius). The moderator (back) is Tam Frye, director of education. Photo by John Moore.

Meet the cast video series: Jacob H. Knoll

In this ongoing series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 53: Meet Jacob H. Knoll, a small-town kid from Okemos, Mich., who has grown up to play Laertes in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Hamlet.” It will be performed through Feb. 23 in the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes.

Coming next in our “Meet the Cast” video series: Meet Amelia Pedlow, who plays Ophelia in “Hamlet.”

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Photos: Opening Night of ‘Hamlet’

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Hamlet, played by Aubrey Deeker, and director Kent Thompson.

By John Moore

Thursday night was the opening performance of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Hamlet,” set here in the environs of a crumbling World War I, where carnage both human and structural is strewn everywhere.

The cast features Aubrey Deeker as Hamlet, Amelia Pedlow as Ophilia, Kathleen McCall as Gertrude, Peter Simon Hilton as Claudius, John Hutton as King Hamlet’s Ghost, Shawn Fagan as Horatio, Jacob H. Knoll as Laertes, and a company that includes Anthony Bianco, Douglas Harmsen, Jeffrey Roark, Philip Pleasants, Benjamin Bonenfant, Michael Keyloun, Rodney Lizcaino, Stephanie Cozart, James O’Hagan-Murphy and Mackenzie Paulsen. The director is Kent Thompson.

"Hamlet" plays through Feb. 23 in the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or click here for ticket information. All photos by John Moore.

The King of Denmark weighs in on Super Bowl 48 

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By John Moore

Employees of the Denver Center were encouraged to wear their Denver Broncos attire to work today to show their support for the hometown team in Sunday’s Super Bowl. But workers were stunned to discover that the King of Denmark — the dead, poisoned king of Denmark — embraced the spirit of the day and dressed accordingly as well. Now, we here at the Denver Center may be susceptible to flights of fancy, but no one here really believes that this stone monument to the poor prince’s father really dressed himself today. We think, naturally, that this was the work of his ghost. Gravediggers working the midnight shift quoted the spirit Hamlet as saying, “The King of Denmark is a big fan of the King of Denver.”

Meet the cast video series: Hamlet, Aubrey Deeker

In this ongoing series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 52: Meet Aubrey Deeker, a small-town “Preacher’s Kid” from Missouri who has grown up to play the title role in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Hamlet.” It will be performed through Feb. 23 in the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes.

Coming next in our “Meet the Cast” video series: Meet Jacob H. Knoll, who plays Laertes in “Hamlet.”

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Video: “The Denver Center is United in Orange: Go, Broncos!

The casts and crews of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s current shows wish the Denver Broncos victory in their upcoming Super Bowl battle with the Seattle Seahawks. Video by John Moore.  

Denver Center video: Five minutes, three plays in rehearsal … all at once

When the Denver Center Theatre Company opens three shows on three successive Thursdays, audiences may not realize that means all three productions are in rehearsal simultaneously. And this time, two of those three shows are world premieres: The Legend of Georgia McBride and black odyssey, along with Hamlet. We chose a random five-minute rehearsal window to take viewers on a tour showing them what is going on behind all of those closed doors … at the same time. Video by John Moore.

3 Plays, 3 Photos, 1 Day at the Denver Center

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The continuing transformation of a blue 1971 Cadillac coup deville into a gold vessel that involves shaving 32 inches off its length and 24 inches off its width just so that it will fit into the Space Theatre. We’ll be telling you how this all happens here in photos, words and video. Charlie Dallas is pictured above sending the sparks flying.

By John Moore

Audiences probably have little idea all that it takes to roll out one entirely new production after the other … for three weeks running, as the Denver Center Theatre Company will do on Jan. 10, 17 and 24 with world premieres of “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” “black odyssey” and the Shakespeare classic “Hamlet.” Here’s a quick peek behind the scenes of what’s been going in here on one day in December so that there will be new shows for you to see in January.

Meet the cast video series: Philip Pleasants

In this ongoing series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 46: Learn how perennial Scrooge Philip Pleasants, who also plays three roles in “Hamlet,” grew up performing Shakespeare scenes with his mother in their living room. “A Christmas Carol” plays through Dec. 29 in the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Philip Pleasants of “A Christmas Carol.”

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Photos: “Hamlet”: First look at first rehearsal

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Aubrey Deeker is making his Denver Center debut as Hamlet. Amelia Pedlow, who pays Ophelia, last performed here in “The Liar.”

By John Moore

The cast of the Denver Center’s upcoming “Hamlet” gathered for the first time today to meet, greet, talk about production visions and conduct a read-through. 

Director Kent Thompson talked to the cast about how Shakespeare’s play is anything but a play about indecision, otherwise it would not be the most performed play in the world. He described a young man of privilege, a brilliant intellectual raised to be very knowing of humanity, who suddenly finds himself responding to grief, loss, treachery and despair, all at an age before he has reached emotional maturity.

"Hamlet" plays in the Stage Theatre from Jan. 23 through Feb. 23. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.