Performers join forces to raise money for fund

Members of theater community benefit from shows that help with medical care

Posted 9/19/17

When lights went up on “Miscast” at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center on Sept. 25, the audience was treated to an evening of unparalleled silliness by a number of Denver’s top performers, who contribute their time and talents to an annual …

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Performers join forces to raise money for fund

Members of theater community benefit from shows that help with medical care

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When lights went up on “Miscast” at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center on Sept. 25, the audience was treated to an evening of unparalleled silliness by a number of Denver’s top performers, who contribute their time and talents to an annual production that raises money for the Denver Actors Fund.

“What role/song have you ever considered that is totally inappropriate for you?” it asks. “One that you would never be cast for — ever?” The response, including costume and accompaniment, made up the “Miscast” program, with running commentary by co-hosts/funny guys Steven J Burge and Eric Mather.

This community-wide benefit is for the Denver Actors Fund, which has provided financial and practical services to members of the local theater community who find themselves in medical need. In four years, the nonprofit organization has awarded more than $120,000 in direct financial aid to fellow artists.

The idea of “Miscast” started some years ago with a now-discontinued theater company that needed to raise money and was later picked up at the suggestion of John Moore as a manageable way to develop support for the large local theater community.

Director Robert Michael Sanders said he had far more proposals for program acts than he could include. He was assisted by several judges in scheduling performers.

Among returning acts from 2016 was a performance by the “Killer Kids of Miscast”: Included: Kaden Hinkle, Hannah Katz, Darrow Klein, Evan Gibley (Highlands Ranch), Rylee Vogel and Hannah Meg Weinraub.

They and other young performers asked director Robert Michael Sanders to help them stage “13: the Musical” by Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics), Dan Elish and Robert Horn (book), to raise additional money for the Denver Actors Fund. “What do most kids do when they want to raise money for charity? Set up a lemonade stand or organize a car wash. What do theater kids do when they want to support their favorite charity? They put on a show!” Sanders said.

“13 the Musical” will play at 2 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Denver JCC Elaine Wolf Theatre.

Others in the musical are: Joshua Cellar (Littleton) Conrad Eck, Macy Friday, Lorenzo Giovanetti (Lakewood), Michelle Lee, Gabe Legg (Highlands Ranch), Carter Novinger (Littleton).

They have chosen a Broadway coming-of-age musical, Sanders said, commenting that these talented young adults perform at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Arvada Center, BDT Stage, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Midtown Arts Center, Lone Tree Arts Center, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, Parker PACE Center, The Aurora Fox, Vintage Theatre and more.

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