Get to know Matt LaFontaine

Matt LaFontaine as St. Jimmy

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Matty LaFontaine
DOB: August 23
Hometown: Castle Rock, CO
Education: Douglas County High School and University of Northern Colorado
Day Job: lots… often.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
Off-Time: let’s be honest, day drinkin with friends
Season: Fall! (Summer?) Fall!
Movie: Clue
Musical: In the Heights
Color: Green
Animal: Lion
Book: And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
Band: Ben Folds Five
Song: Like a Prayer – Madonna
Beverage: …..tequila…..

THIS OR THAT…
Cats or Dogs? Dog. Harold.
Beer or Wine? Beer.
Sweet of Sour? Both
Mild or Spicy? spicy!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos
FroYo or Ice Cream? Ice Cream
Boxers or Briefs? Speedo… live your dreams
City or Suburbs? Country, y’all.
Coke or Pepsi? Mountain Dew
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix. Until they take FRIENDS off
Early Bird or Night Owl? Night owl.

ANSWER ME THIS…
Are we the waiting? In line at Water World, yes.
When life hands you lemons? Squeeze them in the eyes of someone who is irritating you.
Who do you admire most? Tracy Salter, my old voice coach
What is your biggest fear? Not performing
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Being the next Nick Sugar… but after being schooled BY Nick Sugar on how to be Nick Sugar
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? Directing and choreographing Chicago
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? Tom McNally “what do you want, what’s in your way, what do you do to get what you want”
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Facebook… I’m old. 
Why see American Idiot? Because live theatre lifts you to the sky, enriches your soul and makes you experience raw talent whether you are ready or not.

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Get to know George Zamarripa

George Zamarripa as The Piragua Guy, IN THE HEIGHTS

George Zamarripa as The Piragua Guy

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: George A. Zamarripa
DOB: July 15
Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
Education: BA, Sarah Lawrence College, Concentrations in Literature and Philosophy
Day Job: I manage marketing, recruitment, and communications for the International English Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Fall
Movie: I’d have to say it’s a tie: Dangerous Liaisons and The House of Yes
Musical: A Chorus Line
Color: Red
Animal: Cats. My husband and I have two!
Book: Another tie: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin and Beloved by Toni Morrison
Band: I’m good with ties: The Smiths and Depeche Mode
Song: Express Yourself by Madonna
Sport: What’s that?
Beverage: I love lots of different beverages of the adult variety. Right now, I’m really into Negronis (dry gin, vermouth rosso, and campari).
Pastime: Spending time with my husband Clay.

THIS OR THAT…
Piragua or Ice Cream? Why choose? Have both!
Dogs or cats? I love both, but we’re a cat household.
Beer or Wine? Depends on my mood and what I’m eating. Mostly wine, though.
Cake or Pie? Probably cake.
Sweet or Sour? Sweet
Coke or Pepsi? Coke, no question.
Spicy or Mild? Spicy!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee!
Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. Boxers are too bulky.
Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos.
City or Country? I’m a city boy through and through.
Netflix or Hulu? At this point, you should know I don’t really like making choices.

ANSWER ME THIS…
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? My husband and my iPhone.
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Pay off bills and put the rest into investments. Boring, I know. OK, and maybe a trinket or two. Perhaps a European vacation.
When life hands you lemons? Throw them at your enemies!
Who is your hero? My father. He lived through a time where storefronts posted signs that read “No Mexicans.” He understood the value of a hard day’s work, the importance of family, and had the integrity and the guts to stand up for what he believed in. He was a WWII vet, a true role model, and I miss him very much.
What’s your biggest fear? Not being taken seriously.
What inspires you? Lots of things: music, film, raw talent, thoughtfulness, kindness, integrity, empathy, justice.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Happy, healthy, still performing, and happily married to the love of my life!
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Follow me on Instagram: @gzam76
Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? In the Heights is a musical that celebrates the immigrant experience. It highlights the joys, the struggles, the relationships, the dreams, of a community living at the top of Manhattan in Washington Heights. The story reminds us of how interconnected our lives are, that communities and families rise and fall together, and that “home” is more than where you live. We’ve worked so hard to breathe life into these characters – to tell their stories with respect and love. We can’t wait to share their stories with you – to invite you to their home “at the top of the world.”

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Get to know Gabriel Morales…

Gabriel Morales, Ensemble, IN THE HEIGHTS

Gabriel Morales – Ensemble

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Gabriel Morales
DOB: July 10th
Hometown: I’ve lived here the longest, so I guess Denver it is – for now.
Education: Attended Colorado Christian University and the Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Day Job: I am an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist at two local radio stations

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Summer
Movie: Toss up between Clueless and My Best Friend’s Wedding
Musical: So many to choose from I am unable to pick one
Color: Electric Blue or green
Animal: Does Snoopy count?
Book: Currently obsessed with Diane Von Furstenberg’s book  “A Signature Life.”
Band: Not going to lie, I love early 90’s boy bands
Song: “If It’s Over” by Mariah Carey
Sport: Volleyball
Beverage: I love herbal teas, Yerba Matte, Celsius energy drinks or a Diet Coke
Pastime: Hanging out and/or going out to dinner with family and friends

THIS OR THAT…
Piragua or Ice Cream? Piragua
Dogs or cats? I like both
Beer or Wine? Wine
Cake or Pie? Cake
Sweet of Sour? I like both
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Spicy or Mild? Spicy
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs
Piercings or Tattoos? Tatoos
City or Country? City
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix 
 

ANSWER ME THIS…
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? Sunscreen and a great book
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Would definitely pay off my student loans and start a college fund for my niece and nephew
When life hands you lemons? 
Be like Beyoncé and make Lemonade
Who is your hero? My parents – they definitely thought us the value of hard work
What’s your biggest fear? Any open dance call!
What inspires you? Seeing any show by Phamaly Theater Company – their performances are truly inspiring and moving
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully back in California doing shows there as well
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Twitter @gmorale83181014 | Instagram @gmorale
Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? It’s a very powerful story about what it truly means to be a community.  This community is more of a family than just random strangers living in a neighborhood. It’s a great example to us all how a group of people –  despite their differences, cultural background or social status are able they stick together no matter what and make it work. 

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Get to know Nancy Evans Begley…

Nancy Evans Begley as Camila Rosario, IN THE HEIGHTS

Nancy Begley as Camila Rosario

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Nancy Evans Begley
DOB: 1/28
Hometown: Denver, CO
Education: BFA Musical Theatre MSU Denver
Day Job: Private Banker with Fortis Private Bank 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Autumn! Give me cider, spice, changing leaves, and fireside nights! 
Movie: A League of Their Own
Musical: I have to pick one? I’ll go by style: Classic: Sound of Music, Mid-Century: Company, Contemporary: IN THE HEIGHTS!
Color: Royal Blue
Animal: Puppies!
Book: You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero
Band: The Last Bison 😍
Song: Happy, Pharrell Williams
Sport: Golf!!!
Beverage: Margaritas! Wepa!
Pastime: My full summers growing up in Steamboat Springs and Perry-Mansfield. 

THIS OR THAT…
Piragua or Ice Cream? Piragua!
Dogs or cats? Definitely dogs…I have four!
Beer or Wine? Vino! 
Cake or Pie? Cake please! 
Sweet of Sour? Sweet
Coke or Pepsi? Neither, but Pepsi if I have to choose.
Spicy or Mild? Mild
Coffee or Tea? Cafe con leche!
Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs 😉
Piercings or Tattoos? Ink! 
City or Country? Country, hands down.
Netflix or Hulu? Yes, and…

ANSWER ME THIS…
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? Water and sunscreen…sounds like a vacation to me!
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Donate to my favorite charities and invest the rest.
When life hands you lemons? Make a cocktail, raise a glass, and breathe. With every low, there is a high!
Who is your hero? My husband – I am blessed with the strongest, wisest, most supportive partner, and Noah makes me want to be better and love harder every day.
What’s your biggest fear? Failure.
What inspires you? Watching people accomplish great things – makes me want to continue stepping up my game!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In a seaside dream cottage with the love of my life and our pups!
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? FB: Nancy Evans Begley, IG: @nancyevansbegley
Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? The cast, the music, the story, and the HEART. This show is all about love, community, family, dreams, and defining self-identity. It will inspire you and touch your heart!

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Get to know Rose Van Dyne…

Rose Van Dyne as Nina Rosario

Rose Van Dyne as Nina Rosario, IN THE HEIGHTS

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Rose Van Dyne
DOB: June 12th, 1996
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Education: University of Northern Colorado
Day Job: Accompanist/voice and piano teacher

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Fall!!
Movie: La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful)
Musical: The Color Purple
Color: Not purple (HA!), but blue!
Animal: Wolf
Book: Crime and Punishment
Band: Ella Fitzgerald
Song: These Foolish Things
Sport: Swimming
Beverage: Fruit smoothies
Pastime: Spending time with loved ones

THIS OR THAT…
Piragua or Ice Cream? Vanilla ice cream, plan and simple 🙂
Dogs or cats? Dogs, because they’re always so happy to see you!
Beer or Wine? Beer. Definitely.
Cake or Pie? Pumpkin pie!! I wish it weren’t a seasonal pie, and I could buy it year round.
Sweet of Sour? Sweets for me, always.
Coke or Pepsi? I’m a big coke believer.
Spicy or Mild? Gimme some of that spicy!
Coffee or Tea? Tea (Preferably boba)
Boxers or Briefs? Who’s to say, really?
Piercings or Tattoos? Just on my ears
City or Country? Depends on the day, but probably city
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix

ANSWER ME THIS…
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring?A piano and a book.
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Save half for grad school, give the other half to my parents.
When life hands you lemons? I’m supposed to say make lemonade here, right? Instead I’ll say… eat the lemon, make yourself laugh, and then get to work!
Who is your hero? I believe each of us should be our own heroes– we’re always trying to be better than the person we were yesterday.
What’s your biggest fear? Finding myself stuck in a job I hate.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by the compassionate and unique individuals in my life, who show me the beauty in diversity.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years I hope to be getting a grad degree in NYC!
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Check out my website, coming soon! rosevandyne.com
Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? This show is all about heart. This show is all about sharing your heart with others. We wish to share our hearts with you. Come join us and become part of the family!

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Get to know Sarah Harmon…

Sarah Harmon as Vanessa, IN THE HEIGHTS

Sarah Harmon as Vanessa

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Sarah Harmon
DOB: September 29 (very much a Libra) 
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Education: Denver School of The Arts, Webster Conservatory for Theatre Arts (BFA Acting) in St. Louis, International Stunt School in Seattle   
Day Job: Teacher/Nanny/Acai Bowl crafter and enthusiast.  

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Fall
Movie: That question is impossible but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Selena and Billy Madison more times than any other movie. I’m also obsessed with anything that Hayao Miyazaki touches.  
Musical: Avenue Q
Color: Purple 
Animal: Giraffe
Book: Uh..Do plays count? 
Band: I’m on a Imagine Dragons kick right now. 
Song: “Stand Out”  from a Goofy Movie
Sport: Yoga
Beverage: Coffee
Pastime: Snuggling with my puppy and shamelessly binge watching Grey’s Anatomy

THIS OR THAT…
Piragua or Ice Cream? Paletas 
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Beer or Wine? Cider
Cake or Pie? Cheesecake
Sweet of Sour? Sour
Coke or Pepsi? Neither
Spicy or Mild? Mild
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning.  Tea at night.  
Boxers or Briefs? Whatever makes the butt look good!
Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos 
City or Country? Both
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix

ANSWER ME THIS…
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring?  My ukulele and adult coloring book.  
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Pay off my student debt and then pay off my brother’s student debt. 
When life hands you lemons? Keep them away from paper cuts or your eyes. 
Who is your hero? Mama and Papa Harmon
What’s your biggest fear? Disappointing my family and not living up to my full potential.    
What inspires you? People who fight for Love, Hope, and Equality.         
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Woah. I don’t even know where I see myself in 6 months! 
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram?  Please do! @sarahdharmon on FB, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM
Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? Because it is so important to celebrate cultural diversity, love, family, and community. This show hits hard on all of the above. We need more art that reflects that.  Especially today.

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Get to know José Davíd Reynoza…

José Davíd Reynoza as Unsavi de la Vega, IN THE HEIGHTS

Jose David Reynoza as Usnavi de la Vega

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: José Davíd Reynoza
DOB: November 10th
Hometown: born in Durango, Mexico but grew up in Brighton, Colorado. What is home??
Education: University of Northern Colorado 
Day Job: student/ freelance event photographer 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Fall
Movie: La Vita é Bella (Life is Beautiful)
Musical: In the Heights… and I’m not just saying that, promise!
Color: Blue!! …Or Red! Depends on the day.
Animal: Lion! Rawr… 🙂
Book: I need to make more time to read! But loved Shutter Island.
Band: One Republic. 
Song: “I Lived” by One Republic.
Sport: Play soccer, watch football.
Beverage: Orchata or iced tea please.
Pastime: Drawing, or watching movies! 

THIS OR THAT…
Piragua or Ice Cream? Piragua! Watermelon flavor please.
Dogs or cats? DOGS! I might be allergic to cats.
Beer or Wine? Depends, are we trying to be classy? Pinot Grigio please. 
Cake or Pie? Tres leches yeah?
Sweet of Sour? Both? Sour Patch Kids!
Coke or Pepsi? Coke! In a glass bottle yes?
Spicy or Mild? Mango habanero spicy.
Coffee or Tea? Tea! Unless it’s cafe con leche! 
Boxers or Briefs? Let’s say both.
Piercings or Tattoos? Probably will get a tattoo one day. Neither right now.
City or Country? City with the country nearby to escape to when needed.
Netflix or Hulu? … Hulu usually actually!

ANSWER ME THIS…
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? Music and…. wait can I bring a boat, or is that cheating? 😉
You win the lotto, how do you spend $96,000.00? Help my parents first and invest in theater!
When life hands you lemons? Squeeze one into your rum and coke!
Who is your hero? Other than my parents, Lin Manuel Miranda… yes cheesy, but true.
What’s your biggest fear? Dying without having left a legacy of some kind and inspiring others to follow their dreams.
What inspires you? Love, and seeing dedicated passionate people strive for greatness.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Living in New York, happy, and starting a regional theater company somewhere!
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram?
…Yes please! All the above! LINKS: FB, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM

Why see IN THE HEIGHTS? It’s a great and fun story with a lot of heart!! Great music and witty lines. A very important show, especially in this political climate, with a message of unity and love. I guarantee it’ll be a great time! 🙂

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Get to know Dillon Colagrosso

Dillon Colagrosso as Sketch in HAIRSPRAY

Dillon Colagrosso as Sketch

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…
Name: Dillon Colagrosso
DOB: July 16th, 1993
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Education: BFA in Theatre Performance, BA in Communications and a minor in Dance from CU Boulder
Day Job: Lifeguard at Student Recreation Center at CU Boulder

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…?
Season: Winter.
Movie: Se7en. “WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!?!”
Musical: Either Big Fish or In the Heights.
Color: Orange.
Animal: Wolf.
Book: The Bible. Specifically, Romans has really shaped me as a person.
Band: So tough! My favorites are Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Passion and Upon a Burning Body.
Song: “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
Sport: Don’t tell football, but basketball has always been my #1 sport.
Beverage: Orange juice.
Pastime: Working out, reading, playing guitar, listening to music and podcasts, getting together with old friends.

THIS OR THAT…
Dogs or cats? Dogs.
Beer or Mixed Drinks? Beer, no question.
Cake or Pie? Cake.
Sweet of Sour? Sour.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke is America. Coke for sure.
Spicy or Mild? Spicy.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, but now that I’ve graduated my coffee intake may decrease.
Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
Piercings or Tattoos? Neither, but no judgement.
City or Country? City!
Netflix or Hulu? My parents Netflix account. Not paying for either.

ANSWER ME THIS…
It takes two to…? Alley-oop.
You can’t stop the…? High amount of people moving to Colorado. But hey, who wouldn’t want to live here?
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? A flare gun and a pack of flares.
When life hands you lemons? You got vitamin C! Yay for no sickness!
Who is your hero? Jesus Christ, my parents, and the Dance MFA students at CU Boulder. Those grad students are the most kind and talented people you’ll ever meet.
What’s your biggest fear? Sunburns.
What inspires you? My heroes.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still listening to metal and cheering on my Denver professional teams.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Please do so! My professional page on facebook is “Dillon Colagrosso” (@dilloncolagrossoofficial) or my website www.dilloncolagrosso.com
Why see HAIRSPRAY? Chrstiopher Whyde and Scott McLean are the cutest Edna and Wilbur.  The entire cast, crew, and creative team are the real deal.
HAIRSPRAY is set in 1962 Baltimore Maryland, what can this story teach us today? That the same racial tensions that are present in this play are still alive in 2017 America. It’s an awful truth that needs everyone’s attention and care to improve.

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