LET’S GET TOT KNOW YOU… Name: Heather Fritton DOB: September 15 Hometown: Littleton, CO Education: BS in Theatre – University of Evansville, IN Day Job: Landscape Design Studio Production Manager
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE… Color: Orange & Yellow Movie: Amelie Animal: Fox Book: The Power of One Band: U2 Song: How can anyone choose just one favorite song? Musical: Into the Woods Restaurant: Luca d’Italia Beverage: Prosecco Season: Fall Holiday: Every holiday is my favorite Pastime: Is drinking wine on a patio a pastime?
THIS OR THAT… Dogs or cats? Cats Sweet or Sour? Sweet Cake or Pie? Cake Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? FroYo Coke or Pepsi? Yes, both please. Boxers or Briefs? Wouldn’t you like to know. Coffee or Tea? COFFEE Soup or Salad? Salad City or Countryside? City Spring or Fall? Fall Mountains or Ocean? Mountains
ANSWER ME THIS… You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? My 2 kids J When life hands you lemons? Make a lemon martini Favorite role you’ve been cast? Olive in Spelling Bee Dream role to perform? The Witch in Into the Woods Who is your hero? My dad What inspires you? People’s resilience. Are you living happily ever after? I think happiness is learning to be okay with life’s chaos, so in that case, I definitely am. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Sky’s the limit Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Facebook Why should we see Once Upon A Mattress? Hello…Golden Nightengale!
Peter Elliott. Cast as Jester in Once Upon A Mattress
LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU… Name: Peter Elliott DOB: 11/15/82 Hometown: Miami Springs, Florida Education: University of Miami (BM & MM) – Music performance and music education Day Job: Music teacher at Shrine of St. Anne Catholic School & St. Bernadette Catholic School
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…? Color: red Movie: The Dark Crystal …I can’t believe I just wrote that… Animal: Deer Book: The Wizard of Oz series Band: Israel Houghton & New Breed Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow Musical: my favorite To perform in is Hairspray but to watch is Wicked Restaurant: Jacques-Imo’s in New Orleans Beverage: Ginger Ale Season: Summer Holiday: Mardi Gras!!! Pastime: writing music and playing instruments
THIS OR THAT… Dogs or cats? Cats Sweet or Sour? Sweet Cake or Pie? That’s too difficult a choice… Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? Ice cream Coke or Pepsi? Yuck!! Neither! Boxers or Briefs? Hehe…briefs Coffee or Tea? Coffee!!! Soup or Salad? Yes, please. City or Countryside? City Spring or Fall? Spring Mountains or Ocean? Ocean
ANSWER ME THIS… You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? I would bring the Bible and my glasses… I’m actually blind as a bat and you know my contacts would come out in the water, in the crash… You can tell I’ve thought about this before… When life hands you lemons? Mmmm, lemon cake!! Favorite role you’ve been cast? Billy in Anything Goes Dream role to perform? Burt in Mary Poppins Who is your hero? Jesus Christ What inspires you? My wife, my son, Jesus, people that are just plain honest and the endless potential of children Are you living happily ever after? You better believe it!! Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still singing, hopefully dancing and enjoying my family. Why should we see Once Upon A Mattress? If you came just because of Mark (Prince Dauntless) & Taylor (Princess Winifred) and their hilarious, incredibly physical performance it would be enough but all the cast is showing up and showing out!!
Kayla Mally. Cast as Larkin in Once Upon A Mattress.
LET’S GET TOT KNOW YOU… Name: Kayla DOB: 10/17/93 Hometown: Arvada Education: I’ll have my BFA in Musical Theatre this December! Day Job: Student/Birthday Party Princess with My Enchanted Birthday
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…? Color: Orange Movie: Pocahontas Animal: I don’t have one… Can I choose Baymax from Big Hero 6? Book: The Princess Bride Band: N*SYNC or Simple Plan Song: Currently it’s “Candy Store” from Heathers. A lot of my favorites change day to day. Musical: At this particular moment in time? Hamilton. (I know, I’m so basic) Restaurant: The Heaven Dragon Beverage: Anything that you mix St Germain into Season: Season 1 of Sherlock Holiday: Christmas Pastime: Baking
THIS OR THAT… Dogs or cats? Please don’t make me choose Sweet or Sour? Sweet Cake or Pie? Cake! Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? Ice Cream Coke or Pepsi? Coke Boxers or Briefs? What? I don’t wear those. Coffee or Tea? Tea Soup or Salad? You can’t pick only one. They pair them together for a reason. City or Countryside? City Spring or Fall? Fall Mountains or Ocean? Ocean
ANSWER ME THIS… You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring? I suck at this question. Pass. When life hands you lemons? *Dr Drakken Voice* I COMPLAIN ABOUT THE LEMONS!! Favorite role you’ve been cast? It’s a tie between Sandy in Grease and this One Act I did where I played a Disneyland Employee/Fairy. Dream role to perform? What a stressful question… there are so many amazing parts out there. I guess one I’ve wanted for the longest amount of time would be Glinda from Wicked. Who is your hero? Lucille Ball What inspires you? My family and my fiancé Are you living happily ever after? Yes 🙂 Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Married to Knight #2 and still doing theatre together all across the US Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? I’m not super active on my Twitter but my Instagram is kaylatido_mally Why should we see Once Upon A Mattress? This cast blows my mind. Everyone is a joy to work with and their talent is so humbling. Plus they are all too funny for their own good.
EDUCATION: Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance and Strategic Communication (PR/Advertising emphasis)
DAY JOB: Assistant Account Executive at The Integer Group (Advertising)
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
BAND: The Beatles
SONG: Changes daily!
DESIGNER: Does Lululemon count?
PLAY: Crimes of the Heart, The Last Night of Ballyhoo
MUSICAL: Too many to choose!
BEVERAGE: Arnold Palmer
HOLIDAY: ALL of them
THIS OR THAT…
DOGS OR CATS? Both
COFFEE OR TEA? Tea
COMEDY OR MYSTERY? Comedy
MUSICAL OR PLAY? Musical
GOLD OR SILVER? BOTH
COKE OR PEPSI? Neither
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? Is there such a thing as an late morning/early afternoon owl?
TAN OR PALE? The real question should be Pale or Burnt?
SKI OR SNOWBOARD? Ski
CALIFORNIA OR FLORIDA? California
LEATHER OR LACE? Lace
ANSWER ME THIS…
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS? Grab a tea bag and make an Arnold palmer
THE GREATEST INVENTION IN HISTORY IS? Musical Instruments
YOU’RE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND, WHAT TWO ITEMS DO YOU BRING? A magic lamp and sunscreen
WHAT DID YOU WEAR TO PROM? COLORS? One year I wore a long pink dress and the other year I wore a long blue dress.
HOW DID YOU ASK/ WERE YOU ASKED TO PROM? My date had our jazz choir change the lyrics to one of our songs during rehearsal. Naturally, I thought the song was for someone else and started to try and sing along.
IT’S YOUR PARTY, WHY ARE YOU CRYING? The birthday cake isn’t gluten free….:((
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN A DIFFERENT DECADE/ TIME PERIOD, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? 1920s!!!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING? For as long as I can remember!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROLE YOU’VE PLAYED? I cant decide!
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM ROLE TO BE CAST? Ditto to the above question…
WHO IS YOUR HERO? BIGGEST INSPIRATION? My parents!!
WHERE ARE YOU IN 10 YEARS? Happy and enjoying life with my friends and family!
After an amazing opening, I have one more Q&A Session with the amazingly talented Margie Lamb, cast in the lead role of Diana. Margie delivered a weekend full of moving performances that were anything but next to normal. Peep our Q&A below to get to know Margie, cheers!
WHY SEE THE NEXT TO NORMAL? To just once, step away from the saccharine sweet musicals they have seen over and over and experience the most incredibly written script of its time. To face a little reality that we as human beings turn our heads to so many times. To maybe understand a little better the lives of the individuals and their loved ones, who struggle mental illness every second of every day of their lives. To start conversations in their own homes, with their own loved ones and friends which I hope someday will make the subject of mental illness a little more palatable.
After last nights fabulous opening, it’s time to get to know another of NEXT TO NORMAL cast member! Peep the Q&A below to see why Ethan Knowles knows you must see Next To Normal before close. For more info follow THAC on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram… CHEERS!
I’ts OPENING NIGHT at Town Hall Arts Center, and the cast of Next to Normal (N2N) is ready to rock. Get to know cast member Daniel Langhoff in our special Q&A Session below! For more info follow THAC on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram… CHEERS!
NAME: Daniel Langhoff DOB: 11/08/1975 HOMETOWN: Denver EDUCATION: University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance DAY JOB: day job rotates…
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
COLOR: deep blue CITY: Denver (or London) MOVIE: unfair question BOOK: Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse BAND: Pink Floyd SONG: ‘Ella giammai m’amo’ from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi MEAL: steak, asparagus, fries, malbec or petite syrah PLAY: King Lear MUSICAL: too many BEVERAGE: coffee, water, bourbon SEASON: Autumn HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving RESTAURANT: too many DESSERT: car-bomb cupcakes
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE…
COMEDIAN: Eddie Izzard ACTOR: too many, partial to Kevin Kline, David Tennant, John Hurt, Robert Shaw, Leonardo Dicaprio ACTRESS: too many, partial to Judy Dench, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Lange, Sally Field, Angela Lansbury DIRECTOR: too many PERFORMER: too many (this cast)
THIS OR THAT…
DOGS OR CATS? dogs COFFEE OR TEA? coffee AND tea COMEDY OR MYSTERY? comedy MUSICAL OR PLAY? musical CRUSHED ICE OR CUBED? cubed ice EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? night owl KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? ketchup BOXER OR BRIEFS? boxer briefs CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? chocolate TAN OR PALE? indifferent to tan or pale ICE CREAM OR FROZEN YOGURT? ice cream
ANSWER ME THIS…
HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK? I speak bits of German, French, Spanish, and English THE GREATEST INVENTION IN HISTORY IS? The greatest invention in history is music. It speaks with or without language and lets people tap into emotional truth. WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS? peel lemons for zest, add to marinade, roast chicken with black pepper and cumin, add lemon juice periodically YOU’RE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND, WHAT TWO ITEMS DO YOU BRING? On a desert island… I need a book. And a pillow. WHAT’S YOUR BEDTIME? Bedtime is when I’m done. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING? I’ve been acting since 3rd grade (over 30 years) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROLE YOU’VE PLAYED? Favorite role before now- Younger Brother in Ragtime, Balladeer in Assassins. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM ROLE TO BE CAST? Dan Goodman. WHO IS YOUR HERO? BIGGEST INSPIRATION? I’m surrounded by inspiration; I have amazing family, friends, and loved ones. I look up to all of them. WHERE ARE YOU IN TEN YEARS? In 10 years- I’ll be here in Denver with my lovely Rebecca, raising my lovely daughter, petting puppies, still making whatever art I can. CAN WE FOLLOW YOU? FB? TWITTER?Facebook… WHY SEE NEXT TO NORMAL? Next To Normal is a true piece of art, using story, visuals, and music to challenge the heart, the mind, and the higher intellect by making the viewers (and the performers) really think and question and forcing them to tap into their own emotional lives. Audiences should enjoy art, but it has to occasionally challenge them the way this show does in order to be truly life-changing. That’s why you see this show- it reminds everyone that they’re human beings, and that that is a wonderful truth.
It’s Preview Night for Next To Normal (N2N) at Town Hall Arts Center! Industry and community partners will get a special sneak peak at our next main stage show this evening. For those of us that must wait until after opening night… we have a special cast preview! Peek the Q&A Session below to see why Ms Jacqie Jo (Billings) says YOU should see N2N!
EDUCATION: Denver School of the Arts & AMDA (The American Musical & Dramatic Academy)
DAY JOB: Collections Manager for Skyline Property Management
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
CITY: New York City
MOVIE: “Forrest Gump”
BOOK: The Harry Potter series (I can’t pick just one)
BAND: The Beatles
SONG: “Wheel” by John Mayer
MEAL: Anything to do with brunch
PLAY: “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller
MUSICAL: Too many to pick one 😉
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE…
COMEDIAN: Jimmy Fallon
ACTOR: Andrew Garfield
ACTRESS: Meryl Streep
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorcese
PERFORMER: Sara Bareilles
THIS OR THAT…
DOGS OR CATS? Dogs
COFFEE OR TEA? Coffee
COMEDY OR MYSTERY? Comedy
MUSICAL OR PLAY? Both 🙂
CRUSHED ICE OR CUBED? Crushed
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? Night owl
KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? Mustard
BOXERS OR BRIEFS? Briefs
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Vanilla
TAN OR PALE? Pale
ICE CREAM OR YOGURT? Gelato… does that count?
ANSWER ME THIS…
HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK? One. Buuut do accents count?
THE GREATEST INVENTION IN HISTORY IS? Selfie stick… just kidding.
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS? I didn’t ask for lemons, I ordered an espresso!
YOU’RE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND, WHAT TWO ITEMS DO YOU BRING? The cast of LOST and coffee
WHAT’S YOUR BEDTIME? 11pm
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING? Since the age of 5 when I used to sing to myself in the bathroom mirror
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROLE YOU’VE PLAYED? I feel very fortunate to have played so many of my favorite roles
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM ROLE TO BE CAST? Any Disney Princess
WHO IS YOUR HERO? My family
BIGGEST INSPIRATION? My guy, Cody Schuyler
WHERE ARE YOU IN 10 YEARS? Happy, surrounded by people I love
WHY SEE NEXT TO NORMAL? This show addresses the important issue of mental health in a bold and unapologetic way. Breathtaking talent brings to life some of the most entertaining and thought-provoking lyrics of our time.
The next main stage production in THAC’s 2014 – 2015 Season will be Next to Normal (N2N), music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (interview below). Winner of the 2010 Pultzer Prize for drama, this contemporary rock-musical explores how one suburban household copes with love and crisis. With electrifying LIVE music and lyrics, N2N shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. Ben Brantley of the New York Times called it, “A brave, breathtaking new musical. It is something much more than a fee-good musical: it is a feel everything musical.”
N2N seems to be a critic favorite! Nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards, N2N took three for Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Performance for a leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. As I mentioned previously, N2N also won the 2010 Pultzer Prize, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. Winner of the the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Score and nomincated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score, N2N is sure to please patrons of THAC.
Featured in this production is Margie Lamb, reprising her role as Diana after performing at the Aurora Fox for Ignite Theatre. Daniel Langhoff cast in the role of Dan, returns to Town Hall most recently seen as Daddy Warbucks in the 2013 production of Annie. Jacquie Jo Billings is also returning to THAC in the role of Natalie. You may remember her as Thea in last season’s performance of Spring Awakening. Making their THAC debuts, are Josh Bess as Gabriel, Ethan Knowels as Henry, and Jared Ming as Dr Madden/ Dr Fine. Understudying the roles of Gabriel and Henry is Carter Edward Smith; also seen in THAC’s productions of Spring Awakening, Music Man, and 9 to 5. Carter is scheduled for perform 2/26/2015 for the role of Henry and 3/5/2015 for the role of Gabriel.
N2N is directed by Nick Sugar, Henry Award winner for THAC’s 2012 production of The Who’s Tommy and 2010 production of RENT, and most recently seen directing and choreographing Anything Goes for Town Hall in 2014. Donna Debreceni (2012 Henry Award winner for Outstanding Musical Direction for The Who’s Tommy) returns as musical director leading a live band with keyboards onstage. Joining her onstage are Austin Hein (Bass), Kevin E. Johnson (Cello), David Paul (Violin), Scott Alan Smith (Guitars), and Tag Worley (Drums/ Percussion).
THAC’s production of Next to Normal open’s Friday 2/13 and runs through Sunday 3/15 (2015). We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a truly moving performance and rockin’ time at the theatre.
Be sure to check the Town Hall Arts Center Blog TOMORROW 2/10 for a special Q&A session with cast member Carter Edward Smith!