Oct 29, 2010

Announcing Casting, Orchestra, and Staff for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Morgan Bee (Kids Choir) is excited to be performing in her debut FAC production. As a fifth grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary, her favorite subject is science. Morgan’s favorite hobbies include shell collecting, skiing, and fishing. She likes to watch Oscar, her fish, and groom her two golden retrievers, Jake and Steamer. She would like to thank her teachers, her supportive parents, and her goofball sisters for encouraging her to have fun.

Felecia Black (Ensemble) is proud to make her second appearance at the FAC. With a BFA in Dance from MSU, she’s done repertory theatre in the Midwest, New York, and Japan. Credits include Betsy, in FAC’s Crazy for You, Paula in The Good-Bye Girl, Sally in Cabaret, and Fastrada in Pippin. She was also featured in The Dino Kartsonakis Show in Branson, and later Dino’s nationally-televised Christmas Extravaganza. Felecia’s favorite role is Mommy to Owen and wife to Brandon!

Skip Cochrane (Jacob/Potiphar) has lived and performed around the world, most recently tapping his way across the FAC stage as Custus in Crazy for You. Local: Beadle, Sweeney Todd, Audrey II, Little Shop; Carnes, Oklahoma; Farmer, Music Man; Mendel, Falsettos. Regional: Frank, Annie Get Your Gun; Jinx, Forever Plaid; Sky, Guys & Dolls; opera and oratorio work. Skip is a classically trained pianist and vocalist who also works as an accompanist, musical director, voice teacher, and yoga instructor.

Vania M. Falen
(Ensemble) is excited to be dancing and singing again at the FAC; having last performed in the ensemble in Crazy for You. A speech pathologist by day, Vania is eternally thankful for opportunities to indulge her passion for the Arts! Favorite roles include: Meg in Brigadoon, Maggie in Red Herring and Rizzo in Grease. By far, her most outstanding roles are mother to Connor and Gillian and wife to Geoffrey. Live, Laugh, Love and DANCE!

Max Ferguson (Dan) is a Colorado Springs native who is thrilled to be home again and working at the FAC after 10 years of living out east. Max is thrilled to be a cast member of Joseph after recently closing a successful run as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband. He has recently been seen in Springs Ensemble Theater’s productions of Talk Radio (Sydney Greenberg, etc..) and Glengarry Glen Ross (James Link). Some of his other favorite roles include: Valentine, Kiss of the Spider Woman; Oliver: Kid Simple and RP McMurphy, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Casey Fetters (Kids Choir) is a sixth grader at Pinon Valley Elementary and is making her FAC theatrical debut. She previously played Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and a narrator in Snow White with Alley Cat Theatrics. Casey enjoys playing golf, basketball and is an avid competitive soccer player. In her spare time, she likes to play acoustic guitar. Casey would like to thank her family (especially Grama), for their support and encouragement!

Ericka Gasper (Ensemble) returns to the FAC stage after four long months of theater withdrawal. Previous credits include: Crazy for You (Tess), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Nunsense (Sister Robert Anne), Oklahoma (Laurie), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), and The Full Monty (Susan Hershey). Her fondest memories, however, were made during the two years she spent performing at Walt Disney World. In the real world, Ericka works as a paralegal in the criminal defense field.

Tracy Hedding (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning for her second show at the FAC. Tracy was last seen in Crazy for You as Susie; other credits include Swing! at the former Country Dinner Playhouse, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, as well as countless dance showcases. When Tracy is not dancing she is teaching K-5 music at Rudy Elementary school. Much love and thanks to my family and friends for all of their support and love!

Peyton Hendrickson (Kids Choir) is a young veteran of numerous local productions and has been performing for local audiences for the last four years. While honing her acting she has also studied stage make-up and stage production. She is on the road to fluency in French and Japanese (self-taught). She trains in voice, dabbles in dance, and is an accomplished artist/illustrator working in the Japanese Manga style. Peyton would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see the performance.

Jeremy Holtrop (Asher/Butler) is very excited about the privilege to return to the Fine Arts Center to be a part of Joseph! He was most recently in the FAC’s production of Crazy for You (Moose). Prior to this he was in A Christmas Carol (Fred Anderson), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Townsman/Lumberjack), and The Pirates of Penzance (Policeman). Outside of performing, Jeremy was also the music director of The Sound of Music as put on by the Forestgate Community Theatre. Thanks for coming and enjoy!

Veronica Hrovat (Kids Choir) is thrilled to debut at the FAC in Joseph. Previously she was seen in Little Shop of Horrors (Doo-Wop), Jekyll and Hyde (Chorus/ u/s), and Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit) at her high school, St. Mary’s. Veronica would like to thank her family for their support. Also, special thanks goes out to Kimmie, Skip, Valerie, Joan, Amy, Coco, Brittany, Shannon and the many others who have constantly encouraged and stood by Veronica to help her pursue her dreams.

Aidan Hybl (Kids Choir) is seven years old and a second grader at Cheyenne Elementary School. Aidan has been in FACTS Music Box Theatre for three years and was in My Favorite Things, Colorado Festival of World Theatre. An avid athlete, he enjoys lacrosse, soccer, snowboarding, golf, and swimming. Aidan believes in wearing his hair high and pants a little low and he would like to dedicate this performance to his Dad for watching so many shows.

Liam Hybl (Kids Choir) is excited to be in his first FAC main stage production after seeing his family members perform on stage many times. A third grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School, Liam has performed at the opening of the 2009 State Games of America and in My Favorite Things at the Pikes Peak Center. He enjoys soccer, lacrosse, golf, and snowboarding and thanks all his teachers at school and in the theatre for being so awesome!

Mallory Hybl (Kids Choir) a fifth grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School, Mallory last appeared with the CSFACTC as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Other performances include Rebecca in Our Town with Theatreworks and Carmen, Street Scene and The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of the Rockies. When not performing, Mallory loves to snowboard and play lacrosse. She would like to thank all her family, her theatre family, and her Mom for always being there for her.

Sally Lewis Hybl (Ensemble, Kid’s Captain) is thrilled to be sharing the FAC stage with so many talented children and great theatre friends. Favorites with the CSFACTC include The Music Man (Marion Paroo), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), and Into the Woods (Cinderella, PPAC Award/ Denver Post Ovation Nomination). As always, thank you to Kyle and the family for the constant love and support, and special thanks to Ro for making the magic for the next generation. Tim and Chris, thank you.

Jennifer Lynne Jorgenson (Ensemble) is thrilled to debut her performance with the FAC, especially performing in one of her favorite shows, Joseph. Residing in Colorado, she has been seen in numerous productions along the Front Range. Jen has also toured the U.S. with The Jeremiah People starring in the Emmy award nominated production of The Hiding Place. You can also see Jen in Denver’s only scavenger hunt tour. Check it out at: www.denverinsideandout.com All Glory goes to God! 2Corinthians4:6!

Joseph Lee (Gad) is currently a junior at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Under the direction of Dawn Wisdom, he is in a show choir, concert choir, and a seven man A cappella group called Slate. At CMHS he played the part of Jack in the 2009 production of Into the Woods . He enjoys any activity that involves music and is thrilled to be in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Evan Lennon (Kids Choir) is elated to return to the FAC stage following his debut as Bert in All My Sons. Evan is a fifth grader at Mountain View Elementary. He has most recently been seen in Nine at Colorado College and as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Evan has participated in the C.S. Children’s Chorale and F.A.C.T.S. Music Box and Theatre Journeys. Special thanks to Sally, Mom & Dad for encouraging him to be a dreamer.

Kate Lennon (Kids Choir) is excited to debut on the big stage with her big brothers at the FAC. Kate is in first grade at Mountain View Elementary. She dances at Northridge Dance Conservatory and attends Kids Music Playground. Kate also participated in F.A.C.T.S. Music Box Theatre. Previous roles include various woodland creatures such as squirrels and sheep. Kate would like to thank Sally, Mom, Dad and especially her brothers for not sending her to Egypt on a camel.

Ryan Lennon (Kids Choir) is thrilled to make his debut with the FAC. Ryan is in fourth grade at Mountain View Elementary. Ryan’s voice can be heard in local radio commercials and he appeared in Colorado College’s production of Nine. He has participated in the C.S. Children’s Chorale and F.A.C.T.S. Music Box Theatre. When not singing, Ryan harkens back to his Canadian roots and hockey…playing it, watching it and blogging it. So go, go go Joseph and go Leafs!

Joe Mikolaj (Joseph) recently graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Masters in Vocal Performance. Recent roles include Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, and Goro in Madame Butterfly. He also frequently does solo work, including Beethoven's Mass in C, Honegger's King David, Haydn's Paukenmesse, Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin , Handel's Alexander's Feast, and Bach's B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio. He is delighted to be singing in the Springs!

Faith Miller (Kids Choir) has been a part of many Academy School District Twenty performances, and most recently portrayed Gertrude in the Discovery Canyon Campus production of Seussical, Jr, The Musical. Faith studies drama, dance, piano and guitar, and is a member of her school choir. She is honored to be a part of this production and dreams of one day performing on Broadway. Faith thanks God, her family, friends and instructors for their support.

Nicole Miller (Kids Choir) is excited about her debut appearance at the Fine Arts Center. She studied with the Theatre Journey's program this summer. Nicole performs with the Honors Glee Club and plays trumpet in the symphonic band at Eagleview Middle School where she is enrolled in the 7th grade Academic Arts Academy. Nicole would like to thank her parents and big brother Sean for all their love and support. She's thrilled to be in the cast of Joseph!

Kerrin Mullen (Narrator) is a graduate of Salem State University with her BA in Theater Arts and Music. A Massachusetts native, Kerrin has done many shows in the Boston area, some favorites include Hair (Crissy), Bat Boy: the Muscial (Mayor Maggie), The Who’s Tommy (Pinball Champ), and A Chorus Line (Maggie). She was recently seen locally in Fire & Ice's production of Rent as Mimi. Kerrin has also directed and choreographed shows including Little Shop of Horrors and Carousel.

Gabriella Papa (Kids Choir) is a 7th grader at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High and is thrilled to be in her first FAC production. Last spring, she appeared as Gwen in her school production of King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table. In addition to musical theatre, Gabby loves lacrosse, running, skiing and reading. She is grateful for her loving family, supportive friends and to Sally Hybl for being such a fantastic mentor.

Samantha Price (Kids Choir) loves to entertain and is really excited about her first performance at the FAC. She is in second grade at North Elementary and has been in several school productions and has taken three years of dance class. Samantha would like to thank her family and friends and a special thank you to Miss Halee Towne, her music teacher, for giving her so many opportunities to do the things she loves.

Casiena Raether (Potiphar’s wife/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her CSFAC debut in Joseph. She holds a BFA in Acting from UW Stevens Point. Favorite roles range from Cassie in A Chorus Line to Maria in Lend Me a Tenor to a gender-bending turn as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Casiena has grown up on the stage, and recently moved to Colorado to pursue her passion. Thanks to Dane and everyone who made this possible. Enjoy the show!

Christian Robinson (Benjamin) is very proud and excited about his first professional FAC show. Christian is incredibly honored to be performing alongside his brother and the rest of this extremely talented cast. He most recently performed in the Youth Rep Theatre companies, Art isn't Easy and Aiming for the Stars. Christian would like to thank his family, friends and the wonderful cast and crew that helped to put this show together. Enjoy the show!

Ken Robinson (Pharaoh/Napthali) is excited to be returning and working with the wonderful staff at the FAC. Previous shows include Sweeney Todd, Music Man, Full Monty, L.P.C., Pirates and Sunday in the Park with George. He’s performed in regional theatre, dinner theatre, theme parks, and cruise lines. Favorite Roles include Malcolm, Full Monty; Ken/Lamar, Godspell and Jinx in Forever Plaid. Ken would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support, especially T,B &D.

Marco Robinson (Issacar) has appeared in nine CSFAC productions and this is his first appearance in an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. He is currently working on breaking into film and acting in Los Angeles. In 2010, he was awarded the Gold Award for Best Actor in The Gazette's Best of the Springs. You may have seen him as Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's autobiographical series here with the CSFAC. He dedicates this performance to his family.

Matthew Satterfield (Levi) is excited to work with the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company so soon after his debut in An Ideal Husband. Matthew recently moved to Colorado Springs from Austin, TX, where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Acting. Some of his favorite projects include Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Marat/Sade. Matthew has enjoyed getting to know Colorado Springs and looks forward to becoming a part of this artistic community.

Erik Stone (Reuben): Joseph marks Erik’s return to the stage after a nearly 20-year hiatus from performing. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Erik toured extensively with the UW Centennial Singers and has performed the roles of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Danny Zuko in Grease and The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. Erik is an avid outdoorsman, devoted husband and father to two talented sons. He is currently the National Sales Director for Bowhunt America and Inside Archery magazines.

Halee Towne (Ensemble) is excited to be in her very first Andrew Lloyd Weber show and to be sharing the stage with one of her students! Halee has been a member of eight casts at the FAC and has loved each show and the people she has been privileged to know and work with. She is a graduate of the London School of Musical Theatre and is currently teaching in Widefield School District.

Christopher Varano (Simeon) is honored to return to the FACTC stage in Joseph. Starting in 2005, Christopher has been involved in more than ten shows at the FACTC including, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged, All My Sons, Little Shop of Horrors, and the Ovation Award winning The Pirates of Penzance. He was last seen in the Springs Ensemble Theater Production of KeepingABreast. He would like to thank his fiancé and family for their love and support.

Ahren Victory (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in Joseph! Past roles include Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown, Florence in The Odd Couple (female version), Fastrada in Pippin, Demeter in CATS, and other various productions. Also grateful to have performed in The Magic Flute at the Pikes Peak Center, Vocal Arts Symposium, and Youth Repertory Theatre at the FAC. Thank you to my family, close friends and mentors for their endless love and support.

Thomas Voss
(Zebulun) was first seen on the FAC stage this past spring in Crazy for You. Other credits include The Boyfriend, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, to name a few. He would like to thank his family and friends for their undying love and support, but most importantly, his Savior, Jesus Christ for His unconditional love and grace.

Joe Walsh (Judah) is a native of the Nashville area. He is thrilled to be involved with such a talented cast. They have helped him so much along the way as this is his third production and first musical! Outside of acting he enjoys honing his craft as a standup comedian. Joe would like to thank his beautiful family, and his very reliable 1981 Ford Courier for never breaking down on the way to rehearsal.

Caleb M. Warren (Kids Choir) is a Colorado Springs native who was enrolled at Academy Endeavor Elementary School and I am currently an 8th grader at Mountain Ridge Middle School. I plan to attend Rampart High School in the following years and will be involved in the drama programs as well as play on the hockey team. My hobbies include drawing, writing screenplays, acting, singing, and dancing.

Becki Yukman (Kids Choir) is absolutely thrilled to be in this season’s production of Joseph! An IB Junior at Palmer High School, you may have seen her in FAC productions of Nuncrackers (2004), Brigadoon (2007), Much Ado About Shakespeare (2007), Cats (2009), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009). She thanks God, her family, friends, and her always inspiring brother, Patrick, for their love and support in all of her endeavors. Above all, she hopes you enjoy the show!

Richard Clark (Percussion) in his tenth season as drummer/percussionist of the FAC Theatre Company’s musicals, is an alumnus of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Teaching privately and gigging the area, Richard recently enjoyed being drummer for the Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo Orchestras. His own recording band, Novena Boy, has four CDs distributed. He & his guitarist-wife, Bonnie, dedicate this performance to their two sons, Paul; serving in Iraq, and Will; now in college

Cynthia Lee Fox (Keyboards) is excited to be back at the FAC for her 4th season! She holds a double Bachelors Degree from CU-Boulder in Piano and Vocal Performance and a Masters Degree from CSU in Vocal Performance. She teaches voice and piano at UCCS and choir, drama, and French at Colorado Springs Christian High School. Cynthia is the CD recording pianist for W.W. Norton Publishing Company's college textbook: The Singing Book; first and second editions, and just released her first vocal CD.

Jay Hahn (Bass) is in his 12th season as the bass player for FAC productions. He has been playing professionally for 37 years and keeps busy feelancing throughout the state with many different groups, in a variety of venues. He also keeps busy with his own groups, Nightshift and Pecos River. Thanks and love to his daughters, Jessie, Elizabeth, Hannah and Mackenzie, and his four grandkids, Addy, Ellie and Chase, and and brand new granddaughter, Agatha!

Roberta Jacyshyn (Conductor/Pianist) began her music theatre addiction in 1982 and enjoys being a part of such a great company. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and her Master of Music from the University of Miami in Florida. Every day, Roberta enthusiastically instills her love of music by teaching in Academy District 20. Thanks to all the fabulous actors and musicians for all their love and friendship.

Mark Rose (reeds) has performed shows at the Fine Arts Center since 1977, recorded with Alan Joseph, Ellyn Rucker, Rare Silk, Steve Barta, the U.S.A.F.A. Falconaires, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band as well as many other performing groups. Mark would like to dedicate this season's performances to his mother, Trudy Rose. As a piano teacher, Trudy gave Mark the gift of music through piano lessons and later Mark discovered music through the woodwinds. Trudy passed away this summer.

Chris Walters (trumpet) hails from Marion, Ohio. He became lead trumpet, soloist, and leader of the prestigious USAF Academy “Falconaires.” Under his leadership this group headlined major jazz festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Chris has been lead trumpet with such jazz greats as Louis Bellson, Natalie Cole, The Four Freshmen, and Dianne Schuur. He has also performed with the Temptations, John Denver, Barry Manilow, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Special thanks to the Fine Arts Center for supporting this wonderful live pit orchestra.

Wayne Wilkinson (guitarist) is originally from San Antonio, Texas. He teaches guitar at Colorado State University at Pueblo and at Colorado Springs Conservatory. He is a former member of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble “The Airmen of Note” based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining "The Airmen of Note" in 1991 he played in The Air Force Academy Band’s "Falconaires" jazz ensemble from 1983 to 1991. He has played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Williams, Ernie Watts and many more.


Cory Moosman
(Director) is an actor, writer, and director. He was last seen on stage on the FAC stage in Sweeney Todd. Other shows include The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, and Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. As a director his shows include The Music Man, Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, I Love You-You’re Perfect-Now Change,Topdog/Underdog, Glengarry Glen Ross, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with author Ken Kesey. He has taught at the Colorado Music Fest-Pueblo, the Vocal Performance Institute at ACC in Denver, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the Bemis School. He is also the creator of WYNOT RADIO THEATRE SHOW, a touring group that spoofs old time radio shows.

Tom Hansen (Scenic Design) was nominated by the Pikes Peak Arts Council for his design for last season's production of Crazy For You. Tom has spent his last ten years as the resident designer for the Show Palace in Spring Hill, FL. His award credits include OKLAHOMA ! (Palace Award, 1999), HARVEY (Lary Award, 2002), PHILADELPHIA STORY (Lary Award, 2003), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Lary Award, 2004), BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Lary Award, 2005) THE GREAT SEBASTIANS (Lary Award Nomination), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Ditectors Choice), and MORNINGS AT SEVEN (Lary Award Nomination). Tom would like to extend a very special Thank You to his lovely wife, Emilie, for her love and support.

Christian Medovich (Lighting Design) has been with Colorado College for 9 years. Christian’s latest creation was co-produced with Illa Conoley for the 6 for twelve production “Nezabuka.” Christian took the leap as a producer along with being the lighting designer, actor and curator for this twisted little tale of good vs. evil. He is very pleased to be lighting for the FAC for the first time since his arrival to Colorado Springs. Christian would like to thank his friends and family for helping produce the creative nectar that fuels the arts and theater.

Leslie S. Aldridge (Costume Design) has designed costumes for A Christmas Survival Guide, All My Sons and An Ideal Husband at the FAC. Leslie received her Bachelor’s degree in Acting from Southern Utah University. Leslie graduated with a Master’s degree in Costume Design from Utah State University where she designed costumes for productions such as Alicia in Wonder Tierra, And Then They Came for Me, and Assassins. As an actress, some of her favorite roles on stage include Shelia Birling in An Inspector Calls and Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Breton Parks Christopherson (Sound Design) Breton is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Denver, with a B.S. in Music Industry Studies with dual emphases in Entertainment Business and Audio Recording Technology. Some of his previous experience with sound design in Colorado Springs includes work on Crazy for You, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Survival Guide, and Broadway Bound with the Fine Arts Center as well as Arsenic and Old Lace, 12 Angry Men and A Midsummer Nights Dream with Theatreworks. He has also worked extensively as a recording artist and composes custom production music with Colorado Springs company, Audio Architects.

Jessica Rose (Properties Manager) is in her sixth year at the FAC Theatre Company. The last five seasons have seen her involved in many productions as both as Scenic Artist and Properties Manager helping drive the force which has been producing sets worthy of mention in such periodicals as The Denver Post and Colorado Springs’ own Gazette and The Independent. Some of the more recent productions include Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Survival Guide, The Music Man, Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, and the Brighton Beach Trilogy. Additionally, Jessica spent summers working as a Scenic Artist on several operas for the Aspen Theatre Center during the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the Aspen Music Festival. The summer of 2010 found her working as a Scenic Artist and Properties Manager for the Youth Rep Program instructing and mentoring local junior high and high school students as the future backbone of theater production teams.

Brantley Scott Haines (Stage Manager) holds a BFA in Theatre Performance Studies from CU-Boulder. He has worked backstage on the FAC productions of Taffetas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Hot Mikado, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He has also recently been seen on stage in the FAC productions of All My Sons, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast and Biloxi Blues. This is the eleventh show he has stage managed for the FAC, preceded by the productions of Crazy For You, 2010 Youth Repertory Theatre, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Little Shop of Horrors, Much Ado about Shakespeare, Brigadoon, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Christmas Carol, Sunday in the Park With George, and Working.

Oct 21, 2010

An Ideal Husband sets a new record at the FAC! (The Beast is going down)

This just in: Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband has officially surpassed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) as our highest attended play in the past 10 years. Congratulations to the cast, crew and FAC performing arts staff on a job well done.

But now is no time to rest on our theatrical laurels.

What's next, you ask? We have our sights set on breaking the standing FAC record for musicals with our holiday production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The current reigning champion from 2008 is none other than Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

We've got incredible talent in our directors, dancers, singers, actors, and theatre techs.
The "Beast" is going down.

Thanks for voting us the Best Of 2010!

The Colorado Springs Independent and its readers have singled out the Fine Arts Center for a few awards in the most recent Best of Colorado Springs issue. Thanks. We're honored!

Cultural White Knight

The Fine Arts Center’s very own Tim Muldrew was dubbed the Indy’s very first “Cultural White Knight” for his contributions to the community’s arts and cultural scene. Muldrew, who joined the FAC in September of 2009, is currently sharing Interim Director duties for the performing arts department with Chris Sheley. Muldrew was cited for his collaborative nature from his time at the Colorado Festival of World Theatre to working on fundraisers for the Care and Share food bank and the Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Tim was honored and flattered with the honor, but on being informed that he was named the 2010 Cultural White Knight, he joked, “Gee, I don’t have any armor. I guess I need to go out and get some.”

Best Cultural Attraction & Museum
Best Art Exhibition

“For years, readers have named the FAC the area’s top cultural attraction and mseum, and when they opined on their favorite art exhibition, the 74-year-old institution cleaned up there as well … readers had one idea in common when they voted for NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration, Conflict | Resolution, William Kentridge: The World is Process, and even 2008’s blockbuster, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero … with an approach that includes lectures, discussion sessions and family days, the FAC has broadened its reach beyond art exhibits, plays and Bemis Art School classes.”

INDYPICK Under-the-Radar Cowboy

Hans Paap’s “Portrait of a Cowboy” was featured as an Indy Pick. The painting, a part of The American West: Cowboys from the Collection, is “subtle at first, with time, everything about this work grows wonderfully strange. It’s both colorful and dimly cast. Its composition is simple but strikingly immediate; a half-imposing character sitting right in front of you, likely on a rock over on a high vantage point. In contrast, the background is oddly indistinct, pastel hills and blotchy clouds … the work feels incredibly dramatic.”

Theatre Auditions: The Producers

Tues. Nov. 9 | 6 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, please call 719.477.4387 and leave a message stating your name and contact phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company is holding open auditions for the Mel Brooks Tony Award winning musical, The Producers.

The Producers will be performed Jan. 28 - Feb. 20, 2011 with rehearsals starting the first week of December. Please note that rehearsals will be held over the Christmas holidays.

At this time all roles are available. All roles are paid. Those interested in auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a standard or contemporary musical theatre song that best shows off your range. When you have completed the vocal audition, you will then be taught a dance combination. ALL MUST DO THE DANCE AUDITION REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OR THE LEVEL OF DANCE NEEDED FOR A PART. If you are a tapper, please bring TAP SHOES.

Actors should also bring a Headshot, Resume, and Sheet Music in the correct key. The use of boom boxes will not be allowed.

Out of town actors as well as members of Actors Equity Association are welcome to audition. We do offer a limited number of Equity Guest Artist Tier II contracts.

To schedule an appointment, please call 719-477-4387 and leave a message stating your name and contact phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. For more information, please visit our website at www.csfineartscenter.org/auditions.asp.

Call backs for The Producers will take place on Wednesday, November 10th starting at 6pm. If you pass the first audition you will be invited to attend the call back. If required, music sides and dialogue parts will be emailed to you in advance. There will also be an additional dance call for that evening.

Roles Available:

MAX BIALYSTOCK, (mid 30s to early 50s), is one of two leads and one of the producers in the title. He claims to have once been the "King of Broadway," but he is washed-up, having produced a string of flops that they do not make it past the first performance. He is the driving force of the scheme to raise millions from his backers for the next play which he calculates will be a flop and then he will split the leftover money with his fellow producer Leo Bloom. He leads Leo in finding the play, director, and producing the show, only to be betrayed by Leo when the scheme is exposed. Max is crass, aggressive, belligerent, amoral, and yet charming in an obnoxious way. Still, we see his humanity by the end of the musical when he reunites with Leo. This part requires an actor of power, comedy, and presence – a theatrical thunderstorm, Borscht belt comic, and is a baritone with a vocal range of c to f1. Good theater movement skills.

LEOPOLD BLOOM (20s-30s), is one of two leads and one of the producers in the title. He is a meek, nerdy, and anxious accountant, and intimidated by Max Bialystock's vivacity and aggression, but becomes intrigued with thought of realizing his desire to be a Broadway producer. He leaves his life as a producer and decides to join Bialystock in his scheme. His love of show business deepens when he meets Ulla, the gorgeous blonde bombshell who comes to work for them. Bloom is smitten with Ulla. When the plot to defraud the investors is discovered Bloom proves to have become the man that Bialystock urged him to be by running away to Rio de Janeiro with Ulla and the money. Bloom returns to stand up for his friend Max and accept punishment for his crime. A comedic actor great off the line, he is a lead but must play a comedic, passive yet passionate second fiddle to Max. Think anxiety disorder. Vocal range is 2nd tenor, c to f1, and good dance skills, especially tap, is preferred.

FRANZ LIEBKIND, (mid 30s to early 50s), a Nazi living in Greenwich Village, has written a play about his hero, Adolf Hitler. Bialystock and Bloom determine, after reading dozens of plays, that Liebkind's must be the worst play ever; it is certain to fail. Delusional, off center, and dangerous, Liebkind is so enthusiastic about having his version of Hitler's life that he makes them put on swastika armbands and swear their devotion to Hitler. After an extensive audition process, Bialystock realizes that Liebkind is the perfect choice to play the starring role in Springtime for Hitler, ensuring that the play will be a flop. On opening night, Liebkind breaks his leg and has to be replaced in the show. This part requires an actor of power, comedy, and presence and comic German accent, and is a baritone with a vocal range of c to g1. Good theater movement skills.

ROGER DE BRIS (Late 30s to early 50s) is a pretentious, flamboyantly gay director who is asked to director Springtime for Hitler. He is hesitant to direct Springtime for Hitler because he finds the subject matter too serious, but consults his assistants – all gay caricatures – for advice. The producers count on De Bris' natural bad taste to ensure that their musical will be a failure. When Franz Liebkind breaks his leg and cannot perform in the show, De Bris steps in to play Hitler. The result is a truly gay Hitler, who seems enraptured with the public's attention. One of the best comic roles in musical theater, the actor must be an over-the-top comedian, good with an unidentifiable European accent (comic British), who can play a gay stereotype convincingly. Vocal range is c to g1 and should have a great Judy Garland impression of Judy at the Palace. Must be able to dance.

CARMEN GHIA (20s to early 30s) is Roger De Bris' "common-law assistant" and is as openly gay as De Bris is. Carmen Ghia explains and interprets De Bris' more antic notions often to an extreme. It is Ghia who knows De Bris well enough to suggest that he would know all of the words to the starring role in Springtime for Hitler and would have a secret desire to step into the part when Liebkind is incapacitated. An actor who can play a feminine gay stereotypical ‘queen’, this part requires an extraordinary tenor range of e to a1 with a falsetto to g2 and good music theater movement. It is one of the best scene-stealing parts in musical theater.

ULLA INGA HANSEN BENSEN YONSEN TALLEN HALLEN SVADEN SVANSON (20-35) is a voluptuous, leggy blonde who shows up at Bialystock and Bloom's office to audition for a part in their new play. A sexpot, Ulla understands the spell she casts over men and is drawn to the mousy Leo with whom she runs away to Rio. She is cast in Springtime for Hitler as a showgirl and Eva Braun, but until the show is produced she works as Max and Leo’s secretary. The classic Mel Brooks blonde shiksa in the tradition of Teri Garr, the part demands a classic musical theater female: sexy, built like a woman, tall and leggy, a bit clueless but not stupid. Ulla must have a comic Swedish accent and be a mezzo-soprano range g to e2 with a belt. The role requires an excellent comic actress off the line and a fine dancer.

ENSEMBLE (18-50), all other parts are played by the ensemble of 9 women and 7 men who must be classic musical comedy performers who can sing, dance and act with comic timing, since every one in the ensemble doubles, triples and quadruples other parts. Those with the best set of these skills will be cast since these actors have vocal lines, scene work, and dance production numbers. All will create multiple comedic characters, so must have physical strength and stamina for physical comedy. Vocal range for men is bass and tenor, G to a1, and for women alto and soprano, g to c3.
Parts played by the ensemble include but are not limited to: accountants, usherettes, nuns, bag lady, blind violinist, street cleaner, little old ladies (men to double women), little old ladies named Hold-Me-Touch-Me, Lick-Me-Bite-Me and Kiss-Me-Feel-Me, showgirls, Nazi storm troopers (women double as men), bums, prisoners and prison babes, cops, first nighters, jury foreman/judge, workman, Churchill, Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Liebkind’s assistant Gunter, Accounting head Mr. Marks, SPRINGTIME Hitler Wannabe’s, street cleaners and Roger's gay theater production team, including lesbian lighting designer Shirley Markowitz.

Vocal Ranges - THE PRODUCERS
Character Bottom Top Notes
Character: Bottom: Top: Notes:
Max c f1
Leo c f1
Ulla g e2 Belt
Franz c g1
Carmen e a1 falsetto to g2
Roger c g1
Jack Lepidus c a1
Jason Green c e1
Storm Trooper c a1
Ensemble Women, Soprano f1 c3
Ensemble Women, Alto g d2
Ensemble Men, Tenor d a1
Ensemble Men, Bass G e1

"G" (upper-case G) is the bottom line of the bass clef.
"c" (lower-case c) is the second space on the bass clef.
"b" (lower-case b) is the space sitting on the bass clef.
"c1" (lower-case) is middle c.
"b1" (lower-case) is the third line on the treble clef.
"c2" (lower-case) is the third space on the treble clef.
"f2" (lower-case) is the fifth (top) line of the treble clef.
b after a letter = flat
# = sharp

The Fine Arts Center does not believe in discrimination based on color, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, or otherwise. All performers, including those of color, seniors and performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition and will be given full consideration.

Mayor's Breakfast Nov. 4, 2010

We are pleased to be the site of this year's 2010 Downtown Partnership's 13th Annual Mayor's Breakfast. Reservations are required. If you're interested and you don't have tickets yet, call 719.886-0088 for details.

Nov. 4, 2010 | 7:30 a.m.

Master of Ceremonies:
Mr. Chris Jenkins
President of the Downtown Partnership

Featured Speaker:
Honorable Lionel Rivera

Guest Speaker:
Honorable John Hickenlooper

Reservations Required
Seating is limited
Please respond by Oct. 27, 2010
Call 719.886.0088 for tickets
Visa/MC Accepted

Ticket Prices:
$30.00 Downtown Partnership Member
$35.00 Non-Member
719.886-0088 for details
Please contact Terri Huggins for more information or to purchase tickets. You may also call 719.886.0088

Oct 18, 2010

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tickets go on sale Oct. 26!

Go Go Go Jo! Let's keep it short and simple, and filled with unforgettable song and dance: Tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat go on sale Oct. 26!

Due to our upgrade of the online ticket system, members who want to use their member discount will need to contact the Box Office at 719.634.5583. Non-members may purchase tickets online beginning Oct. 26.

Youngest Member of the Cast: What's a Bimetallist?

I’m sure that anyone reading this who has already seen An Ideal Husband was just dying to figure out what a bimetallist was in the 19th century.

Bimetallism n. "The use of a monetary standard consisting of two metals, especially gold and silver, in a fixed ratio of value."

Says dear old Wikipedia
In economics, bimetallism is a monetary standard in which the value of the monetary unit is defined as equivalent either to a certain quantity of gold or to a certain quantity of silver. Such a system establishes a fixed rate of exchange for the two metals. The merits of the system were the subject of debate in the late 19th century."
Well, there you have it. [Stifling a yawn.] A bimetallist is someone who supports bimetallism. It’s no wonder that young, flirtatious Mabel Chiltern doesn’t know or care about it! Although, there isn’t much that she cares about besides Lord Goring, of course.

Playing Mabel has been an interesting challenge for me in a variety of ways. I am not at all similar to her; in fact, I’m quite the opposite, which gave way to a few difficulties in the development of her character. Thankfully, I had wonderful guidance from Julian and the cast, especially Max (Lord Goring), who, strangely enough, was one of my instructors at Youth Rep this past summer. The cast has been incredibly supportive of me, despite the fact that I am the youngest member by almost half, and by far the least experienced.

I must admit, walking into the FAC those first few weeks of rehearsals was rather intimidating; I wasn’t sure how I would be received, or if I could even play my part well and do her justice. Largely thanks to a few encouraging words from a beloved mentor and a hilarious acting exercise Julian suggested, I picked up my head, dove into Mabel, and have been there ever since. She really is quite the delight now that I’ve gotten comfortable with her. She’s witty and funny, but completely happy-go-lucky, without a second thought to what people think of her, just as long as they do think of her.

And to Alan, if you’re reading this, thank you so much.

--Becca Rothstein, Mabel Chiltern in An Ideal Husband

Oct 17, 2010

Hello Lamp Post: Yarn Bombing at Bemis School of Art gives new life to old videotape

What is a yarn bombing? Think of it as guerilla needlecraft with a tagline: "Improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time."

The Bemis School of Art became the site of a yarn bombing when Juanita Canzoneri installed "Hello Lamp Post" Oct. 15, 2010. For Canzoneri, a mosaic and fiber artist who teaches Mosaic classes at Bemis, yarn bombing is a chance to rethink fiber art by reusing video tape. The title was inspired by "Feelin' Groovy," the Simon and Garfunkel tune with the famous line, "Hello lamp post, what ya knowin'? I come to watch your flowers growin'."

What attracted a fiber artist to yarn bombing? In an Aug. 2010 note about "Becoming a Yarn Bomber" Canzoneri writes:
Yarn Bombing is the art of crochet and knit graffiti or as I like to call it, site-specific fiber art installations. Most yarn bombers work with conventional yarns. Many bombers/bombing groups have manifestos, and I'm working on mine. I'll release it when it's done.

Anyway, this past week I've found myself with time on my hands, no looming deadlines, and have been waiting on clients to reply to emails. I had recently checked out a book from the library called Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain and decided this was something I could get into. But since my current fiber of choice is video tape, that's what I'll use.

To make "Hello Lamp Post," her latest site-specific fiber art for Bemis, the artist used videotape from nine movies including "Blood Sport" and "Overboard." [Above: Close up of the installation and a six-legged visitor. Photo by Juanita Canzoneri.]

[Above: Yarn Bomber Juanita Canzoneri poses with her yarn bomb installation, "Hello Lamp Post" in the Bemis parking lot. Photo by Tara Thomas.]

Oct 13, 2010

Free Day Goes All Day! (And other great grant news)

New Public Free Day hours
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Third Tuesday of each month
Admission: FREE!

In 2009, the FAC Development department identified potential for increased funding in the area of grants and began writing and submitting more grant proposals. The result? The Fine Arts Center has received 30 grants in the past two years totaling nearly $575,000.

We are particularly pleased (after seven previous submissions) to be a recipient of a highly competitive Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, a two-year grant that runs through July 31, 2012.

Thanks to the IMLS grant, the FAC is extending the hours of our Public Free Days from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; an extra three hours in the evening to allow families, who can’t attend during our regular business hours (10 a.m – 5 p.m.), to visit the galleries at no cost. In addition, there will be docent-led tours, artists will be in the galleries offering technique demonstrations and both LUMA at the FAC and Amuzé at the FAC will be open.

The ILMS grant supports Student Initiatives, including:
  • School Touring Program (busing students from schools for tours)
  • Adopt-A-School
  • Nueva Ventura
  • Talented in Art
  • Free Family Adventure Days at Bemis School of Art (monthly, beginning on Saturday, Oct. 30)
  • Extended Public Free Days, and Free Family Guides (Tara is working on the first for 75th Anniversary).
The IMLS grant will also allow the FAC to provide free Family Adventure Days each month, beginning this Oct. 30, featuring artist demos and hands-on art projects led by Bemis School of Art instructors. Kids of all ages can create their own works of art, using current FAC exhibitions as inspiration.

Bringing a group of 10 or more, but not scheduling a tour?
We would still appreciate advance notice of your visit! Please call ahead : 719.475.2444.
Every eight students high school and under must be accompanied by one adult chaperone.

Oct 12, 2010

FAC offers performance for the hearing-impaired community

The FAC will have two sign language interpreters during the Friday, Oct. 22, presentation of An Ideal Husband, signing for the hearing impaired.

We've reserved 20 seats for individuals from the hearing-impaired community for that performance. Tickets are available at the Box Office or 719.634.5583.

Set in modern London, this satirically biting, at times outright hilarious, production of Oscar Wilde's classic runs through Oct. 24.

how Times
Thursdays-Saturday nights.....................7:30 p.m
Sundays ..................................................2:00 p.m.

TICKETS:Thurs. & Sun.Fri. & Sat.
FAC Members$26$30
Non-members$31$35Purchase Tickets Online >

Oct 6, 2010

An Ideal Husband opens this Friday!

Cocktails and coattails are the must-have accessories for characters in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, the 2010-2011 season opener for the Fine Arts Center's Theatre Company. Here's a quick preview with selected scenes featuring Matt Newton, Becca Rothstein, Amy Haines, Kara Whitney, Jeremy Joynt, Max Ferguson, Eryn Carmen, Hailey Towne, and Jill Geary.

Read more about the cast and crew or go straight to the Box Office to buy tickets now!

Oct 5, 2010

FINAL VIDEO! What If Festival 2010 Film Collaboration

Community Collaborative Cameraless Film Animation 2010 from CO Springs Fine Arts Center on Vimeo.

At last! We've completed a project that began Sept. 11, 2010 at Imagination Celebration's latest contribution to the Colorado Springs creativity scene, the first-ever WhatIf Festival.

What kept us from crossing the animator's finish line? Music!

Local Gypsy Jazz band Mango Fan Django was kind enough to share two original pieces to complement the silent film.

We encouraged all festival participants, both kids and adults, to animate at least a second of footage using a cameraless animation technique: Applying a rainbow of Sharpies on 16mm film! The result? Hundreds of people together created over 200 feet of hand-drawn, cameraless film animation featuring community talent.

Were you part of the animation project? Great! Missed the project? We still want to know, whether you're a fellow animator or just another hand-drawn film junkie . . . what do you think?

An Ideal Date! Tickets and Drinks for Two

An Ideal Date Ticket Giveaway
Entry deadline Oct. 6 | 2:00 p.m.
Winner chooses which night to attend!

We're giving away tickets and drinks for two to Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, opening this Friday! To enter, just post a comment here or hop on to Facebook and tell us about your Ideal Date (or its antithesis, the Worst Date Ever). Some things you might consider: who? where? dinner? dessert? transportation?

Rules: We get to pick the winner. The winner has to be at least 13. The deadline is 10/6/2010 at 2:00 p.m. MST. That's it!