PHAMALy celebrates 20th Anniversary with 'Man of La Mancha'

The Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALY) celebrates its 20th anniversary with "Man of La Mancha" now playing through August 16 in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. through August 16.

Directed by Steven Wilson with Musical Direction by Donna Debreceni and Choreography by Debbie Stark and Cindy Bray, the reviews are in!


"Man of LaMancha is a triumph!" - Denver Westword

"... PHAMALy once again proves that no star is unreachable. And the world will be better for this."
The Denver Post

This critically acclaimed American musical written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. The play chronicles the misadventures of a mad Spaniard who imagines himself the knight Don Quixote on a quest to attain the unattainable.


The theme celebrates the journey of our lives as enhanced by the passionate gift of imagination with memorable musical numbers including "The Impossible Dream" and "Dulcinea."

The cast includes Leonard E. Barrett Jr. in the role of Cervantes/ Don Quixote and Regan Linton in the role of Aldonza/ Dulcinea. PHAMALY welcomes Jeremy Palmer back to the company as Sancho Panza. Palmer was last seen as Joseph in PHAMALY's award-winning 2005 production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Joining him on stage for "Man of La Mancha" is wife Lyndsay Palmer, who was last seen this past January in "Steel Magnolias." Daniel Traylor, last seen the 2007 production of "Urinetown" shines in the role of Anselmo.

Rounding out the cast are many veterans and new actors to the PHAMALY stage including Mark Dissette (Innkeeper), Jenna Bainbridge (Antonia), Amber Marsh (Housekeeper of Quixote), Don Mauck (Padre), Jason Dorwart (Dr. Carrasco), Nick Ortiz Trammell (Barber/Juan), Stephen Hahn (Pedro), Chaz Jacobson (Governor), Kevin Pettit (Tenorio), Laurice Quinn (Paco), Alex Marin (Jose/ Guitar Player), Muleteers; Devin Vogal Woodall, Leslie Rusher, Samantha Barrasso and Kevin Ahl, Jodi Hogle (Maria the Innkeepers Wife),Briana Berthiaume (Fermina the Serving Girl at Inn), Edward Blackshere (Duke), Lyndsay Palmer (Ensemble/ Lead Gypsy Dancer), Michael Danahey (Ensemble/ Captain) and ensemble members Tara Cowan, Ray Angel, Angie Aguilar, Donna Gunnison, Molly Nash, Esha Mehta, Genevieve Kawamoto and Julius Gordon.

Tickets are $30 adult, $28 senior/student/military and can be purchased by calling Denver Center Ticketing at 303-893-4100; online at www.phamaly.org; at Tickets West outlets in all regional King Soopers stores; or at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. $22 tickets groups of ten or more call 303-931-7241.

Audio Described and signed performance on Sunday, August 9. Post performance talk backs with the cast will be offered on August 9 and 15th.

Now celebrating its 20th season, PHAMALY is an award winning Colorado based Theatre Company comprised entirely of performers with a wide variety of physical challenges. PHAMALY's core mission is to enable persons with disabilities to showcase their talents and abilities through live performance and to make the performing arts more accessible to everyone.

Photos by: Todd Debrecini

 

PHAMALy celebrates 20th Anniversary with 'Man of La Mancha'
Donna Gunison, Samatha Barrasso, Lyndsy Palmer, Esha Metha and Ray Angle

PHAMALy celebrates 20th Anniversary with 'Man of La Mancha'
Leaonard E. Barrett, Jr.




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Greg Rice Greg was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where he was a student at the Society Hill Playhouse in his senior year, and has been a Denver resident for 17 years. While in Denver he has been active with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as a volunteer Chair and Co-Chair for the Denver Center Theater Company's African American Task Force. This organization was formed to introduce more African Americans to the theater. The organization also created the Take-A-Kid -Out program bringing more African-American students, who may not normally get to the theater, into the theater. While at the DCPA, he was also a tour docent and sat on the Chairman's Board. Keeping so busy in Denver, he finally started taking trips back to New York City to take in as much theater as possible! These trips usually last about 10 days and include 8 shows, The Tony Awards (once so far!), at least 4 slices of Ray's Pizza (The real Ray's!), at least 3 cheese steaks and a very good time in one of his favorite cities!

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