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STAGE TUBE: Meet Manning - Denver Mayor Hancock's 'SantaLand' Elf Alter Ego

At the Mile High Holidays press conference today, Crumpet (Matt Zambrano) from The SantaLand Diaries provided Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock instructions on how to be a proper elf. "I suspecTed Mayor Hancock (or 'Manning-elf" as he called himself) may have missed his true calling as a dancing holiday elf. I think I suspected right."- Crumpet from The SantaLand Diaries, played by Matt Zambrano. The SantaLand Diaries will be at the Garner Galleria Theatre from November 29 through December 24. Click below to watch video from today's antics!

Denver Center Attractions will present Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's THE SANTALAND DIARIES. Local favorite Matt Zambranodons the candy-cane tights, bringing to life David Sedaris' hilarious real-life story of working as an "elf" in Macy's SantaLand. THE SANTALAND DIARIES is filled with holiday hijinks and biting insights into the absurdities of the holiday season.

Matt Zambrano is a Denver native, a recent graduate of the National Theater Conservatory and his first job was as "Deputy Dog/Puppeteer" at Casa Bonita. He is a nationally acclaimed slam poet and spoken-word artist, and has worked for years as a writer and performer in the Denver metro area. Denver Center audiences will remember Matt from The Denver Center Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet, The Liar (2012 Ovation Award Best Supporting Actor), The Taming Of The Shrew and A Christmas Carol. He also performed in Curious Theater Company's The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Love and Potatoes as well as Trunks (A Live Comic Book) at Buntport Theater (2008 Ovation Award Best Actor in a Children's Show). Matt was most recently featured in the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher at The Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Single tickets for THE SANTALAND DIARIES start at $25. To charge by phone, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100. TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582. Groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829. Additionally, tickets may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at

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