“Miscast” is an opportunity for some of the local theatre community’s top performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on a legitimate stage. This popular tradition returns for one night only at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 26, as a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund at the Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 Main St., Littleton, CO 80120. Tickets are $20 (plus fees if ordered online) and are available at 303-794-2787 or online attownhallartscenter.org.
The lineup for “Miscast 2016,” a community-wide benefit for the Denver Actors Fund, has just been announced – and the cast list is enough to make any local director envious. And, this year, funnyman Eric Mather (The Drunken Bachelor Talk Show) will join third-year co-host Damon Guerrasio (Curious Theatre’s Water by the Spoonful) in leading the silliness.
Scheduled performers (in alphabetical order and subject to change) include John Ashton, Donovan Arterburn III, Brock Benson, Steven J. Burge, Chelley Canales, Colby Dunn, Sydney Fairbairn, Evan Gibley, John Greene, Barret Harper, Clint Heyn, Anna High, Kaden Hinkle, Tim Howard, Rebecca Joseph, Hannah Katz, Darrow Klein, Heather Lacy, Wade Livingston, Emma C. Martin, Suzanne Nepi, Carter Novinger, Preston Novinger, Leslie O’Carroll, Arlene Rapal, Shannan Steele, Regina Steffen and Hannah Meg Weintrau.
This year’s event will include several special performance twists, such as a series of games a la Jimmy Fallon and other late night TV hosts. While the list of scheduled performers has been announced, their actual Miscast musical numbers will remain a secret until the night of the show on Sept. 26.
Each applicant submitted a proposed song and a ‘Miscast concept’ for judges to consider. Now just in its third year as a Denver Actors Fund benefit event, Director Robert Michael Sanders said he received far more submissions than he had performance slots.
“This year’s turnout was completely overwhelming,” said Sanders. All applications were considered by a special “Miscast” selection committee based on variety and cleverness, among other factors.”We made the choices we think best suit this year’s show,” said Sanders, who called the resulting list “the best cross-section of talent from many different theaters, types and styles of performances.”
The Denver Actors Fund provides financial and practical services to members of the local theatre community who find themselves in medical need. In just three years, the grassroots nonprofit has awarded more than $50,000 in direct financial aid to help local artists. Learn more about DAF at www.denveractorsfund.org. Follow DAF at Denver Actors Fund on Facebook or on Twitter: @DenverActorsFun.