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Greetings and welcome to one of eight shows this holiday season. As the new President & CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, I am excited to join the DCPA as it comes off its most successful season ever — 1.2 million guests; 25,000 subscribers; 85,000 students, and a $600 million economic impact over the past five years. Wow! Plus we’re actively gearing up for our 12th annual Colorado New Play Summit, two world premiere plays, the pre-Broadway debut of Frozen and a coveted stop on the Hamilton tour. What an amazing time to join the DCPA as only the third President & CEO in its nearly 40-year history. It is, indeed, an honor and a privilege to have been asked to lead the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization. Mayor Hancock called the DCPA the cultural gem of the City and I could not agree more. But that recognition is not possible without your active interest and engagement. So thank you for being here today, for sharing your experience with your friends, and for helping us to attract top talent, launch world premieres and become one of the top theatre markets in the nation. In fact, the National Endowment for the Arts recently ranked Colorado third in the nation for per capita attendance at theatre, music and dance performances. Your active participation is worthy of a standing ovation. As CEO, I look forward to working alongside our artists, administrators, educators and patrons to do more together than we can separately. We want to broaden access, diversify our audience, engage with new people in new ways and, ultimately, be as vital to our community as the mountains are to Colorado. Thank you for joining us here today — whether it’s for one of our holiday shows, a returning favorite or Broadway’s newest tour. We hope that you enjoy every moment of your experience and make it a tradition for years to come. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in the coming season.

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ biggest stars step into the spotlight — actors, designers, students and you.

A Christmas Carol Nov 25 – Dec 24 The SantaLand Diaries Nov 25 – Dec 24 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Dec 6 – 11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 16 – 18 Finding Neverland Dec 20, 2016 – Jan 1 Fun Home Jan 10 – 22 The Book of Will Jan 13 – Feb 26

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1. DCPA welcomes Janice Sinden who joined the nearly 40-year-old organization as its third President & CEO on September 12. Sinden comes to the DCPA from her post as Denver Mayor Hancock’s Chief of Staff. 2. DEVELOPMENT’s inaugural Inside Actors’ Alley was a smashing success with donors and longtime subscribers. Guests enjoyed a scavenger hunt in a hidden hallway adjacent to The Buell Theatre, which features hand-painted show art signed by all touring casts. 3. BROADWAY welcomed the all-new engagement of The Phantom of the Opera back to the Buell where it made its Denver debut 25 years ago. Despite updates to the production, the “infamous chandelier” still made a grand appearance. 4. THE SPACE THEATRE is taking a break from its regularly scheduled programming to undergo a facelift. Funded by a generous $10 million grant from the Better Denver Bond Program, the Space will reopen next fall with increased restrooms, improved technical enhancements and its familiar in-the-round staging. 5. THEATRE COMPANY’s Set Design Team participated with more than 10,000 entrepreneurs in Denver StartUp Week — one of the nation’s largest such events. The team’s “Maker’s Wall,” a modular display that anchored registration at Basecamp, exhibited new innovations in products and design.

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Acclaimed Director Diane Paulus was hooked on Finding Neverland by a line the nefarious Captain Hook says to the story’s author himself, J.M. Barrie: “You can go back to being what everyone expects you to be,” the iron-wristed pirate says. “Or you can find the courage to write your own story.” That taunting dare resonated deeply within Paulus as a director, mother and artist. “Because that could mean literally, ‘write your own story,’” she said. “Or it could mean, ‘Write the story of your life.’” Barrie stared that question down the snout of the crocodile 105 years ago when he found the courage to write the story of Peter Pan and, in doing so, essentially encrypt the spirit of the Lost Boy into the DNA of a century of children to follow. “J.M. Barrie was a visionary,” said Finding Neverland co-composer Gary Barlow. “Even in 1904, his mind was 100 years ahead of his time.” The story of Peter Pan, Paulus said, is a clarion call to anyone of any age to ask themselves: When do we wake up and live the life that we know we need to live — not the life we think we should be living? And that is the story Finding Neverland ultimately tells. The innovative Broadway musical is based on the 2004 Oscar-winning film of the same name. It follows Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer — and the man — he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration

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he’s been missing when he meets a widow and her four young sons who inspire him to conjure the magical world of Neverland. It was surprisingly risky for Barrie to present his original play to high-society London theatergoers, a twist that provides much of the dramatic spine of the musical. “At the time J.M. Barrie wrote the play in London, it was incredibly radical and actually quite dangerous,” said British book writer James Graham. “This was a postVictorian society that was very rigid. By putting children and the dog on the stage, J.M. Barrie flipped the power dynamics of the London theatre. It was quite shocking to the theatre establishment.” Paulus also loved how Finding Neverland takes the audience backstage with Barrie and his theatre company. “Finding Neverland is a complete love letter to theatre,” said Paulus, who was included in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus also helmed the launch of the national touring production of Pippin in Denver in 2014. “I love stories that take us backstage, that take us through all the trials and tribulations and the fear that go into making art,” Paulus said. “All sorts of people who have seen Finding Neverland have then said to themselves, ‘Oh my goodness — what am I doing with my life? I’ve got to wake up, do what I love and take a risk. That’s where the riches of life will lie.’”

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All sorts of people who have seen Finding Neverland have then said to themselves, “Oh my goodness — what am I doing with my life? I’ve got to wake up, do what I love and take a risk. That’s where the riches of life will lie.” — DIANE PAULUS, DIRECTOR

And that’s exactly why they all worked so well together, Michaels added. “Diane is not afraid of anything,” she said. “She likes to surround herself with really creative people and then this very powerful life force happens between them.” Kennedy and Barlow couldn’t quite believe it when they were approached by Paulus and big-shot producer Harvey Weinstein about scoring Finding Neverland. “We said to Diane, ‘Look, we’re not musical theatre writers — we’re pop-tarts,” Kennedy said with a laugh. But Paulus has worked with unconventional artists since she began writing her own theatrical story in the New York fringe scene two decades ago — and she had a gut instinct about the music she wanted for Finding Neverland. “I knew we had to explode the imagination of J.M. Barrie on that stage,” Paulus said. “And that really led me to understand how a pop score by Gary and Eliot could function in that story.” Still, when the “pop-tarts” brought their initial song ideas to Paulus, “there was only one song we thought she’d really love, because it really sounded like a musical theatre song,” Kennedy said. “But she hated it. She told us, ‘Guys, don’t think about this too much. Just do what you do.’ And so that’s what we did.” And that is why, Kennedy added, Paulus is a genius. “I think that’s probably an overused word,” he said. “But she is. She is a genius, and not in the way that those dudes in an Apple shop are geniuses. She is a visionary.” For expanded interviews with Diane Paulus and other members of the Finding Neverland creative team, go to the DCPA NewsCenter at www.denvercenter.org/news-center.

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Robert Petkoff as 'Bruce' and Kate Shindle as Alison' in Fun Home. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Laura Michelle Kelly (center). Finding Neverland original Broadway cast. Photo © Carol Rosegg.

To tell Barrie’s unconventional story on Broadway, Paulus gathered a decidedly unconventional (and trans-Atlantic) creative team. American Choreographer Mia Michaels is a three-time Emmy winner for her work on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Barlow is the architect of the enduring British pop band Take That, which has produced 28 top-40 singles since 1989. He recently was voted the greatest British songwriter of all time — a field that includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Gary is furiously well-known and well-liked here in England,” said co-composer Eliot Kennedy, who has had No. 1 hits with the Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin and more. Graham (Privacy) is known in Britain not for writing fanciful musicals but rather plays about urgent social and political issues such as how technology is eroding our privacy and sense of self. Putting them all together, Graham said, shows how Paulus has a “forensic knowledge for how to build a musical.”

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FUN HOME

Robert Petkoff, who recently headlined the DCPA Theatre Company’s DeVotchKa-infused Sweeney Todd, will return to Denver in the national tour of Fun Home (Jan 10-22). Petkoff, also celebrated for his performances in Broadway’s Ragtime, All The Way and Anything Goes, will play the troubled patriarch, Bruce.  “I was aware of the possibility of doing Fun Home when I was finishing the run of Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center and was quite pleased with the prospect of returning to Denver,” Petkoff said. “I really love the city and have had such great theatrical experiences there at the DCPA.” Robert will be joined by Susan Moniz (Broadway’s Grease) as Helen and Kate Shindle (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, Cabaret and Miss America 1998) as Alison. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. The show won raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the world’s most beloved story of seasonal spiritual reawakening. And now in its 24th staging at the Denver Center, the production itself is undergoing its own kind of renewal. The beloved holiday tradition has a new director and star this year: Denver newcomer Melissa Rain Anderson and longtime company favorite Sam Gregory playing Scrooge. “I think there is something addictive about the journey of A Christmas Carol every year,” said Anderson. “That sense of joy and wonder and getting re-birthed every year is pretty special.” And if the Theatre Company’s most popular annual offering is not getting fully re-birthed, it is certainly getting a re-boot. Audiences again will be treated to the familiar adaptation by Richard Hellesen with music by David de Berry, and many of the DCPA’s homegrown scenic, costume and technical elements will be unchanged. “Absolutely we want to pay homage to what has come before, because obviously it’s been a huge success,” said Anderson, who thinks of this production as one she is adopting, not reinventing. Still, the newness of this staging will be as evident as the man barking out the old man’s unhappy humbuggery. Gregory, who has more than 40 Theatre Company credits to his name, will become only the eighth actor to play Scrooge since the Denver Center’s nearly annual tradition began in 1990. Gregory’s task is merely to replace a fellow actor he himself calls irreplaceable: Philip Pleasants. “Taking over Scrooge from somebody like Phil is a monumental task that I would never wish on anyone because he was such a master at it,” Gregory said. “What I so very much appreciated in his performance was how

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“I think there is something addictive about the journey of A Christmas Carol every year. That sense of joy and wonder and getting re-birthed every year is pretty special.” — MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON, DIRECTOR Anderson sees in Gregory the opportunity for this A Christmas Carol to make an even greater emotional impact on audiences, simply given the actuarial differences between Pleasants, who is 79, and Gregory, who is 53. Gregory initially worried he might actually be too young for the role until his research turned up that while Dickens never specifies the old man’s age, he plants clues that suggest Scrooge is only 54 years old. “Sam is really the perfect age to be playing Scrooge because he has a significant amount of time left,” Anderson said. “His Scrooge lives through this beautiful redemption — and then how wonderful it will be for us to consider that this Scrooge still has 20 or more years left to give all his money away. And what a gift for Scrooge to gain his family back into his life and to open his arms to Bob Cratchit again while he still has so much time to do good? This Scrooge will change lives for many years after our story ends.” Anderson and Gregory both have deep bloodlines with the Hellesen adaptation of A Christmas Carol. As an actor, Anderson has performed in it four times around the country. Gregory has previously played Bob Cratchit and six other roles. Anderson thinks it’s probably better for her that the actor playing Scrooge is changing at the same time she is becoming the first new director of this annual production in Denver since 2004. “I think it’s great that we are shaking everything up at the same time rather than in bits and pieces,” she said. For his part, Gregory isn’t aiming to simply give audiences a younger version of Pleasants’ Scrooge. How could he? “I can’t roll my R’s the way Phil can,” he joked. “I think we want to focus more on the fact that this is really an incredible play about redemption and that is the reason it stands the test of time,” he said. “This play is about how anyone can be redeemed and can change and can become a better human being.” But getting there won’t be easy. And shouldn’t be. “The Scrooge we meet is hardened and calcified,” Gregory said. “He doesn’t turn on the heat because he has no heat inside of him. That’s why poor Bob is freezing. Scrooge isn’t cold because he has ice-water in his veins. I’d like to try it so that we see him thaw — and we see him come to life.”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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The company of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Adams Visual Communications

within 10 minutes you could hear little children in the audience giggling away at the stuff he was doing. Phil was able to present this mean old curmudgeon and yet, right away, the children could spot his good heart.” Gregory said following Pleasants feels a little like Trevor Siemien following Peyton Manning. But Anderson and Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson both say he’s up to the task. “Sam is a masterfully comic actor who can also turn scary and scared at any moment,” Thompson said. “He has a gift for the language and dialects of England — whether it’s Dickens or Shakespeare. Besides that, Sam brings great heart to his acting, making him a beloved actor in the Denver theatre scene. I’m excited to see his Scrooge.”

COSTUME COLUMN Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (playing The Stage Theatre Nov 25 – Dec 24) was first published on December 19, 1843. Now, 173 years and 24 DCPA Theatre Company productions later, audiences continue to fill the theatre, making it our most popular and most produced show. The Theatre Company has produced A Christmas Carol since 1990 (with a few gap years). The current musical version has been a Denver staple since 2005. This year marks Kevin Copenhaver’s 12th time designing costumes for the beloved holiday tradition. A Christmas Carol features more than 100 Dickensian costumes — some old, some new but always a few finishing touches to make it sparkle anew each year. This year Copenhaver gets to outfit a brand new Scrooge (Sam Gregory). “I’m really looking forward to collaborating with Sam to bring his version of Scrooge to life,” said Copenhaver. Director Melissa Rain Anderson, who is making her DCPA directorial debut with A Christmas Carol, and Copenhaver also have been discussing a new take on two of the spirits Scrooge encounters. Upon first meeting the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge asks, “Good Heaven. Please madam, could you dim your glow?” Past designs for the Ghost of Christmas Past have relied on Don Darnutzer’s lighting design for that illuminating moment. This year, Copenhaver is exploring what it would look like if the spirit’s costume had the ability to be a self-contained light source. You also may see The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come rising a little higher above you. According to Copenhaver, the team is “looking into the possibility of that other-worldly spectre coming in on stilts this year.”

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 90-minute rock narrative that tells the transgender and transcontinental story of an East Berlin boy who dreams of finding his other half. But while the biographical details of this extraordinary tale are shockingly unique — the desperate boy submits to a brutal (and botched) sex-change operation to marry a soldier who takes her to Kansas and abandons her there — this underdog and largely underground phenomenon has made a profound impact on a generation of audiences seeking their own varying kinds of wholeness. For Hedwig, it was the dream of connecting with her believed soulmate, a pimply boy named Tommy Gnosis who instead grows up to steal her music — and her fame. “The most common positive effect I hear from people about our story is that it creates a space in their lives for them to find themselves,” said writer John Cameron Mitchell. “Everybody is fighting a battle. Everyone is a misfit and a loser. Or has felt that way. Hedwig’s road is particularly hard, but she laughs at it. And that’s what makes her story a communal thing.” Speaking of two sides of a whole, the fictional Hedwig is very much the two halves of her two creators — Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask. “The person looking for their other half is John,” said Trask. “And the internationally ignored song stylist is me. We just mashed her together into one.” Hedwig — both the character and the theatrical rock concert — were born after New York was gripped by AIDS, but not yet by terror. Trask was the bandleader at a new gay nightclub called Squeezebox, which fully embraced punk, newwave and glam-rock at a time when, he said, “There really wasn’t much space in the rock world for gay people, and there really wasn’t a space for rock music in the gay world. But it turned out there were a lot of people who wanted it.” Squeezebox was a hit from the moment it opened its doors. Gone were the days of drag queens lip-syncing to Streisand. In their place was a full-throated Hedwig and her band. Mitchell and Trask first began working on a show about a rock-star character loosely based on Mitchell — the now unseen Tommy Gnosis. “Frankly, and no offense to John,” Trask said, “but he really wasn’t that interesting.” So they focused instead on inventing a female character Mitchell could play. Hedwig was inspired by a babysitter Mitchell remembered having. Trask said to Mitchell: “Why don’t we take her and make her into a failed singer who used to have a relationship with our rock-star character? Now he’s famous, and she’s singing in dives, is bitter about it and is telling us about it.” Hedwig went from the club to the theatrical stage in 1998 with an off-Broadway run that led to a cult-favorite 2001 independent film. But another dozen years would pass before the theatrical gods aligned and Hedwig finally bowed on Broadway — sort of. In the film, Hedwig performs in a bowling alley, among other places. Around the country, the musical is typically presented in seedy nightclubs. A classy Broadway theatre was no place for Hedwig’s act, so this would require an anachronistic wink. When Hedwig opened on Broadway, the gag was that the host Belasco Theatre had just housed a disastrous run of The Hurt Locker, the Musical, which closed after one performance. Hedwig and Company are now essentially squatting in the abandoned theatre as Tommy performs on a legit stage across the alley.

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Yes, after rave reviews and nearly a year on Broadway, Mitchell decided to step back into Hedwig’s heels and bring his personal journey full circle. “It was just like the old days, but somehow better because there was less at stake,” said Mitchell, who said he took on the challenge as a way to shake him from the complacency he felt stuck in following the deaths of his longtime partner, Hedwig band member Jack Steeb, and father, Army Major General John H. Mitchell. The general was in charge of all U.S. military forces in West Germany in 1987 and stood behind Ronald Reagan when the president famously implored, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Mitchell’s father, who retired to Colorado Springs and died in 2013, profoundly influenced his son’s writing of Hedwig. From Broadway, Mitchell learned he was not too old to play Hedwig — nor will he ever be. “This is a story that can be told at any time, and a role you can do at any age,” Mitchell said. “The character can age. I am sure I will do it one more time when I am in my 70s, sitting in a chair. But I’m just sure the keys will be very low.” To read John Moore’s expanded interviews with John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, go to www.denvercenter.org/news-center

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“The most common positive effect I hear from people about our story is that it creates a space in their lives for them to find themselves.”

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“The whole idea of a Broadway musical based on The Hurt Locker is just so wrong, and that’s why it’s so much fun,” Trask said. “There is no end to how much you can tell that joke.” But the joke doesn’t work on the road, so the team has adopted a slight alteration for its first national tour: When Hedwig plays road houses such as Denver’s Buell Theatre, it’s a disastrous pre-Broadway run of The Hurt Locker that just tanked. It took Hedwig so long to make it to Broadway, Mitchell believes, because Broadway wasn’t ready for Hedwig. “We didn’t change. The world changed,” said Mitchell. “The idea of rock ’n’ roll on the stage, the idea of drag, the idea of this unusual story — they all became less frightening. It was just time. And we wanted to make sure we had the right person to play Hedwig.” And at age 51, the right person was no longer Mitchell, who instead happily handed the wig over to the man he calls “America’s sweetheart,” Neil Patrick Harris. He was followed by a steady stream of bankable stars including Michael C. Hall, Darren Criss, Taye Diggs, Andrew Rannells and, for three months, John Cameron Mitchell.

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CAST

(in order of appearance) PETER PAN......................................................................................................................................Dee Tomasetta WENDY (Acting Troupe)...............................................................................................................Adrianne Chu CAPTAIN HOOK (Acting Troupe)...........................................................................................Cameron Bond J.M. BARRIE..............................................................................................................................................Kevin Kern MARY BARRIE................................................................................................................................Crystal Kellogg LORD CANNAN............................................................................................................................Noah Plomgren ALBERT................................................................................................................................................... Corey Rives CHARLES FROHMAN......................................................................................................................... Tom Hewitt ELLIOT................................................................................................................................................. Thomas Miller SYLVIA LLEWELYN DAVIES.................................................................................................... Christine Dwyer MR. HENSHAW............................................................................................................................... Dwelvan David MR. CROMER.........................................................................................................................................Matt Wolpe MISS JONES..................................................................................................................................Lael Van Keuren MISS BASSETT.................................................................................................................. Victoria Huston-Elem EMILY.............................................................................................................................................. Lael Van Kueren MRS. DU MAURIER..................................................................................................................... Joanna Glushak CAPTAIN JAMES HOOK.................................................................................................................... Tom Hewitt PORTHOS........................................................................................................................................................ Sammy

THE LLEWELYN DAVIES CHILDREN GEORGE: Finn Faulconer, Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler PETER: Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler, Mitchell Wray JACK: Tyler Patrick Hennessy, Colin Wheeler, Mitchell Wray MICHAEL: Jordan Cole, Tyler Patrick Hennessy ENSEMBLE Christina Belinsky, Cameron Bond, Sarah Marie Charles, Adrianne Chu, Calvin L. Cooper, Dwelvan David, Josh Drake, Victoria Huston-Elem, Crystal Kellogg, Thomas Miller, Noah Plomgren, Corey Rives, Dee Tomasetta, Lael Van Keuren, Matt Wolpe. SWINGS Melissa Hunter McCann, Connor McRory, Matthew Quinn

UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitue for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For J.M. Barrie: Cameron Bond, Noah Plomgren; for Charles Frohman/Captain Hook: Matthew Quinn, Matt Wolpe; for Sylvia Llewelyn Davies: Sarah Marie Charles, Crystal Kellogg; for Mrs. du Maurier: Victora Huston-Elem, Lael Van Keuren; for Mary Barrie: Sarah Marie Charles, Lael Van Keuren; for Porthos: Bailey. Dance Captain............................................................................................................... Melissa Hunter McCann Assistant Dance Captain............................................................................................................Dee Tomasetta Animal Handler..................................................................................................................................Tyler Garstka


FINDING NEVERLAND

CAST

KEVIN KERN

CHRISTINE DWYER

TOM HEWITT

JOANNA GLUSHAK

JORDAN COLE

FINN FAULCONER

TYLER PATRICK HENNESSY

BEN KRIEGER

COLIN WHEELER

MITCHELL WRAY

CHRISTINA BELINSKY

CAMERON BOND

SARAH MARIE CHARLES

ADRIANNE CHU

CALVIN L. COOPER

DWELVAN DAVID

JOSH DRAKE

VICTORIA HUSTON-ELEM

CRYSTAL KELLOGG

MELISSA HUNTER McCANN

CONNOR MCRORY

THOMAS MILLER

NOAH PLOMGREN

MATTHEW QUINN

COREY RIVES

DEE TOMASETTA

LAEL VAN KEUREN

MATT WOLPE


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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT I “Neverland”............................................................................................................................................Instrumental “Welcome to London”............................................................................................................ London Parkgoers “My Imagination”...................................................................................................................................... J.M. Barrie “Believe”................................................J.M. Barrie, Sylvia, Peter, George, Jack, Michael and Company “The Dinner Party”.J.M. Barrie, Sylvia, Peter, George, Jack, Michael Servants and Dinner Guests “We Own the Night”...........................J.M. Barrie, Sylvia, Peter, George, Jack, Michael and Servants “All That Matters”.............................................................................................................................................. Sylvia “We Own the Night” (Reprise)........................................................................Peter, George, Jack, Michael “Sylvia’s Lullaby’’ .............................................................................................................................................. Sylvia “Neverland’’.................................................................................................................................. J.M. Barrie, Sylvia “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 1).................................................................................................Charles Frohman “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 2)...........................................................................................................Mary Barrie “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 3)................................................................................................... Mrs. du Maurier “Circus of Your Mind” (Part 4).......Charles Frohman, Mrs. du Maurier, Mary Barrie and Company “Stronger” (Part 1)............................................................................................................................................ Barrie “Hook”...................................................................................... Captain James Hook, J.M. Barrie and Pirates “Stronger” (Part 2).............................................................. Captain James Hook, J.M. Barrie and Pirates ACT II “The World ls Upside Down”..................... J.M. Barrie, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Acting Troupe “What You Mean to Me”.......................................................................................................... J.M. Barrie, Sylvia “Play”....................................................................................Charles Frohman, Sylvia, J.M. Barrie, Company “We’re All Made of Stars”...................................................................................Peter, George, Jack, Michael “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” .................................................................... J.M. Barrie, Peter “Something About This Night’’ (Part 1)..........................................Charles Frohman, Elliot and Actors “Something About This Night’’ (Part 2).....Charles Frohman, Elliot, J.M. Barrie, Peter and Actors “Neverland” (Reprise).................. J.M. Barrie, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Sylvia, Mrs. du Maurier, Charles Frohman and Actors “Finale”........................................Mrs. du Maurier, J.M. Barrie, Peter, George, Jack, Michael, Company

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Conductor/Keyboard: Ryan Cantwell; Associate Conductor/Keyboard: Valerie Gebert; Drums: Greg Germann; Violin: Laraine Kaizer; Reeds: Ryan Claus; Bass: Sean Murphy; Guitar: Nicholas Difabbio; Synthesizer/Acoustic Guitar/Mandolin: David Manning

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KEVIN KERN (J.M. Barrie). Broadway: Finding Neverland, The Bridges of Madison County, First Date, Wicked, The Wedding Singer, and Les Misérables. West End: Hair. Pre-Broadway: 9 to 5 (L.A.). National Tour: Music of ALW. OffBroadway: Next To Normal, Finian’s Rainbow and Altar Boyz. Love to Megan, Gus, Sunny Jo, Nolie, and Clover! CHRISTINE DWYER (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies) feels incredibly lucky to bring this beautiful show on the road. Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba). NYC/National Tours/Regional: RENT (Maureen), Murder Ballad (Sara), Tinyard Hill (Aileen), New Hopeville Comics (April), The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), Two Very Dangerous People (Ginny). Christine’s voice can be heard on Lyons&Pakchar’s debut album #LOVE Live and Ben Roseberry’s solo debut album “The Fractured Years” both available on iTunes. She also had the incredible honor of representing the United States at the Hannover Messe performing for President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Christine would be nowhere without her loving family, incredible friends, supportive teachers, and new fiancé Matt. Love to Chowdah and all four legged creatures. CLA, Hardin-Curtis, Hartt School – Patience and Love. www.deangelisanddwyercoaching.com @cteendryer: instagram and twitter. TOM HEWITT (Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook) Broadway includes: Jesus Christ Superstar; Chicago; Dracula, The Musical; The Rocky Horror Show; The Boys from Syracuse; The Lion King. National tours: Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan. Off Broadway: Another Medea, Treasure Island, Jeffery, Beau Jest. Regional: Irma Vep, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Titanic, Kiss Me, Kate, Travesties. JOANNA GLUSHAK (Mrs. du Maurier). Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sunday in the Park with George, Les Misérables, Hairspray, The Sweet Smell of Success, Urinetown, Rags, Conversations with My Father, Welcome to the Club, After the Night and the Music; New York City Opera: A Little Night Music, The Most Happy Fella; Tours: Young Frankenstein, Xanadu, Evita. Countless roles in regional theater, TV, film. Graduate of the Yale school of Drama. JORDAN COLE (Michael) is a 4th grader from Westchester, NY who is excited to be making his Broadway tour debut in Finding Neverland. Regional: Les Miserables (Gavroche), Mary Poppins (Bert). Special thanks to Barry Kolker, Jenna, Jason and Dan from WST, Emily Gatesman, Jackie Presti, Lisa Rochelle. Love to my Mom, Dad, my Sister Alexa and my grandparents. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you! FINN FAULCONER (George) is thrilled to be making his professional debut. Regional: Christmas Carol, Les Mis, Mary Poppins, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fiddler on the Roof. Ballet: ABT, Chautauqua, French Academie, Colorado, Charlottesville.  Thanks to Mom, Dad, & Neve; Live Arts, Melissa (DMR), Sara, Francois, Liz, Hank, Eva, & Shelli at RKS Mgmt.

TYLER PATRICK HENNESSY (Michael, Jack) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut in Finding Neverland. He has been in a number of regional productions including Ragtime (Little Boy), Gypsy (Clarinet Boy), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), The King and I (Royal Child) and The Who’s Tommy (youngest Tommy). Tyler would like to thank his Mom and Dad and his three older sisters for all of their love and support plus the numerous other people who have helped him to get here! BEN KRIEGER (Peter, George) is thrilled to have found Neverland! Other favorite shows: Pippin National Tour (Theo), Sound of Music National Tour (U/S Kurt & Friedrich) and The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Les Miserables (Gavroche). Thank you to all the magical teachers, friends and family that made this possible! “You can be anything you want to be!” Visit me at www.benkriegeractor.com COLIN WHEELER (George, Jack, Peter) is thrilled to make is national tour debut! Fresh off of the world premiere of I Am Anne Hutchinson/ I Am Harvey Milk  with Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth. Regional/workshops:  Les Miserables  (Gavroche),  Moonshine and Mistletoe (Duncan),  A Christmas Story the Musical (Ralphie),  School of Rock (promotional tour). Many thanks to Jamie and Victoria, Andrea and Stewart Whitley, Lauren, Trapper, Badiene, Ryan, and all of his family and friends for all their love and support, most of all his Mom, Dad, Haley and Anna! MITCHELL WRAY (Peter, Jack, Michael) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! Theatre credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, To Kill A Mockingbird and Mary Poppins. Film: Crossroads Of America and One Starry, Starry Night. Huge Thanks to Lisa Calli, Abrams Artist Agency, Justin Reamy, Benton Whitley, The Rooney Family, Kaye Tuckerman, and of course my entire family for all of their support! CHRISTINA BELINSKY (Ensemble, Peter Pan u/s) Tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dance Captain/Swing) (US/Japan), The Aluminum Show (Dance Captain/Swing) (US/Int’l). Favorite regional credits: White Christmas (Fulton), Mary Poppins (Fulton), Sweet Charity (Palace). UArts BFA Modern Dance Performance. Thank you CESD, Mom, Dad, Nana. Believe! www.ChristinaBelinsky.com CAMERON BOND (Ensemble, Mr. Turpin, Captain Hook [Acting Troupe], u/s J.M. Barrie). Broadway: Finding Neverland (Hook, u/s JM Barrie). National Tour: Beauty & the Beast (Gaston). Regional: Les Misérables, Damn Yankees, Into the Woods, Legally Blonde. Training: Business Degree from Azusa Pacific University. Thank you Creatives, S/W, and my family and friends for your unconditional love and support. @cameronjbond

SARAH MARIE CHARLES (Ensemble, u/s Sylvia, u/s Mary) is thrilled to join the Finding Neverland family! Favorite credits: Peter Pan 360 (Wendy), Titanic (Kate McGowan), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Children of Eden (Yonah) and Baby (Lizzie). Proud Ithaca College grad. Endless thanks to BRS/GAGE, Benton Whitley, Adam, and Mom & Dad. @sarchar ADRIANNE CHU (Ensemble, Wendy [Acting Troupe]). National Tour debut! Regional: Palace Theatre NH, Arrow Rock Lyceum, American Music Theatre, RCCL Quantum of the Seas. Marymount Manhattan College, BFA Dance. Thank you to the FNL Team, Stewart/Whitley, DHA, and to her family and friends for their constant love & support! www.adriannechu.com CALVIN L. COOPER (Ensemble) was born in Newport News, Virginia where he started dancing at the age of 16. He studied dance at Woodside High School and the E.V.S.P.A under the direction of Dr. Maryann Laverty and Sandra Balestracci. He thanks Sharon, Tamisha, LaTanya, Di’sya, and Nikkolas for their love and support. Thanks MSA for everything! DWELVAN DAVID (Ensemble, Mr. Henshaw). Tour: Porgy and Bess. NYC: Standby (NYMF) Regional: Sweeney Todd (Denver Center); Sister Act (Tuacahn); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (STAGES/ Riverside); Show Boat (Lyric Opera Chicago); The Wiz (TATC); Caroline, or Change (Human Race); Ragtime (Drury Lane); Cats (Carousel); The Nativity (Goodman); Hot Mikado (Marriott). Film/TV: “Billions,” “Gotham,” “Codes of Conduct.”BFA Millikin University. AEA Proud. @dwelvandavid www.dwelvandavid.com JOSH DRAKE (Ensemble) is thrilled to tell this beautiful story across the country! Fresh off the national tour of Dirty Dancing (u/s Johnny, assistant dance captain). Past credits include Trip of Love (Off-Broadway), Chicago (Spirit of Fosse), Dreamgirls (MUNY / dance captain), and A Chorus Line (Paul). Much love to the ladies at Judy Boals Inc. Love each other and remember that you can fly! @jdrake92 VICTORIA HUSTON-ELEM (Ensemble, Miss Bassett, u/s Mrs. du Maurier). Off -Broadway: Himself And Nora, Golden Boy Of The Blue Ridge. National Tour: The Addams Family. Regional: The Circus In Winter (Goodspeed), Sister Act (NSMT), Les Misérables (Lyric), Little Women (Village). Ever grateful to Clear Talent Group. This performance, like all others, is for her family. More information: www.victoriahustonelem.com CRYSTAL KELLOGG (Mary Barrie, u/s Sylvia). Broadway: Finding Neverland, School of Rock. Tours: Kinky Boots (First National, original cast), The Pajama Game. Regional/ NY: Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Riverside Theatre, Arkansas Rep, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Westchester Broadway, Surflight Theatre, NYMF, APAC. TV: “Person of Interest”. Huge thanks to Stewart/Whitley, WAM, CTG, and my family. Let’s fly! www.crystalkellogg.com @crystalkellogg

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THOMAS MILLER (Ensemble, Elliot). National tour debut! Texas State University, BFA Musical Theatre, Minor in Honors Studies. Regional: A.D. Player’s Theater, Houston: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ralph Herdman), Godspell (Swing). Workshops at Texas State University: Hooray for Iceboy! (Telegram Boy) with Mark Hollman, Snoopy: The Musical (Linus) with Kaitlin Hopkins, Larry Grossman, and Adam Cates. Thomas grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and moved to The Woodlands, Texas when he was 12. He thanks God for the gift of performing. Love to his new wife, Kaylin, his family, friends, life-mentors, and to his parents who first taught him how to fly. Romans 5:8. www.thethomasmillerstory.com NOAH PLOMGREN (Ensemble, Lord Cannan, u/s J.M. Barrie). Thrilled to be on tour with Finding Neverland! Other credits: National tour: Hair (Claude). Regional credits - Finger Lakes MTF: From Here To Eternity and Treasure Island, Goodspeed Opera House: Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet) and Circus in Winter (Elephant Jack), Pittsburgh Public: Noises Off (Garry), Bay Street: Lend Me A Tenor (Max), Hangar Theatre: Next to Normal (Gabe) and Titanic (Murdoch), City Theatre Co: Tigers Be Still (Zach). Education: Carnegie Mellon. www.noahplomgren.com @plomegranate COREY RIVES (Ensemble, Albert) is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. National Tour: Wizard of Oz (Swing, Lion/Wizard u/s); Off-Broadway: Alcestis Ascending (Timon, Dance Swing); Other: Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), A New Brain (Mr. Bungee), BBAJ (Martin Van Buren), Next to Normal (Gabe). DEE TOMASETTA (Ensemble, Peter Pan). Broadway National Tour Debut! Radio City NY Spectacular. TV: SNL, Jimmy Fallon, Americas Got Talent. Massachusetts Native. Proud University of Michigan Graduate. BFA Dance ’15. Thank you Mom, Dad, Anthony, my incomparable family & friends, Mia, Clear Talent Group, and my loved ones looking down from Neverland. Always Believe! @deetomasetta | www.deetomasetta.com @deetomasetta LAEL VAN KEUREN (Ensemble, Miss Jones, Emily u/s Mrs. du Maurier, u/s Mary). Broadway: Sister Act (original cast). 1st Nat’l: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert). Regional: Mary Poppins (u/s Mary, NSMT), Will Rogers Follies (New Ziegfeld Follie, Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Heartfelt gratitude to the creative team, casting, & Lava Ent. For my beautiful family, always. In Him. MATT WOLPE (Ensemble, Mr. Cromer, u/s Frohman/Hook). Broadway: Finding Neverland. Tour: Once. Off Broadway: Hell’s Belles. Regional; Laguna, Weston, Kirk Douglas, Sac. Music Circus, Ensemble SB, La Mirada, Pasadena, The Blank. Matt is also an award winning songwriter and multi instrumentalist with 4 records out. Love and thanks to Mom, Pops, BRS/GAGE, and all of Neverland! Music and more: MattWolpe.com @mattwolpe MELISSA HUNTER McCANN (Swing) is thrilled to be flying around America with Finding Neverland! NYC: West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), Paint Your Wagon (Encores!), Ludo’s

Broken Bride (NYMF), The Nine Fathers of Ariel (workshop). TV: 2016 Tony Awards. Pace BFA Commercial Dance ’16. Love to my incredible family, friends, the Neverland team, CESD and especially mom & dad! CONNOR McRORY (Swing) is excited to perform in the first national tour of Finding Neverland. Recent Credits: Trip of Love (OffBroadway), Irving Berlins White Christmas (National Tour). Regional theaters including Pittsburgh CLO, MUNY, Maine State Musical Theatre. Proud Penn State Graduate. Thanks to my parents, TKO, and crew15. Connormcrory. com INSTA:Connormcrory MATTHEW QUINN (Swing, u/s Charles Frohman/Hook). National Tours: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Scooby Doo LIVE! Regional: The Addams Family (Gateway/Ogunquit), Crazy For You (New London Barn Playhouse). Several Disney Cruise Shows. Universal Studios Japan. Severely grateful for this opportunity! GARY BARLOW (Composer/Lyricist). Multiaward-winning singer-songwriter and member of one of the most successful bands in the UK, Take That. He has 15 UK #1 singles and eight UK #1 albums as a solo artist and with Take That, and has also been awarded six Ivor Novello Awards. Finding Neverland is Gary’s first venture into composing the score for a musical. ELIOT KENNEDY (Composer/Lyricist) is a Grammy Award-winning musician/singer/ songwriter from Sheffield, England. Eliot has had number-one hits with artists including Take That, Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin and more. Winner of Ivor Novello, Juno and Critics Choice Awards. Golden Globe nominee. Honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University. Eliot has worked with Gary Barlow for more than 20 years as co-writer/ co-producer. JAMES GRAHAM (Book). James plays include the acclaimed Privacy (2016) at the Public Theater in New York, staring Daniel Radcliffe: The Vote (2015) at London’s Donmar Warehouse: and This House (2012) at the National Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Best Play Award and screened worldwide as part of NT Live. His first feature film, X Plus Y, was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival 2014. DIANE PAULUS (Director) is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Broadway: Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin (Tony Award, Best Direction and Best Revival), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival), Hair (Tony Award, Best Revival). Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. Diane was selected for the 2014 Time 100, Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. For Katharine and Natalie. MIA MICHAELS (Choreographer). TV: “So You Think You Can Dance” (three-time Emmy Award winner, five-time nominee), “SYTYCD Canada.” Film: Rock of Ages. Stage: New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (director/choreographer), Finding Neverland (Broadway), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill), Cirque du Soleil’sDelirium, Celine Dion’s A New Day, Madonna, Prince. Dance: RAW (founder/

artistic director/choreographer). Inspirational master teacher worldwide. Dedicated to my Mom and Dad in Neverland! SIMON HALE (Orchestrator). Broadway: Finding Neverland, Spring Awakening, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk nomination). He has worked as arranger/ orchestrator for Gary Barlow, George Benson, Björk, Ray Davies, Josh Groban, Jamiroquai, Lang Lang, George Michael, Oasis, Sade, Duncan Sheik, Simply Red and Sam Smith (Grammy nomination) for whom he orchestrated the Oscar/Golden Globe winning “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre. www.simonhale.co.uk FRED LASSEN (Music Supervision). Broadway: Once, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Cabaret, 42nd Street. Off-Broadway/regional: The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic), Zorro (Alliance), Adrift in Macao (Primary Stages). Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Music Direction, Sycamore Trees (Signature. DC). International: Prince of Broadway (Tokyo/Osaka), Once (Dublin). Cabaret (Folies Bergere, Paris). SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design). Broadway productions include Finding Neverland, The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Waitress, Something Rotten!, The Visit, Blackbird, It’s Only a Play, Pippin (Tony nom), I’ll Eat You Last, The Pillowman (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony Nom.), HAIR, Nine, Take Me Out, Casa Valentina, Pal Joey (Tony Nom.), and Urinetown. Peter Grimes (Met Opera), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. Instagram @scottpaskstudio SUTTIRAT ANNE LARLARB (Costume Design Theatre). Theatre: Macbeth (LA Opera), Waitress (Broadway), Finding Neverland (Broadway), Of Mice and Men (Broadway), Frankenstein (National Theatre), Hold on to Me Darling (Atlantic),Dying for It (Atlantic), The Killer (TFANA), Macbeth (Hartford). Select film/ TV: American Gods, Steve Jobs, The Walk, “2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony’’ (Emmy), Cinema Verite (Emmy Nomination),127 Hours (Production & Costume Design, Art Directors Guild nomination), Slumdog Millionaire (Costume Designers Guild Award), The American, Sunshine. MFA, Yale. KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design) has more than 50 Broadway play and musical theatre credits. He designs extensively OffBroadway, for resident theatres and touring productions throughout the United States, as well as internationally. He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk. Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards. JONATHAN DEANS (Sound Design). His work can be heard worldwide in theatrical productions and permanent installations. Jonathan is grateful that his love for the theatre has resulted in numerous Broadway musicals, operas, plays and Cirque du Soleil productions. He has been honored with nominations and awards. More at www.designingsound.com. JON DRISCOLL (Projection Design). Broadway: Finding Neverland, Chaplin. Ghost, Frost/Nixon, Brief Encounter. Off-Bway: Richard III (BAM). West End: Kate Bush: Before the Dawn, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in


RICHARD MAWBEY (Hair/Makeup Design). Theatre: Evita, La Cage aux Folles, South Pacific, Frost/Nixon, Elf, White Christmas, Assassins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The Producers. Television: “Little Britain,” “Poirot,” Dame Edna, Dame Judi Dench. Film: The Ghost Writer, Titanic. Star Wars. www.wigspccialties.co.uk PAUL KIEVE (Illusions). Broadway: The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout), Finding Neverland, Ghost (DD Award), Matilda, Pippin, Side Show, An Act of God, Macbeth (Armory), Groundhog Day (Old Vic) London and forthcoming Broadway. Movies: Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Mickey and the Magician (permanent show at Disneyland Paris). Has consulted for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine. Awarded Creative Fellowship of the Magic Castle, Hollywood. An associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre. www.stageillusion.com DANIEL WURTZEL (Air Sculptor). Credits: Sochi Winter Olympics, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Julie Taymor), Spades (dir. Robert Lepage). Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna (dir. Diane Paulus), Radio City Rockettes, NY Spectacular (dir. Mia Michaels), Air Play Show (dir. West Hyler), The Tempest (dir. West Hyler). “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”. New World, “Latin Grammy Awards,” Cirque du Soleil’s The Eye of the Storm. Museums: Smithsonian, Musée Rodin, Grand Palais in Paris, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Phaeno, Museu do Amanha. www.danielwurtzel.com DAVID CHASE (Original Music Supervision and Dance and Incidental Musical Arranger). Music director, supervisor and/or arranger for 30 Broadway productions. Also: several West End productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Radio City, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Pops, Kennedy Center Honors. TV: Music Director/ Arranger for NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! (Emmy nominations for both). Grammy nod for Nice Work album. Music training: Harvard Biology degree. ANNMARIE MILAZZO (Vocal Design). Original music and lyrics for Radio City Summer Spectactular. If/Then; Spring Awakening; Next to Normal; Carrie; Bright Lights, Big City; Dangerous Beauty; Prometheus Bound; Some Lovers; A Little More Alive. Lyricist: Cirque du Soleil’s Le Reve and Carmen. La Jolla Playhouse. Grammy-nominated vocalist for Aria Electronica and East Village Opera Company on Decca/ Universal Records. RYAN CANTWELL (Music Director). 1st National Tours: Pippin (Diane Paulus), La Cage Aux Folles (Terry Johnson). Currently in development, MD/ Composer: A Helluva Life (George Hamilton). MD/Arranger, La MaMa: The Golden Toad, Mark. Babes in Toyland (Pasadena Playhouse), The Nomad (Liz Swados, NYC workshop). Table (David Shire, NYC workshop). Resident MD at NYMF. TV/film: CBS “Jim Henson Christmas Special,” Race (Sundance, Gloria Allred). Ryan also writes/performs with his sister, Dawn (Wicked, The Last Ship). www.DawnandRyan.com. Love to his friends, family and Fiancée, Shoshana.

JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Recent Broadway: Holiday Inn; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Bronx Tale; Waitress; Something Rotten; Beautiful; Jersey Boys. Musician (bass): Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, BB King, Bob Dylan. Album Stage Door Johnny – John Miller: takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics Records. www.johnmillerbass.com WILLIAM BERLONI (Animal Trainer). 2011 Tony Honoree for Excellence in Theatre. Starting with Annie in 1977, twenty five Broadway shows, hundreds Off-Broadway, regional theatre, tours, television and movies. Animal Director for Because of Winn Dixie The Musical, Alabama Shakespeare Festival January 2017. Author of Broadway Tails. TV: From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. www.theatricalanimals.com. STEWART/WHITLEY (Casting). Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/NY: The Great Comet, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant; West End/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; Tours: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You; Upcoming: Prince of Egypt, Waterfall, August Rush; Regional: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Casting Associate Andrea Zee CSA & Casting Assistant Danny Dunitz. stewartwhitley.com THE BOOKING GROUP (Tour Booking) has represented more than 20 Tony Award® winning Best Musicals and Plays since its inception in 1996.  In addition to Finding Neverland, TBG also currently represents the touring productions of: An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon, The Bodyguard, Cabaret, The Color Purple, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fun Home, The Humans, Motown The Musical, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, Something Rotten!,  the 20th Anniversary tour of Rent, Waitress, and Hamilton. NANCY HARRINGTON (Artistic Associate). With Ms. Paulus: Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Hair, Capeman, Death and the Powers, Prometheus Bound, Turnadot Rumble. A collaborator of Bill Irwin’s for 26 years. she is one of the creators of  Fool Moon. MIA WALKER (Associate Director). Credits with Ms. Paulus include the American Repertory Theater’s Broadway and National Tour productions of Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and the current Broadway production of Waitress. Recently, Mia directed the new musical Normativity at New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Upcoming: Tour Director of the 2nd Nat’l Tour of Pippin. Education: B.A. Harvard University.  www.miapwalker.com JOSE SOLIVAN (Company Manager). Broadway tours managed: Cabaret, Cinderella, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent, The

Producers, Grease and Spamalot. Broadway tours performed: Oklahoma! Other notable productions performed include Candide with Dayton Opera and Pacific Overtures starring George Takei. Special thanks to Ryan Cowles. SETH F. BARKER (Production Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and happy to Tour North America with Finding Neverland. Previous Tours include: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Nat’l of War Horse, Blue Man Group, Hairspray, Rent and Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top show Corteo. Many thanks for the love and support from his parents, Mike and Barbara Barker. GENEVIEVE KERSH (Stage Manager), graduate of Ithaca College theater program, has most recently worked as the Assistant Stage Manager for Broadway’s Finding Neverland. Prior credits include Roundabout Theater’s Broadway Revival of Noises Off, The first national tours of Blithe Spirit, Sister Act & Anything Goes. As well as Waitress, Cinderella, Boston Ballet & Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. ALEX EBERLE (Assistant Stage Manager). International Tour: Shrek The Musical (PSM), Beauty and the Beast (PSM). National Tour: Anything Goes (PSM). Regional: The Old Globe, Triad Stage, Barrington Stage Company. BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Thanks M&D for the constant love and support! HARVEY WEINSTEIN (Executive Producer). Co­chairman of the Weinstein Company and co­founder of Miramax. Past award-winning productions include All the Way; The Producers; Frost/Nixon; August: Osage County; and God of Carnage. This season, productions include the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City, The Elephant Man, The Audience and Wolf Hall. He dedicates this musical to the one thing his daughters have in common - they love the movie. NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer) from its inception nearly 20 years ago has been an industry leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having toured over 60 productions throughout North America, NETworks is now expanding its tours into international markets including South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey and South East Asia. Current touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing, Elf the Musical, Finding Neverland, Into The Woods, Once the Musical, The Sound of Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. BARRY & FRAN WEISSLER (Executive Producer). Recipients of seven Tony Awards, including for the longest-running American musical of all time, Chicago. ALECIA PARKER (Executive Producer). Chicago worldwide, The Scottsboro Boys, Finding Neverland - Broadway, Waitress - The Musical, etc. Currently licensing Once the Musical internationally. Proud mother of Michael.

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Wonderland (Royal Ballet), The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), 3 Winters, King Lear. Recipient: Drama Desk, Obie, Olivier Awards.


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TRINITY WHEELER (Executive Producer) is honored to return to the NETworks family. Broadway: Les Misérables. National tours include The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, RENT, Young Frankenstein, The Producers and Oklahoma!. Love to Alan, Big Mac and Ricky. @trinitywheeler SETH WENIG (Production Supervisor) has been with NETworks since its inception in 1995. He spearheaded the international tours of Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall. Seth has produced The Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The National Theatre production of War Horse. Together with Cameron Mackintosh, Seth served as Executive Producer for both the U.S. and U.K. tours of The National Theatre’s My Fair Lady, the 25th Anniversary U.S. tour of Les Misérables and the new The Phantom of the Opera tour. He is most proud of his greatest productions – Marlo and Camden. NETJETS The leader in private aviation for more than 50 years, NetJets redefines what’s possible, connecting owners with the people and places that matter most. The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. All stage work performed by employees represented by IATSE. UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. The Press Agents, Company and House Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees.

Members of Denver Theatrical Wardrobe, Wigs, Hair and Make-up, Union 719 Linda Ackerschott AnnSue Gunter Carrie Breidenbach Judy Holabird Vonnie Clough Leslie Lambert Janel Clough Sharon Millikan-Hale Craig Cory Callie Morrow Cyndie Cory Yolanda Pollock Laura Cotugno Dave Poole Steve Davies Liz Spadi Anne Davis Amy Tepel Carolyn Dore Marybeth Tscherpel Deborah Guess Barb Wilson DPAC House Crew Mark Anthony Perry Elliot Randy Mitchell Maximillian Peterson

John Kendrick Tanya M. Rist Albert Sainz, Sr David A. Wilson

DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT IN ITS 2016/17 BROADWAY SEASON

STAFF FOR Finding Neverland Production Supervisor Seth Wenig General Management Gentry & Associates, Inc. Gregory Vander Ploeg, Jamey Jennings, Mary K. Witte, Anne Cape Production Management NETworks Presentations LLC Jason Juenker, Laura Dieli, Hector Guivas, Emma Downey Production Consultants BJ Holt and Dan Posener Tour Booking Agency The Booking Group Meredith Blair, Kara Gebhart www.thebookinggroup.com Tour Press & Marketing Anita Dloniak & Associates, Inc. Anita Dloniak Melissa A. Hazek Casting Stewart/Whitley Duncan Stewart, CSA; Benton Whitley, CSA; Andrea Zee, CSA; Dale Brown, CSA; Danny Dunitz Company Manager Jose Solivan Assistant Company Manager Katie Cortez Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Seth F. Barker Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Genevieve Kersh Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Eberle Associate Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Hamrick Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . Martin Schnellinger Assistant Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lizzie Donelan Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joel Shier Assistant Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy Reed Lighting Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Beach Associate Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Hsieh Associate Projections Designer . . . Gemma Carrington Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susanna Wolk Assistant Choreographers . . . . . . . . . . . . Fred Odgaard, Ryan Worsing Dance Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Shepherd Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Britt Assistant Carpenter/Automation . . . . . . . . Jason Fehlen Deck Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Roller Production Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Burch Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashley Harman Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Joans Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Briggs Asst. Electricians . . . . . . . . . Andrew Dyer, Max Marquez Head Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Jarrell Assistant Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Mallory Video Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Herman Head Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Whitaker Assistant Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Butkovich Production Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emiliano Pares Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Fauscett Wardrobe Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kersten Gavin Hair and Makeup Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . Ashley Hughes Aerial Rigging Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Deull Dialect Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dawn-Elin Fraser Dialect Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anastas Varinos Synthesizer Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Marder Associate Synthesizer Programmer . . . . . . . James Jayawardena Rehearsal Pianist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cam Moncur On Location Education Tutor and Child Wrangler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drew Lundquist Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEURO TOUR Physical Thearapy, Inc., Carolyn Lawson Animal Handler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tyler Garstka Production Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Azenberg, Patrick Egan, Alice Pollitt Print Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SpotCo Radio Spot Production . . . . . . . . SpotCo, TourDesign Creative Television Spot Design/Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . HMS Media, SpotCo, TourDesign Creative Interactive Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . Situation Marketing Production Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Rosegg Merchandising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creative Goods Merchandise Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Moss Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . NETworks Presentations LLC Tour Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura S. Carey Technical Production Accounting . . . . . . . . Colin Byrne Legal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David F. Schwartz, Esq. Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP HR & Payroll Services . . . . . . . . . Human Resources inc. Housing . . . . . . Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company Travel Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clark Transfer Staff for NETworks Presentations Chief Executive Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Gentry Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott W. Jackson President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orin Wolf Executive Vice President Production . . . . . Seth Wenig Executive Assistant /

Associate General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curt Owens Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Kinna Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Gifford Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trinity Wheeler Director of Booking . . . . . . . . . . . . Charmaine McVicker Engagement Manager . . . . . . . . . Esther Schwarzbauer Director of Marketing/PR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Hess Digital Marketing Strategist . . . . . . . . . . . . Perrin Shapiro Senior General Manager . . . . . . . Gregory Vander Ploeg General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamey Jennings Assistant General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anne Cape Senior Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Juenker Production Managers . . . . . . Laura Dieli, Hector Guivas Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . Emma Downey Music Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Mezzio IT Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Pizza Warehouse Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad Korff Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buddy Piccolino Administrative Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Jewel, Kevin Persaud Credits Scenery built by Hudson Scenic Studios, Yonkers, NY; Show Control and scenic motion control featuring Stage Command Systems® by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Productions Resource Group, L.L.C., New Windsor, NY; Scenic items fabricated by PRG-Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Group, L.L.C., New Windsor, NY; Scenery fabrication by Proof Productions and Daedalus Studios; Lighting and Rigging by Christie Lights; Audio and Video equipment provided by Sound Associates; Properties by BB Props; Costume Shops: Bethany Joy Costumes; Timberlake Studios, Inc.; John Kristiansen New York, Inc; B.D. Weger Tailoring Rehearsed at Gibney Dance Studios, NYC. Special Thanks to The Sheas Performing Arts Center and NAC Entertainment, Albert Nocciolino, President; JoAnne Will-Kaminski, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Vehicle Outfitters/Absolute Perfection, Ellicot City, MD

Tax & Financial Consulting, Accounting Services CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Linda Rubenstein, Brian Enverso, Pat Guerieri Insurance Broker Services Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Robert B. Middleton, Sr and Meghan Shriver Financial Services and banking arrangements by SunTrust Bank Find us online FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com Like us on Facebook @FindingNeverlandTheMusical Follow us on Instagram@FNLMusical Follow us on Twitter @NeverlandBway #FNLTour

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There always has been plenty of Jersey in Colorado. The towering 14,110-foot Pikes Peak, for example, is named after a New Jerseyan named Zebulon Pike. Had to be a Jersey Boy who got to the summit first, said local public relations maven and Garden State transplant Wendy Aiello. “Who else is going to be that pushy?” Other well-known Denverites from Jersey include Nuggets strongman Kenneth Faried, top chef Frank Bonnano, CBS4 General Manager Walt DeHaven and anchor Kathy Walsh. But when the show for all seasons that is about the Four Seasons returns to Denver for a fourth time, there will be plenty of Colorado in Jersey Boys, too. Jersey Boys tells the story of the band that combined doo-wop with astounding harmonies to make enduring No. 1 hits like “Oh What a Night,” “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man.” The current national touring cast visiting Denver includes Arapahoe High School graduate Matthew Dailey, who plays Tommy DeVito, and Pomona High School graduate Andrew Russell, who plays short-lived band member Hank Majewski while also covering for musical mastermind Bob Gaudio. Both actors saw their very first professional theatrical performances at The Buell Theatre when they were kids. For Dailey: Beauty and the Beast in 1997. For Russell: Rent, starring Anthony Rapp, in 2001. “The Buell is where I would go and see all of these people living out the dream that I hoped to achieve one day,” said Dailey. For Russell, “The Buell was my Broadway,” he said. “That was my ticket to becoming what I wanted to be in my life.”

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They both call performing at The Buell for the first time now a dream come true. “It’s really going to be meaningful to hopefully bring that same feeling to a new generation of kids in the audience who will be wanting to be up on that Buell Theatre stage someday, too,” said Dailey. The Four Seasons were the most popular band in the world before the Beatles, charting 50 hit singles and selling an estimated 100 million records worldwide. While there have been 36 members of the band, which still performs into its sixth decade, the core during the 1962-67 heyday were lead singer Frankie Valli, Gaudio on keyboards, DeVito on lead guitar and Nick Massi on electric bass. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. All of which was news to Russell when he was a student at Pomona High School — more than 40 years after “Sherry” was the No. 1 song in America. It was 2005 when the Jersey Boys Broadway soundtrack was released and found its way to Arvada. “My friends and I would be singing along down the halls of Pomona High School,” Russell said. “I had never heard these songs before. I didn’t know who the Four Seasons were. So me being able to pick up these songs at my age and really attach to them is very much attributable to Bob Gaudio’s genius in writing these iconic songs. They are just so memorable that kids generations later can snap along just as much as their parents did.” Jersey Boys is preparing to end its 11-year New York run in January after having played 4,642 shows, attracting 13 million people and winning the Tony Award for Best

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— ACTOR MATTHEW DAILEY (TOMMY DEVITO) Colorado’s Jersey Boys are where they are today, they believe, because of strong family and educational support growing up in Denver. Dailey’s mother is award-winning local Music Director Mary Dailey. Matthew has dedicated his Jersey Boys performance to his late father, Phil Gottlieb, who died in 2009. Dailey’s training began at age eight at an afterschool theatre school run by Paul Dwyer and Alann Estes Worley, whose wee students also included future TV star Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”), Tonywinning actor Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) and Broadway actor Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked). Russell’s theatrical mentor is Gavin Mayer, his director at both Pomona High School (Footloose) and, later, at the Arvada Center (Legally Blonde). “I was this very shy, awkward kid in high school, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” Russell said of his freshman-year alter ego. “Gavin was the person who inspired me to join theatre. He cast me in my first production of anything, and later he cast me in my first professional production, at the Arvada Center.” Those who come to see these local actors fulfill their childhood dreams in Jersey Boys will be treated, Dailey says, to a night like no other. “There is great music, a great story, great musicians, good-looking girls, good-looking guys and flashy costumes. It’s got something for everybody.” Including plenty of Denver Boys who don’t normally go to the theatre. “The theatre stereotype is that women have to drag their husbands and boyfriends to the theatre,” Dailey said. “For this show, it’s the other way around. This is the show that boyfriends and husbands drag their girlfriends and wives to. It’s like a Hollywood blockbuster — only it’s live.”

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Musical. It will end as the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history. Not bad for a band that rose up from the gutter all the way to the street corner. “Our scrappiness comes from living in the street,” Gaudio said. “We came from the kind of areas most people strive to get out of, so that you can make something of yourself.” DeVito, played by Dailey, was the initial driving force behind the group until gambling debts put him on the outs with the mob. He was known for stealing milk off people’s porches as a kid. But he did it according to his own set of ethics, Dailey said. “First, he never stole from his own neighborhood, because those were his people. And he would never steal from a house that only had one jug of milk. If a house had two, he took one. If it had three, he took two. But he always left them with something.”

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. obtained a loan of $800 from his family and founded an enterprise he called Motown. He set up his Detroit headquarters in a modest house emblazoned with an immodest sign, “Hitsville U.S.A.” The slogan was premature, but prophetic. The company had its first hit record in 1960, and between 1961 and 1971 landed 163 singles in Billboard magazine’s top 20, including 28 songs that reached No. 1. Gordy discovered, developed and launched the careers of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye — to name just a few — and Motown became the most successful business owned and operated by an African American in the United States. What Gordy accomplished had ramifications far beyond the world of music. Now his legacy is celebrated in Motown The Musical. “Berry Gordy is the Steve Jobs of the music field,” says Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and co-producer of the show. “He’s the No. 1 creative executive in the history of the industry, an amazing American success story who changed the culture of the country.” Relive the multi-cultured vibration that changed the world when Motown The Musical returns to Denver February 15-19.


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As the famous French artist, Edgar Degas, once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” The arts have a way of shining a light on the human experience, lending a new perspective on timeless subjects and bridging the gap of language and culture. They bring people and communities together — a pursuit that’s near and dear to the team members of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk. In 2016, Ameristar team members were out and about, helping the town of Black Hawk and the greater Denver area, giving back to the community they call home. They hit the pavement to pick up trash from city streets and neighborhoods, laced up their sneakers to participate in the Denver MS Walk and American Cancer Society Bubble Run, packed food for the Food Bank of the Rockies, organized school supplies for Jefferson County families, and so much more. The commitment to community is something that’s handed down from parent company, Pinnacle Entertainment, which operates 16 gaming entertainment destinations throughout the West, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. At the center of its core values is “Care.” It’s such an important value, the company hosts an annual giving campaign called “Pinnacle Cares,” which encourages team members to support the causes they’re most passionate about in their individual communities by donating time to volunteering or making financial contributions that the company matches at a generous 25 percent. With destinations across the country, each community that Pinnacle Entertainment serves is unique, as are its passions. At Ameristar Black Hawk, the team is incredibly passionate about supporting the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Just as Degas says in his quote, the arts can help others see — they have an inexplicable ability to open the audience’s eyes, expand their hearts and broaden their world view. The performing arts help people of all walks of life discover their similarities, while celebrating their unique place in the world. They bring people together and immerse them in a world of wonder, which is never more apparent than when a child marvels at a performance of A Christmas Carol for the first time. Supporting the Denver Center for the Performing Arts means helping ensure that everyone in the community can continue to share in those magical and memorable moments that shine brightest on stage.

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• Rudolph’s signature nose, which was originally created using a 12v light bulb painted red, glows in 33 shots in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”


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