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Arvada Center Announces “Chess” Cast


Originally debuting in London’s West End and later on Broadway, Chess is a rock opera that uses the game of chess – with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns – as a metaphor for the universal conflicts in love and life as well as global strife and the desire for a peaceful coexistence. The Arvada Center Artistic Producer and show Director, Rod A. Lansberry has announced the cast for Chess, A Musical.

The cast features Gregg Goodbrod (Freddie), Tally Sessions (Anatoly), Sydney James Harcourt (Arbiter), Stephen Day (Molokov), Colin Alexander (Walter), Lisa Karlin (Florence) and Megan Van De Hey as Svetlana. A strong ensemble who will assume multiple roles finishes out the casting. They are Matthew Dailey, Daniel Herron, Ellen Kaye, Angela Mendez, Adam Pellegrine, Mercedes Perez, Susie Roelofsz, Jacob Lewis Smith, Alan Swadener, and Anne Vick.

In addition to director Rod Lansberry, the creative team is David Nehls (musical director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (choreographer), Brian Mallgrave (scene design), Clare Henkel (costume design), Jacob M. Welch (light design) and Steve Stevens (sound design).

The Arvada Center production of Chess is the professional regional premiere of an all-new version, alive with powerful music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (founding members of Swedish pop group ABBA), and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show is based on an original idea by Tim Rice who has allowed theater companies to take creative license when staging the play. Under the direction of multi-award winning director Rod Lansberry the result will be a once in a lifetime staging that is not to be missed.

The show will run March 27 – April 15, 2012 in the Main Stage Theater. For show dates and ticket information go to www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities:

Now celebrating its 35th Season, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada and by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., just 20 minutes from downtown Denver and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.

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