Phamaly, now formally known as the Phamaly Theatre Company, reveals a robust 2013 theatre season, setting a new standard for the company, which not that long ago performed just one musical per year. This move represents a bold, new initiative to offer audiences a greater number and variety of performances by performers with disabilities, and to geographically expand programming across the state of Colorado.
Coupled with this initiative is the launch of a new brand identity emphasizing Phamaly’s commitment to offer a variety of high quality and unique theatre performed by actors with disabilities across the spectrum. The “am” in Phamaly represents the inclusion for all differently-abled performers, and the community and empowerment generated by performing in a Phamaly show. A new tagline, “theatre with possABILITY” emphasizes the talent audiences see on stage, not the disability.
Highlights of Phamaly Theatre Company’s 24th Season include:
by Larry Shue
Directed by Edith Weiss
January 19 – February 2, 2013 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
February 22 – 24, 2013 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO, 80003
Englishman Charlie Baker, self-proclaimed “world’s dullest man,” takes a vacation at a rural fishing lodge with his eccentric army buddy, Froggy LeSueur. Froggy concocts an outrageous scheme to save Charlie from his pathologically shy self by introducing him as an exotic “foreigner” who can’t speak English. It isn’t long before Charlie’s guileless persona backfires and the mix of goodhearted, slow-witted, and devious lodge guests share their deepest secrets and most sinister plans. What ensues is a series of hilarious and heartwarming revelations, which leads to the ultimate good guys vs. bad guys climax.
The Velveteen Rabbit
Book & Lyrics by James Still, Music by Jimmy Roberts
Adapted from the story by Margery Williams
Directed by Bryce Alexander
April 12, 2013 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, CO 80020
(Touring statewide in 2013 with additional locations to be announced)
The Velveteen Rabbit is the timeless tale of love and sacrifice as revealed through the story of a small stuffed rabbit given as a gift to a little boy. A classic children’s story that the entire family can enjoy, The Velveteen Rabbit will tour in various venues statewide throughout the year.
disLabled: Boulder’s Original Sketch Comedy
Written by Director Jeremy Palmer and the disLabled cast
Directed by Jeremy Palmer
April 26 – 28 at the Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Following a sold-out run last year, disLabled returns with a cast entirely of Boulder region performers in an all new multi-media comedy. disLabled presents live scenes and video based on the comical absurdities encountered in life while living with a disability. Written and performed by those who have first-hand experience of these unusual scenarios.
NOTE: disLabled is intended for mature audiences, 16 and older.
Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein; Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
Directed by Steve Wilson
July & August, 2013 at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Winner of 11 Tony Awards®. As Tevye tried to hold onto his religion, his Russian-Jewish customs, and his five daughters, he knows that “without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.” Resplendent with some of the most beloved and timeless songs in musical theatre like “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Do You Love Me” Fiddler on the Roof is filled with laughter, warmth, and inspiration for the whole family.
Directed by Edith Weiss
(November 2013 – Venue TBD)
The original show written by the members of the PHAMALY Writing Workshop enters its sixth year as a unique and honest look at living with disabilities by the people who do. Past shows have skewered everything from going through security at the airport in a wheelchair to the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Dark humor, song, and a real and personal look at living with the stigma of being a ‘cripple’ promises to make this a funny, bittersweet, and altogether out of the ordinary evening of theatre. This show is not “easy” theatre… rather, it is real – you will guffaw, bawl, or feel impassioned.
NOTE: Vox Phamalia is intended for mature audiences, 16 and older.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Adapted from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
December 7 – 22, 2013 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
Phamaly’s first ever holiday presentation. This story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, It’s a Wonderful Life exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all.
Now entering its 24th season, Phamaly is an award-winning Colorado based Theatre Company comprised entirely of performers with a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Phamaly’s mission is to provide professional theatre opportunities and artistic development for performers with disabilities, and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the performing arts community.
Named Best Theatre Company of 2012 by 5280 Magazine
Recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2012 Professional/Community Theatre Award