Meet the Ellis Island Actors

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Features
Meet the Ellis Island Actors

Seven actors from Cherry Creek Theatre will join the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra for our performance of Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America. Don’t miss these hilarious and heartfelt true stories of Ellis Island immigrants at O Beautiful on November 17.

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Albert Banker
(Lazarus Salamon; Hungary, 1920)

Albert has appeared as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Henry in The Fantasticks (ParkerArts/InspireCreative); Spamalot, West Side Story (PACE Center); Dov in The English Bride (And Toto Too, Vintage Theater); multiple roles in My Name is Asher Lev (Miners Alley Playhouse). Regional credits include Narrator in Into the Woods, Bishop in Les Misérables, Reb Saunders in The Chosen, Reuven in Apples from the Desert, Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park, Cousin Brandon in The Long Christmas Dinner, Mr. Fisher in The Show Off, Gregory Solomon in The Price, Juror #11 in 12 Angry Men, Sam Greenblatt in Dinah Was, Frank in Private Eyes, Dr. Abraham in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Fagin in Oliver!, Pierre in The Baker’s Wife. And so much more.

 

Damon Guerrasio
(Emanuel “Manny” Steen; Ireland, 1925)

Damon is a Denver actor currently appearing in Cherry Creek Theatre’s Beau Jest. Other credits include: Red Hot and Cole, All My Sons (Cherry Creek Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Junie B Jones, Charlotte’s Web, Lyle the Crocodile (Arvada Center); Water by the Spoonful (Curious Theatre); The Fantasticks! (Midtown Arts Center); Spamalot, Shrek the Musical (Breckenridge Backstage Theatre); The Music Man, Boeing Boeing, Completely Hollywood Abridged, Evita (Littleton Town Hall Arts Center); Love Child, Minimum Wage, Complete World of Sports Abridged (Avenue Theater). Regional credits: Water by the Spoonful (Off Square Theatre Company), Something’s Afoot (American Southwest Theatre Company). Television: Manhattan (Lionsgate) and From Dusk till Dawn (Miramax).

 

Margie Lamb
(Katherine Beychok; Russia, 1910)

Margie Lamb is a familiar face to Colorado audiences having performed for over 26 years. She is a recipient of several Denver theatre awards including The Denver Post Ovation, The Marlowe and most notably The Westword’s Best of 2015 for her work as Diana Goodman, a bipolar, depressive, schizophrenic in the regional premiere of Next to Normal. Other local credits include Hairspray (Velma), Bonnie & Clyde (Emma), Spring Awakening (Adult Female), Spelling Bee (Rona), Equus (Dora) and recently as the most challenging role of her career, Abuela Claudia in In The Heights at The Littleton Townhall Art Center.

 

Boni McIntyre
(Lillian Galletta, Italy, 1928)

Boni received her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado Credits include lead roles in 1776, Macbeth, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Into the Woods, The Little Foxes, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and The Rainmaker. Regional credits include Blithe Spirit, Sister Act and Les Miserables. Recent favorite performances feature Master Class, and Kismet. She is currently the resident Music Director for Thingamajig Theater Company in Pagosa Springs and creator of the one-woman show The Evil Diva Cabaret. She is the recipient of Henry and Ovation award nominations and has received two Marlowe Awards most recently as Best Actress in a Musical for Sweeney Todd.

 

Debbie Minter
(Helen Rosenthal; Belgium, 1940)

Debbie is thrilled and honored to be part of this beautiful and important project. It is especially meaningful as her mother came through Ellis Island as a child, after fleeing Nazi Germany with her family shortly after Kristallnacht. When not onstage, Debbie can be found teaching figure skating and Zumba Fitness. She was most recently seen on stage in Billy Elliot (Breckenridge Backstage Theatre) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (StageDoor Theatre). Debbie wishes to dedicate tonight’s performance to the memory of her most amazing mother. Love to Mike and all glory to God.

 

Patty Mintz Figel
(Helen Lansman Cohen; Poland, 1920)

Patty is thrilled be part of this exciting performance. It is particularly timely to remember we all owe a great debt to those who have come before us and we are so fortunate to live in this country. Patty has been an active part of the Denver theatre scene for many years earning various awards including Best Actress for Three Tall Women, Vigil, Collected Stories, A Place at Forest Lawn and Best Supporting Actress in other plays. She hopes you enjoy the performance.

 

Mark Rossman
(James Apanomith; Greece, 1911)

Mark is the co-founder of Cherry Creek Theater and has appeared in their production of 12 Angry Men. Other Theatres: The Dairy of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Hamlet, Pygmalion, Three Sisters, Once in a Lifetime, The Plough and the Stars, Julius Caesar (Guthrie Theatre); Cinderella, La Boheme (Opera Colorado), La Clemenza di Tito, Turandot (Minnesota Opera); Broadway Bound, Doubles, Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, Annie, Whose Life is it Anyway, Mame, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! (Theatre Works, Arizona); Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Arizona Actors Lab). TV/Film: Sugar & Spice, Bill’s Gun Shop. Library: A Workshop for the Future.

 

M. Curtis Grittner
Director

Locally, Mike has directed The 39 Steps, Two Dumb Dogs, Guys on Ice, Greater Tuna (Breckenridge Backstage Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Educating Rita, Lion in Winter, Man of La Mancha, Proof, The Robber Bridegroom, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and Twelfth Night. Mike served four seasons as the artistic director at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Minnesota. He is also a Henry Award-nominated scenic designer and has worked for Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, The Catamounts, Cherry Creek Theatre, Denver Children’s Theatre, Ignite Theatre, Mizel Arts & Culture Center and Phamaly Theatre Company. Mike holds an MA from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing an MFA with the University of Idaho. Thanks to Becca for her continued love and support.

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