PHAMALY announces its next season

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Michael Ensminger
Daniel Traylor in The Elephant Man.
PHAMALY is an amazing asset to the Colorado arts scene, a theater company composed entirely of performers facing a wide variety of physical challenges. The group's goal is to provide professional theater opportunities and artistic development for performers with disabilities and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the performing arts community -- but in the process, PHAMALY has also provided us with some of the most memoral productions of any company, physically challenged or not, over its 23 seasons.

Now PHAMALY has announced the lineup for its 2012-13 season:

Here are the details from PHAMALY:


Little Shop of Horrors
Music by Alen Menken; Lyrics and Book by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Steve Wilson
July 12 - August 5, 2012 at Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
303-893-4100 www.phamly.org
Tickets on sale June 1

A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain.

Vox PHAMALIA: Cinco de Vox!
November 2 -11, 2012 at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave, Denver
303-321-5925 or online at www.phamaly.org
November 14, 2012 at Wit's End Comedy Club, 6080 West 92nd Avenue Westminster, CO 80031.
303-430-4242 or online at www.phamaly.org

This Fall Vox PHAMALIA celebrates its fifth anniversary, presenting a "best of" collection of comedic hits from the last five years plus a few newbies. Vox is a comedic play of original material, written from personal experiences of actors in PHAMALY living with disabilities, and honed into an evening of short scenes by director and comedian Edith Weiss. Vox skewers the absurdities of their everyday lives with brain injuries, mobility issues and more syndromes than you can count, and takes comic revenge on anyone who takes things a little too tragically.

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue
Directed by Steve Wilson
January 18 - February 2, 2013 at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
303-739-1970 online at www.phamaly.org

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should--the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.

Find more information -- including details on auditioning for Little Shop of Horrors -- at www.phamaly.org.


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