Get to know Sydney Fairbairn…

Cast as Syd in A Christmas Story, the Musical

Sydney Fairbairn as Syd
Sydney Fairbairn as Syd

Name: Sydney Fairbairn
DOB: July 5, 2002
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Education: Freshman at Cherry Creek High School
Day Job: Student, and Professional Teenager

Season: FALL AND WINTER AND SUMMER AND SPRING (I live in Colorado what do you think).
Movie: Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical, Mean Girls, shall I go on?
Musical: Next to Normal, Shrek, and Wicked. I really love all musicals. 
Color: Blue!!!!
Animal: Dog. 
Book: Wonder
Band: I don’t have one. 
Song: We are Young by 30H!3 and Don’t Rain on my Parade from Funny Girl.
Pastime: THEATRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Do you even have to ask? HOT COCOA (is that how you spell it???)
Dogs or cats? Dogs (apologies to my cat).
Sweet or Sour? Both. I’m a teenager. I love food.
Cake or Pie? Both. I’m a teenager. I love food.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Both. I’m a teenager. I love food.
Coffee or Tea? Iced vanilla latte and an iced green tea, por favor.
City or Countryside? Both! I’m a teenager. I can’t make up my mind.
Summer or Winter? Both! I’m a teenager. I can’t make up my mind.
Mountains or Ocean? Both! I’m a teenager. I can’t make up my mind.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? My whole family spending Christmas morning together at our Papa’s.
You are stranded at the North Pole, what two items do you bring? A ticket to ride on Santa’s sleigh (my ride home) and a polar bear suit so I can possibly be adopted by a polar bear.
When life hands you lemons? No problemo! Put some sugar on the lemon and eat it! (It is actually really good)!
Dream role to perform? Elle in Legally Blonde and/or Glinda in Wicked.
Who is your hero? All the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital. They saved my life and so many other kids’ lives.
What’s your biggest fear? Losing my family.
What inspires you? Theatre. As well as anyone who follows and succeeds in their dream.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully in New York on Broadway. Honestly, just doing theatre with a dog would be good.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Ask my parents on that one.
Why should we see A Christmas Story The Musical? It truly captures the moments that define families. It warms your heart and puts you in the holiday spirit!
Any holiday wishes? I’m extremely fortunate and have everything I need. I have a wonderful family and a happy life. I hope that everyone gets what they need to be happy this holiday season.



THAC PREVIEW: Next to Normal

Hello THAC Friends & Followers,

The next main stage production in THAC’s 2014 – 2015 Season will be Next to Normal (N2N), music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (interview below). Winner of the 2010 Pultzer Prize for drama, this contemporary rock-musical explores how one suburban household copes with love and crisis. With electrifying LIVE music and lyrics, N2N shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. Ben Brantley of the New York Times n2n-webcalled it, “A brave, breathtaking new musical. It is something much more than a fee-good musical: it is a feel everything musical.”

N2N seems to be a critic favorite! Nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards, N2N took three for Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Performance for a leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. As I mentioned previously, N2N also won the 2010 Pultzer Prize, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. Winner of the the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Score and nomincated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score, N2N is sure to please patrons of THAC.

Featured in this production is Margie Lamb, reprising her role as Diana after performing at the Aurora Fox for Ignite Theatre. Daniel Langhoff cast in the role of Dan, returns to Town Hall most recently seen as Daddy Warbucks in the 2013 production of Annie. Jacquie Jo Billings is also returning to THAC in the role of Natalie. You may remember her as Thea in last season’s performance of Spring Awakening. Making their THAC debuts, are Josh Bess as Gabriel, Ethan Knowels as Henry, and Jared Ming as Dr Madden/ Dr Fine. Understudying the roles of Gabriel and Henry is Carter Edward Smith; also seen in THAC’s productions of Spring Awakening, Music Man, and 9 to 5. Carter is scheduled for perform 2/26/2015 for the role of Henry and 3/5/2015 for the role of Gabriel.

N2N is directed by Nick Sugar, Henry Award winner for THAC’s 2012 production of The Who’s Tommy and 2010 production of RENT, and most recently seen directing and choreographing Anything Goes for Town Hall in 2014. Donna Debreceni (2012 Henry Award winner for Outstanding Musical Direction for The Who’s Tommy) returns as musical director leading a live band with keyboards onstage. Joining her onstage are Austin Hein (Bass), Kevin E. Johnson (Cello), David Paul (Violin), Scott Alan Smith (Guitars), and Tag Worley (Drums/ Percussion).

THAC’s production of Next to Normal open’s Friday 2/13 and runs through Sunday 3/15 (2015). We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a truly moving performance and rockin’ time at the theatre.

Be sure to check the Town Hall Arts Center Blog TOMORROW 2/10 for a special Q&A session with cast member Carter Edward Smith!




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Margie Lamb (Diana) | Daniel Langhoff (Dan)

Jacquie Jo Billings (Natalie) | Josh Bess (Gabriel)

Ethan Knowels (Henry) | Jared Ming (Dr Fine / Dr Madden)

Carter Edward Smith (Gabriel & Henry Understudy )


Nick Sugar (Director) | Donna Debreceni (Music Director)

Tina Anderson (Set Designer) | Linda Morken (Costume Designer)

Curt Behm (Sound Designer) | Seth Alison (Lighting Designer)

Becky Toma (Props Designer) | Steven Neale (Production Stage Manager)

Cara Wallingford (Sound Operator) | Melissa Sipes (Run Crew)

Check out these amazing photos from rehearsal:

Interviews featuring Next To Normal author & lyricist Brian Yorkey:


THAC Box Office

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MON – FRI (10 – 5) + one hour before showtime.

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Ring in the Holidays with Annie!

Spend the Holidays at Town Hall Arts Center’s for our 2013-2014 production of Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Annie is directed by Robert Wells, Henry Award winning director of Town Hall’s 2013 production of The 39 Steps and director of last year’s The Sound of Music. Musical direction is by Donna Kolpan Debreceni, Henry Award Winner, The Who’s Tommy and choreographed by Kelly Kates, most recently here for the 2013 production of 9 to 5: The Musical.

annie_7Featured in this production is Sydney Fairbairn as Annie, Sydney is making her Town Hall Art Center debut, but has recently been seen performing for The Younger Generation Players. Daniel Langhoff returns after a long hiatus from Town Hall to perform the roll of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, Daniel was most recently seen at Town Hall in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Panch. Back after closing last season at Town Hall in HAIR is Rebekah Ortiz as Grace, recently seen at the Arvada Center in No Dogs Allowed. We also welcome for only her second Main Stage production, LuAnn Buckstein as Miss Hannigan, LuAnn teaches children’s theatre at Town Hall and has been a part of the Denver Theater community in one capacity or another for many years, last seen at Town Hall in The Odd Couple.Annie

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, and with the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. Through her fun-filled adventures, ANNIE wins the affections of tycoon Daddy Warbucks, and finds a new home and family.

Town Hall’s production opens November 15, 2013 and runs through December 29, 2013. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (& 2:00 p.m. on 11/30, 12/7, & 12/21) & Sundays at 2 p.m. (& 6:30 p.m. on 12/15).

Ticket Information:

Reserved seat tickets are currently on sale, priced $22.00-$42.00 at the Town Hall Arts Center box office, 303-794-2787 ext. 5 (Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to Noon/ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. and 1 Hour prior to Shows) or on-line at .  In a continuing effort to make plays at Town Hall Arts Center accessible to all, ten value seats at $10 each will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis one-hour prior to each published curtain time.

Town Hall Arts Center Announces 2013-2014 Season

Now that our season subscribers know, we can announce it to everyone! We are really excited for our 2013-2014 Season at Town Hall, our 32nd and it has a little something for everyone. Town Hall is happy to be welcoming back directors Nick Sugar, Robert Wells and Christopher Willard as well as newcomer Matthew Peters. We can’t wait to see you at the theatre next season!


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
September 13 – October 13, 2013
Directed by Nick Sugar

Book by Jeffrey Lane, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek. Based on the film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning
Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. After meeting, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

November 15 – December 29, 2013
Presented by Colorado Business Bank
Directed by Robert Wells

Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, and with the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. Through her fun-filled adventures, ANNIE wins the affections of tycoon Daddy Warbucks, and finds a new home and family.

January 17 – February 9, 2014
Directed by Robert Wells

By Marc Camoletti, Translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans
Playboy Bernard juggles three fiancées, all flight attendants, with careful planning and the reluctant assistance of his housekeeper. But weather delays and the invention of a faster Boeing jet send his elaborate love life into chaos. BOEING-BOEING is nonstop high flying comedy.

February 21 – March 23, 2014
Directed by Matthew Peters

Original Concept by Paul Kelly, Original Direction and Choreography by Lynne Taylor – Corbett
‘Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.’ That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as ‘swing.’ SWING! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period. This enthralling song-and-dance show makes it abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place — it has always been a state of mind!

Spring AwakeningSpring Awakening
April 11 – May 4, 2014
Directed by Nick Sugar

Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Germany, 1891: Adolescents, Wendla and Melchior, discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING is a high energy, rock musical that explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Rated R for language, mature themes, and brief nudity.

Music ManThe Music Man
May 16 – June 15, 2014
Directed by Christopher Willard

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson, Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
An affectionate tribute to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN follows a fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

For more information on season ticket packages check out our season brochure!