Rick's Interview with Jamie Horton - Lone Tree Art Center

Thursday, December 1st

Listen to a great interview with Jamie Horton as they talk about up and coming events like "It's a Wonderful Life". Get your tickets now and more information HERE!

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry, Directed by Randal Myler

December 8 - December 18, 2016

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life on the Arts Center stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with an applause sign, commercial jingles, and on-stage sound effects. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

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It's really a pleasure here on The Breakfast Club this morning to be able to welcome Jamie Horton a man who I've either been watching on stage for a gazillion years because that's how long he's been on stage tour. Have been following his career is its traverse the country a lot of you know Jamie from his many was it 23 in Denver senator. Tony three years at the Denver Saturday opt. My you in full disclosure my of my brother in law's Charles McLeod mine's mine you know I'm always. Sister and lodging and so so you know we're practically related to you about the effect that even better. Welcome back to town a welcomed to the lonetree arts center I love that space there I just it's inviting units. I think it's personal and for a show like this I think it's perfect. Now it's great I actually directed one of the first showed there was did not need space. Production of necessary spark that we brought from the creed repertory. And so I I've had some familiarity with that but yes it's it's very warm itself. Patted the space center Michael Durant sat is going to be fit beautifully on that it's. And it's it's a lovely feeder band just delighted to be good to be back. I was looking over there to show for those of you that don't know it's a wonderful life a live radio play candy it's the show you know it's it's based on the movie. Adapted for stage. It actually becomes the U real I mean this is this is an audience participation. Show. Yes it is because it it really it really engages one's imagination because of the radio play format. Something the what I'm a bit familiar with and let it be viewed in order to in order to capture ready you really have to do. Did engage want to Matty your imagination and allow that story to work on new remembering at the same time that you're experiencing I didn't in the moment and they and so. Did it without without live sound man on the stage creating all of the fabric of of the life and Bedford falls. It's so it's just such a real treat to. It's so fun to see the folks there world. Be joining you in the cast in May end and Randall directing a mean there's there's a lot of folks that you have spent a good deal of time on stage with over the. Oh my gosh it did this is this is old home week for me but a lot of these actors shots I've worked within. Countless productions over many many years and they're great friends of mine and it's it's got. That is an added joy. In in coming back to display. This is this show perhaps couldn't come at a better time mid you know at a point in our in our history where. You know it's you know a little divisive move tense to come in to end think perhaps about how we've touched people through the years and and how our life has benefited others says can be a better time perhaps. No I IE that that team is due some very very strong in this. The importance of each and every life be interconnected mess up our community. The essential goodness people you know George Bailey and his desire to help the people look Bedford falls the people that. As. He says food do most of the working in pain and living and dying in this community. Yes helping one's neighbor the power coming together and got redemptive spirit of what is possible if we can ask if we can. Talk with one another help each other and so on yeah that they missed very strong in and night and necessary in this piece. Tell me now aside from this sits lonetree arts and are mentioned Dartmouth we started talking you've you've been there awhile now. I didn't know I AI left Denver joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2006. And have managed to come back frequently thanks to Anthony Powell and stories on stage and the tattered cover. And so I stayed connected with Colorado over the last ten years but yes I've been at Dartmouth and your staff tell. How is that tell me tell me they're better that was a big step perhaps to go from the stage to the classroom similarities. Yes I had done I had spent a good deal of time working with C graduate student said the national Jeter could very well now it's an artist here so that the that much was familiar to meet that EF there's no denying that I took a right turn in my test. I played turn in my life so many greeted with open arms and it's turned out to be a wonderful thing I love my job fair working that's undergraduate students is. Joy at. And I have fabulous colleagues and so it's been a great move for me and it's actually a wonderful circle because some mighty. Hispanic vote sum up my childhood there and so and so it's a return home in a way. Know I have to do as I have said to many other recognized that. There is a piece of Colorado that is. Undeniably still home to the. Sure both my wife had myself. You know I'd. Few years back was we're sitting in this radio studio here with that was Kathy Brady and we were talking about. Both of us and then you know getting to that stage in our careers where they're the most joy that we had was. Bringing along the next generation right cheering some of the things that we have learned both both in life when. In onstage or on the radio in my case and in the end and maybe making it all a little easier to to understand for those younger and and I suspect. Did that you get a fair dose of that up. No that's exactly exactly right made there is an enormous. The value and reward you in helping these young people discover who they are and most of the students that we have. You know are out of a wide variety of other interest send will end up doing. They. No. Quite a wide range of jobs. 90% of which will likely not be in the entertainment business. It ended but they say it is just the degree of discovery. That they have in in through the fielder and through the arch is. That is what really is the cornerstone of what I do it every once in awhile somebody will come along. Who has the chops and the stick to a thickness the tenacity to go on into the business and we of course. Do everything we can't you can train them a but that node you're exactly right that is one of the great thrills of teaching. You know it's fit as I think about you were profession you're in your love of of the stage in him. In the plays and I think the current scene it seems to be pretty vibrant in the country right now my imagining their time. But you mean that Peter has. What I am I don't have I don't really know you know I can't make guy if god you wake up how we are compared to other times in our history you know the financial support if not they are in the same way that it was. I think Peter struggle. Like I think the potential of that Peter is never been stronger. And. So we'd. A difficult road hole in terms of some of the public did we have so much more. Entertainment available to us back in so many different format and. That are readily accessible. Immediately accessible got the idea of going to do. Something yes Peter pat pump which he is if you have a more you have a wider array of situation is also an entertainment standpoint but now. I think I think that what I mean people discover and this play is a classic example of that is that. Sharing that experience CNN lighted room in the community of people where you about audience. And got after our in the same space that is fundamentally different and I think actually holds a great deal of potential. 42 to reinvigorate the theater in America and our culture of. My bias a bit might my granddaughter who we you know just because we've we've taken her drew a lot of shows it to Denver sooner there. Down to fuel limit and we were talking just this weekend in fact about her favorite shows that she seem like a war horse chief. I just was so juiced just you know forever her now fifteen she was about twelve when she sought for. Still to have that memory of of the stage like that those kind of impact full moments that you get from a lot of production in front of you are just I don't think they can be underestimated in their value. I can't tell I completely agree with you needless to say Peter has been my life for a huge part of my life and that equation the possibilities of that equation. Have driven me to do to do what I do and there I mean I enjoy working and all the different media that day in in our business but this may just the one that really sticks because because of that. Our guest is Jamie Horton who we're delighted is back in town to be and it's a wonderful life life radio play at the lone tree art center. What is it about George Bailey did it do you love most. Well you know I I have a great fondness for this film I also have. I didn't I feel very connected to it dramatically and I clearly am not the only one this is an iconic holiday story. And that's that appealed up across. A wide swath of our society and then there's a great reason for that. The universality of its message and George Bailey in his. The discoveries that he makes in the course of this fabulous journey that Capra created. Are really a lesson for all of us all manner reminder for all of us. And an encouragement to all of us to live the kind of life that celebrates. Looked. Human possibility that and that human possibility must be supported as nourished. And and the recognition alt Powell. I'm incredibly fortunate you are just simply lived. And to have that opportunity to touched the lives of many many people that if something that just rings true resonates remain very loudly and clearly. Hit the play will be December 8 through the eighteen to death to the lone tree arts center and of course you can go to. There website to get all the relevant information about tickets and times and all of that lone tree art senator dot org will accomplish that for you. And the highly recommend you go to the website is the best way to find information Jamie again. Any any time spent with few I have always look forward to calm I'm glad you're here have a wonderful production. And in a great holiday season the com. I will do it to you and yours the same and not a whole pot all of your listeners shall come and and take part in nine and that's fabulous so he's still work work and yeah. Perfect art back to work my friend thank you are right about Jamie Horton with this one of the all time greats Dahmer if you were to put together a is he big poster and have old believe the iconic Denver actors and actresses over the years Jamie's. Would certainly have pretty much earned well learned place on that board. Lonetree art center it's a wonderful life a life radio play adapted by Joseph Landry directed by Randall might lurk. Box office is 7205091007205091000. Lonetree arts center dot org if you'd like to check out tickets online December 8 through the eighteenth and don't miss it.