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I am over the moon to be a part of the Dom and Jane Show. I am finally living proof of that old saying, “If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.”
I was born in New York, although I call myself a Ken Caryl girl… A Chatfield graduate to be exact. And my many adventures have brought me everywhere from Europe to California. The stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, to the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. And after years of soul searching, two broken engagements, four different colleges, and millions of hours in the restaurant industry, here I am. Yappin yer ear off on Mix 100.
 
A quick breakdown of moi includes, but is not limited to:
 
1. I would gratefully eat sushi for each meal every day of my life if I could afford it.
 
2. My dirty little secrets include, but are not limited to: a full-on nail polish addiction, Bryan Fuller television series, live bar trivia, Goonies/Pretty Woman quotes, Daddy-Daughter meals, boxed-wine consumption, Marilyn Monroe and Beatles snapshot collecting, and The Gin Blossoms. I freaking love the Gin Blossoms.
 
3. My doggie, Kramer, is the cutest Shih Tzu on the planet; quite possibly the cutest dog in the world. It’s really not fair to other pups how ridiculously adorable my Kramer is.
 
4. Friends are my family, and my family is my life… And oh how I love to embarrass my sucker friends and family.
 
5. I, without fail, say what everyone is thinking but too scared to voice out loud. It’s a blessing… And a curse. (As I’m sure you know from listening to the show!)
 
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Son of Man

by Emily Makinzie posted Jul 14 2014 8:27AM
Tarzan swung into the Arvada Center last weekend, (get it?!) and where to begin…
Oh so good.
The Arvada Center chose the adaption of the Disney movie Tarzan for its summer production. If you’ve ever seen the animated film you would be intrigued, I’m sure, to see how it would translate to the stage. (I know I was.) I mean, it’s such an active story line, so exotic… Tarzan lives with apes and swings through trees, for cripe’s sake! How the heck are they gonna pull this off?!
 

I guess I’ll start with the first thing you see: the set. Dang. Scenic Designer Brian Mallgrave is one creative dude. He figured out how to bring the jungle of the Congo to the 8-triple-Oh zip code. There were so many sneaky little secrets with the set, so much attention to detail. You could look at that set for an hour and still not see all of the special little touches. Way cool.
Next, I’d like to talk about the ensemble… The fantastic freaking ensemble. They were so fun to watch. Their personification of a family of gorillas was delightful. They were such a phenomenal team, playing off each other and creating a warm and lively world. The show wouldn’t have been nearly as rich without that wonderful ensemble.
The music was fantastic as well. I’ve got two word for you: Phil Collins. Can’t go wrong there.  And the entire cast was spot-on with their delivery. Seriously, not one glitch or off-key. They did such justice to those wonderful songs from the Disney film.
As for the lead actors, I’ve got two things I need to let you know about…
1.) Adult Tarzan, Brian Ogilvie, has got serious chops. He wasn’t a guy on a stage playing around at Tarzan. He. Was. Tarzan. This may seem a bit obvious, but I find that acting of his caliber is rare. (And, my God, I need to mention his body. Hello!)
And 2.) IMHO, the glue of the show was Shannan Steele, who plays Tarzan’s gorilla mama Kala. She was so heartfelt and beautiful. I don’t think one person in that theatre could deny the love that she projected. What a gift of a performance.
I could really keep going. The energy. The sly humor. The lighting. The adorable Jane. The flying effects. The Tarzan yells… “Ooooahahahaaooooo”. Trashing the Camp. The sound. It was all masterfully weaved together to create a fun, flawless show.
Honestly, what a treat.
Grab your friends, grab your family, grab a stranger, and head to the Arvada Center for Tarzan. It plays Tuesdays through Sundays now until August 3rdFind all the details you need by clicking here.
Oh, and yes. In case you were wondering… I cried. I cried overwhelming, good tears. Tarzan made me cry.
:-)
 
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